Year in review 2014: A look back
From big ideas and giant leaps in space to earthly misadventures, The National reflects on the year that was.
It was a year filled with sadness and tragedy as the world learned more about the growing threat of ISIL, watched as Israel launched a 50-day offensive against Gaza and mourned when 133 children were killed in a Pakistan school.
Closer to home, the UAE community gathered together after a teacher was brutally murdered in a mall toilet by a ‘lone wolf’ attacker.
But the coming year promises major changes, not only in geopolitics but also in arts and culture.
The Louvre Abu Dhabi is not scheduled to open until December next year, but there is much to look forward to - from unmissable exhibitions to must-read books - in 2015.
Stories that shaped the region
ISIL - The National’s chief columnist Faisal Al Yafai weighs the impact of the Islamist terror group
Iraq - A bitter sectarian divide finally leads to the disintegration of a state, Jonathan Krohn reports
Syria - The violence has worsened while the world looked away. Phil Sands contemplates a shameful failure
Iran - US talks with the region’s outcast state have strengthened Gulf alliances, Taimur Khan says
Oil - The apparent reluctance of Opec to stem the fall in the price of oil is examined by Anthony McAuley
Palestine - With independence a more distant prospect than ever, Orlando Crowcroft looks back in anguish
GCC - The six-state alliance had to overcome differences to face a deadly enemy, Justin Vela reports
Pakistan - Tom Hussain reports on a year of political infighting and a bloody terrorist attack
Libya/Tunisia - The very different fates of two neighbouring states interest Eileen Byrne and Chris Stephen
Reem Island murder - The killing of respected teacher Ibolya Ryan united Abu Dhabi in grief, James Langton writes
2014’s biggest stories - in pictures
2014 was a turbulent year. Stories that unmasked despicable horrors - deadly diseases, abductions, suicide bombings - made the headlines this year, but there are bright spots amid the coverage of atrocities, including a change coming in India and hope for an end to piracy in the Horn of Africa. These are the stories that captured your attention this year.
2014 in review
Starting with a rescue at sea in Italy and ending with a hostage situation in Sydney, 2014 was a year of dramatic events. Revisit some of the biggest stories of the year with our timeline of events.
The best images from 2014
- The photo editors at The National selected the best images from around the world in the past year.
Qassem Suleimani - Who is the Iranian commander and why has he stepped out from the shadows?
Vladimir Putin - Why Russia’s strongman believes he can weather any political storm
Angela Merkel - Love or hate her, the German chancellor is the most powerful figure in Europe
The biggest stories in life and culture from 2014
Space - This year, scientists have made some great leaps in exploring the universe
Books - Predictions of the titles and themes that will keep us turning the pages from this year to the next
Music - Tracking the technology and talent that shaped our listening then and now
Exhibitions - From the opening of the Louvre Abu Dhabi to the best new shows, we look ahead to 2015
Published: December 25, 2014 04:00 AM