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On our sixth birthday, today’s news told visually

Today in print, we are doing something different: we use only photos, graphics, illustrations and headlines to capture the news in a one-off collector’s edition.

 Rolling out the structure for the set. Mona Al Marzooqi / The National

Star Wars: Episode VII evidence in Abu Dhabi desert

After more than a week of speculation, The National has what are believed to be the first photos of a Star Wars shoot in the Abu Dhabi desert.

 Children walk past an Indian voter awareness mural in Mumbai ahead of the sixth phase of India’s national elections. Indranil Mukherjee / AFP

Inside India: Election, Promoting the Vote

A view of news and daily life on the Indian subcontinent for the week of April 10, 2014.

 INVERNESS, SCOTLAND - APRIL 16:  A general view of Urquhart Castle, Drumnadrochit on April 16, 2014 in Scotland. A referendum on whether Scotland should be an independent country will take place on September 18, 2014.  (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

Map of seperatist movements around the world

The conflict in Ukraine is a classic example of competing aspirations and identities – here’s a look at seperatist movements around the world.

 Hassan Abdullah, who goes by the name Abu Mahmoud, an Emirati fisherman, poses for a portrait at the Al Rughayalat Port. Abu Mahmoud was born and raised in Fujairah city and has been working as a fisherman since 1968. “I’m a shark man”, he says, “I was born in the sea.” Silvia Razgova / The National

In pictures: Fishing communities in the Northern Emirates

Fishermen in Fujairah and Umm Al Qaiwain worry that new regulations to protect fish stocks are harming their trade. We look at both communities through the lens of our photographers.

 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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Numerous plastic waste bags found on UAQ beach

April 14, 2014

Plastic bags containing waste of various types washed ashore and were found strewn along the beach at Al Ras area near the Corniche.

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

‘No attention has been paid to it,’ say Abu Dhabi residents of underground bins

March 29, 2014

The subterranean waste collection points were introduced in 2009, and dozens were in operation across the capital by 2011.


Project to collect gas from Dubai landfills could be extended

March 18, 2014

Methane gas that seeps from organic waste buried at the Al Quasis landfill has been collected for more than a year as part of a high-tech process developed by Green Energy Solutions & Sustainability for Dubai Municipality.

Men fined for dumping unknown substances on east coast of UAE

March 16, 2014

Authorities are waiting for a lab analysis report to determine exactly what the substances in the barrels contain.

Federal strategy for UAE’s green economic growth under development

February 25, 2014

The strategy will provide guidelines in areas including the oil and gas sector, transport, waste and agriculture.

Dubai malls given May deadline to recycle waste

February 22, 2014

The plan aims to ensure that 75 per cent of waste generated by shopping malls is recycled in the emirate by 2018.

Schoolchildren give Abu Dhabi beaches a clean sweep for rubbish

February 20, 2014

Hundreds of schoolchildren teamed up with Government employees for the drive at three beaches in the emirate.

Dubai leg of Waste Free Environment campaign

February 20, 2014

Dr Rashid bin Fahad, the Minister of Environment and Water, opened the event at Al Hamriya Port.

Nearly 1,800 tonnes of waste collected by UAE environment group in 2013

January 29, 2014

The majority of the more than 1.6 million kilograms of material collected by the Emirates Environment Group was paper.

Residents outraged by uncollected rubbish on the streets of Khalifa City

January 28, 2014

'Rubbish collectors sometimes come only once a week. This practice results in an unhealthy environment in the area and invites rodents and insects,' says one resident in the Abu Dhabi neighbourhood.


UAE turns to waste burning to generate greener energy

January 21, 2014

A Dh3 billion plant that will burn rubbish to generate power has been proposed for Abu Dhabi.

Government plan to maintain Abu Dhabi’s water reserves

January 21, 2014

Eight government agencies are teaming up to launch a coordinated plan to maintain Abu Dhabi's water resources are utilised efficiently

Reusing waste water is not a luxury but a need, says expert

January 15, 2014

The UAE produces the vast majority of its potable water through desalination but the Government is now concerned about the high energy cost and other environmental impacts of the process.