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On our sixth birthday, today’s news told visually

Today in print, we are doing something different: we use only photos, graphics, illustrations and headlines to capture the news in a one-off collector’s edition.

 Rolling out the structure for the set. Mona Al Marzooqi / The National

Star Wars: Episode VII evidence in Abu Dhabi desert

After more than a week of speculation, The National has what are believed to be the first photos of a Star Wars shoot in the Abu Dhabi desert.

 Children walk past an Indian voter awareness mural in Mumbai ahead of the sixth phase of India’s national elections. Indranil Mukherjee / AFP

Inside India: Election, Promoting the Vote

A view of news and daily life on the Indian subcontinent for the week of April 10, 2014.

 INVERNESS, SCOTLAND - APRIL 16:  A general view of Urquhart Castle, Drumnadrochit on April 16, 2014 in Scotland. A referendum on whether Scotland should be an independent country will take place on September 18, 2014.  (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

Map of seperatist movements around the world

The conflict in Ukraine is a classic example of competing aspirations and identities – here’s a look at seperatist movements around the world.

 Hassan Abdullah, who goes by the name Abu Mahmoud, an Emirati fisherman, poses for a portrait at the Al Rughayalat Port. Abu Mahmoud was born and raised in Fujairah city and has been working as a fisherman since 1968. “I’m a shark man”, he says, “I was born in the sea.” Silvia Razgova / The National

In pictures: Fishing communities in the Northern Emirates

Fishermen in Fujairah and Umm Al Qaiwain worry that new regulations to protect fish stocks are harming their trade. We look at both communities through the lens of our photographers.

 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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Man who smoked hashish outside Dubai Police HQ has four-year sentence upheld

April 17, 2014

Emirati was jailed for smoking the drug in the police car park but he was found not guilty of driving under the influence of it.

Three separate drug-smuggling attempts stopped by Abu Dhabi customs

April 16, 2014

Large amounts of heroin and cannabis seized at Saudi border and a man is held at Abu Dhabi airport.

Maids ‘drugged and robbed employer’, Dubai court hears

April 14, 2014

The Indian maids allegedly laced their Emirati employer's tea with sedatives, then robbed her of cash and valuables.

Man and woman found with hashish at Dubai Marina apartment

April 10, 2014

Australian woman and Egyptian man charged over hashish find at apartment, court hears.

American ‘has UAE Embassy documents’ to back up medicinal marijuana claim

April 9, 2014

The 34-year-old was arrested at Dubai airport as he arrived to start a new job and he says he had approval to bring the drugs to the UAE.


Painkiller abuse to blame for three quarters of drug overdoses, UAE doctors say

April 7, 2014

Abuse of opioids - painkillers prescribed to patients suffering from any form of chronic physical pain - is predominantly found in the younger generation, according to statistics by the National Rehabilitation Centre.

Six men in Dubai court for possessing 20kg of drugs

April 7, 2014

The alleged drug dealers were caught by police with hashish, opium, metaphetamine as well as 40,000 pills.

Man hid marijuana in broken hand plaster cast, Dubai court hears

April 2, 2014

The Bangladeshi painter was found to be in possession of 35.4g of cannabis, hidden in his plaster cast and in cigarette boxes at his house.

Men face drug dealing charges at Dubai court

April 2, 2014

Two men appeared in court on Wednesday on charges of dealing drugs.

Retrial of Bani Yas cop-shooting gunmen suspended

April 1, 2014

A judge has stepped down from the panel reviewing the case of the two gunmen who shot two policemen during an undercover drugs sting.

Man who drove car into sea acquitted of drugs charges by Abu Dhabi court

April 1, 2014

A man who fell asleep and drove his car into the sea was cleared of drugs consumption charges by the appeals court on Tuesday.

Dubai Police seize 5 million amphetamine pills

March 30, 2014

The Anti-Narcotics Department at Dubai Police was tipped off that a truck carrying the Captagon pills, a form of amphetamine that was once produced for therapeutic use, was being transported from Lebanon to a Gulf country.

Devil’s Basil: true stories from the UAE about the perils of drugs

March 27, 2014

The 150-page booklet has been produced by the Dubai Public Prosecution to highlight the dangers of falling into drug addiction.

Abu Dhabi court hands death sentence to Pakistani drug dealers

March 26, 2014

The men were arrested after a tip-of and were found to be in possession of a 'substantial' amount of heroin and cocaine.