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Algeria inaugurates Africa's largest mosque after years of delays

Algeria inaugurated Africa's largest mosque – the third largest in the world – on Sunday, after years of upheaval. The Great Mosque of Algiers is only smaller than the mosques in Makkah and Madinah. Built by a Chinese construction firm in the 2010s, the mosque features the world's tallest minaret – measuring 265 metres – and a prayer area that can ...


Tom Cruise's younger years: from seminary student to world famous actor


This Himalayan lake has a dark history

There's a glacial lake in the Himalayas that conceals a sinister secret. In the 1940s, a disturbing discovery was made, yet it wasn't until the 21st century that the mystery was finally unraveled. Or was it? Click through the gallery to learn about the icy Skeleton Lake, and draw your own conclusions.


Anna Kendrick attends the Film Independent Spirit Awards 2024

Anna Kendrick politely poses in her simple yet charming floral dress on the red carpet attending the Film Independent Spirit Awards 2024 being held in Santa Monica, CA.


The 12 Best Under-$40 Shearling Pullovers From Amazon That Are Comfy Triple Threats for Travel

They're the under-rated travel garment that deserves a spot in every suitcase.


Explore the emirates: 12 things to do in Fujairah

Astonishing natural beauty, mountains, marine life, history, and hidden gems… Just two hours away from Dubai and a world away from the glitzy skyscrapers and five-star lifestyle, this tiny coastal town is waiting to be discovered. As the only emirate on the UAE’s east coast, Fujairah lies between the rocky Hajar mountains and the sparkling […]


Cruise ship 'is hit with CHOLERA outbreak': Thousands of passengers stuck in quarantine 'misery' on illness-hit Norwegian Dawn liner 'floating aimlessly' off Africa after vessel was barred from docking on Mauritius

Norwegian Dawn, which has some 2,200 passengers and 1,000 crew on board, has been floating in the open sea after Mauritian authorities decided to block it 'to avoid any health risks'.


Xposure International Photography Festival 2024: Seven names to look out for this year

The eighth Xposure International Photography Festival promises to be the largest and most diverse yet. The event, running from Wednesday to March 5, is returning to the Expo Centre Sharjah, but this time taking over about 33,000 square metres. The festival has been steadily growing with each iteration since its inaugural event in 2016, bringing in ...


Pithoragarh-Pantnagar Flight Services Commence From Today; Check Fare, Timings, Schedule

The first flight of Fly Big company from Pithoragarh to Pantnagar took off on Monday, marking the start of a new air service for Uttarakhand. The air service was inaugurated by Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami on January 30, but it was delayed due to bad weather conditions. The company is now operating the service three days a week on Monday, Tuesday and Friday. The distance between Pithoragarh and Pantnagar is about 230...


From Madonna to Leila - a look at Sean Penn's marriages


History's most impressive sea forts

Sea forts are fortified stone structures located in the ocean. They can be found in the shallows near the coast, or set further off the mainland in deeper water. Built mainly to defend the approaches to a city or estuary, most sea forts were constructed on natural or artificial islands and would have provided a formidable obstacle to an invading navy. Today, many of these unique sea defenses still stand. But where can you admire some truly impressive and historic examples? Click through and find out where waves meet walls.


This Cozy Travel Outfit Looks and Feels Exactly Like an Oprah-loved Set — and It’s $200 Cheaper

It just reached best-seller status at Amazon, and shoppers call it an "air travel must."


2500 Images from across the world to strum photographic symphonies at Xposure 2024

SHARJAH, 25th February, 2024 (WAM) -- From every corner of the globe, they have come to Sharjah, carrying astonishing stories told through their lenses. Their journey was long, filled with challenges and adventures. They spent hours under the sun behind their cameras, observed creatures in the darkness of night, faced dangers to document wars and disasters, and explored diverse and rich cultures and traditions. Over 400 creators from around the...


Elizabeth Banks rocks minidress for Independent Spirit Awards

Elizabeth Banks rocks the blue carpet in red minidress at the 2024 Independent Spirit Awards. The 'Cocaine Bear' director rocked the eighties inspired dress with matching heels for the award show.


Umrahme Collaborates with Saudi Arabia’s “Nusuk” Platform to Host a Groundbreaking Virtual Pilgrimage Experience in Dubai

In a groundbreaking collaboration, Umrahme joined forces with Nusuk, the official digital platform for Hajj and Umrah in Saudi Arabia, to host a landmark event at Dubai Festival City from February 14th to 17th. Featuring a cutting-edge Virtual Reality (VR) experience, the event offered attendees the extraordinary opportunity to traverse the spiritual landscapes of Makkah and Madinah without stepping outside of Dubai.The VR experience gave...


Dubai eyes another record breaking tourism performance

Arabian Post StaffDubai is poised for a surge in tourism, thanks to a recent relaxation of visa regulations by the UAE. In a move aimed at attracting visitors and boosting the local economy, the UAE introduced a new five-year multiple-entry visa specifically for tourists. This visa allows visitors to enter the country multiple times within a five-year period, with each stay lasting up to 90 days and the option of a single extension for an...


Explore the abandoned fairytale ghost town that's been left to rot

Once marketed as a high-end neighbourhood of luxury châteaux, Turkey's Burj Al Babas has stood abandoned for 12 years. Take a tour of this eerie fairytale ghost town...


The Best Podcasts to Listen to Right Now

Tune in on your way to work, while you're running, before bed or on a road trip.


These are the best scenic family road trips for families, from a parent and travel expert who's been to all 50 states.

These are my favorite scenic family road trips in the US for families, as a parent and travel expert, including hiking, camping, and museums.


A memorable trip to Jamnagar, where the Ambani wedding is taking place

Driving along India’s western coast in Gujarat, the landscape is a mish-mash of bare fields, lush greenery and occasional glimpses of the blue-green waters of the Gulf of Kutch fronted by golden sands. It’s a drive that can make you drowsy. But sweeping into Jamnagar city instantly banishes that. The first impression is that of a city with a rich a...


Things to do in the UAE this week, from custom car show to new dog beach park

The UAE events calendar is ending February on a high note with a variety of big-ticket affairs this week. Comedian Trevor Noah is set for a UAE return and petrolheads are in for a wild ride at this year's Custom Show Emirates. Here, The National rounds up seven things to do, from February 26 to March 3. Monday Baby Sensory UAE, which has several br...


13 treasures the ancient Egyptians buried with their dead, and what they mean

Here's why ancient Egyptians buried their dead with certain grave goods, such as the "Book of the Dead," gold tongues and scarabs.


Etihad and Armani roll out plush new amenity kits

Experience class, in every class… The UAE’s national airline has just unveiled a luxe lineup of luxury amenity kits, and you’ll now be able to get a taste of this elevated experience no matter what class you fly with Etihad. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Etihad Airways (@etihad) What […]


40 Things That Didn't Exist 40 Years Ago

The world really was a different place back then.


Here are the planet’s most thrilling theme park rides, in the UAE and beyond

From hair-raising hairpin bends to face-shaking G-force, we've found the wildest rides on the planet.


2024 Dubai WoodShow to Feature Seven Country Pavilions

Dubai International Wood and Woodworking Machinery Exhibition (Dubai WoodShow), is poised for its landmark 20th edition, scheduled from March 5 to 7, 2024, at the Dubai World Trade Centre.Dubai WoodShow, known as the "leading platform for wood and woodworking machinery in the MENA region,” is a part of the Global WoodShow series, which includes Cairo WoodShow, in November every year, and the inaugural Saudi WoodShow, which will take place from...


Andrew Scott lights up the 2024 Film Independent Spirit Awards

Andrew Scott brings some bright and fun energy to the red carpet as he poses in his charming yellow suit paired with his ever-friendly smile at the 2024 Film Independent Spirit Awards in Santa Monica, CA.


Saved from the bin: the secrets of Austen, Beckett and Larkin’s scribbled first drafts

One of Europe’s oldest libraries, the Bodleian in Oxford is famous for its manuscripts. While some are beautifully illuminated medieval treasures, others are the barely legible scribblings of more recent authors – a blizzard of deletions, additions and notes. Studying this discarded, unpublished material has sometimes been regarded as akin to rumma...


25 of the most luxurious cars ever


An airline CEO who uses exclusively 737s warns tickets could get more expensive due to production delays, with the FAA 'crawling all over' Boeing

Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary said the message he's getting from Boeing is "confusion," amid increased scrutiny following last month's blowout.


America's best (and worst) states for singles REVEALED - so how does YOURS rank?

Florida's litany of theme parks, festivals, and eateries helped it score well, while second-place Texas also earned high marks because of an abundance of attractions.


7 exciting things to do in Abu Dhabi this week: Feb 26 to 29

The leap year moment… It’s coming. It’s almost here. The highlight moment of this year. The 29th day of February – an occasion we see once in four years. The 29th day of February is special, but we don’t need special, once-in-four-years days to have a good time in Abu Dhabi. Every day is special […]


A bikepacker who's been on the road for 8 years says he's turned his lifestyle into a business that covers his costs — here's how.

Tristan Ridley has been bikepacking the world since 2015 and dealing with road accidents, petty criminals, and visa troubles along the way.


UAE weather: Heavy rainfall expected in some parts of the country

Authorities urged drivers to prioritise safety by exercising caution and avoiding unnecessary travel during bad weather


Emirates Dubai 7s 2024 dates have just been announced

Mark your calendars… One of the biggest sports festivals in Dubai is back, The Emirates Dubai 7s 2024 dates have been announced and if you’re anything like us here at What’s On HQ then you will be absolutely buzzing. As always, taking place on the first weekend of December, this year the 7s fest will be a […]


FLIGHT OF FANCY, FILLED WITH HATE

Although there is nothing new there, but some of us might like to explore the petty, hate-filled world of Bollywood film-makers. We have lived with the Indian filmmakers' compulsive attitude of belittling and ridiculing Pakistan in their films to garner talk-ability and business for their films, which are not always worthy of the applause they manage to get through such cheap gimmicks. And ofcourse we continue to watch Bollywood as per our...


13 Nostalgic Photos of Vintage Amusement Parks

What a thrill.


This Luxury Hotel in Maine Is in the 2024 Solar Eclipse Path of Totality — and Still Has Rooms Available

Yes, you still have time to book, but hurry.


Adventure and family fun await at the The Ritz-Carlton Ras Al Khaimah, Al Wadi Desert

Sponsored: Enjoy an exciting staycation escapade for the whole family… Experience adventure-packed luxury in signature Ras Al Khaimah style, as the The Ritz-Carlton Ras Al Khaimah, Al Wadi Desert rolls out a terrific staycation package, ideal for the whole family. You can step away from the mundaneness of city living with an all new staycation […]


10 of the Most Unique Museums In the United States

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


UAE’s landmark $35 billion deal marks Egypt’s largest FDI

The country's sovereign fund has established an office in Egypt to build on its commitment to investing in the country’s economic growth


Have you seen Steven Spielberg's 20 favorite movies?


UAE weather: Rain predicted across Emirates in the week ahead

Rain is predicted to fall across the UAE over the course of the week by the National Centre of Meteorology (NCM), The NCM forecast says there is a chance of rainfall all the way up until Thursday. The weather on Monday is most likely to be cloudy at times, especially in the east, with a chance of rainfall, according to the NCM. This is also likely ...


Travel recovery in Asia-Pacific: The numbers don't tell the full story

Tourist arrivals are up in Asia-Pacific, but details behind the numbers show which countries are making the biggest strides towards making a full recovery, reports CNBC's Monica Pitrelli.


The world's incredible abandoned home transformations, then and now

These empty and abandoned places around the world are being reborn...


Ramadan Markets to visit during the Holy Month 2024

One of the very many ways to celebrate the Holy Month… During the Holy Month of Ramadan, there are plenty of night markets in Dubai to visit with the whole family. Inside, we can expect plenty of shopping opportunities, food, entertainment and more… Here are the Ramadan markets in Dubai (we know of so far… […]


Union of Artists: How five artists combined to create Dubai Public Art's first major work

When the time came for Dubai Culture to decide who would be tasked with creating the first major work of the Dubai Public Art initiative, the shortlisted artists proposed something organisers were not expecting. They suggested the commission go to all five of them. After all, the Emirati artists were familiar with each other's works. Some have even...


Historic images show how world-famous landmarks have changed in 100 years

Here's what these world-famous landmarks looked like at the dawn of international tourism, versus now.


Crossing the divide: Rhino's uphill battle against dyke construction

CHITWAN, Nepal - Last Monday, a park rhino was seen struggling to navigate a newly built dyke on the Rapti riverbank, which concerned conservationists.The construction of a dyke wall along the Rapti River's bank on the Sauraha side has disrupted wildlife movement in the area.Any infrastructure built in national parks and forests should be wildlife-friendly. However, this concept was utterly ignored while constructing the Rapti River embankment...


This glacial lake hides a dark secret

This Himalayan lake hides quite a dark secret. A chilling discovery was made in the 1940s, but it wasn't until the 21st century that the mystery was solved. Or was it? Browse through this gallery and draw your own conclusions.