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 An Egyptian Orthodox Christian priest give communion during the Palm Sunday service inCairo, Egypt. Mohamed El-Shahed / AFP

Region in focus - April 18, 2014

The best images of the last seven days from around the Gulf and across the Middle East.

 Above, the private pool of Ocean Heights' five-bedroom penthouse flat. Courtesy Christie’s International Real Estate

In pictures: Penthouse flat is height of Dubai luxury living

A five-bedroom penthouse in Ocean Heights in Dubai Marina is on sale for Dh25 million and comes with a private pool and an unparalleled view of Dubai.

Video: Local reactions to a national fishing ban

A federal fishing ban has been imposed by the UAE federal government, but local authorities are taking diiferent approaches to implementing the ban. Two fishermen tell two very different sides of the story. Produced by Paul O'Driscoll

 Hamburg players leave the field after the match against Borussia Moenchengladbach on March 30, 2014. AFP

Hamburg the dinosaur’s time may be up in Bundesliga

Ever-present for 51 years in the German top-flight, Hamburg face the prospect of relegation, writes Ian Hawkey.

 The new Bentley GT Speed convertible on display at a press event of the New York International Auto Show. Jason Szenes / EPA

In pictures: Hot cars at New York International Auto Show

With more than 1 million visitors annually, the New York International Auto Show is one of the most important shows for the US car industry. Here are some of the vehicles to be shown in this year’s edition.

 The cast of Fast & Furious 7, including Michelle Rodriguez and Vin Diesel, centre, on set at Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi. Jeffrey E Biteng / The National

Fast & Furious 7 filming in full swing at Emirates Palace

Filming for Fast & Furious 7 has started and we have the first photos of the cast and crew on set at Emirates Palace hotel this morning. Visitors staying at Emirates Palace say they have been kept away from certain areas in the grounds.

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Team of experts ensure Dubai Fountain’s water is perfectly clean

March 20, 2014

The purity of the water is key to smooth operation of the world's largest choreographed fountain display.

Temporary reprieve on lifts for Burj Khalifa residents in fees row

February 10, 2014

Burj Khalifa tenants were given a reprieve when they were allowed to use lifts to get to their homes, despite some landlords still not paying outstanding service fees.

Burj Khalifa residents risk getting locked out of lifts unless service fees are paid

February 6, 2014

Tenants of Burj Khalifa, some living as high as the 108th floor, face being locked out of elevators and having air conditioning switched off on Saturday if landlords do not settle their bills.

Burj Khalifa top of the pile in list of Dubai’s most-visited attraction

February 4, 2014

The Burj Khalifa was Dubai’s most-visited tourist attraction last year, with 1.87 million visitors ascending to the observation deck on the 124th floor

Emaar to sell 98 new ‘Arabesque-style’ villas at Arabian Ranches in Dubai

February 2, 2014

Emaar will start to sell 98 new Arab style villas at its Arabian Ranches development next Saturday as the Dubai developer continues to launch new off plan schemes at a rate of around one a week.

Week-long celebrations as Burj Khalifa marks its 4th anniversary

January 2, 2014

Revelers can watch the sun rise from the observation deck of the Burj Khalifa as part of its weeklong anniversary celebration.

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UAE dazzles its way into the New Year

January 1, 2014

From Sandance to the capital’s Corniche, from the Palm Jumeirah to barbecues at public parks, residents ring in 2014 with broad smiles as residents were treated to a fireworks extravaganza throughout different locations in the Emirates.

New Dh1.8bn Dubai skyscraper to rise high in emirate’s top 10 tallest

November 6, 2013

Arabtec announces Dh1.8bn contract for construction of Dubai's second tallest skyscraper which will also be the world's 26th highest building.

Emaar denies reports of building tower taller than Burj Khalifa

November 3, 2013

A spokesman says no firm decision has yet been made, and media reports could have been based on an interview their chairman had with CNN in April.

UAE skyscrapers have the world's greatest unusable space

September 10, 2013

Five of the world's top 10 skyscrapers with the tallest spires are located in Dubai.

Emaar plans budget hotels to target Dubai's theme parks

July 7, 2013

Surging visitor numbers to the emirate are encouraging the Burj Khalifa developer to target mid-range and budget travellers.

Google presents the Burj Khalifa like you've never seen it before

June 25, 2013

Google Maps' Street View has launched a digital tour of the Burj Khalifa, giving the public the chance of an inside look at the inner workings of the skyscraper.

UAE stock markets fall over US stimulus worries

June 24, 2013

Dubai's equity market had the biggest correction in more than a year amid investor worries that the US could end its stimulus program.

Dubai property recovery picks up as Emaar starts projects

June 10, 2013

Emaar Properties started two new projects and began expansion of its flagship shopping mall as the developer of the world's tallest tower leads companies seeking to benefit from a rebound in Dubai's property market.