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 Supporters of unseen India’s main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party prime ministerial candidate and Chief Minister of the western Indian state of Gujarat, Narendra Modi, wave as he arrives to file his election nomination papers in Varanasi. Sanjay Kanojia / AFP Photo

Best photography from around the world April 24

The National View's photo editors pick the best of the day from around the world

 Sarah Geronimo. Courtesy: FLASH Entertainment

Sarah Geronimo brings her star power to Abu Dhabi this weekend

Ahead of her Abu Dhabi concert on Thursday night, we take a look at the Filipina singer Sarah Geronimo’s extraordinary career.

 Visitors look at the medieval inventor Al Jazari’s water-powered Elephant Clock. The clock is on show at the 1001 Inventions exhibition at Sharjah Expo Centre. Photos Antonie Robertson / The National

1001 Inventions: in praise of Islam’s gifts to the world

Down the centuries, from camera obscura to designing a sail that allowed early seafarers to tack into the wind, Muslim scientists have made many significant contributions to science. Rym Ghazal and Asmaa Al Hameli visit an exhibition in Sharjah that celebrates those contributions

 Mumbai Indians fans cheer they team on the opening match between Mumbai Indians and Kolkata Knight Riders in IPL 2014 at Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi. Ravindranath K / The National

Earn cash back with the IPL cricket in the UAE

Dunia finance promotion allows cricket lovers to earn up to 6 per cent unlimited cash back on any spending they make on a day when an IPL match is played in the UAE.

 Iranian workers at the Iran Khodro auto plant in Tehran on March 18. Maryam Rahmanian for The National

Iran’s love of cars survives devastating sanctions

Sanctions and energy subsidy reductions might have hurt the Iranian automotive industry. But car makers at one factory are still optimistic, Yeganeh Salehi reports from Tehran

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Disney confirms that Star Wars: Episode 7 is filming in Abu Dhabi desert

Disney yesterday confirmed that the filming of Star Wars: Episode 7 is taking place in the desert in Abu Dhabi.


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The marina, covering 1,530 metres, will include walking and jogging tracks and restaurants.

Abu Dhabi: the city that is looking up with its ever-changing skyline

January 16, 2014

Thanks to a building boom, Abu Dhabi has a very different profile and now boasts four of the tallest buildings in the Middle East, Nick Leech writes.

Dubai issues ultimatum to 11 landlords who must renovate their buildings

January 7, 2014

Dubai Municipality issues order to keep the city clean and safe by ordering landlords to carry out maintenance or demolish the buildings completely.

Hundreds of homes breach Abu Dhabi building code

October 2, 2013

Abu Dhabi Municipality found 645 homes in breach of its building laws in a recent inspection.

Residents complain of derelict buildings in Al Wathba and Al Nahda

May 3, 2013

In addition to the unsightly nature of abandoned homes, some residents are dissatisfied at the lack of phone signal, petrol stations and ATMs.

Dubai demolishes 40 buildings in past 6 months

August 23, 2012

Dubai Municipality has pulled out its wrecking ball to deal with abandoned buildings in the emirate.

In a growing city like Abu Dhabi, what makes a building worth keeping?

August 4, 2012

Heritage activists are campaigning to save what they say is iconic architecture from the capital's early boom, period but they will have to overcome a lack of appreciation for the recent past.

Asbestos 'still kills' six years after ban

May 20, 2012

A national standard of regulations for the safe removal of cancer-causing asbestos from buildings is needed, experts say.

Hundreds of empty Dubai buildings to be torn down

October 6, 2011

Municipality says dilapidated properties are a magnet for crime, a security risk and a threat to health and safety.