Ferrari Challenge arrives in Dubai — in pictures

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New Dubai exhibition of South Asian artworks shines light on time

A new group exhibition at Ishara Art Foundation in Dubai’s Alserkal Avenue brings together works by 20 contemporary artists from South Asia and its diaspora. The artworks span photography, installations, sculptures, video and watercolours. They all, however, aim to do one thing: highlight the slipstream of time. In metaphysical terms, uncovering ti...

Beatles, Rolling Stones and many others: how did the name of the most famous band come about?

Puns, references to events of the past or random terms: often behind the birth of the name of some of the most famous band in the world there are very curious anecdotes. Some names were born almost by chance, such as that of the Rolling Stones, while others derive from musical characters of the past, as in the case of the Pink Floyd. Here's where the name of some of the main groups that have made the history of music, especially in the world of rock come from: browse the photo gallery to learn more!

PIF-owned AlUla Development Company launched to turn tourism site into global destination

AlUla Development Company is launching operations with the aim of turning the city into a global tourism destination in Saudi Arabia. The company, which is wholly owned by the Public Investment Fund (PIF), plans to deliver hospitality, residential, retail and infrastructure projects as part of the tourism push. Planned developments include more tha...

Florida: photos of the reconstruction of Fort Myers after the devastation caused by hurricane IAN

Fort Myers, Florida, was hit hard by Hurricane IAN. Cuba and North Carolina also suffered significant damage and losses. The images show scenes of devastation, with destroyed buildings and felled trees. However, the community of Fort Myers quickly rolled up its sleeves to begin the difficult but necessary work of reconstruction. In this photo gallery we will show some photographs that document the progress made so far in the recovery of the city and the challenges that still have to be faced.

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The Wandering Earth II kindles sci-fi enthusiasm among audiences

This photo taken on Jan. 23, 2023 shows people at a cinema in Xi'an, northwest China's Shaanxi Province. (Xinhua/Li Yibo) HEFEI, Jan. 30 (Xinhua) -- The sci-fi blockbuster "The Wandering Earth II" has not only raked in a whopping box office, but also aroused much attention on science and technologies that appeared in the movie, including space elevators, quantum computers, and nuclear fusions. China's movie box office revenue reached nearly 6.76...

Through my eyes: The UAE according to Natalia Shustova

Natalia Shustova shares her guide to life in the UAE… Each month, we ask Dubai residents to share a guide to the UAE through their eyes. Their favourite places, hidden gems, must-have products and local brands they love. This month, we chat to artist, creative entrepreneur and self-proclaimed ‘flower fairy’ of the popular multi-disciplinary luxury […]

Is Desert Rock set to be Saudi Arabia’s most jaw-dropping hotel?

The Red Sea hotel will integrate architecture with nature as the hotel and facilities will be built into the stunning Saudi mountain landscape… When you combine Saudi Arabia’s tourism boom with a giga-project like the Red Sea, you get to see plans like this: a spectacular luxury resort embedded in the mountains of the Saudi […]

Here’s what happened at the first What’s On the Menu of 2023 at Mosaic, Nadja Street

The What’s On supper club became a breakfast club for one day only… Earlier this month, we gathered 50 friends of the What’s On brand for the first What’s On the Menu? of 2023 at Abu Dhabi’s favourite Lebanese restaurant, Mosaic. And by every measure, it was a roaring success. For the first time in […]

UAE Adjusts Visa Rules for Visa Holders

UAE changed its residence visa holders rules for those who stay outside the country for over six months.Visa holders will have to provide proof as well as the reason for staying outside to apply for a re-entry permit.The service can be accessed by residents through the ‘smart services’ p

13 Tourist hotspots in Naples that live up to the hype

Naples, Italy, is a beautiful city famous for housing Mount Vesuvius. It is a picturesque volcano where guests can hike and explore the area. Aside from this, the city also features the iconic Castel Nuovo. It is a medieval castle known for its art gallery and engaging displays. In Naples you will find some beautiful attractions that you just canno...

Dubai's 3 Fils, No 1 in Mena’s 50 Best Restaurants list, is ready to pass baton

It's been almost a year since home-grown Dubai restaurant 3 Fils took the coveted number one spot in the inaugural Mena’s 50 Best Restaurants list, and the team are still feeling the effects. “More international guests are coming," Ahmed Saleh, chief executive of The Lab Holding, which runs 3 Fils, tells The National. "There has been around a 15 to...

UAE weather: Rain turns the Sharjah desert green

Heavy rain has hit the UAE over the past week, leading to some schools closing and roads being sealed off. But the downpours had another effect — the greening of the Sharjah desert. Images shot by The National’s staff photographer Pawan Singh on Sunday captured the aftermath of several days of sustained rain on the usually parched land near Mleiha....

Hits and misses from an enthralling Hero Dubai Desert Classic 2023

It was an unforgettable week at the rain-affected Hero Dubai Desert Classic. Here are some of the highlights – and low points. Champion: Rory McIlroy All the perceived bad guys seemed to be ganging up on the DP World Tour’s leading player and its shining beacon. At various times, LIV Golf members Patrick Reed, Ian Poulter, Richard Bland, and Henrik...

Emirates Airline Operates the First Aviation Fuel Flight

The first demonstration flight powered by sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), successfully took off from Dubai International Airport (DXB) on Monday at around 11am.Emirates airline operated the flight which was Commanded by Captain Fali Vajifdar and Captain Khalid Nasser Akram.The plane flew for over a

New shipping line between Jordan's Aqaba port and US aims to cut journey to 22 days

A direct shipping line has opened between Jordan's only port of Aqaba and the US, the official Jordanian news agency reported. The agency said the line inaugurated on Sunday would cut a container ship's journey between the two countries by 37 per cent to 22 days. “It is a big opportunity for Jordanian industrial companies to increase their exports ...

Mena list of World's Best 50 should have more Middle Eastern cuisine, celebrity chef says

Ahead of the unveiling of Mena’s 50 Best Restaurants in Abu Dhabi on Monday, celebrity chef Ali Ghzawi says he hopes the 2023 list includes more venues offering Middle Eastern cuisine. “A lot of the concepts from last year’s list were not Middle Eastern,” he tells The National at a pre-awards ceremony event on Sunday. “That made me question: is thi...

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13 Most photo-worthy spots in Dubuque!

Dubuque is the state capital of Dubuque County, which is centered along the Mississippi River in the tri-state area of Iowa, Illinois, and Wisconsin. It is the area's primary commercial, industrial, educational, and cultural hub. It is located in the Driftless Area, a region of North America that escaped all three periods of the Wisconsinian Glacia...

Jordan's King Abdullah to meet Biden as West Bank tension soars

King Abdullah II is scheduled to meet President Joe Biden while visiting Washington this week, a Jordanian official told The National on Monday. The visit comes at a critical moment in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, with tension soaring after a week that included a deadly raid in the West Bank's Jenin, strikes in Gaza and a mass shooting at a sy...

The most beautiful rooftop bars in the world

On the most beautiful rooftop bars in the world you can have an aperitif with your head among the stars. There is no trip that takes place without a stop in a rooftop bar in which to relax, relaxing your gaze over the city skylines, sipping cocktails from the most exhaustive lists, savoring the delights of award-winning chefs from all over the globe. From Europe to Asia, here are the most beautiful rooftop bars in the world to visit once in a lifetime. Are you ready to go around the globe?

8 lively things to do in Dubai this week: Jan 30 to Feb 2

February, here we come… Dubai is always bustling with things to do, from coffee experiences to the extension of Etisalat MOTB. This week we also welcome February, the month of love – which in reality can be quite frightening. It means that we’re almost one sixth of the way through 2023. But don’t worry there […]

Orfali Bros Bistro named Mena's No 1 restaurant at Abu Dhabi event

A DJ spins upbeat tunes, while delectable bite-size dishes — think pan-seared foie gras finished with dark chocolate and Australian mutton rogan josh — are passed around. The gala celebration of this year's Mena's 50 Best Restaurants awards ceremony was held at Conrad Abu Dhabi Etihad Towers on Monday night, with Dubai's Orfali Bros Bistro named th...

Some of the most unique museums in the world

Some of the strangest museums in the world. The world is a place rich in art and everywhere you can find more or less interesting museums that tell the story of the city and its inhabitants. What is rarer to find are those particular museums, which tell a unique story of its kind and that you will hardly find easily in your city: unless you live in one of the cities that host these museums! These museums will make you discover an unexpected and fun side of each of these cities! Here is a list of the most special museums in the world!

UAE Residents Can Now Get the UK Visa in 15 Days

For UAE residents, the visa processing time for travel to the UK has been reduced, which has resulted in an increase in passenger traffic to the UK. Read More: UAE exempts children of tourists under the age of 18 from visa fee Read More: Visit, tourist visa holders can extend their stay for up

Blinken offers mixed take on US-Egyptian relations after meeting El Sisi in Cairo

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken offered a mixed take on Washington’s relations with Egypt during talks in Cairo on Monday, emphasising the strategic ties binding the two nations but also calling on Cairo to do more on human rights. State Department spokesman Ned Price said Mr Blinken and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El Sisi had “reaffirmed ...

Suicide bomber kills dozens at Pakistan mosque

At least 59 people were killed and 170 wounded in a suicide bombing at a mosque in Peshawar, north-western Pakistan. Police say a suicide bomber hit worshippers during afternoon prayers, while officials and witnesses said more than 300 were in the mosque at the time of the attack. “We're getting that the terrorist was standing in the first row,” De...

15 Breathtakingly beautiful places in San Francisco

This beautiful city is popular all over the world due to its cable cars and the iconic Golden Gate Bridge. But there is more to the city than meets the tourist's eye. San Francisco also boasts of a unique mix of seaside views and diverse dining options, thanks to an area known as Fisherman's Wharf. Those who love vintage clothing and vinyl records ...

Muslims make up youngest religious group in England, with Christians the oldest

Muslims comprise the youngest religious group across England and Wales, as Christians now account for the oldest at 51, according to official figures. The latest census data for 2021 shows the average age of Muslims across the two countries is 27. “This is 13 years younger than the median age of the overall population,” said the Office for National...

6 brilliant things to do in Abu Dhabi this week: Jan 30 to Feb 2

Capital ideas for your week… Looking to pack your week in Abu Dhabi with a fun list of things to do? Thankfully, there’s plenty to do including trying out a one-off menu, visiting an Instagrammable food truck, soaking in a photography exhibit and more. Here are six things to do in Abu Dhabi you don’t […]

In this hotel you can sleep simultaneously in two countries

Those looking for a very original hotel accommodation should know that there is a hotel that can accommodate its customers in two countries at the same time. Such a property is the Hotel Arbez Franco Suisse, which you can find in the small village of La Cure, right on the border line that separates France from Switzerland. Since 1862, due to the International Treaty of Dappes, the territory ceased to be entirely French to be equally divided with Switzerland. Today the hotel is run by Alexander Peyron, who inherited it from his family.

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New free Saudi transit visa comes into effect

It will allow visitors to enter the Kingdom, perform Umrah, visit Madinah, and tourist spots as well

Mumbai rocks to first Lollapalooza festival with Imagine Dragons, Jackson Wang and more

Fresh off their sold-out Abu Dhabi show last week, pop rock group Imagine Dragons rocked Mumbai on Saturday night as one of the headliners at the first Lollapalooza festival in Asia. The Las Vegas foursome were among 20 artists who performed on the first night of the two-day festival, which also included Indian rapper AP Dhillon, American singer Ch...

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Things to do this week in the UAE, from food to literature

This week, the UAE is turning into a bustling foodie hub, with world-renowned chefs descending on Abu Dhabi for a prestigious awards ceremony, as well as restaurants across Dubai offering some of their best dishes at the three-day Taste of Dubai. Meanwhile, globally respected authors and literary figures also head to Dubai for the Emirates Airline ...

The best fast-food chains around the world

For those that are tired of the same old staples, the following international fast-food chains are sure to give you food envy.

Qatar extends validity of multi-entry permit with Hayya card until January 2024

The Ministry of Interior in the Gulf country lists the requirements in place in order to enter using the pass

World must punish Russia for Bucha, mayor says on US trip

Bucha's Mayor Anatolii Fedoruk visited Washington on Monday to demand that the world hold Russia accountable for the atrocities perpetrated in the Ukrainian city during its March occupation. “They have never been punished and they have never been brought to the war tribunal,” Mr Fedoruk told Washington think tank the Wilson Centre. Russian forces “...

National Motorcycle Museum To Permanently Close In September, 2023

The Anamosa, Iowa institution plans to sell its bikes and memorabilia at auction in the future.

UAE residency visas: 7 changes you need to know

Visa reforms include streamlined procedures, expanded Golden Visa scheme and a new five-year residency called Green Visas

Address Beach Resort flash sale can save you 45 per cent on stays

Sponsored: But you’ll need to be quick, it’s only on for 72 hours… It may still be a junior in terms of age, but Address Beach Resort is already a fully grown phenomenon on Dubai’s highly competitive leisure scene. It occupies a beachfront perch along one of the UAE’s most exclusive stretches of coastline, the […]

Popular outdoor market Etisalat MOTB extended until January 31

Good food, shopping opportunities, great music and plenty of fun vibes… Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF) ended last night on January 31, but Etisalat MOTB has been such a hit with the crowd that it is extending for two nights more. The popular outdoor market was a part of DSF and was to end on the […]

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GKA Freestyle Kite World Cup 2023 Will Begin at Fuwairit Kite Beach

Fuwairit Kite Beach is going to host the 'Visit Qatar GKA Freestyle Kite World Cup 2023' between January 31st and February 4th. The tournament is going to be the first in this year's 'Qatar Airways GKA Kite World Tour'.Men’s world number one Gianmaria Coccoluto and women

'New UAE re-entry permit a great relief: From businessmen to students, residency visa holders hail initiative'

Residents applying for the service must specify their reason for overstaying abroad for that long and provide proof

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