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 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.

No words can describe this April 17, your captions will

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 The year-long project aims to create a form of social autobiography — the story of Dubai documented by those who know it best, the people who live there.

Zoom in! This is your Dubai in a single image

On our sixth birthday, we are all about pictures. So here is our #mydubai offering. Using zoom.it, explore the city.

 Amir Khan, during a workout at the Gloves Community Centre on March 24, 2014 in Bolton, England, says his fight will be the real main event in Las Vegas on May 3. Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Amir Khan says bout with Luis Collazo ‘will steal the show’ in Las Vegas on May 3

British-Pakistani boxer Amir Khan says his fight with Luis Collazo will be the main attraction on same fight card led by Floyd Mayweather Jr and Marcos Maidana, writes Omar Al Raisi.

 This Dh17,000 Miele system can prepare your choice of coffee - from capuccino to espresso - at a touch of a button. Pawan Singh / The National

In pictures: Miele puts art in coffee making

Miele has devoted itself to the art of preparing the black liquid with its beautifully designed coffee machines, living up to its mantra of turning kitchens into cafés.


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Personal crisis leads Emirati woman to reach out to others

April 1, 2014

For one woman, the end of her marriage proved the beginning of a new path. It has led her to stability, happiness and an inspiring career as a personal consultant who aims to help clients’ self-development, Asmaa Al Hameli reports

Role of UAE midwives ‘poorly understood’

March 30, 2014

Many would-be mothers in the UAE have little comprehension of what role a midwife plays during childbirth.

UAE’s female paramedics speak about challenges of the job

March 25, 2014

“Seeing dead children is one of the toughest,” said Maitha Al Katibe, 25, who has been a paramedic for the past four years in Dubai.

Emirati women ‘leading the way in previously male-dominated fields’

March 25, 2014

A study by the Economist Intelligence Unit shows that a growing number of Emirati women in traditionally male-dominated fields could boost the economy by 12 per cent.

Life and accomplishments of UAE’s Mother of the Nation celebrated

March 23, 2014

Among Sheikha Fatima’s achievements highlighted at the event were her establishment and leading of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, in 2003, and her role as chairwoman of the General Women's Union.

Portrait of a Nation: Trailblazing Emirati female security guard proud to serve the nation

March 22, 2014

“I’m proud to be one of the first female security guards who is a local,” Mariam Mohamad Abdulrahman said through a translator. “I feel like I am serving my nation.”

Sheikha Fatima vows to enhance gender equality in the UAE

March 15, 2014

In a statement delivered at a session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women, the chairwoman of the General Women's Union said the UAE leadership believed in female empowerment.

Media is ‘best tool’ to empower women, says pioneering female Emirati lawyer

February 26, 2014

Worth 100 Men: Identifying the Role of Media in Women’s Empowerment gathers experts in the UAE to discuss women's role in society and at home.

Emirati woman is one of the world’s most outstanding police officers

February 26, 2014

Maj Amina Al Bloushi has been recognised as one of the most outstanding police officers in the world by the International Police Association in the US.

Emirati woman looks to change the future of education

February 22, 2014

Mariam Al Halami hopes to become the UAE Minister of Education, changing policy along the way.

Story of a lifetime of love for Abu Dhabi

February 17, 2014

The passing on Sunday of Susan Hillyard will leave a void in the lives and memories of all who met her.

Expat mums in Sharjah to get 60 days’ paid maternity leave

February 9, 2014

The decision came following directives by Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah.

Abandoned women and scrapping foundation year at universities on FNC agenda

February 2, 2014

Debate on scrapping foundation year at state universities and the situations of abandoned women in the UAE will resume on Tuesday at the Federal National Council.

More Emiratis are living independently to protect privacy, experts say

February 1, 2014

Many newlyweds are opting to live away from their family and this trend is a good thing, experts say.