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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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Protecting the rights of domestic workers in the UAE

March 16, 2014

Cleaners, nannies and maids must be paid a decent wage, have one day off a week, annual holidays and 30 days sick leave a year under the UAE’s labour law, officials have said.

Few Indian inmates eager to swap UAE for home

March 3, 2014

Only 120 of about 1,200 Indians in UAE jails want to serve the remainder of their sentence in India.

British inmate assaulted fellow prisoner for being police snitch

February 23, 2014

The court of misdemeanours heard that the prisoners, who were both in prison for possession and consumption of drugs, had a history of disputes.

RAK inmates participate in Quran recital competition

February 20, 2014

Twenty-two convicts wil l take part in the contest which is part of a series of events organised by the prison.

Dubai lifeguard lured 13-year-old into women’s changing room before molesting him

February 11, 2014

The young boy was lured into the women's changing room with a promise of new sports gear.

Sharjah prisoner escapes from custody

January 22, 2014

A Bangladeshi prisoner escaped from custody after being taken to Kuwait Hospital in Sharjah yesterday.He was taken to the hospital to have a leg injury treated, police said. A police spokesman said the man had been detained...

Sharjah helps ex-convicts get their lives back on track

December 8, 2013

As part of the second annual GCC Inmates Week, held under the theme 'Lead me to a better future' members of the public are being asked to lend a hand to former inmates and their families to help get their lives back on track.

Lawyers ask to be taken off Dubai prison gang murder case

November 17, 2013

A case file surrounding a murder at Dubai Central Jail is missing vital documents, hears court.

Inmate who raped fellow convict has jail term reduced

November 1, 2013

Jail inmate who raped fellow convict has sentence reduced from ten years to three.

Abu Dhabi’s Embracing Islam Section reveals initiatives for Muslim converts

October 15, 2013

One initiative will see prisoners who become Muslim no longer having to go to court in handcuffs to authenticate their conversion.

Open verdict recorded at inquest into the death of Briton who died in Bur Dubai jail

October 10, 2013

A British court found insufficient evidence to prove either an unlawful or natural cause of death in the case of a British man killed while in police custody in 2011.

Jail for man who smuggled poppy seeds into Dubai ‘for cooking’

September 24, 2013

45-year-old Indian told the court he bought a bag of what he thought were cooking spices without knowing they contained poppy seeds.

More than 2,000 inmates gain freedom with help of Faraj Fund

September 23, 2013

Of the 2,085 prisoners who were released, 105 of them were nationals.

Dubai prisoners on hunger strike over bounced cheque sentences

September 11, 2013

Up to 100 businessmen at Dubai's largest jail are refusing to eat in protest against their imprisonment for writing bounced cheques.