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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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Record number of visitors brave summer heat in Dubai parks over Eid

August 14, 2013

A total of 137,093 people visited the emirate's six biggest parks over the holidays, according to Dubai Municipality.

More Emiratis opt for Eid abroad rather than staycation in the UAE

August 13, 2013

Tradition of spending the holiday at home with the family is being challenged by the numbers taking a break from the fierce summer heat.

Speed at Eid the biggest factor in 19 UAE deaths over holiday

August 12, 2013

There were 32 accidents over the four-day holiday, causing dozens of injuries throughout the Emirates.

British father and son die in UAE road smash after driver falls asleep at wheel

August 12, 2013

Dad and seven-year-old son killed during Eid when a 4x4 ploughed into their family who were walking between homes during the Eid holidays.


UAE malls packed in Eid holiday bonanza

August 12, 2013

Tourists from Saudi Arabia and Qatar, where public sector workers enjoyed 12 days off for Eid, made the most of extended opening hours in Dubai of 1am for shops and 3am for restaurants to splash the cash.

Sights and sounds of a special time

August 11, 2013

After the energy-sapping Ramadan fast, the arrival of Eid Al Fitr is cause for great joy and a chance for friends and family to celebrate together.But first, there are preparations to be made and everything comes to a head on the hectic last night...

Friday sermon: Continue the good deeds of Ramadan

August 9, 2013

The sermon reminds Muslims to continue worshiping, praying and fasting even after Ramadan.

Thousands attend Eid Al Fitr prayers at Abu Dhabi's Sheikh Zayed Mosque

August 8, 2013

Eid Al Fitr: Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi leads prayers at Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, marking the culmination of a months' fasting and beginning of Shawwal.


No shortage of crisp new notes for Eid, say UAE banks

August 8, 2013

Traditionally Muslims to give children money, or Eidi, as a gift to celebrate the end of Ramadan, but this often puts pressure on banks as many children insist on clean, crisp, new notes.

RAK residents told to fast extra day after reported TV prayer time mistake

August 8, 2013

Ras Al Khaimah residents have been told to fast for an extra day, after a local television station aired the Maghreb prayer almost 20 minutes early on Wednesday.

Extended Eid holiday shopping hours for Dubai malls

August 8, 2013

Malls in the emirate will stay open until 1am and restaurants until 3am during Eid Al Fitr.

Women wait for hours at UAE salons in preparation for Eid

August 8, 2013

The end of Ramadan is traditionally one of the busiest times of the year for the beauty trade as women wait for hours to get ready for Eid Al Fitr.

Last-minute scramble as Muslims in UAE prepare for Eid

August 8, 2013

The remaining hours and minutes of Ramadan are a mad scramble to buy the customary new outfit as well as gifts for family and friends, as Muslims in the country get ready for Eid.

Powdered milk campaign in Abu Dhabi brings cheer to Bangladeshi slums

August 7, 2013

The non-profit organisation Abu Dhabi Cause Connect is running a powdered milk collection campaign for The Choice to Change Foundation a Dhaka-based charity which helps fight poverty in the slums of the Bangaladeshi capital.