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 Marina Square apartments Reem Island: Q1 2% rise. Studio - Dh65-68,000. 1BR - Dh75-95,000. 2BR - Dh110-145,000. 3BR - Dh170-190,000. Q1 2013-Q1 2014 no change. Sammy Dallal / The National

In pictures: Where Abu Dhabi rents have risen and fallen, Q1 2014

Find out how rental prices in the prime locations in Abu Dhabi have altered during the first three months of the year and the current rates you will pay according to data provided by Asteco.

 A model of the plans for Saadiyat Island’s Cultural District, which was on display at the Global Cityscape exhibition at Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre last year. Ali Haider / EPA

Building the future on Abu Dhabi’s Saadiyat Island

Nick Leech meets Jassim Al Hammadi, the engineer charged with providing the services that will make the Saadiyat Cultural District tick.

 Business class seats inside the Emirates Airbus A380. Chip East / Reuters

In it for the long haul: flying 16 hours with Emirates to LA

Our executive travel reviewer tries out the business class offering on Emirates' longest A380 route - and finds time passing quickly.

 Ashish Nehra of Chennai Super Kings bowls to Kings XI Punjab at Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi. Ravindranath K / The National

Hard-hitting Chennai not deterred by opening loss in IPL

But some questions remain about the team's attack ahead of Monday's match against Delhi Daredevils in Abu Dhabi, writes Osman Samiuddin.

 From left: Alex Ritman, his favorite waiter and friend Andy Tillett at Baithal Ravi in 2009. Courtesy Alex Ritman

Lamenting Bur Dubai’s Baithal Ravi Restaurant

When I heard that a fire had ripped through the restaurant known as Ravis in the Bur Dubai district of Dubai, my outburst was met with echoed monosyllabic despair among numerous friends on social media.

 Screen shot from Vin Deisel's facebook page of he and Michelle Rodriguez in Abu Dhabi for the filming of Fast & Furious 7. April 2014

Fast & Furious in Abu Dhabi, a social media frenzy

Fast & Furious 7 wraps up an eventful and much-anticipated week of filming in the capital. Let's take a look at what went on via the key players' social media, while they were enjoying the delights of the desert.


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Algeria leader promised security but ‘attacks never stopped’

April 20, 2014

The killing of 14 soldiers underscores the challenges facing Algeria as President Abdelaziz Bouteflika ages.

Bouteflika sweeps Algerian elections with 81.5% of the vote

April 18, 2014

Ailing president won re-election on Friday after a vote opponents dismissed as a stage-managed fraud to keep the ailing leader in power.

Algeria votes in elections Bouteflika is widely expected to win

April 17, 2014

Despite recovering from a stroke and being entirely absent from the three-week election campaign, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, 77, is backed by the powerful institutions of the state and represents stability for Algerians still scarred by a civil war in...

Algeria’s disaffected youth protest against election by staying home

April 16, 2014

As Algeria votes in a presidential poll today, dissatisfaction is growing in the face of a sclerotic political system that does little to include the 80 per cent of the population of 37 million under the age of 45.

Recriminations as Algeria’s presidential campaign ends

April 13, 2014

The 77-year-old Abdelaziz Bouteflika, despite ailing health and not even appearing in person on the campaign trail, remains the favourite to win a fourth term in the April 17 vote.

Future Algeria president faces looming oil rent woes

April 12, 2014

Algeria’s hydrocarbons sector employs just 3 per cent of the active population but generated 40 per cent of GDP and 97 per cent of export earnings.

Only woman in Algeria presidential race ‘won’t hold back’

April 9, 2014

Louisa Hanoune targets multinational companies and “foreign hands” which she accuses of slipping into civilian clothing and trying to drag the country into new violence.

Anti-Bouteflika movement livens up presidential campaign

April 8, 2014

Activists of the Barakat (Enough) movement have made their mark by daring to argue publicly that the 77-year-old Mr Bouteflika, who is too sick to take to the campaign trail himself, is unfit to govern.

Algeria presidential hopeful says fraud main adversary

April 5, 2014

Mr Benflis is Mr Bouteflika’s main opponent in the election, in which the serving president is conspicuous by his absence.

Campaigning kicks off in Algeria amid anger at Bouteflika

March 23, 2014

Abdelaziz Bouteflika bids for a fourth consecutive term despite poor health and growing dissatisfaction with his government.

A look at Algeria’s six presidential candidates

March 23, 2014

Campaigning kicks off on Sunday in Algeria for the April 17 presidential vote, with incumbent Abdelaziz Bouteflika widely expected to clinch a fourth term. Here's the six candidates profiled.

Algeria sees rare anti-government demonstration

March 22, 2014

The demonstrators were rallying in response to a call from the “Rejection Front,” a group made up of the families of missing persons from Algeria’s civil war in the 1990s and members of an employment rights group.

Rare anti-government protest in Algeria

March 15, 2014

While there was a heavy police presence, officers didn’t violently disperse the young protesters from the “Barakat!” group like they did in similar demonstrations earlier this month.

The trouble with France: the largest Muslim community in Europe seethes on the periphery

March 13, 2014

Andrew Hussey's journey into France's immigrant banlieues reveals a world of seething anger far removed from the country's self-image.