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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.

 Above, the private pool of Ocean Heights' five-bedroom penthouse flat. Courtesy Christie’s International Real Estate

In pictures: Penthouse flat is height of Dubai luxury living

A five-bedroom penthouse in Ocean Heights in Dubai Marina is on sale for Dh25 million and comes with a private pool and an unparalleled view of Dubai.

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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Saudi Prince Bandar promised a victory he could not deliver

April 16, 2014

Saudi Arabia's controversial intelligence chief stepped down this week after rumours that his policies on Syria had fallen out of favour.

Syria poison gas attacks challenge to ‘international will’

April 15, 2014

The latest attacks require firm action from the international community, says Saudi Prince Saud Al Faisal.

Mortar bombs make every trip out a ‘game of Russian roulette’

April 14, 2014

The random nature of mortar bomb attacks make even accomplishing simple tasks difficult in the Syrian capital.

Emirati volunteers ease Syrian refugees’ burden

April 14, 2014

Seven young women were chosen from 600 Emiratis to spend time helping out at the Murjeeb Al Fuhood camp for Syrian refugees run by the Emirates Red Crescent to help those living there, including orphans. It had a profound effect on them.

Three Hizbollah-affiliated journalists killed in Syrian town

April 14, 2014

The three were filming in a historic Christian town after it was seized by the Syrian army when the incident occurred.

Syria’s president says conflict turning in his favour

April 14, 2014

DAMASCUS // Syria’s president Bashar Al Assad yesterday claimed the three-year war tearing the country apart was turning in the government’s favour.“This is a turning point in the crisis, both militarily in terms of...

Syria rebels, regime trade accusations over poison gas attack

April 12, 2014

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that people suffered from suffocation and breathing problems after the attack, apparently conducted during air raids that left heavy smoke over the area.

Emirati woman’s project Breathing Numbers eases plight of Syrian refugees

April 12, 2014

The Dubai-based Emirati Muna Harib Al Muhairi flew to Jordan's Zaatari Camp to make a documentary. She now leads a volunteer group that helps supply the refugees with clothing and mobile homes.

Reports of rebels with ‘tank-busters’ raises questions of US role in Syria

April 8, 2014

The videos appeared online this week amid deep divisions between John Kerry’s State Department and the Pentagon over how much more the US should involve itself militarily in the Syrian civil war.

UN alarmed by demonstration in Syrian refugee camp in Jordan

April 6, 2014

The UN refugee agency said a “heated demonstration” in Zaatari turned to “a violent one” after possibly thousands of refugees started throwing rocks at a police post inside the camp.

Syrian refugee number in Lebanon surpasses million mark, says UN

April 3, 2014

The UN says that Syrian refugees, half of them children, now equal a quarter of Lebanon’s resident population, warning that most of them live in poverty and depend on aid for survival.

Video: No sign of peace on the horizon in Syria

April 3, 2014

Amateur video appears to show fighting raging across Syria with rights groups saying the death toll has topped 150,000.

UAE releases US$60m more aid for Syria victims

April 1, 2014

The bulk of money has been used to provide shelter, food, health care and sanitation for people affected by the conflict.

More than 150,000 dead in Syria’s civil war, activists say

April 1, 2014

One third of casualties since 2011 were civilians, according to tally by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.