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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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32 companies face fines for UAE labour-law offences

April 16, 2014

Thirty-two companies have been referred to the public prosecutor by the Ministry of Labour for breaches relating to the sponsorship of workers.

Unemployment rates among young Emiratis increasing but national service can help

March 27, 2014

New figures show young people not studying or employed in a full-time job increased from 6.4 per cent in 2011 to 8 per cent in 2012 but experts say .


FNC calls for sessions to intensify at mid-term, unhappy with lack of progress

March 8, 2014

Halfway through their term, FNC members expected to have achieved more by now but admitted schedule irregularity has led to a backlog in their work..

Murdered maid was ‘like a sister’ to me, housewife tells Abu Dhabi court

March 6, 2014

Medical reports revealed that the maid died because of an internal hemorrhage in her brain caused by several fractures of her skull.

Life sentence for employer who raped maid in Dubai

March 5, 2014

The victim told prosecutors that her employer repeatedly molested her in the six months she had been working for the family.

UAE considering standardised contract for domestic workers

March 1, 2014

The contract aims to provide guarantees for both parties to a contract and to set obligations for domestic help recruitment agencies.

Filipinos urged not to purchase illegal work visas for UAE

February 20, 2014

Legal channels are available for those who want to work in the country, and those who violate the law can be fined or deported.

UAE ranks third for use of digital government, survey finds

February 11, 2014

The UAE topped the list in terms of levels of satisfaction and only Singapore and Norway came in higher.

Agreement to safeguard Filipino workers’ rights to be signed soon

February 1, 2014

An agreement that safeguards the rights of both Filipino workers and their employers in the UAE will be signed soon, a top Filipino labour official said. It will cover all workers, except domestic workers.

Stem spread of infectious diseases at UAE labour camps, health expert warns

January 27, 2014

Overcrowded labour camps without adequate sanitation, sewerage and ventilation systems 'create ideal incubators for communicable diseases to spread', warns a speaker at the Arab Health Congress in Dubai.

Faulty air conditioning spurs Emirati to launch AC campaign for workers’ buses

January 27, 2014

Shamma Al Zaabi began to consider what labourers go through each day after her car's air conditioner failed one hot summer day.


Fresh warning to recruiters after Filipino women are barred from leaving Manila

January 22, 2014

Filipino recruiters resort to "reprocessing", passing off housemaids as some other type of worker to evade stringent requirements.

Northern Emirates nurses who can’t afford medical treatment for themselves

January 14, 2014

Some nurses in the Northern Emirates are among the workers who do not have full medical insurance and suffer hardships as they struggle to look after themselves and their families.

Public holidays in UAE: how the Emirates compares with the rest of the world

January 8, 2014

Regionally, the UAE had fewer national holidays last year compared with many Middle Eastern countries, with the public sector getting 15 days while Lebanon had 18 days, Egypt 19 days and Saudi Arabia 23.