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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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UN peace envoy slams Israeli Easter security in Jerusalem

April 20, 2014

Israeli police refused to let the UN’s peace envoy to the Middle East, other diplomats and a crowd of Palestinians pass through a barricade to attend a pre-Easter ritual in the Jerusalem church that Christians revere as the burial site of...

Police disperse Palestinians barricaded in Al Aqsa mosque

April 16, 2014

The compound is known to Muslims as the “Noble Sanctuary” and is Islam’s third-holiest site.

Israel claims more land in occupied West Bank

April 14, 2014

JERUSALEM // Israel has carried out a new land appropriation in the occupied West Bank in a move that could complicate efforts to extend peace talks with the Palestinians.The defence ministry declared nearly 100 hectares of territory in...

Palestinians and Israeli police clash at Al Aqsa mosque

April 13, 2014

Violence erupted when police opened one of the walled compound’s gates to non-Muslim visitors.

Palestinians accuse Israel of ‘piracy’ for withholding tax money

April 11, 2014

Israel collects about US$100 million a month in taxes for the Palestinians and said it would withhold the money to punish them for pushing to sign up for more recognition from international agencies and treaties.

Over the threshold: Israel’s new ‘governability’ laws entrench the settlements even further

April 10, 2014

Israel’s new suite of laws – the ‘governability bill’ – has made it harder for smaller parties to gain access to power and entrenches the settlements even further.

Arab League blames Israelis for derailing peace talks

April 9, 2014

Wednesday’s emergency meeting was requested by Mahmoud Abbas after Israel backtracked on releasing a final batch of Palestinian prisoners and reissued tenders for 708 settler homes in east Jerusalem.

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Palestinian envoy in Prague likely killed by booby-trapped book : paper

April 8, 2014

Past statements by police had suggested Jamal Al Jamal may have been killed by a device used to secure an old safe.

Palestinian women commandos are changing the Guard

April 7, 2014

The 22 future commandos are trailblazers in a still largely male-dominated society, set to become the first female members of the Presidential Guards, a Palestinian elite force of 2,600 men.

In Jordan Valley, Israeli bulldozers crush Bedouin homes but not spirit

April 6, 2014

For a 50-year-old Bedouin shepherd, it is the third time that he and his extended family have had their homes levelled as the Israeli army steps up the pace of demolitions in the Jordan Valley.

Netanyahu threatens retaliation for Palestinian treaty applications

April 6, 2014

One measure the Israelis might take is withholding tax revenue and fees Israel collects on behalf of the Palestinian Authority.

In pictures: a life bulldozed by discrimination

April 6, 2014

A 50-year-old Bedouin shepherd and his extended family have had their homes levelled three times as the Israeli army steps up the pace of demolitions in the Jordan Valley.

Can Turkey use water to exert power across the Middle East?

April 5, 2014

Turkey is slated to complete an ambitious water pipeline project with northern Cyprus later this year. The project is a first step in its long-standing quest to be a regional water power.

US to reconsider its role in stalled Middle East peace talks

April 4, 2014

The increasingly frustrated US secretary of state, John Kerry, says it was time for a 'reality check- in floundering Middle East peace talks and made it clear that his patience with Israeli and Palestinian officials was near to exhausted.

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