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Emirates Development Bank 'on course to hit $8.2bn funding target by 2025'

Emirates Development Bank, the state-owned lender that provides financing for the UAE's priority sectors, is on track to achieve its Dh30 billion ($8.2 billion) five-year funding target and has a robust pipeline of domestic companies and foreign investors seeking funding, according to chief executive Ahmed Al Naqbi. “There are many companies that d...


Jewel of North Africa, Morocco is one of the Trendiest Destinations for Tourists in 2023 (Website)

New York - Morocco, the 'Jewel in North Africa's crown', is one of the trendiest destinations for tourists in 2023, according to North American specialized Website "Travel off Path". In an article by Vinicius Costa, the website states that Morocco has risen to prominence as one of the trendiest for Western visitors due to its excellent infrastructure, stunning natural scenery, and world-class city breaks. Noting that the North African country...


New York struggles as tens of thousands of migrants arrive

Long famed as a global melting pot, New York prides itself on its inclusivity and diversity. But in recent weeks, the Big Apple has been grappling with the arrival of thousands of migrants after pandemic-era restrictions expired at the US-Mexico border. “We have reached a point where the system is buckling,” Anne Williams-Isom, New York's deputy ma...


Qatar Museums announces new ticket pricing for museums, galleries, and heritage sites

Qatar Museums has announced new ticket pricing for entry to all of its world-class museums, galleries, exhibitions, and heritage sites, showcasing its dedication to providing accessible and affordable cultural experiences for all.Qatar Museums is delighted to confirm that entry to all venues and heritage sites, including temporary exhibitions, will remain free on the presentation of a valid QID to all residents and citizens of Qatar.Effective...


The 17 most amazing attractions in Helena

Helena, Montana, is famous for housing the beautiful cathedral of Saint Helena. It is a historic, neo-Gothic Church where guests can enjoy its beautiful architecture. The city also features Mount Helena, a mountain with limestone cliffs, wildflowers, and a picturesque view of nature. In Helena you will find some beautiful attractions that you just ...


UK's most expensive and cheapest cities for first-time home buyers

Bradford in Yorkshire has been named the cheapest city in the UK for those looking to buy their first property, with London being the most expensive. Average asking prices for typical first-time buyer homes with a maximum of two bedrooms in 60 major cities across Britain were compiled by property website Rightmove. The research made several assumpt...


QM offers more discounts on entry tickets to museums, heritage sites

Tribune News NetworkDohaQatar Museums (QM) has announced new ticket pricing for entry to all of its world-class museums, galleries, exhibitions and heritage sites, demonstrating its dedication to providing accessible and affordable cultural experiences for all.Qatar Museums said entry to all venues and heritage sites, including temporary exhibitions, will remain free on the presentation of a valid QID to all residents and citizens of...


Headed to St. John's? Here's what you shouldn't miss!


Diyar Al Muharraq Gears Up to Operate the Water Canals at Al Naseem Project

Diyar Al Muharraq, the leading real estate development company in the Kingdom of Bahrain, announced the latest updates in relation to the water canals located at Al Naseem project. The channels were filled with water and the readiness of the boats entrance gate, preparing for the water circulation system to be operational during the month of May 2023. The implementation of the water canals and its systems were designed and supervised by a group...


Take note: 10-day grace period removed for Dubai visit visas

Tourists who overstay their Dubai visit visa will face daily fines… Just in: Visitors will no longer be given a 10-day grace period after the expiry of their Dubai tourist visas, the Federal Authority for Identity, Citizenship, Customs and Port Security (ICP) confirmed to The National on Wednesday, May 31. Previously, tourists would have 10 […]


4 concerts and gigs in Dubai you won’t want to miss this June

Rock out at Razorlight or throw it back with Simply Red… Summer is almost here, but that doesn’t stop the city from having fun. Dubai has a huge line-up of upcoming concerts from top performers, guaranteeing a fun time for those staying put in the country over the warmer season. Here are four music events […]


12 Tourist hotspots in Lagos that live up to the hype


Environment Minister meets with UN Resident Coordinator in Jordan

AMMAN — Minister of Environment, Muawieh Radaideh and UN Resident Coordinator in Jordan Sheri Ritsema-Anderson on Wednesday discussed frameworks for coordination and joint action and means to enhance cooperation in green growth and combating climate change.During the meeting, Radaideh highlighted the Climate/Refugee Nexus Initiative launched by His Majesty King Abdullah at the COP-27 conference, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported. The...


UAE visit visa: Tourists can now extend their stay from within the country

The Emirates has implemented several changes in its entry permit procedures since October 2022


Dubai Sports World returns this June: Here’s all you need to know

All your favourite sports under one roof this summer… Dubai Sports World is heading back to World Trade Centre from June 1 to September 10. It’s set to be the largest one yet with nine different sports across over 40 courts and pitches. Sports enthusiasts can stay active indoors with nine popular sports, all under […]


Just announced: KISS set to rock Dubai this October

The band are bringing their ‘End of the World’ tour to the UAE… Legendary American band KISS are set to rock Dubai later this year. The iconic four-piece will take to the stage at Dubai’s Coca-Cola Arena on Friday October 13 as part of their ‘End of the World’ tour. If you want to be […]


New Yorkers gather to watch ‘Manhattanhenge’

Snapping pictures with cell phones, hundreds of New Yorkers and tourists gathered in the streets to watch the sun set in perfect alignment between rows of the skyscrapers for which the city is famous. Right on schedule at 8:12 pm on Tuesday evening, the flaming orange ball could be seen perfectly framed by Manhattan’s canyons of tall buildings on streets running east-west, such as 42nd Street, which runs through Times Square.This spectacle...


Curiosities you may not know about Naples' 'Veiled Christ'

Naples is one of the most beautiful and fascinating cities in the world, both for its architecture and its sights, including museums. One of the most appreciated places of all is undoubtedly the Sansevero Chapel, inside which is the statue of the 'Veiled Christ'.This is a marvellous work where the dead Christ, lying on a mattress, is covered by a veil that adheres perfectly to his form. The magnificence of the statue lies in the veil, carved from a single block of marble, which seems transparent over Christ's body. On his face, moreover, one can see precisely the signs of suffering following the Passion.On the account of the 'Veiled Christ', there is also a fascinating legend about the veil and alchemy, of which Raimondo di Sangro, the commissioner of the work.


There’s Michelin recognised brunching and big family fun at this Palm hotel

Sponsored: Three brunch options that are big Ws for us… With it’s network of internationally recognised, celebrity chef-lead, award winning homegrown and world class restaurants – there can’t be too many neigbourhoods whose culinary credentials could match that of The Palm Jumeirah. And one of the epicentres of this growing haven of global gastronomy is […]


British rock band Razorlight to perform in Dubai this weekend

Last chance to get your hands on tickets… Razorlight fans, get ready to rock as the British indie rock band are set to return to Dubai for a one-night-only performance this Friday. In what will be their first tour in over a decade, original band members Johnny Borrell, Andy Burrows, Björn Ågren, and Carl Dalemo […]


The best scorers in the history of Manchester City, the ranking

The ranking of the greatest Sky Blues scorers of all eras, in all competitions.


UNESCO launches framework for enabling Intercultural Dialogue in the Arab region

BEIRUT, 31st May, 2023 (WAM) -- The UNESCO Regional Office in Beirut hosted today a conference for the Arab regional launch of the UNESCO Framework for enabling Intercultural Dialogue, in close collaboration with the Anna Lindh foundation. Participants and experts discussed the state of Intercultural Dialogue in the Arab region, and the ways to promote it using the UNESCO framework.Recognising the potential for Intercultural Dialogue and the...


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Where to travel in summer 2023: 10 new flight routes from the UAE

Get inspired for your 2023 travels… Already thinking about where to jet off to this summer? Whether it’s a city break, beach escape or a bucket list destination, with two thirds of the world accessible within an eight-hour flight of the UAE, there’s plenty of exploring to be done. And as regional airlines add more […]


Escape the hustle and bustle and head to Tilal Liwa Hotel this summer

Sponsored: The ultimate desert escape awaits… The summer holidays are right around the corner and that means it’s the perfect opportunity to escape for a short break. Hidden on the outskirts of Abu Dhabi, where the city becomes but a mirage of rolling desert tunes, you find Tilal Liwa Hotel. The scenic summer retreat is […]


Al Khaleej Al Arabi Street in Abu Dhabi to partly close this weekend

Abu Dhabi's Al Khaleej Al Arabi Street will be partially closed at the weekend to allow for maintenance and safety upgrades, transport chiefs have announced. The Integrated Transport Centre said on social media that the right-side lane of the route and the entrance to Khalifa City would be shut to traffic from 10pm on Friday until 3pm on Sunday. Th...


Emirates and Etihad Airways Among the World's Top 10 Airlines for 2023

Both UAE national airlines, Emirates and Etihad, have been voted in the top ten airlines in the world, according to AirlineRatings.com list of the world's top 25 airlines.Read More: Emirates and Etihad Expand Interline Partnership to Boost UAE Tourism The rating is calculated based on the consis


International travel back on track demonstrating sector's resilience, enduring desire to fly

The Covid-19 pandemic severely impacted the travel and tourism sector, leading to disruptions, job losses, and economic challenges.However, as the world recovers from the pandemic, the sector is expected to regain its significance and contribute to global economic recovery and growth.According to global tourism body, World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), nearly half of the 185 countries will have either fully recovered to pre-pandemic levels or...


Bahraini Bikers Cross 31 Countries from Bahrain to Europe by Road

The Bahrain Motorcycle Commission embarked on a road trip from Bahrain to Europe and they have crossed 31 countries in Asia and Europe. The group of bikers started their road trip from Bahrain on April 21st, 2023 and, they travelled through KSA, Kuwait, Iraq, and Türkiye to reach


John Lennon's Rolls Royce Phantom V: the psychedelic journey of the iconic British car

The story of John Lennon and his Rolls Royce Phantom V is that of a unique and exclusive car that perfectly represents the psychedelic aesthetic of the 1960s. Purchased for £11,000 in 1964, the car was painted entirely in a deep Valentine black and fitted with a bespoke interior, including a writing desk, record player, portable television and refrigerator. But in 1967 Lennon decided it was time for a makeover and had it painted in psychedelic colours, creating a work of art on wheels. A subversive statement that made this Rolls Royce an icon of the 1960s counterculture.


Why are flights so expensive right now and how to find cheaper airfares

Travel is back and summer is right around the corner. Following years of pandemic-related travel restrictions, most of the world is accessible once again and people are craving holidays. “We’re seeing a surge in trips to culture capitals, a new wave of interest in wellness retreats, and a spike in demand for outdoor destinations beyond just beaches...


'Jewels of Emirates' to unleash potential of Emirati designers

SHARJAH, 31st May, 2023 (WAM) -- The much-awaited Jewels of Emirates show, the first Emirati exhibition specialising in diamond jewellery, gold, silver, and luxury watches, will commence on Thursday at Expo Centre Sharjah, captivating visitors from 1st to 4th June, 2023.Organised by the Centre with the backing of the Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI), the prestigious event, now in its fourth edition, will showcase the artistry of...


Top 10 Donut Places in Abu Dhabi

Each year on the first Friday in June, people participate in National Donut Day. Donuts are often considered the ultimate sweet treat for breakfast, but, to be honest, they are pretty much perfect at any time of the day. And in honour of Donut Day, which falls on June 2nd this year, we're showin


Experience the top 14 attractions in Paphos

Paphos /ˈpæfɒs/ is a coastal city in southwest Cyprus and the capital of Paphos District. In classical antiquity, two locations were called Paphos: Old Paphos, today known as Kouklia, and New Paphos. The current city of Paphos lies on the Mediterranean coast, about 50 km west of Limassol, both of which are connected by the A6 highway. Paphos Intern...


China throws down the gauntlet: lifted off C919, first domestically produced plane

The C919, China's first domestically produced passenger aircraft, made its maiden flight today, taking off from Shanghai Airport and heading for the capital Beijing. The 164-seat aircraft was built to break the dominance of single-aisle jets from Airbus and Boeing, but still relies on Western components, including engines and avionics. Despite this, Comac, the manufacturer, already has over 1,200 orders, but some experts suggest that most of these orders are just letters of intent from domestic customers.


Headed to Regina? Don't miss these unforgettable attractions

Regina, Canada is famous for its rich history and heritage, where guests can familiarize themselves with the local culture. Aside from this, the city is one of Canada's fastest-growing cities. Thus, guests will have a great time here as there are numerous shopping malls, stores, and recreational complexes to check out. In Regina you will find some ...


NBA Finals matchup confirmed! A look at Miami and Denver’s Road to the finale


Why Above Eleven is Dubai’s most exciting new rooftop soiree spot

Sponsored: Stunning views are just the start of the story at this pearl of a rooftop… If you’re not already aware of the unique power and beauty of Palm Jumeirah’s new rooftop hot spot Above Eleven, then dear reader, you are in for a very special sort of treat. It’s a venue that was inspired […]


Today's best photos: from Manhattanhenge to wildfire fighting

More from The National: Tuesday's best photos: from Garland Day to training for Al Gaffal Race Monday's best photos: from Kyiv's subway shelter to Mount Everest Day Sunday's best photos: From a human bicycle in Santiago to surfing in California Saturday's best photos: From the Giau Pass to the Serbian Progressive Party Friday's best photos: From a ...


Qatar takes part in Rabat Int'l Book Fair

The 28th edition of the Rabat International Book Fair will kick off today with the participation of the Ministry of Culture and Qatar University Press (QU Press).Qatar's participation in the 11-day fair comes within the framework of strengthening cultural and intellectual exchange between Qatar and Morocco.Director of the Ministry of Culture's Libraries Department and Director of Doha International Book Fair Jassim Ahmed al-Buainain said the...


Kashmiri man trying to promote Urdu literature in UT

Srinagar, May 31 -- Suhail Salim, a 30-year-old youth from downtown Srinagar, is trying hard to preserve and promote Urdu literature in Jammu and Kashmir.Through his literary magazine, "Koh-e-Maran," he aims to provide a platform for the young scholars and writers of the region to showcase their contemporary literary creations, reports ANI.Hailing from the Rainawari area in central Kashmir's Srinagar district, Suhail Salim is a passionate...


Saudi astronauts undergo rehabilitation phase after reaching Houston airport

Saudi Gazette report RIYADH — After splashing down safely off Florida on Tuesday night, Saudi astronauts Rayyanah Barnawi and Ali Al-Qarni arrived at the Houston Airport where they started undergoing the rehabilitation phase after returning from the microgravity environment.Upon their arrival at the airport, the astronauts were greeted by a number of their family members, who exchanged greetings and reassured of their health conditions. They...


UAE sets out plan to regulate non-Muslim places of worship

The UAE has set out plans to bolster the regulation of all non-Muslim places of worship in the country. The Federal National Council on Tuesday passed a draft law to oversee the operations of religious venues such as churches and temples, including those in free zones. The move is an effort to provide a framework for the further integration of all ...


Shearing dogs and cats in summer? Maybe not everyone knows this, but it might be better not to do it

Summer finally arrives and we begin to feel the first heat. The muggy, prickly sun arrives with its ferocity, and it is not only humans who feel the heat, but also pets, with dogs and cats at the forefront.Many owners think that they are doing their pets a favour when they take them to have their fur sheared, but in reality this is something that, for a number of specific reasons, should not be done, or rather, should only be done in certain special circumstances.In fact, dogs and cats do not regulate temperature as we do, and their fur serves precisely to ensure temperature control within the body.


Cheap July vacation: Where to go to the beach in Europe while spending little?

Have you already thought about where to go on holiday this summer? July is undoubtedly among the most expensive months of the season and unfortunately because of this, going on holiday to some destinations can become expensive. In this gallery we reveal some destinations, where you can spend your summer holiday, but spend significantly less than average (or at the very least achieve a great holiday value for money). Browse through the photos to discover eight low-cost destinations in Europe.


Temperature to soar beyond seasonal average during weekend

Amman, June 1 (Petra) -- Moderately warm conditions are forecast to prevail on Thursday in the mountainous regions, while it will be relatively hot in other areas, as temperatures surpass the general seasonal averages by a slight margin, according to the Jordan Meteorological Department (JMD). In its daily report, the weather department predicted that a Khamasini depression will affect the Kingdom on Friday, bringing another noticeable rise in...


Try these mouth-watering dishes on your trip to Rome

Rome The Eternal City, Rome is worth a visit at least once, with its beautiful architecture and monuments, great works of art, small-town charm, slow pace of life, and world-renowned food, albeit seeing everything it has to offer would take a lifetime. The Grand Romantic ruins, opulent monuments, graceful fountains, and ornate statues are all testa...


Where to travel in June, from Glastonbury to the Great Barrier Reef

School is nearly out and summer is almost here, which means it’s time to start thinking of holidays. June is a great time to book a getaway as its often the last month before peak summer season in many destinations, allowing travellers to visit before the mass crowds swoop in. As the month with the longest daylight hours of the year in the Northern...


Experience the top 12 attractions in Hamburg

Hamburg is Germany's second-largest economic center, Germany's most busy port, and a significant industrial metropolis. Today Hamburg is an attractive, contemporary city and cultural center, internationally renowned for its opera, theatre, magazines and libraries, radio, television, and film studios. In Hamburg you will find some beautiful attracti...


Jordan's royal wedding expected to showcase a diverse kingdom

Bedouin songs greeted Jordan's Crown Prince Hussein bin Abdullah as he arrived for a large dinner in Jordan's capital Amman to celebrate his coming wedding. The all-male event at the grounds of Raghadan Palace was hosted by his father, King Abdullah II, on Wednesday and attended by several thousands. Click here for full coverage The wedding will be...