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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

 Hamburg players leave the field after the match against Borussia Moenchengladbach on March 30, 2014. AFP

Hamburg the dinosaur’s time may be up in Bundesliga

Ever-present for 51 years in the German top-flight, Hamburg face the prospect of relegation, writes Ian Hawkey.

 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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In pictures: Spectacular views of UAE from space

March 9, 2014

The National takes a look at how the UAE has changed since the Emirates Institution for Advanced Science & Technology launched its first satellite in space on July 29, 2009.

UAE Islamic affairs authority reaffirms fatwa on Muslims travelling to Mars

February 24, 2014

“Based on the texts, it is not permissible to travel to Mars and never to return if life is not possible there," said the General Authority for Islamic Affairs and Endowments following calls by Mars One to cancel an earlier fatwa.

Human Mars mission foundation urges Islamic authority to allow Muslims into space

February 21, 2014

The General Authority of Islamic Affairs and Endowment said in an edict that travel to the red planet would be so hazardous as to be suicidal and killing oneself is not permitted by Islam.

Arabian Gulf’s biggest telescope inaugurated

February 15, 2014

The Emirates Mobile Observatory is also seeking to become part of the International Astronomical Union's network of robotic telescopes for conducting astronomical research.

Spacecraft should wake to date with a 4.6 billion-year-old rock

January 19, 2014

After 10 years and 7 billion kilometres, the first spacecraft to try to land on a comet is close to its target – provided the scientists can wake up up the probe.

Dubai resident shortlisted from more than 200,000 people for Mars One mission

January 5, 2014

More than 200,000 people applied for the chance to be part of Earth’s first colony on Mars and only 1,058 were picked. Khalid Al Jaaidi who was born and bred in Dubai was one of them.


Spectacular image from space shows the bright lights of UAE

January 2, 2014

It may be shot from an unfamiliar angle but on close inspection, this spectacular image clearly outlines the coastline of the UAE - capturing the Dubai, Sharjah and Ajman conurbation; Abu Dhabi and Al Ain all in one frame.

In pictures: Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid inaugurates Khalifa-Sat satellite project

December 30, 2013

Dubai will reach for the stars with the first 100 per cent Arab satellite designed and built by Emiratis.

Dubai ruler reaches for the stars with first Emirati manufactured satellite

December 29, 2013

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid salutes plans for Khalifa-Sat as a tribute to both historic Arab innovation and a new generation of scientists.


It’s mission accomplished on Dubai’s second space imaging satellite

December 11, 2013

More than 1,000 images, from Mecca to Vegas, have been received from DubaiSat-2 since its launch a few weeks ago, and the satellite is now just about ready to start providing the government with images.

UAE astronomers miss ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ glimpse of Comet Ison’s brush with the sun

November 26, 2013

More than 180 people spent Monday evening at Zubair camp just outside Dubai to try and catch a glimpse of Comet Ison, but poor visibility scuppered their viewing.

Chelyabinsk meteor serves as wake-up call to scientists

November 16, 2013

The Chelyabinsk event highlighted the inadequacies of current methods for spotting space objects before they strike Earth and the importance of commoners' observations to science.

Out-of-the-world experience for space tourists willing to part with US$100,000

November 12, 2013

Space Expedition Corporation is offering an hour-long flight on Lynx Mark 1 as early as next year on a genuine out-of-this-world experience – at just Dh367,000 per person.

DubaiSat-2 satellite will carry Expo 2020 logo into orbit

November 4, 2013

Final preparations have begun ahead of the launch of Dubai Sat-2, which is expected to blast into orbit before the end of the year.