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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.

 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.

 Omar Al Miskini was honoured as Outstanding Male Driver with Special Needs at last month’s Gulf Traffic Week.

In pictures: Special needs driver an exemplary example in the UAE

Photos of Omar Al Miskini, 40, who was named exemplary male driver with special needs by Abu Dhabi Police during the Gulf Traffic Week


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40 million passengers on Dubai Metro in first three months of the year

April 15, 2014

The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) announced the Dubai Metro’s Red and Green Lines carried 40,655,978 passengers during the first quarter, which is 7.3 million more than the same period in 2013.

Dubai Metro set to become a series of museums

March 17, 2014

Daily commute for Dubai residents and visitors set to become a little more entertaining - and educational.

Metro commuters are highly educated, 20 somethings

March 6, 2014

A survey on the Dubai Metro found most passengers are in their 20s, have bachelor's degrees and earn a salary of up to Dh5,000.

Dubai Metro to open final two stations on Green Line

February 26, 2014

Once the Al Jadaf and Creek stations are active it means that the Roads and Transport Authority has opened all its completed stations thus far.

Dubai Metro expansion: Mirdif City Centre mall to get own station

February 4, 2014

The shopping centre has been attracting enough traffic to warrant its own link to the Dubai Metro, said Abdulla Yousef Al Ali, acting chief executive of the Rail Agency at the Roads and Transport Authority.

Abu Dhabi to make a ‘quantum leap’ with $100 billion boom in mega projects

February 1, 2014

A raft of housing, schools, transport and other projects will transform Abu Dhabi into an integrated, cosmopolitan global city.

Drivers learn new road signs to navigate around Dubai Tram

January 21, 2014

Driving schools are being told to educate students in new signs that will appear alongside the tram system, which begins running in November.

Dubai’s multibillion dirham tram system set to begin testing

January 15, 2014

The first phase of the Dh3 billion, 10.6-kilometre tramway will have 11 stations and will loop around Dubai Marina and Jumeirah Beach Residence to Al Sufouh.

Dubai sets out traffic plan for New Year celebrations

December 29, 2013

The RTA has prepared a traffic plan for New Year’s eve - a night usually marked by intense traffic movement, particularly around Dubai Mall and the Palm Jumeirah.

Dubai’s Palm Jumeirah restricts residents’ access due to New Year’s Eve fireworks

December 23, 2013

Access to the Palm Jumeirah will be restricted in the days leading up to this year’s New Year’s Eve celebrations with all residents needing a special pass to access their homes by car.

RTA plan to develop apartment towers above Dubai’s busiest metro station

December 10, 2013

The Roads and Transport Authority is asking international real estate companies to submit bids for developing blocks of flats and offices above the two-level Union Metro station complex in Deira.

New Dubai bus route

September 27, 2013

The RTA said a new bus route will run regularly to Energy Station, in Zone 2 between Ibn Battuta Mall and Jebel Ali Industrial stations, starting from Monday.

New Dubai Metro station to open this month

September 22, 2013

Energy Station, on the red line between Ibn Battuta and Jebel Ali Industrial stations, will add to growing network.

Electrical surge leads to power cut at Dubai Metro stations

September 22, 2013

Escalators at several stations stopped and a handful of people had to be rescued from a stalled lift.