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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.

 Thai anti-government protesters blow whistles during a rally at the Metropolitan Electricity Authority in Bangkok, Thailand. Rungroj Yongrit / EPA

Best photography from around the world April 23

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

 Khalifa Bin Zayed Air College students participate in the 2014 Innovation Challenge. Delores Johnson / The National

In pictures: the UAE Innovation Challenge 2014

The engineering competition brought together almost 100 students from across the country competing in teams to build the best unmanned aircraft.

 This comparison image shown on Reddit annotated the objects with vehicles from the movies.

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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Five FNC members who lived up to their campaign promises

April 13, 2014

Many of the 450 candidates who ran for 20 open seats in the FNC made campaign promises. These members have lived up to them.

Youth parliament will join Federal National Council in UAE

November 18, 2013

A youth parliament of 54 children, a joint venture between the FNC and the Ministry of Education, have taken the councillors' seats for a day.

FNC rejects electronic voting

November 11, 2013

FNC members reject electronic voting system, opting instead for the traditional paper and ballot box.

Federal National Council has yet to capture Emiratis’ imaginations

October 3, 2013

Halfway through the FNC's first four-year term and Emiratis say they expect more from the council's members.

FNC cuts its requests to energy body

January 20, 2013

Federal National Council have reduced their requests to the Federal Electricity and Water Authority, saying they do not want to overwhelm the authority.

UAE jobs minister promises a new surge in Emiratisation

December 11, 2012

As unemployment rate among UAE nationals rises to one in five, the FNC told that small salaries, low job security, short holidays and long working hours discourage employment in private sector.

UAE students urged to participate in politics

November 14, 2012

A study of 200 students at UAE University found that nearly 80 percent of them could not name their Deputy Prime Minister, and only a little more than half knew who the Ruler of Sharjah was.

UAE's Federal National Council: why we need appointed members

October 8, 2012

Lack of public awareness is cited as FNC officials agree that appointments bring balance to council and can fill gaps in expertise

Quicker data promised to FNC

July 11, 2012

Minister of State for FNC Affairs tells council to go through him when they can't properly obtain information.

Emiratis to get National Day payrise as benefits not basic salary

June 20, 2012

FNC member insists classing rise of up to 45 per cent as basic pay would let Emiratis retire more comfortably, and make room for new jobseekers, but the Minister of State for Financial Affairs says it would cost the Government billions in pensions.

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Voters sought high degree of talent

March 13, 2012

More than a third of candidates running for FNC office did not have university degrees, and only four of those were elected.

Election turnout dropped highest among women and youth, report says

March 6, 2012

Report by the National Election Committee helps to answer the key question on the minds of ministers after September's FNC elections: why did turnout plummet to just 28 per cent?

Candidates spent Dh54m on FNC campaign, report shows

March 6, 2012

With a Dh2m cap in place, the biggest-spending candidate, who spent Dh1,578,092 on the campaign, was in Abu Dhabi

Past FNC members tell of life out of public eye

February 28, 2012

Yesterday, FNC members past and present had a chance to meet and talk during a ceremony honouring the work of previous councils.