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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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Strong winds down trees, shatter windows in Abu Dhabi

April 4, 2014

Abu Dhabi Police responded to 1,391 calls between midnight and 4am on Friday night as strong winds and heavy rain lashed the capital.

UAE weather: Wet and windy weather to continue

April 4, 2014

Wind gusts reached up to 89 kilometres an hour in Abu Dhabi on Friday morning and unstable weather is expected to continue through Saturday morning.

UAE weather warning: expect rain and dust storms on the weekend

April 3, 2014

The weather bureau is asking drivers to be cautious. The warning also extends to people heading out to sea, where conditions are expected to be rough.

UAE weather: Temperatures to start rising while hazy conditions remain

March 30, 2014

Expect cloudy skies over scattered areas and light rain at times, says the weather forecast centre.

Fog, accidents cause delays on Abu Dhabi and Dubai roads

March 30, 2014

Drivers faced delays this morning due to fog and major accidents on the roads of Abu Dhabi and Dubai.

UAE begins clean-up operations after storms

March 27, 2014

The weather bureau expects conditions will begin to improve this weekend after heavy downpour created havoc across the UAE earlier this week.

Video: Heavy rains flood roads in Abu Dhabi and Dubai

March 26, 2014

Heavy rains overnight caused flooding of several highways and streets in the UAE. Roads in Abu Dhabi Gate City and Mohammed Bin Zayed City were flooded causing traffic delays while streets in Umm Suqeim and Al Barsha were inundated. 

Accidents ‘every 2 minutes’ in Dubai as rain wreaks havoc across UAE

March 26, 2014

Poor weather also delayed Sharjah’s Clusters of Light show until Sunday. It was initially meant to run from March 26 for a week.

In pictures: Rain lashes down on the UAE

March 26, 2014

While the weather is expected to improve in the coming days, the UAE saw rain across all the emirates today as residents woke up to a dark and gloomy day.

All-day deluge brings flooding and traffic jams to Dubai neighbourhood

March 26, 2014

Roads closed by flooding and long tail backs of traffic are a common sight in Al Barhsa when it rains, say residents.

UAE weather set to improve in time for weekend

March 26, 2014

The unstable weather will continue on Thursday with rainfall, strong winds and dust storms affecting the region, the National Centre of Meteorology and Seismology said.

In pictures: Wet weather in the UAE

March 26, 2014

Accidents, rain, floods and wet weather around the UAE on March 26.

UAE weather: rain, dust and strong winds expected this week

March 24, 2014

The unstable weather will start with clouds forming over the west of the UAE, bringing the possibility of rainfall on Tuesday evening and throughout the night.

UAE rumours of thunderstorms and hailstones ‘baseless’, says weather bureau

March 17, 2014

Residents urged to ignore false reports that the UAE will face extreme weather conditions for the next two weeks that could result in losses of public and private properties.