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 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.

 Above, the private pool of Ocean Heights' five-bedroom penthouse flat. Courtesy Christie’s International Real Estate

In pictures: Penthouse flat is height of Dubai luxury living

A five-bedroom penthouse in Ocean Heights in Dubai Marina is on sale for Dh25 million and comes with a private pool and an unparalleled view of Dubai.

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

 Southampton owner Katharina Liebherr is pictured before the Premier League match between Southampton and Liverpool at St Mary's Stadium in Southampton, southern England, on March 1, 2014. Glyn Kirk / AFP

New Southampton owner leading club’s resurgence from the shadows

Katharina Liebherr keeping with family tradition and letting others dominate the spotlight

 The new Bentley GT Speed convertible on display at a press event of the New York International Auto Show. Jason Szenes / EPA

In pictures: Hot cars at New York International Auto Show

With more than 1 million visitors annually, the New York International Auto Show is one of the most important shows for the US car industry. Here are some of the vehicles to be shown in this year’s edition.

 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.

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Deaf at two, mother to four and widowed at 34: how one woman conquered her disability

April 16, 2014

'There should be more sign interpreters and I would like to see an association for the hard of hearing in Dubai.'

Peace convention offers $1.5m prize for humanitarian work

April 10, 2014

The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Award for World Peace will be the largest prize of its kind in the world, organisers say.

Sheikh Mohammed: the youth of today will transform the future

April 7, 2014

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, also praised results from the poll that suggests entrepreneurial spirit is high.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid honours Dubai Government Excellence Awards winners

April 1, 2014

Mohammed bin Rashid honours winners of the Dubai Govt Excellence Awards with Dubai Police taking home the most prizes with 7 awards.

UAE is a friend for all, says Sheikh Mohammed

March 31, 2014

The Vice President and Ruler of Dubai said peace is the basis of the country's foreign policy and helping the poor and needy are the priorities of the UAE diplomatic agenda.

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Video highlights successes of Sheikh Mohammed and Dubai

March 31, 2014

The Journey: HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, was posted on March 31 and shows the transformation Dubai has undergone in the last 65 years.

Greater focus required on women and child development, says Princess Haya

March 25, 2014

Princess Haya bint Al Hussein, wife of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, said health care and food systems had failed women. She was speaking on the first day of the Dubai International Humanitarian Aid and Development...

Dubai’s ruler honours mother of Emirati killed in bomb blast in Bahrain

March 21, 2014

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, the Ruler of Dubai, Vice President and Prime Minister, visited the woman at her home in Ras Al Khaimah on Mother's Day.

UAE Cabinet approves tough new law on food safety

March 17, 2014

The 'comprehensive' regulations will tighten control procedures and elevate the standard of food 'to the highest possible level', said Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid.

Sheikh Mohammed swears in four new UAE ambassadors

March 16, 2014

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, swore in the diplomats during a ceremony at the Presidential Palace in Abu Dhabi.

Dubai passes new law protecting rights of those with special needs

March 11, 2014

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, passed the law, which seeks to bring together authorities to address the needs of those with disabilities.

Sheikh Mohammed grants Dh1.5m for peace prize

March 3, 2014

The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Award for World Peace reflects the vision of Dubai's Ruler that nothing is more precious than peace.

UAE lawyers welcome new rules for legal translators

March 2, 2014

The regulations mean that non-Emirati legal translators have to have five years experience before they can work in the profession.

UAE service centre rating system could go global

March 1, 2014

Under the system, 400 federal government service centres will receive a classification between two and seven stars, based on quality and speed of service.