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 Rolling out the structure for the set. Mona Al Marzooqi / The National

Star Wars: Episode VII evidence in Abu Dhabi desert

After more than a week of speculation, The National has what are believed to be the first photos of a Star Wars shoot in the Abu Dhabi desert.

No words can describe this April 17, your captions will

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 The year-long project aims to create a form of social autobiography — the story of Dubai documented by those who know it best, the people who live there.

Zoom in! This is your Dubai in a single image

On our sixth birthday, we are all about pictures. So here is our #mydubai offering. Using zoom.it, explore the city.

 Amir Khan, during a workout at the Gloves Community Centre on March 24, 2014 in Bolton, England, says his fight will be the real main event in Las Vegas on May 3. Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Amir Khan says bout with Luis Collazo ‘will steal the show’ in Las Vegas on May 3

British-Pakistani boxer Amir Khan says his fight with Luis Collazo will be the main attraction on same fight card led by Floyd Mayweather Jr and Marcos Maidana, writes Omar Al Raisi.

 This Dh17,000 Miele system can prepare your choice of coffee - from capuccino to espresso - at a touch of a button. Pawan Singh / The National

In pictures: Miele puts art in coffee making

Miele has devoted itself to the art of preparing the black liquid with its beautifully designed coffee machines, living up to its mantra of turning kitchens into cafés.


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The rise of Arab businesswomen

April 15, 2014

Rahilla Zafar, co-author of Arab Women Rising, reveals the barriers female entrepreneurs in the Middle East are pushing through and the misconceptions about their level of success.

Kuwait opposition group wants more open political system

April 13, 2014

The Opposition Coalition, formed last year by already existing groups of nationalists, Islamists, youths and liberals, issued a call at the weekend for major constitutional and legislative reforms to give elected officials more power.

Arab Summit offers view of new order in regional and global affairs

March 26, 2014

The venue for the Arab League’s annual meeting, Bayan Palace in Kuwait, is a plush bastion of stability and luxury, highlights the different realities of Arab countries and also highlights the growing influence of the Arabian Gulf.

Arab League backs Palestinian rejection of Israel as ‘Jewish state’

March 26, 2014

The statement at the end of a two-day League summit dismissed the Jewish-state demand that Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has insisted on during peace negotiations with the Palestinians.

Kuwait’s emir calls on Arab leaders to ‘cast aside differences’

March 25, 2014

Speaking at the Arab League summit in Kuwait City, Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmed Al Sabah said, the “dangers around us are enormous and we will not move towards joint Arab action without our unity and without casting aside our differences”.

Split within the GCC adds to Arab League summit challenges

March 23, 2014

The Arab League gathers in Kuwait on Tuesday during a time of unprecedented diplomatic fallout among the Gulf Cooperation Countries (GCC).

Gulf aid helps pull Egyptian state back from the brink

March 22, 2014

Egypt’s geopolitical significance stems from a multitude of reasons, many of which are directly linked to the interests of other Arab nations, particularly in the Arabian Gulf region.

Kuwait bourse to be big fish in small pond as MSCI upgrades UAE and Qatar

March 13, 2014

Qatar and the UAE will move up from frontier market to emerging market status at the end of May, leaving a big void in MSCI’s frontier index, which will have to be readjusted.

Strained relations within GCC affect US security interests

March 11, 2014

Coolness between Qatar, which hosts vital US security facilities, and the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain adds to Washington's difficulty in juggling regional concerns.

In pictures: Breitling wingwalkers above Kuwait’s skies

March 9, 2014

The Breitling Wingwalking team head to Kuwait to mark the opening of the first dedicated boutique in the city for the prestigious watch brand..

Kuwait can be a bridge between Saudi Arabia and Iran, says Lebanese speaker

February 18, 2014

Kuwait is a potential go-between between Iran and Saudi Arabia, says Nabih Berri, the Lebanese parliament speaker

Kuwait likely to delay vote on GCC security pact

February 16, 2014

The only GCC member not to ratify a security pact, Kuwait is unlikely to vote on ratifying the agreement during the current legislative term

Kuwait says relations with Iran are ‘excellent’

February 12, 2014

Kuwait’s relations with Iran are “excellent, historical and developing”, the official Kuna news agency cited foreign ministry undersecretary Khaled Al Jarallah as saying

Russian foreign minister to hold Syria talks with GCC in Kuwait

February 12, 2014

Russia and Gulf Cooperation Council are at loggerheads over the bloody conflict in Syria that is estimated to have claimed more than 136,000 lives.