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 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.

No words can describe this April 17, your captions will

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 The year-long project aims to create a form of social autobiography — the story of Dubai documented by those who know it best, the people who live there.

Zoom in! This is your Dubai in a single image

On our sixth birthday, we are all about pictures. So here is our #mydubai offering. Using zoom.it, explore the city.

 Amir Khan, during a workout at the Gloves Community Centre on March 24, 2014 in Bolton, England, says his fight will be the real main event in Las Vegas on May 3. Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Amir Khan says bout with Luis Collazo ‘will steal the show’ in Las Vegas on May 3

British-Pakistani boxer Amir Khan says his fight with Luis Collazo will be the main attraction on same fight card led by Floyd Mayweather Jr and Marcos Maidana, writes Omar Al Raisi.

 This Dh17,000 Miele system can prepare your choice of coffee - from capuccino to espresso - at a touch of a button. Pawan Singh / The National

In pictures: Miele puts art in coffee making

Miele has devoted itself to the art of preparing the black liquid with its beautifully designed coffee machines, living up to its mantra of turning kitchens into cafés.


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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.

Amphibious vehicle to help Dubai Customs combat smugglers

March 25, 2014

The vehcile doubles as a mobile laboratory and is fitted with a range of equipment that allows its crew to locate potentially hazardous and prohibited substances onboard boats docked in Dubai Creek.