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 Lionel Richie performed many of his hits from the 1970s and 1980s at the Dubai Media City Amphitheatre. Jaime Puebla / The National

Lionel Richie dishes out the hits to Dubai crowd

At his Dubai concert on Thursday, Richie greeted the audience with “Yalla habibi” – a statement of intent as his energy rarely let up.

Tyrese reunited with Fazza

Tyrese today posted on his social media accounts (Twitter, Instagram and Facebook) his pleasure at being reunited with the Crown Prince of Dubai Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

 Falconry is an activity where they demonstrate how falcons catch prey while flying at a speed of almost 360 kilometres per hour. Mona Al-Marzooqi / The National

In pictures: Adventure in the desert at Abu Dhabi's Qasr Al Sarab

Mohammad Ashfaq, an adventure guide at the Qasr Al Sarab resort, Abu Dhabi, showcases a day in his working life.

 Roberto Martinez is daring Everton to dream. Paul Ellis / AFP

Martinez v Moyes is a clash of purist v puritan

Roberto Martinez’s positivity made him the perfect choice in 2013 to manage Everton and to build on the solid foundations David Moyes had left.

Video: Local reactions to a national fishing ban

A federal fishing ban has been imposed by the UAE federal government, but local authorities are taking diiferent approaches to implementing the ban. Two fishermen tell two very different sides of the story. Produced by Paul O'Driscoll

 An Egyptian Orthodox Christian priest give communion during the Palm Sunday service inCairo, Egypt. Mohamed El-Shahed / AFP

Region in focus - April 18, 2014

The best images of the last seven days from around the Gulf and across the Middle East.


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My UAE: Asma Al Muhairi is covering all angles

March 27, 2014

A profile of the #UAEdresscode campaigner Asma Al Muhairi.

Mental health not all in the mind

December 28, 2013

In the Arab world, reluctance to seek medical help can be attributed to the fear that self-disclosure could mean betrayal of oneself and one's family.

On the UAE’s 42nd National Day, Abu Dhabi celebrates its past, present and future

December 1, 2013

By the 1980s, Abu Dhabi, now the capital of the UAE, had begun to resemble the city we see today.

Projects for Northern Emirates approved

November 10, 2013

Construction of 32 houses for citizens in Ras Al Khaimah and a new specialist accident and emergency hospital were among the projects approved by the follow up Committee of the Initiatives of the UAE President.

UAE’s record breaking streak

November 4, 2013

The UAE loves setting new standards – as the latest Guinness World Records shows. Hareth Al Bustani and Mitya Underwood report on some of our record breakers

Dh65,200 grant for UAE brand creators

October 13, 2013

A national brand for the UAE is one step closer to being created after a team of local, Hong Kong and US-based researchers received a two-year-grant this week.

877 Emirati families get one step closer to receiving house aid

October 10, 2013

This is the fourth batch of names announced as part of a plan by the Sheikh Zayed Housing Programme to provide billions in housing assistance.

UAE’s young women break the mould in private sector jobs market

October 6, 2013

While Emirati women are making great strides to bridge the gender gap in the work force, they are still often held back by their cultural, social and economic circumstances.

Abu Dhabi development: Executive Council approves Dh15.8bn on housing and infrastructure projects

September 26, 2013

Housing loans to be offered to 1,550 nationals, and new hospital and sewage treatment plant among the major developments announced

Rising fortunes in Northern Emirates

September 3, 2013

A host of projects, both planned and completed, is changing the face of the nation's north, and greatly improving the quality of life for the emirates' citizens, writes Anna Zacharias

Sharjah residents happy to pay price for smoother traffic flow

August 21, 2013

Progress UAE: Dh1bn roundabout on Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road leads to long detours but also better future.

Sheikh Khalifa Highway has motorists 'living the dream'

August 21, 2013

Progress UAE: Since the Sheikh Khalifa Highway became operational in December 2011, drivers have been revelling in travel time cuts between Fujairah and Dubai.

UAQ residents welcome new state-of-the-art hospital

August 20, 2013

Progress UAE: The Sheikh Khalifa General Hospital is the result of one of the biggest investments of cash into UAQ since the emirate's only other government hospital, Umm Al...

Sheikh Khalifa Interchange connects Ajman to the rest of UAE

August 20, 2013

Progress UAE: The original flyover was torn down and rebuilt into what is now the biggest road interchange of its kind in the emirate, with several connecting roads linking...