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 Ali Benflis, opposition leader and main rival to Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika speaks to the press after casting his vote in the presidential elections at a polling station in Algiers on. Former prime minister Benflis ran against Bouteflika in 2004 but lost heavily, charging the vote was rigged 10 years ago and has said fraud will be his ‘main adversary’ during the election. Patrick Baz / AFP Photo

Best photography from around the world, April 17

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

 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

 Walter Zenga is one win away from claiming silverware for the first time in the UAE. Karim Jaafar / AFP

Walter Zenga seeks early retribution at Al Jazira in Arabian Gulf Cup final

A victory over Al Ahli in the Arabian Gulf Cup final will help prove the Italian has turned around the fortunes of the capital club.

 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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Sheikha Lubna attends global development conference in Mexico

April 16, 2014

Sheikha Lubna urged world leaders to consolidate efforts to address global problems such as poverty, disease, lack of education and inequality.

UAE donates $5 billion in development aid in 2013

April 8, 2014

The UAE placed first in the world for aid as a percentage of gross national income, according to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development.

UAE releases US$60m more aid for Syria victims

April 1, 2014

The bulk of money has been used to provide shelter, food, health care and sanitation for people affected by the conflict.

Thank You, Khalifa: Sheikha Lubna praises UAE President

January 2, 2014

Under the guidance of Sheikh Khalifa, the UAE has become one of the most charitable countries in the world, said the Minister of International Cooperation and Development.

UAE wants to impact ‘hundreds of thousands’ who are less fortunate, says Sheikha Lubna

November 12, 2013

The Emirates Foundation Philanthropy Summit 2013 kicked off today in the capital as philanthropic organisations around the world togethered in Abu Dhabi to discuss how to get the most out of their work.

Sheikha Lubna pays tribute to UAE women

November 11, 2013

Sheikha Lubna, who led a panel at the oil-and-gas conference Adipec, highlighted the achievements of women in the UAE as well as what has been done for them in terms of government policy.

Sheikha Lubna praises UAE’s strengthening ties with EU

October 4, 2013

Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid Al Qasimi, the Minister of Development, is in Brussels ahead of the expected vote by a European Parliament committee to lift visa restrictions on UAE travellers to Europe.

More needs to be done to support disabled, UAE minister tells UN

September 26, 2013

More work needs to be done to support the rights of disabled people, according to the UAE’s Minister of International Cooperation and Development. Lubna Al Qasimi said in a speech to the UN General Assembly on Wednesday that...

Malnutrition is ‘unacceptable’ in the 21st century, says Sheikha Lubna

June 10, 2013

The Minister of International Cooperation and Development was speaking at the 'Nutrition for Growth: Beating Hunger Through Business & Science' international conference in London.