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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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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.