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Monday 29 May 2023 Dublin: 9°C

# Dubai

All time
# 336 metres high
Huge fire engulfs one of Dubai's tallest towers
The fire broke out on the 50th floor.
# no distraction
McIlroy focused on Dubai, not upcoming Dublin court date
The world number one has fond memories of recording his first win as a professional at the Desert Classic.
# Little and large
Your Really Tall Footballer Standing Beside A Jockey Picture of the Week
Peter Crouch should really know better.
# Friendly fire
Inzaghi gets one over on Ancelotti as Milan end Real Madrid's 23-game winning streak
Despite goals from Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema, the world champions were beaten 4-2 by the Rossoneri in Dubai.
# Jailed
Taxi-driver who tried to rape Irishwoman in Dubai to serve three years
The man, a Bangladeshi national, had threatened to kill the woman if she told police about the incident.
# back with a bang
McIlroy and Lowry share the lead at the final European Tour event of the year
It wasn’t good news for the Irish at the Qualifying School, however.
# Distractions
'I've got used to it' - McIlroy won't let upcoming court date impact on course performances
The world number one tees off at the Dubai World Tour Championship today.
# dubai in
Dubai state-owned oil company plans €627m buyout of Irish exploration firm
Dragon Oil wants to take over Ireland-based Petroceltic, but no official offer is on the table yet.
# public obscenity
Irishman in Dubai to be deported for flicking his middle-finger at a motorist
Conor Hayes will deported after he spends one-month in prison for public obscenity.
# bucket and spade
Andy Carroll was off on holidays before Roy Hodgson could put him on standby for Brazil
It beats a Vauxhall garage in Luton, I suppose.
# Daredevil
Insane base jumpers set new record from top of world's tallest building
Probably best to make sure your lunch is well digested before pressing play here.
# jump around
Watch two daredevils BASE jump off the tallest building in the world
The pair of jumpers set a World Record for BASE jumping off the Burj Khalifa in Dubai.
# Jailbreak
Irish students stranded in Dubai offered free flights home by crisp company
The girls have to sing for their supper first though.
# Anglo Trial
Dubai connection: How Anglo executives travelled to the Middle East but couldn’t get funding
Details of the plan were given by former CFO Matt Moran who confirmed today that he was given immunity from prosecution.
# El Diego
Sign him up, Moyesie! Maradona shows up at Man United's Dubai training camp
The struggling Red Devils bumped into a legend of the game while away in the Middle East.
# desert storm
Gallacher storms past McIlroy into Dubai lead
Tiger Woods’ hopes of taking the tournament win again are all but gone meanwhile.
# Gulf trip
Gilmore insists: 'Ireland always raises human rights issues'
Micheál Martin has said “of course” the Taoiseach should have raised human rights issues with leaders in the Gulf this week.
# trade mission
Government won’t say if Taoiseach has or will raise human rights concerns with Gulf states
Enda Kenny has acknowledged Saudi Arabia’s election to the UN Human Rights Council, but the government won’t say if concerns about human rights issues are being raised with leaders there or in Qatar and UAE this week.
# Happy New Year
Countries welcome 2014 with fireworks and celebrations
More than 1 million people gathered at the Sydney Harbour to usher in the new year.
# as it stands
Stenson one-shot clear at Dubai halfway stage, McIlroy six under-par
Graeme McDowell started with a bogey, but then regrouped with five birdies to finish with a four-under par 68 round.
# scared of heights
Why is David Coulthard doing doughnuts in an F1 car on a 700ft high heli-pad?
Because, why not?
# On the Move
Dublin's Passport Office to move next year
New offices in Dublin city centre are being sought by the Department of Foreign Affairs.
# what's cookin'
The best moments from last night's Celebrity Masterchef
Lobster is the most noble of shellfish.
# photoblog
Woman charts stranger’s adventures captured on her smartphone – after it was stolen
A feature that backs up photos taken on the smartphone online has allowed the original owner to blog the lives of a man who keeps appearing in the images.
# you told us
Top readers' comments of the week
Here’s our roundup of the best, the most interesting and the most commented-on pieces from the past week. Did you make it in?
# Dubai
Dubai pardons alleged rape victim who was sentenced to 16 months in prison
The Norwegian woman was convicted of having sex outside marriage after she reported an alleged rape by a co-worker.
# weight in gold
The Dubai diet: Lose weight, get paid gold. Simple.
Where can we sign up?
# News Fix
Here’s What Happened Today: Saturday
Everyone’s talking about the Orange Order parade, a man drowning in Co Donegal and the death of Mel Smith.
# Dubai
Woman in Dubai handed 16 month jail sentence after reporting rape
The woman was convicted of having sex outside marriage after reporting that a co-worker assaulted her.
# Stage invaders
VIDEO: Justin Bieber attacked on stage in Dubai
The Canadian had already been two hours late arriving on stage for his Dubai gig when a fan invaded the stage.
# force power
Here's your new police car... it's a Ferrari
If you’re in Dubai, that is.
# Pakistan
Former president Musharraf returns to Pakistan, vows to ‘save’ country
A crowd of hundreds turned out to welcome the former military ruler at Karachi Airport as he ended his four years of exile ahead of elections in May.
# El Diego
VIDEO: Diego Maradona has still got it, baby
Check out the tekkers from El Diez in Dubai this week.
# The Hangover
QPR in turmoil as Redknapp denies reports of a boozy team trip to Dubai
“If it happened they must have done something I didn’t see.”
# China
Chinese 'Dubai' turns into deserted island
Phoenix Island was the epitomy of a property boom – now it stands quiet and desolate and unlucky owners are ‘desperate’ to sell.
# El Diego
At least one half of Wozzilroy enjoyed themselves yesterday...
Caroline Wozniacki was greeted by one of the word’s greatest ever footballers at the WTA Dubai Tennis Championships.
# Mystery
Investigation into alleged abduction of Kevin Michael McGeever continues
The property developer claims he was kidnapped at gunpoint and kept in a shipping container for eight months.
Vilanova can return to work soon, says Barcelona
Nou Camp chief Sandro Rosell Vilanova faces some six weeks of radiotherapy and chemotherapy.
# Telecoms
Internet freedom not to be curbed: UN telecoms head
A review the 24-year-old UN telecom regulations kicked off today amid insistence that plans to control internet freedoms are “unfounded”.
# Freefall
VIDEO: Irish Parachute team competes in world championships in Dubai
The team, largely made up of Defence Forces personnel, is taking part in the formation skydiving category.