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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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Partnership aims to promote clean technology in UAE

April 16, 2014

The United National Development Programme has formed a partnership with the UAE-based Clean Energy Business Council

Dubai electricity authority to provide energy-saving lightbulbs to residents

April 16, 2014

Installation will start in residential buildings before moving to Government-owned structures and buildings in the private sector.

Electric cars on the streets of Dubai in the next 18 months

April 14, 2014

Saeed Al Tayer of the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority says charging stations could be placed in malls or hotels for the environmentally-friendly vehicles.


Forum aims to impart Australian water expertise to the UAE

April 13, 2014

With large parts of Australia being covered by arid or semi-arid land, the country faces similar challenges to the UAE.

Young Emirati woman takes on nuclear energy studies in Japan

April 9, 2014

A woman from Fujairah said she wants to help the environment and be able to work in alternative sources of energy.

Dubai pupils thrill to Antarctic chills

April 3, 2014

Ten teens took a two-week environmental expedition to Antarctica last month with the first man to walk both the north and south poles, Robert Swan.

UAE-based Irena makes huge strides in promoting clean energy

April 3, 2014

The International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena) was officially established on April 4, 2011, following a three-year preparation period that included the selection of Abu Dhabi as its host.

UAE’s green building industry makes progress after authorities intervene

April 1, 2014

The more stringent requirements for new buildings have helped create a market for green materials and technologies, while increasing knowledge among industry professionals.

Warning not to throw out new light bulbs

March 29, 2014

As new rules come into force banning iridescent lightbulbs, experts are asking what the UAE has planned for all the mercury left over from long-life, low-energy bulbs that will take their place

Integrated water recycling system will likely be clear winner in UAE

March 22, 2014

A scientist at Masdar Institute is developing the first UAE-specific all-in-one wastewater treatment system - one that aims to treat wastewater in a way that costs much less than the usual treatment methods.

Team of experts ensure Dubai Fountain’s water is perfectly clean

March 20, 2014

The purity of the water is key to smooth operation of the world's largest choreographed fountain display.

Gas emissions from Dubai sewage plant could be used to fuel vehicles

March 19, 2014

The project, which would involve capturing and cleaning gases from the Al Warsan plant that are currently flared, should be up-and-running within a year.

How a form of carbon could mean safe drinking water for the whole world

March 8, 2014

Chemists think they may have found a material able to make seawater drinkable.

More than US$11m pledged to develop green economies at environmental meeting in Dubai

March 4, 2014

Officials from more than 30 countries attended the Partnership for Action on a Green Economy conference which aims to encourage efficient use of resources through government policies.