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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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UAE Zakat Fund has given Dh87m so far this year

September 28, 2013

The Zakat Fund has disbursed a bit more than Dh87 million since the start of the year to more than 7,000 recipients.

10,000 benefit in the UAE from Dh24m Zakat Fund payouts

September 5, 2013

Zakat Fund distributes more than Dh24 million in July and August to nearly 10,000 needy residents.

UAE Zakat fund gives Dh31m this year

May 9, 2013

The Zakat Fund has distributed Dh31 million in the first four months of 2013, extending help to 5,381 people.

Zakat Fund reports 6 per cent increase in revenues

September 3, 2012

The fund is an independent federal authority that centralises the collection and distribution of donations for social development.

Zakat is not just charity, but a divine duty

August 18, 2012

Giving a portion of one's income to charity is one of the five pillars of Islam, and is considered especially beneficial during Ramadan.

Importance of Zakat Fund highlighted

June 14, 2012

The religious role of the Zakat Fund and its crucial contributions to economic reform have been highlighted by one of its officers.

Zakat Fund sees 24% increase in donations

September 11, 2011

The Zakat Fund reports that donations have risen by almost a quarter compared to this time last year.

Etihad loyalty programme helps zakat travel further

August 4, 2011

Members of the Etihad Airways loyalty programme can now pay their zakat using air miles.