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Pilgrims Converge at Mount Arafat for Daylong Worship

Muslims from around the world congregated Saturday at a sacred hill in Saudi Arabia for worship and reflection.The ritual at Mount Arafat, known as the hill of mercy, is considered the peak of the Hajj pilgrimage. It is often the most memorable for pilgrims, who stand together asking God for mercy, blessings, prosperity and good health. The hill is about 20 kilometers southeast of Makkah.Thousands of pilgrims walked there through the predawn...


British holidaymakers warned they will face 'record temperatures'

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DIARIES FROM LEBANON set to premiere at five different festivals this June

After a show-stopping world premiere at the 74th Berlin International Film Festival last February, Myriam El Hajj’s Lebanese feature-length documentary DIARIES FROM LEBANON is poised to kick off quite the festival tour, with screenings lined up at five different festivals throughout the entirety of June.The film’s anticipated festival tour will kick off with an in-competition screening at the Geneva International Oriental Film Festival on June...


40 Things That Didn't Exist 40 Years Ago

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Stunning nature photographs that look like paintings

Mother Nature is so impressive that at times many landscapes, animals, and natural structures look surreal—almost like paintings. However, these images are real and were captured with a camera, not a paintbrush. Click here to see these beautiful dreamlike photographs!


UNTOLD Dubai Crowned as the Best Festival of the Year by The Middle East Event Awards 2024

VDubai, UAE (14 June 2024): A four-day phenomenon that saw some of the best musical artists in the world descend on Expo City Dubai, UNTOLD Dubai was truly a sight to behold. Recognising the magnitude of this show-stopping event, the festival has recently been honoured as the Best Festival of the Year at the prestigious Middle East Event Awards 2024, held on June 13th at Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai. This accolade underscores the festival’s status as...


Where to Have Eid Al Adha Dinner in Bahrain?

Eid Al Adha is the perfect time to create cherished memories with loved ones and one of the best ways to do so is to share a hearty meal with them. Here are some restaurants in Bahrain where you can dine with your family or friends during Eid Al Adha. Read More: Here’s When Summer 20


Pilgrims Observe Tarwiyah in Mina as Mount Arafat Prepares to Receive Them

On Friday, Hajj pilgrims observed the Day of Tarwiyah in Mina, following the prophetic tradition.They enjoyed a peaceful and secure environment as they prepared for their journey to Arafat at dawn on Saturday, the 9th of Dhu al-Hijjah, to perform the crucial ‘standing at Arafat’ ritual.The movement of pilgrims to Mina was smooth, monitored by thousands of security personnel.The Saudi government provided comprehensive care, mobilizing all...


12 killed, 14 critically injured as vehicle skids off into Alaknanda river

The injured were rushed to the Rudraprayag District Hospital, from where seven of them were subsequently airlifted to AIIMS Rishikesh.


How to Get a Workout in While Traveling

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At 67, Bobbi Brown Shares Her ‘Essential’ Skincare Products for Glowing Skin

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Timeframe: Dredging Dubai's Palm Jumeirah, one of the world's greatest engineering feats

One of the world's most ambitious projects began construction 23 years ago this month. The land reclamation phase of Dubai's Palm Jumeirah project represents a remarkable feat of modern construction and urban development. Spanning several years and involving meticulous planning, innovative technology and immense effort, this phase was instrumental ...


Extreme heat is already ruining summer travel — and it's only going to get worse

It's only June, but life-threatening temperatures and extreme climate events have already soured some travelers' European vacation plans.


The best German cars ever made

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Koeman shrugs off hiccups and insists Netherlands have fighting chance

“Welkom Oranje!” is the loud Dutch welcome on billboards dotted around the factory town of Wolfsburg, home to the Netherlands for the next few weeks; many of Ronald Koeman’s side have a direct view of the steaming chimneys of the mammoth Volkswagen plant – the size of about 700 football pitches – from their plush hotel rooms opposite. Those words sit above what can only be described as a little friendly one-upmanship from the locals. “Aber nach...


The world's most dangerous beaches

For many of us, spending time at the beach is synonymous with fun and relaxation. From swimming to playing watersports and sunbathing, the beach is the go-to place for many of us looking to get in touch with nature. Sadly, not all beaches should be included in your bucket list. In fact, some should be avoided completely. In this gallery, we bring you a list of some of the world's most dangerous beaches and tell you exactly why they're so perilous. Click on to discover where not to go.


Strictly's Shirley Ballas, 63, cosies up to her toyboy fiancé Danny Taylor, 50, as they head out in Lisbon during their Mediterranean cruise

The pair, who are on a Mediterranean cruise, were all smiles as they headed off for a guided tour around Lisbon in a colourful Tuk Tuk.


UAE President inquires about wellbeing of UAE pilgrims in phone call with Head of Pilgrims' Affairs Office

ABU DHABI, 15th June, 2024 (WAM) -- President His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan inquired about the conditions and wellbeing of UAE pilgrims during their performance of the Hajj rituals in the holy sites.His Highness followed up on this matter during a phone call with Dr. Omar Habtoor Al Darei, Chairman of the General Authority of Islamic Affairs, Endowments, and Zakat and Head of the UAE Pilgrims' Affairs Office.During the call,...


Forbes Tower in Egypt’s New Administrative Capital aims to revolutionize green skyscrapers

Magnum Real Estate has submitted a proposal to construct the Forbes International Tower in Egypt8217s New Administrative Capital in collaboration with global media company Forbes The project is expected to have direct investments of approximately 1 billion and represents one of the world8217s best architectural designs It aims to add a distinctive architectural mark that hellip


Award availability alert: Fly in premium cabins on British Airways from the West Coast to Europe

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Nine Badrinath-bound pilgrims feared dead as vehicle falls into deep gorge

According to district disaster management officials, although the exact death toll is not known, nine people are feared dead. No body had been recovered till the time of reporting. All rescued persons were in serious condition when they were being shifted to a nearby hospital.


Spain unleash high-speed demolition of Croatia to put tiki-taka in the past

The game was only an hour in, and the seleccion would defend when they had to, but it was as virtually done even if there as still time for a moment’s silliness, a reminder of what can happen when the tension drops, when the concentration is not complete. A glimpse of how quickly it can be lost, of a familiar flaw. There were ten minutes left when Unai Simon lost the ball trying to play out and, with Bruno Petkovic preparing to roll the ball...


This Country Has the Most Tanks, and It’s Not Even Close

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The best photos of the week: From the G7 Summit to a thunderstorm in Omaha

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The safest Caribbean islands for travelers

Embarking on a Caribbean adventure unveils sun-drenched landscapes, rich cultures, and unforgettable moments. However, safety concerns often cast shadows on the allure of these tropical wonders. In this guide, we dismantle common misconceptions, revealing the true safety landscape of the Caribbean. Let's navigate beyond stereotypes to uncover gems that offer not just beauty but security for travelers. Simply click on.


The Best Wellness Retreats To Kick Off Your New Year

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Here Are The Tee Times, Pairings For U.S. Open Featured Groups

Less than 10 golfers are under par heading into the final round of the U.S. Open at Pinehurst Resort in North Carolina and it seems that one of those men is destined to win the major. Bryson DeChambeau is the clubhouse leader right now, sitting three strokes ahead of Patrick Cantlay, Rory McIlroy ...


Southwest Air Flight ‘Dutch Roll’ Probed by US Regulators

Federal aviation safety officials are investigating a Southwest Airlines Co. flight that experienced an unusual rolling that may be linked to a damaged backup power control unit.


A glimpse into the Jamarat: Ensuring a safe and sacred ritual for pilgrims

Saudi Gazette reportMINA — For four days consecutively starting on the following morning of Arafat Day, millions of pilgrims make their way to the Jamarat facility in Mina, a pivotal location where they engage in the ritual of stoning the three pillars. This act, deeply rooted in Islamic tradition, sees pilgrims following in the footsteps of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) by throwing pebbles at the Jamrah al-Sughra (small pillar),...


Rich tourists rejoice! Greece is finally doing something about the cruise ship problem.

Greece's prime minister is reportedly moving to limit the number of cruises descending on Mykonos and Santorini.


Celebrate Eid Al Ada with These Fun Events in Qatar!

What does your Eid Al Adha itinerary look like? If it's not yet completely booked, we've got you covered!Check out these exciting Eid Al Adha events in Qatar with your loved ones.Read More: Qatar Announces Eidiya ATM Locations for Eid Al Adha 2024 National Museum of Qatar


BBC Escape to the Country’s Jules Hudson’s devastating losses just months apart from each other

Escape to the Country star Jules Hudson has revealed that he was in the middle of grieving his late father when both his beloved dogs passed away from cancer just months apart


American tourist, 59, vanishes from Greek Island solo hike – days after TV doctor Michael Mosley’s death

American tourist, 59, vanishes from Greek Island solo hike – days after TV doctor Michael Mosley’s death - A rescue operation was launched on Tuesday afternoon and resumed on Wednesday morning for Albert Calibet


Hajj : Pilgrims Flock to Mina for Tarwiya Day

Mina - In the early hours of Friday (8 Dou Al Hijja 1445 H), the first day of the Hajj (Tarwiya), pilgrims began flocking to Mina, where they will spend the night before heading to Mount Arafa at dawn to perform the most important rite of pilgrimage.Pilgrims from all over the world embarked to the Mina valley, 5 km east of Makkah, in an air of fervor, contemplation, devotion and prayer, before starting their ascent of Mount Arafa in the early...


I'm a Travel Writer Who Summers on the Amalfi Coast — Here's Everything I'm Packing This Season

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An American Airlines passenger who was duct-taped to a first-class seat over unruly behavior is being sued by the FAA for $82,000

The FAA accused Heather Wells of hitting a flight attendant and trying to open the cabin door before she was restrained with duct tape over her mouth.


I've stayed in 5-star hotels around the world. This one simple, cheap amenity should be in every room.

The Balmoral in Edinburgh was the first hotel I've stayed in that offered complimentary travel adapters in every room.


5 Signs You Have Toxic In-Laws

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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.


Hajj pilgrims advised on safe practices for stoning

Saudi Gazette reportMINA — As pilgrims gather in the vast expanse of Mina to partake in the stoning of the Jamarat, a ritual embedded in the Hajj pilgrimage, the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah has outlined essential guidelines to ensure the safety and spiritual integrity of this solemn act.In an effort to preserve the sanctity and order of the ritual, the Ministry has issued specific instructions, urging pilgrims to refrain from climbing the...


Mumbai Weather Updates: City To Witness Spells Of Rain Next Week, IMD Issues Yellow Alert

Mumbai Weather Updates: The island city, Mumbai is expected to see spells of rain next week, bringing much needed respite from heat for Mumbaikars. In this regard, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a yellow alert for many areas across Mumbai for thunderstorms and lightning. These areas include - Ahmednagar, Thane, Satara, Jalgaon, Buldhana and Nashik among others. On June 16, the city is expected to have cloudy skies with...


Sleepers: The car world's biggest wolves in sheep’s clothing

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20 facts you might not know about 'Raiders of the Lost Ark'

Sure, “Raiders of the Lost Ark” doesn’t have Indiana Jones’ name in the title like the sequels, but it’s the film that made everybody’s favorite archeologist a household name who could get himself in the title of a movie. Throw us the idol and we’ll throw you 20 trivia facts about “Raiders.”


Haj pilgrims pray on Mount Arafat

Saudi authorities have urged pilgrims to drink plenty of water and protect themselves from the sun


I 'Taylor-gated' The Eras Tour. It was a cheap, fun way to experience Taylor Swift's sold-out show and I would recommend it.

Taylor Swift fans have dubbed gathering outside The Eras Tour venues to sing and dance "Taylor-gating." I tried it for myself when the tour hit the UK.


Eid Al-Adha Traditions From Around The World

Photo Credit: VOAnews, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons Egypt Families gather during the Eid Al-Adha holiday for large feasts that often include traditional dishes like Fattah. It is also very common in Egypt to visit the graves of deceased relatives to offer prayers and remember loved ones during the Eid holiday. Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia hold...


The Four Seasons Hotel New York will reopen in September

Ty Warner Hotels and Resorts and Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts have reached agreements and plan to reopen the Four Seasons Hotel New York this September and the Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara in the spring of 2025.


“Bridgerton” star Luke Newton on Colin's jealousy of Whistledown and his future as a writer

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Hajj 2024: Saudi Arabia implements advanced cooling techniques in holy sites amid scorching heat

Saudi Gazette reportMAKKAH — As of Saturday, approximately 1.8 million pilgrims began their journey to the holy sites for the Hajj pilgrimage, braving temperatures that reach up to 48 degrees Celsius.To mitigate the extreme heat, a comprehensive system has been put in place utilizing the latest ground-cooling technologies, fire-resistant and heat-resistant tent materials, and modern air conditioning systems.Additionally, misting columns and...