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 A still from the 27-second black-and-white video that was taken using a satellite owned and operated by Skybox Imaging.

Burj Khalifa stars in HD video from space

A 27-second black and white video of a plane flying over Dubai's skyscrapers captures the imagination of some.

 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.

 JP Duminy played a cameo knock of 52 not out from 35 balls to tip the game in Delhi Daredevils' favour. Pawan Singh / The National

Kolkata Knight Riders lose way as Duminy sizzles for Delhi Daredevils

JP Duminy keeps his head as cameo at the death helps swing it in Delhi's favour in Dubai after captain Karthik plays the anchor role.

 A projectionist takes a break in the projection room at Ariana Cinema in Kabul, Afghanistan. Going to the movies, once banned under the Taliban, has become a popular form of entertainment in Kabul, but women and children rarely take part. All photos by Photo by Jonathan Saruk / Reportage by Getty Images

Afghan cinema: Forbidden Reel

The lights go down and the projector whirls into action as Sher Mohammed, 35, begins his routine, bouncing back and forth between two projectors, winding reels, and adjusting the carbon arc lamps inside the projectors.

 The mother removes the noose with the help of her husband from around the neck of Balal.

In pictures: Mother forgives her son’s killer as he awaited his execution

An Iranian mother spared the life of her son’s convicted murderer with an emotional slap in the face as he awaited execution with the noose around his neck.

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.

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Friday sermon: Key moments from the life of the Prophet Mohammed

January 9, 2014

As Muslims celebrate the birthday of the Prophet Mohammed, this week's sermon will recount significant moments from his life.

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.

Prophet’s birthday brings day off for UAE government and private sector workers

January 5, 2014

All government sector employees will get a day off work for Mowled Al Nabawi celebration of the Prophet’s birthday.

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Change in Al Hijri New Year’s Day holiday for private sector

October 28, 2013

Saturday, November 2 – not November 3 – will be the Islamic New Year holiday for private sector employees.

Al Hijri New Year’s Day holiday announced in the UAE

October 27, 2013

The announcement was made during a cabinet meeting, state news agency Wam said.

Eid Al Adha may offer UAE workers six-day holiday

August 23, 2013

The Eid holidays will start with Arafat Day, scheduled for October 14, followed by three days of Eid, according to a calendar posted by the Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department in Dubai..

Video: Ramadan and Eid Festival

August 6, 2013

As Ramadan draws to a close, visitors to the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre's Ramadan and Eid festival talk about their favorite way to celebrate this occasion.

Filipino Muslims to benefit from Abu Dhabi centre's Eid zakat donations

July 30, 2013

Seventy to 80 per cent of more than 3,000 new converts at the centre are Filipino.

Friday sermon: Focus on sharing and charity during Ramadan

July 12, 2013

Ramadan is the month of patience and consolation, so people should focus on good spending and sharing, according to Friday's sermon.

How to donate to the Dar Al Ber society across UAE

July 9, 2013

More on UAE and charity: Donations to Dar Al Ber can be made at their centres in Dubai, Ajman, UAQ and RAK, or through their sales points at all Union Cooperative Society...

Long weekend brings fun in the sun for Abu Dhabi residents

June 7, 2013

Residents of all ages celebrate Isra wal Miraj with friends and loved ones.

Free parking across Dubai on Isra Wal Meraj holiday

June 5, 2013

The Roads and Transport Authority said there will be free parking across the emirate on Thursday with the exception of the Fish Market and multi-storey parking facilities.

Three-day weekend for UAE's public and private sector workers for Isra Wal Meraj

May 21, 2013

The UAE government has confirmed that public and private sector workers will get a three day paid holiday with an Islamic celebration falling on June 6.

Germany urged to grant Muslims days off for religious festivals

March 28, 2013

Muslims living in Germany should be granted two days of official holiday a year to mark important religious festivals, a leading member of the country's Muslim community says.