Week in pictures7th - 13th Dec '07

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BRIDGING CULTURES: Actor George Clooney gives a speech prior the premiere of his new movie \'Michael Clayton\' during day one of the fourth Dubai International Film Festival earlier this week. The megastar was on hand to answer questions from the public and spoke about bridging the cultural divide between the US and the Arab world. (Getty Images)
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SKY-HIGH DUBAI: Economists warned this week that rents in the booming UAE city are expected to soar as much as 26% on continued demand and a shortage of supply, despite almost 150,000 new lodgings set to hit the market in the next four years. (Getty Images)
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WAR DANGER: French president Nicolas Sarkozy warned of a risk of a war with Iran if Israel considered its security seriously threatened by Tehran's nuclear drive in a magazine interview published this week. (Getty Images)
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EID EXTRAVAGANZA: Gulf residents were pleased to learn of extra long holidays granted to celebrate Eid Al Adha over the coming week with Bahrain topping the list with a massive 10-day break. The UAE will take five, Qatar eight and Kuwait and Jordan six each. (Getty Images)
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SMOKING BAN: An announcement early in the week by the government to ban smoking in bars and nightclubs was stubbed out the Department of Tourism and Commerce announced on Thursday. (Getty Images)
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SUBPRIME PROOF: The UAE central bank governor said this week that exposure to mortgages by banks in the UAE is limited and will not affect their profits in 2007. Banks in the UAE have been returning to profit growth this year after a stock market crash in 2006 hit earnings. (Getty Images)
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INDIA VICTORY: Anil Kumble celebrates sweet victory after his team thumped Pakistan, clinching a three-Test series victory after the third and final Test ended in a draw on the fifth and last day on Wednesday. (Getty Images)
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ADDED EXTRAS: Iranian workers at the Iran Khodro auto plant, one of the manufactures set to produce a new Islamic car set for delivery in 2011. The vehicle will include a compass and a special compartment for the Koran. (Getty Images)