Times Square through the ages

Times Square is one of the most celebrated intersections in the world. Located in New York's midtown Manhattan at the junction of Broadway and Seventh Avenue, Times Square is a tourist destination, entertainment center, and New Year's Eve must-see rolled into one. But it wasn't always so. In fact, this landmark district managed to go from dazzling to dirty and back again in just a few decades, and it's a fascinating story. Interested in learning more? Click through and take a walk through the history of Times Square.

Dubai Summer Surprises 2024: A season of unmatched fun, entertainment

DUBAI — The Dubai Summer Surprises (DSS) 2024 has unveiled its most extensive and thrilling edition yet, promising a summer filled with endless fun and adventure. Running from June 28 to September 1, DSS 2024 offers a variety of activities, spectacular deals, and entertainment, making Dubai the ultimate summer destination for residents and visitors alike. A season packed with unforgettable experiences Organised by Dubai Festivals and Retail...

Here’s why you should visit the new VOX Cinemas in Jeddah Park

This new kid on the block packs a punch… Believe it or not, movie theatres are a dime a dozen here, and they are bigger than ever, providing all the atmosphere you need to watch the latest flicks. If you’re someone who appreciates a new cinematic experience, this cool, new spot in Jeddah is giving […]

The unseen side of famous landmarks

The internet is practically overflowing with pictures of iconic landmarks around the world. From ancient buildings to natural wonders, people are able to scroll the web and see the world from almost every angle. Almost, however, is the key word. Sometimes it takes a trip through time or simply walking around to see famous sites from a different perspective. Curious? Click through this gallery to see some pictures that we’ve put together just for you!

The most haunted places in every U.S. state

The United States is teeming with paranormal activity. Many historical places are said be haunted, but other, more unassuming locations, are also home to otherworldly phenomena. If you are into ghost hunting and want to visit a haunted location, where should you head to first? Hopefully you'll find the answer in this gallery. Here we list the most haunted places in every state. Click on and happy ghost hunting!

An Andy Warhol exhibition is coming to Dubai in September

You’ll even get to see the famous Marilyn Monroe portrait… Pop art. You can see it everywhere from Marvel movies to cartoons, and tattoos. The art style was made famous by American visual artist, Andy Warhol who painted the famous Campbell Soup Cans and the Marilyn Monroe portrait. And art fans, you’re in luck because […]

Abu Dhabi, you can fly to space from 2025 onwards

Transportation? Escapism? You decide… If you’ve been following whatson.ae, you’ll have caught a few fun stories on futuristic travel coming to Abu Dhabi and the UAE very soon. This voyage, however, could take you a little further than a neighbouring emirate. European space exploration pioneers, EOS-X SPACE, will begin operating in Abu Dhabi as early […]

These iconic horror movie locations are just as scary in real life

A look at real-life locations made infamous by some of the scariest horror movies and TV shows ever made.

Curious facts about ancient Greece

About 2,500 years ago, Greece was one of the most important places in the ancient world. The ancient Greeks were great thinkers, writers, athletes, artists, and politicians who left a huge inheritance in fields like democracy, drama, and philosophy. Modern civilization owes a lot to ancient Greece, as it helped establish many foundations of today's cultures. Want to learn more about this glorious ancestor of modern civilization? Then click through the following gallery.

The fascinating story of US currency

The next time you purchase an item or pay for a service in US dollars, give some thought to the money you're using. The history of American currency is a fascinating one, evolving from the earliest colonial coinage through the introduction of Continental bills to "greenbacks" and the pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters, and Federal Reserve Notes we are all familiar with today. So, are you ready to cash in on the origins of US currency? Click through and spend time learning more about the money that made America.

These historic buildings were demolished... But why?

Over time, our architectural aspirations as a society have evolved in impressively futuristic ways. However, it is important to realize that these new buildings were built on the foundations of their predecessors. Unfortunately, this means many of our old architectural marvels have not withstood the test of time. Many beautiful old buildings such as libraries, churches, theaters, and museums have either been destroyed by wars or torn down to make way for parking lots and highways. Click through this gallery and take a closer look at these remnants of architectural history to better understand our past.

Coldplay 'are planning 10-night residency at London's Wembley Stadium instead of a tour in a bid to reduce their carbon footprint'

The group are preparing to release their new album Moon Music in October - but rather than embark on a traditional tour, they are said to be exploring alternative options, reports The Sun.

I ate at the Paris bistro that's now owned by the richest man in Europe. It has many critics, but one dish won me over.

The richest man in Europe, Bernard Arnault, just bought Chez L'Ami Louis. The Paris bistro has mixed reviews and famously high prices, but I loved it.

Surreal rock formations around the world

Rock formations, sculpted by the relentless forces of nature, stand as some of the most awe-inspiring natural wonders on our planet. From the towering sandstone cliffs of Wadi Rum to the whimsical Queen's Head, each formation tells a unique story of geological processes spanning millions of years. These natural sculptures, shaped by elements like wind, water, and volcanic activity, create landscapes so surreal they often defy belief. For a journey into the heart of our planet's most stunning natural art, click through this gallery.

The most outrageous acts of piracy in history

The sea can be a dangerous place, but not only for its unpredictable storms and mysterious waters. Pirates have been lurking the seven seas for centuries, causing chaos for whomever crossed their paths. Defined as the act of committing robbery by ship, piracy often has the goal of attacking and stealing cargo and other valuable goods from other vessels. But there have also been instances when pirates took over actual islands and kidnapped important figures. So, what are some of history's most audacious acts of piracy? Click on to find out.

Ancient places hidden in mystery

Step into a world where history and mystery converge, where the ancient past beckons with unsolved enigmas. In this gallery, we journey through time to explore fascinating locations that are shrouded in mystery. From the legendary Atlantis to the sunken secrets of Heracleion, we delve into the heart of these historical legends. These cities, hidden in sands, submerged beneath the sea, or nestled in remote jungles, hold the keys to unlocking the mysteries of human civilization. Join us as we become explorers of the ancient world, seeking answers and inspiration that resonate with the present. Click through the gallery to begin.

Visiting South Korea, the Land of Morning Calm

With a rich and storied history, delicious cuisine, fantastically modern cities, and equally mesmerizing country landscapes, South Korea should be on everyone's travel bucket list. Whether you're a nature lover looking to wander about the many volcanic islands just off the coast of the mainland, or a foodie looking to engorge yourself on amazing street food and barbecue, there's no shortage of things to do in the fabulous and fascinating Land of the Morning Calm. Read on to learn about some of the can't-miss spots in South Korea, and start planning your trip now.

The most bizarre gifts ever given to US presidents

Being president of the United States comes with many perks, including limousine rides, lavish dinner parties, and receiving gifts from far and wide. From tacky self-portraits woven into carpets to exotic animals, the following presidents have received some truly bizarre gifts. Check out the wackiest gifts ever given to US presidents in the following gallery.

The world's deadliest rivers

Humans have always been fascinated by rivers, and indeed they've played a huge role in our development as a species. A source of drinking water, food, and irrigation, rivers have always been present in our lives. But not all rivers are calm streams of crystal clear water. In fact, some are heavily polluted, while others are teeming with dangerous wildlife (and dangerous humans). Many have flooded to the point of killing millions of people, and many others continue to do so by other means. Curious to discover the deadliest rivers on the planet? Then click on!

Defected Records in Dubai: Gorgon City, Eats Everything, A-Trak and more to headline

It’s back…. A British independent label group that has been responsible for some of the biggest parties across the UK, Ibiza, and Miami. Defected Records is finally back in Dubai. Specialising in house music, get ready for three days of unbeatable line-ups and no-nonsense vibes. This year we will be grooving for two straight days […]

30 islands ranked by their highest point

The world's islands are not usually considered as featuring some of the highest points on Earth. But, in fact, some of the most impressive mountains and volcanoes, most of them active, are located on islands scattered around the globe, anywhere from Antarctica to Indonesia. And many achieve some truly impressive elevations. But where exactly on the planet can you admire the tallest and most dramatic island high points? Click through this gallery of 30 islands ranked by their highest point to discover the loftiest mountain peak of an island on Earth.

Bangkok hotel cyanide murder victims 'were poisoned by US woman'

Sherine Chong, 56, is thought to have poisoned herself and five other people after she accrued huge debts related to an investment in a hospital in Japan.

Amazon Makes My Favorite Matching Set for Travel — and I'm Shopping More Comfy Plane Outfits From $15 Today

From comfy sweatsuits to stylish sets, these outfits belong in your travel wardrobe.

The most mysterious disappearances in history

Throughout the course of human history, there have been several cases of individuals going missing that have captivated and bewildered authorities, loved ones, and the general public. While some of these missing persons have eventually been located, the whereabouts of others continue to be a mystery. Click on the gallery and read about the most mysterious and controversial disappearances in history!

What physics says about time travel

The concept of time travel has captivated readers and moviegoers for many decades now. But while people have been fascinated by the idea, no one has managed to make the notion of time travel any more of a reality than before. It seems like a dream that's just a bit too far from reach. But in an age where science continues to push the boundaries of what's possible, do we even know—in theory—what the physics of time travel might involve? Curious? Click on to discover what we know so far about the prospect of journeying through time.

Reason iconic Aussie landmark is shutting its doors

One of Australia's most iconic tourist destinations will remain closed for 18 months to two years after severe floods destroyed the only road into the area over the summer.

The best Prime Day luggage deals, including a set of 2 suitcases for just $27

This Amazon Prime Day, you can save big on luggage with carry-ons, checked bags, and luggage sets at their lowest prices of the summer.

Incredible abandoned palaces that have been restored to their former glory

Check out these digitally reconstructed the ruins of seven stunning royal residences from around the globe…

Why do these 9 countries not officially exist?

Here are some of the world’s most incredible places that don’t officially exist, that are neither United Nations members nor observers, alongside places that aren't recognised by any UN members or any nations at all...

Witch or saint? Who was Joan of Arc, really?

Heroine, martyr, and saint, Joan of Arc has been an incarnation of French national identity and pride for six centuries. Known as the Maid of Orléans for her role in the defeat of the English in 1429, Joan of Arc was later executed by her enemies for heresy. She was canonized as a Roman Catholic saint more than 500 years later, and remains one of France's most revered and celebrated figures. Indeed, her death on May 30, 1431, is commemorated annually as a national feast day. But who was Joan of Arc, and why is her life so ingrained in the country's national psyche? Click through and find out more about the Maid of Orléans.

Brit tourist, 30, fighting for life after jumping from Poland bridge

The family now fear the infection has spread to his lungs, and said Liam had to be placed in an induced coma to receive life-saving treatment in northern Poland

10 of the Most Unique Museums In the United States

Add these one-of-a-kind destinations to your travel bucket list.

Celebrities who have their own private planes

The rich and the famous lead lives that many of us can only dream of—especially when it comes to spending a fortune on things that seem almost too good to be true. The people you will see in this gallery aren't just rich and famous, they are also the proud owners of the most luxurious form of transport—their own private jets and planes! Take a look at the following photos and get to know the personal aircraft of celebrities such as Celine Dion, John Travolta, and Angelina Jolie. Click through the gallery and be amazed!

Review: Loona, a cosy Italian gem in Downtown

This bright and beautiful Italian restaurant promises an extensive menu and licensed dining on the Downtown Boulevard… On Downtown Boulevard, where palm trees prettily adorned in fairy lights illuminate rows of shops, cafes and boutique fitness studios, there aren’t many licensed restaurants. There’s Fouquet’s, the fancy French eatery. There’s TOTO and Tatel, the duo of […]

Mysterious religious relics from around the world

Often regarded as sacred and/or believed to possess extraordinary qualities, over the centuries numerous religious relics have been preserved. These relics are highly valued and revered. Can you imagine a tooth that continues to grow or blood that has remained liquid for 1700 years? As incredible as that might sound, the Holy Right (the right hand of St. Stephen) displayed in Budapest, and Saint Catherine of Siena's head, shown in Siena, Italy, are examples of such oddities. Intrigued? Click through the gallery to learn about fascinating religious relics, from around the world.

Good luck charms, bad luck signs!

People around the world have always tried to boost their good fortunes with talismans, trinkets, and tokens. Indeed, every culture and country has a different symbol or practice that they believe brings them fortune and good luck. Similarly, there are visions and signals that many believe are harbingers of misfortune and bad luck. So, are you feeling superstitious? Click through following gallery for some good luck charms and bad luck signs from around the world.

Aircrafts that disappeared mysteriously

Commercial aviation accidents are rare. In fact, according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), more than 30 million global passenger airline flights take off and land annually without any incident. However, they can happen. And while safety investigators are often able to determine causes of airplane crashes, their task becomes more difficult when flights failed to arrive to their destinations and when they have seem to have vanished into thin air. Click on for examples of aircraft that mysteriously disappeared.

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Unbelievable things found in sinkholes

Sinkholes are basically large holes or depressions in the ground that appear when the land surface collapses into cavities below. They are usually formed through erosion caused by groundwater. Sometimes it can take thousands of years of erosion before they finally collapse. As such, some sinkholes are really special places where lots of amazing discoveries have been made—both on dry land and underwater. Click through to find out what surprising discoveries were made in sinkholes.

Funniest sayings from around the world

"Once in a blue moon" you may come across sayings where the meaning is not at all obvious. "Rest assured," it is probably just an idiom, a phrase where the meaning cannot be deducted from the actual words. In English, there are many, such as "straight from the horse's mouth," or "raining cats and dogs." However, every language is full of them. Indeed, looking at different idioms can give you an insight into the culture of a language, and some good laughs as well. If you would like to learn some of these literary curiosities, "don't miss the boat," and take a look through this gallery.

Ireland's picture-perfect towns and villages

Not for nothing is Ireland described as the "Emerald Isle." This is a verdant and bucolic nation carpeted with a countryside of lush, green fields and steep rolling valleys, a landscape complemented by a spectacular coastline of precipitous cliffs and yawning bays. Dotted across this scenic quilt are numerous towns and villages that add unique character to a land already personified by centuries-old Gaelic culture and tradition. So, are you planning a visit? Click through and discover Ireland's picture-perfect destinations.

St Regis Abu Dhabi blends city and seaside vibes in the UAE capital – Hotel Insider

One thing that the UAE excels at is luxury hotel stays and across the emirates there are no shortage of options. For those exploring the capital, the St Regis Abu Dhabi on the Corniche offers a blend of city stay and seaside escape. Minutes from downtown, the five-star hotel caters to all types of visitors – from business travellers looking to unwi...

The amazing underwater world of the kelp forest

Kelp forests harbor a greater variety and higher diversity of plants and animals than almost any other ocean community. In fact, these extraordinary marine environments are recognized as one of the most productive and dynamic ecosystems on Earth. So, what else besides the octopus calls a kelp forest home? Click through and take a dive through this amazing underwater habitat.

Trouble in paradise? Jude Bellingham’s rocky relationship with England teammates

I’m a Travel Writer in Paris, and These Are the 15 French Style Deals I'm Shopping for Prime Day — From $13

From a breezy sundress to sleek aviator sunnies, you’ll want to stock up on these chic pieces before they’re gone.

Overrated tourist spots you should avoid

For every tourist destination worth the effort and expense to visit, there's a cheap trick that isn’t worth either and yet still, somehow, draws crowds. Check out this gallery, based on a list from Far and Wide, that will help shed light on some of the shadiest tourist traps. And keep in mind, one person's tacky trap is another's perfect Instagram!

A long way from his Entourage days! Adrian Grenier pushes mountains of luggage and a baby capsule as he arrives in Byron Bay with wife Jordan Roemmele and son Seiko

He's the US actor who as Vincent Chase on the hit HBO show Entourage, was used to receiving VIP treatment.

Fascinating facts you didn’t know about Disney parks

No one denies that Disney World is a magical place, but what most might not know is that Disney parks are filled with secrets. Walt Disney was a magical thinker and he loved inserting subtle movie references and other surprises to be discovered all over his parks. Check out some interesting facts about Disney parks that you probably didn’t know. Click on!

Abandoned historic buildings around the world you can actually buy

From crumbling castles to faded forts and abandoned mansions, we've rounded up the best fixer-upper homes for sale right now

The deadliest passenger plane crashes ever

Even with ever-improving technology, we seem to have constant grim reminders of the catalog of air disasters recorded in the annals of commercial aviation. Sadly, few survive a plane crash, such is the destructive force of an event of this nature. And there have been some truly awful air accidents across the world. Click through and note some of the deadliest passenger plane crashes in history.