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Sea urchins in Gulf of Aqaba make a comeback following massive count decline — survey

AQABA — The once-declining population of sea urchins in the Gulf of Aqaba is showing signs of a resurgence following a catastrophic population decrease that baffled scientists and raised concerns about the future of the delicate marine ecosystem, according to officials.Nasser Zawaydeh, president of Aqaba Marine Reserve, shared with The Jordan Times the remarkable findings of a recent survey conducted by marine researchers in Aqaba.“A 16 per cent...


Princess Diana’s childhood home up for rent – but ‘guests are barred from visiting her island grave’

Weeks after the 26th anniversary of her death, it’s been revealed Princess Diana’s childhood home is up for rent on an Airbnb-style site – but guests are thought to be barred from visiting her grave on the grounds.


Gandhi Jayanti: A look inside India's stunning Gandhi museum in Gujarat

Monday marks Gandhi Jayanti, an annual Indian national holiday celebrating Mahatma Gandhi's birthday. To mark the occasion, The National visited Dandi Kutir, a museum in Gujarat devoted to the lawyer and pioneering non-violent activist who helped lead the way to India's independence from British rule. Located in the planned urban district of the ca...


Unity over Division

Muslim and Christian reflections on our spiritual health


Shared spirit of altruism binds Jordan, South Korea together, says ambassador

AMMAN — Jordan’s “spirit of compassion, generosity” and inclusiveness is reflected in its hosting of millions of Syrian and other refugees from neighbouring countries, South Korea’s Ambassador to Jordan Kim Dong-gi said.In remarks to The Jordan Times on the occasion of South Korea’s national day, Kim highlighted Jordan’s pivotal role in maintaining stability in the region under the leadership of His Majesty King Abdullah.This year marks the...


CAN PAKISTAN LEVERAGE TOURISM INTO PROSPERITY?

Imagine standing at the edge of a world where mountains touch the sky, where ancient history breathes through the cracks of time-worn walls, and where the heart of hospitality beats with the rhythm of a thousand welcoming smiles. This is Pakistan, the land of untold beauty and boundless opportunity, where nature, culture, and adventure converge in an intoxicating symphony.In a world that often overlooks this gem of South Asia, lay landscapes...


Every One Of These Record-Breaking Bridges Will Astound You

From the oldest to the tallest and shortest to the widest, read on to discover record-breaking bridges around the world.


Message on the occasion of the German Unity Day

By German Ambassador Hans-Christian Freiherr von ReibnitzOn the occasion of the German National Day, I am extending warmest greetings to the German community in Kuwait, to the Kuwaiti leadership and government and indeed all people of Kuwait, who so graciously extend their generous hospitality to us. The Day of German Unity has become our National Day as the single most important event in our recent history that has shaped modern Germany like no...


This Is How The Other Half Travel. And How You Can Too

Here’s our pick of the world’s best sleeper trains where you’ll embrace the journey as much as the destination.


Manchester City's 'Treble Trophy Tour' to visit Abu Dhabi this weekend

Manchester City fans in the UAE will get the chance to see all the trophies from the club's historic treble-winning season when they tour the country this weekend. City became only the second English club to win a treble – the Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League – to cap a historic 2022/23 season. The next stop for the Treble Trophy Tour, p...


Night fever rocks Emirates Golf Club’s famed Faldo Course

High-scoring Sangal, Jackson, Ravenscroft and Malhotra win popular ‘Midnight Madness’ event


Introducing The World’s Highest Attractions. How Many Have You Scaled?

Sky-high structures, towering rides and immense natural wonders: would you tackle the world's tallest attractions for the spectacular views?


A massive fire at the Hilton Garden Hotel in Riyadh engulfs nine vehicles, reducing them to ashes

ALBAWABA - A raging fire broke out at the Hilton Garden Hotel located on Olaya Street in the heart of Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia.As a precautionary measure, nearby structures were evacuated, and the blaze left nine vehicles inoperable.The civil defense teams in Riyadh successfully contained and extinguished the fire on the facade of a residential building in the Al-Olaya neighborhood. The fire resulted in the burning of nine...


What do you know about Europe's only desert?

Set in southern Europe in Spain's Almería province is one of the weirdest anomalies in nature—a desert! Known as the Tabernas Desert, this hot and arid environment is the only one of its kind on the continent. It's a world away from the tourist resorts more typically associated with this corner of the continent. And yet the Tabernas Desert is a visitor attraction in its own right, noted for its extraordinary geology and a variety of flora and fauna specially adapted to a seemingly inhospitable climate. Oh, and it's also on the map for a series of influential movies called "Spaghetti Westerns." Intrigued? Click through for some hot tips on where to go and what to do in the Tabernas Desert.


6 new beauty and wellness spots to get pampered in Dubai

From fabulous facials to pampering mani-pedis and aesthetic tweaks… Dubai’s beauty and wellness scene has witnessed a string of stunning new openings in recent months, perfect for when you’re looking for a little self-care. Whether it’s a time-treasured French brand to an all-in-one health and wellness facility, here we bring you the new names to […]


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

These cars are seriously quick without bragging about it - let's take a look at the ultimate Q cars


8 awesome Abu Dhabi events in October

Happy Monday, we hope you had a great long weekend. We’re finally in the fourth quarter, and it looks anything but empty with a bustling line up of exciting events to look forward to in the capital… ADIPEC 2023 View this post on Instagram A post shared by Adipec Exhibition (@adipec_official) The biggest […]


8 fun things to do in Dubai this week: October 2 to 5

There’s so much to do… Planning your week out? Here are some great things to do in Dubai from trying out a new cool food pop-up to treating yourself at the spa, seeing a world-class performance at Dubai Opera and more. Here are 8 fun things to do in Dubai this week. Monday, October 2 […]


Things to do in the UAE this week: Spooky pumpkins and Peking duck

Halloween might be at the very end of the month, but spooktastic events and activities are already on the cards, in addition to plenty of action for brunches, movie buffs and culture vultures. Here we round up seven things to do in the Emirates, from Monday to Sunday. Monday Going back to school after an eventful long weekend can be tough. Why not ...


These Countries Have The Most DANGEROUS Roads. Have You Visited Any?

Take a look at the countries with the most and least dangerous roads in the world.


Wellness tourism: tips to improve physical and mental health


Pictures of the most beautiful pink lagoons in the world


More than 50 'overlooked' UK towns to receive £20m each over a decade

More than 50 towns that have been “overlooked and undervalued” will each receive £20 million to help address issues including half-empty high streets, rundown shopping centres and antisocial behaviour. The scheme, backed by £1 billion ($1.22 billion) of investment, aims to put "funding in the hands of local people" to improve their communities, sai...


These VIP Vacation Hotspots Are Celebrity Hangouts

Ah, to be rich, famous and able to rock up at your own desert island via a private jet at the click of a finger...


Putin’s bulletproof train has a gym, spa and BEAUTY PARLOUR

Extraordinary photos from the Dossier Center have offered a glimpse inside President Putin's secret armoured train, which includes lavish interiors and luxury amenities


Global Power and Luxury Living: Exploring the Homes of World Leaders

Featuring a peek into the places that the likes of Vladimir Putin, Rishi Sunak and Joe Biden call home, we tour these world leaders’ homes from the more modest to the unashamedly extravagant


Travel Unpacked: Emirates expands premium economy and London's most exciting new hotel

As a new luxury Raffles hotel opens inside Winston Churchill's Old War Office in London, at the other end of the spectrum Shrek's swamp is now available to rent on Airbnb. In the UAE, Emirates has rolled out its premium economy offering on more of its planes, while one Maldives resort is offering free seaplane transfers this summer. Here's a round-...


The Ritz-Carlton, Amman Appoints Andrea Conte as the New F&B Director

The Ritz-Carlton, Amman is thrilled to welcome Andrea Conte as its new Food and Beverage Director. With an impressive background in the industry and an undeniable passion for his craft, he is primed to elevate the hotel's culinary offerings to new heights. The property is confident that his expertise will bring a remarkable contribution to the overall luxury experience provided to the hotel’s esteemed guests.As a highly experienced food and...


Would you step foot on the Devil's bridge?

Located in the northern region of Portugal, on the border separating Montalegre and Vieira do Minho, stands an ancient bridge rumored to have been constructed by the Devil. Spanning the picturesque Rabagão River in the midst of the verdant Gerês mountain range, the Misarela Bridge is a mystical destination that should not be overlooked. Dive into the captivating tale behind the origins of this mysterious structure and discover the supernatural scares experienced by its visitors to this day.


25 Incredible Lakes That Are Bigger Than Some Countries

These are the largest lakes on Earth in Russia, Africa, North America and Central Asia.


Did you know that the Eiffel Tower's height changes each year?


The volunteer-run bazaar breathing life back into Mosul's old town

Iraq's second city of Mosul, also known as the city or mother of two springs, is one that has witnessed a great deal of war and destruction in recent years. Following the US invasion, it suffered an even darker period after it was occupied by ISIS from 2014 to 2017. Yet, the city has always remained a source of resilience, persevering through hards...


36 cars named after animals


China Open: Ons Jabeur cruises to 2nd round

02/10/2023 09:11, TUNIS/Tunisia (TAP) - Top seed Ons Jabeur (world No. 7) cruised for the second round of the China Open (Masters 1000), beating on Monday American Ashlyn Krueger (world No. 137) 6-3, 6-4.She will take on Ukrainian Marta Kostyuk (44th) in the next round.


Has God Forsaken These Abandoned Sacred Places?

Famous and fascinating abandoned sacred places from around the world.


This Country Claims It Has The Best National Parks In The World. Do You Agree?

Majestic landscapes from one of the world's largest countries.


Your ultimate guide to Abu Dhabi Showdown Week

Expect pop-ups, a huge concert, and the small matter of an action-packed UFC 294 card… Let’s get ready to rumble… UFC returns to fight island (or Yas Island, for those non-UFC buffs) this month for UFC 294. But around the gripping fight card on Saturday October 21, a bumper schedule of events, pop-ups, concerts and […]


Today's best photos: From the Ghost Fleet of the Potomac to whirling dervishes

More from The National: Saturday's best photos: From new Roman Catholic cardinals to the supermoon Friday's best photos: from Brasilia to Abu Dhabi Thursday's best photos: From freestyle in China to a parade in Ethiopia Wednesday's best photos: from camel rides to bark beetles Tuesday's best photos: From the Rio Bravo to the Rio Negro


Property sales drop, 50,000 flats vacant amid expat layoffs

KUWAIT: The value of real estate sales in Kuwait declined during the third quarter of 2023 to KD 800 million, the lowest levels recorded since the third quarter of 2020. This decline followed the government’s termination of contracts of 6,200 expatriates working in the government sector during the last fiscal year, as per recent official statistics issued by the Civil Service Commission.The decrease in real estate values coincided with rising...


You can now book to stay at Anantara’s dreamy Maldives-inspired RAK resort

The gorgeous property boasts 174 rooms, suites and overwater villas...


Haunting Photos Of The Titanic And More Of The World's Tragic Shipwrecks

We explore the remains of some of the most amazing and historic shipwrecks.


Breaking Stone: Georges Hobeika Becomes First To Display Collection At Baalbek Temple

By Mariam Sarhan Georges Hobeika has made history by becoming the first-ever fashion house to showcase its ready-to-wear collection at Lebanon’s Temple of Baalbek at the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Hobeika is a Lebanese multinational fashion brand by Lebanese-born Georges Hobeika. He creates ready-to-wear and couture clothing. His “Goddess of Love” collection aims to shed a spotlight on Lebanese heritage and proceeds of the show will go to the...


Stephanie Gilmore: How the queen of surf trains for the waves


Incredible Australian Sites Many Tourists Never See

We uncover some of Australia’s most amazing under-the-radar attractions.


20 unforgettable travel destinations in the Pacific


EarthSoul: A new eco music festival is coming to Media City Amphitheatre

Huge headliners are set to be announced soon… Huge conversations around climate change are expected in Dubai later this year as the emirate hosts COP28. And with this in mind, Dubai is launching the city’s first eco-conscious music festival this December. Taking place at Dubai Media City Amphitheatre for three days from December 8 to […]


The incredible revelations of the Dead Sea Scrolls

The Dead Sea Scrolls, a collection of ancient Jewish manuscripts, were discovered in caves in the desert by Bedouin shepherds in 1946. This archaeological find is considered one of the greatest of the 20th century and is of immense historical, religious, and linguistic importance. These parchment scrolls are the only known surviving biblical documents written before 100 CE, providing insight into events that occurred over 2,000 years ago. Explore this gallery to revisit the story behind this historical treasure.


At least 11 killed in Spanish nightclub fire

A fire at a Spanish nightclub on Sunday morning has killed at least 11 people, authorities said, with rescue efforts still continuing. Firefighters were continuing to work at the scene and had not ruled out “the possibility of finding more victims”, emergency services said on social media platform X, formerly known as Twitter. Rescuers were first a...


UAE remote work visa: Abu Dhabi, Dubai among top destinations for ‘digital nomads’

Study compares 50 of world’s most popular cities, analysing metrics including WiFi speed, monthly cost of living, average rental costs, quality of life, weather


Meet Bobi, the oldest dog in world