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Over 250,000 visit visa holders turned back from Makkah during Hajj season

Saudi Gazette ReportMINA — Col. Talal Al-Shalhoub, security spokesman of the Ministry of Interior, reiterated that Saudi Arabia will not allow the Holy Sites to be turned into an arena for slogans that are nothing to do with the purposes of Islamic Shariah law.“The security authorities will stand firmly against all attempts to disturb the security of pilgrims in any way, and will deal strongly with anyone who violates this. The security and...

Rediscovering Oman: Here’s what’s new and happening next door…

Brand new stays and plays… Exciting things are brewing at our next door neighbour’s. Oman is perhaps the most popular regional destination for us UAE folk to escape to when the mood for a speedy holiday strikes. It’s not too far, but far enough to feel like you’re getting away from routine, and the vast […]

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.

When royal tours go awry

The royal tour has been a tradition of the British monarchy for many generations. They involve official stately visits by members of the royal family to other nations within the British Commonwealth and beyond, usually traveling to several cities or countries in one trip. While it may look like they're on holidays as they're photographed taking in the local sights, royal tours are actually all about publicity and diplomatic relations. The visiting royals must meet with local leaders, visit important institutions, take part in ceremonies, and be seen to take in the local culture. Each event is carefully planned, and they are constantly being ferried from one public engagement to the next while thousands of eyes watch their every move. Royal tours are rife with accidents and blunders, as the tight-laced family deal with unexpected circumstances far outside of their comfort zone. Intrigued? Then click through this gallery to learn about royal tours that went completely off the rails (sometimes literally).

The best German cars ever made

Germany is famous as the home of some of the world's great car makers. We look at some of the cars they've built that we think are the best

These Insanely Helpful Garden Plants Keep the Mosquitoes Away

Say goodbye to the outdoor pests. Bugs come with the territory when you’re outdoors, but some are more tolerable than others. If it feels like mosquitoes are invading your yard, it’s understandable to want to do what you can to get rid of them. Enter mosquito repellent plants. Here’s the thing: Experts say that the best way to keep mosquitoes at bay is to use personal repellents recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). But if you want to go a more natural route, you may be interested in selecting certain plants—they’re just not necessarily guaranteed to work as well as a spray. “The idea that planting certain plants around your home will successfully repel mosquitoes is only supported by anecdotal evidence and not empirical evidence,” says Eva Buckner, Ph.D., assistant professor and state extension specialist at the University of Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory. It’s important to note, though, that there is some evidence that certain plants may help discourage certain mosquitoes from setting up camp in your yard—they just don’t work as well as a chemical or spray. If it feels like your outdoor space is a haven to mosquitoes, it’s a good idea to “eliminate mosquito breeding grounds on and around your property by draining standing water from flowerpots, birdbaths, grill covers, baby pools, and other sources,” says Jim Fredericks, Ph.D., board-certified entomologist and senior vice president of public affairs at the National Pest Management Association (NPMA). Using a small fan outside may also help keep mosquitoes away since “they are not strong flyers,” Fredericks says. But if you like the look and smell of certain plants and want to see if they keep the mosquitoes away, too, there’s no reason not to try them. These are the plants fans swear are most likely to help get rid of mosquitoes. Snap up one or a few to enhance your outdoor space.

How to wish someone a happy Eid Al Adha

Families and friends are preparing to celebrate the Eid Al Adha holiday in mosques and homes this weekend, so it's a good time to brush up on greetings. When it comes to seasonal salutations, there are more options out there than the frequently used, and perfectly serviceable, Eid Mubarak, which translates to “blessed Eid”. In addition to passing o...

Iconic Paris cinema shuts in sign of Champs-Elysees decline

Iconic Paris cinema shuts in sign of Champs-Elysees decline The iconic UGC Normandie cinema on the Champs-Elysees in Paris closed its doors Thursday after 90 years -- with critics seeing another sign of tourism and fashion sucking the life from one of the world's most famous shopping boulevards. The iconic UGC Normandie cinema on the Champs-Elysees in Paris closed its doors Thursday after 90 years.

Today's best photos: From Hajj in Makkah to protests in Manila

The National picks the most striking images from around the world

This Renewed Five-star Hotel in Paris Has Some of the Best Eiffel Tower Views in the City

Hôtel Balzac’s sleek new redesign sets the standard for tech-savvy luxury, with loads of personality and meaningful interactions.

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

Recently, dozens of military tanks were spotted traveling down the railroad line in Charleston, South Carolina.

Flight carrying bodies of 45 Kuwait fire victims lands in India

The Indian Air Force plane landed at Kochi airport in the southern state of Kerala shortly before 11am (9.30am UAE time)

Team What’s On pick their favourite things in the UAE right now

These are our favourite things in the UAE right now… Celebrating World Burger Day with… Five Guys That’s the burger chain, not a hypothetical entourage. This Tuesday saw the annual passing of the internationally observed Burger Day. It doesn’t have the goth caché of Halloween, or the transubstantiated chocolate of Easter – but it does […]

Going to Glastonbury? Prepare for mixed weather

Forecasters said there is a possibility of downpours but suggested that crowds can also expect to see some sunshine as they watch the likes of Coldplay and Shania Twain take the stage.

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.

United States-Canada: test your knowledge of the longest international border in the world

Drawn up in 1793, the Canada-United States border is the longest international border in the world. Set between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, it weaves and meanders through forests, lakes, rivers, mountains, and towns. Much of the border follows the 49th parallel, itself established in the 1760s as the boundary between the province of Quebec and the state of New York. The border separates the second and fourth largest countries in the world by area. By sharing a land boundary line, the US and Canada have a lot in common. But these nations can also boast some unique aspects about this vast and impressive frontier. So, are you interested in learning more about the borderland? Click through and follow your own line of inquiry.

The biggest Native American tribes in the US today

It's commonly believed that Native American origins go way back to the Ice Age, when the first humans migrated across the Bering Strait and into what is now North America. Over time, they spread across the continent and into South America, establishing distinct tribes, territories, and cultures. And although some customs and traditions have been lost to colonization, war, and missionary efforts, many tribes still maintain their unique identity that honors their rich ancestral history. In this gallery, we've used the 2020 Census Bureau, the most comprehensive recent population report on the Native American population in the US, to compile a list of the 30 largest Native American tribes today. The tribes are ranked based on the number of people who identify as members of this tribe alone or in any combination (such as Apache and Navajo). The data tracks identity for tribes more generally as well as specific nations. As a result, certain indigenous groups may appear multiple times on the list, like the Cherokee and the Cherokee Nation. Also, some of the cited tribal populations, including the Aztec and Inca, represent migration from countries such as Mexico and Peru. So, curious? Then click on to discover the biggest Native American tribes in the US today.

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.

Floating villas with coral gardens coming to Ras Al Khaimah

The Heart of Europe's famed Floating Seahorse villas are coming to Ras Al Khaimah. Not only do the homes by developer Kleindienst Group bob about in the middle of the Arabian Gulf, but they also come with a basement under the water. A glass wall enables residents to peer directly out to sea from the comfort of their couch. A total of 133 such villa...

Haligtree Secret Medallion left and right locations in Elden Ring

How to access the Consecrated Snowfield

Kuwait Fire: ‘Black Friday' At Kochi Airport, Mortal Remains Of 45 Indians Brought Back; Leaders Pay Tribute | Updates

The C-130J transport aircraft of the Indian Air Force, carrying the bodies of the 45 Indian nationals who died in the Kuwait fire in Mangaf, arrived at Cochin International Airport at 10:25 am on Friday. The arrival of the bodies of those who died in the Kuwait fire brought unprecedented solemnity to Cochin airport, unlike any scene witnessed before at the Airport. "On Friday, everyone at the airport was grieving and all had tears flowing. It's...

Elephants call each other by name, study finds

Elephants call each other by name, study finds Elephants call out to each other using individual names that they invent for their fellow pachyderms, a study said on Monday. The research "not only shows that elephants use specific vocalisations for each individual, but that they recognise and react to a call addressed to them while ignoring those addressed to others," lead study author Michael Pardo said.

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.

Crumbling Farum Azula walkthrough steps in Elden Ring

A rundown on the enemies, locations, and items to find in the middle of the storm

Gray whales shrinking fast as climate warms

Gray whales shrinking fast as climate warms Pacific coast gray whales have shrunk in length an astonishing 13 percent since 2000, adding to evidence that climate change and other human activities are making marine mammals smaller, a study says. This represents a significant 13 percent decrease in the total length of mature gray whales, which typically measure between 38-41 feet in length.

Zulal by Chiva-Som is Qatar’s most inclusive and exclusive wellness retreat

When Sheikha Moza bint Nasser visited the luxury retreat Chiva-Som in Thailand, she was so impressed by the 30-year-old resort’s wellness therapies that she decided she must recreate the concept for the people in her home country. However, the exacting sheikha – who is the mother of Sheikh Tamim, the Emir of Qatar – stood firm on two specifications...

Makkah deputy emir: Pilgrims’ arrival in Mina complete for a smooth Hajj

Saudi Gazette ReportMINA — Prince Saud bin Mishal, deputy emir of Makkah and deputy chairman of the Central Hajj Committee, said that the arrival of pilgrims in the tent city of Mina has been completed easily and smoothly. “There were neither any epidemic cases nor incidents that would disturb the peace of Hajj recorded,” he said while speaking to reporters after arrival in Mina to follow up Saudi Arabia’s Hajj operation as well as to monitor on...

When do the Olympics start? Full schedule, dates, times for 2024 Summer Games in Paris

A complete guide to the 2024 Paris Olympics, including the start date and schedule.

Uproar as popular California beach is closed with no end in sight

The idyllic beach is usually a local favorite for surfing, camping and fishing, but locals shared their disappointment after learning major storm damage will shut it down for the summer.

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

Live your best "dolce vita" life with picks starting at $12.

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

Striking pictures from around the world

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

We found decent British Airways award availability deals between U.S. West Coast cities and London — you can even connect onward to other European destinations.

The US Fines Emirates $1.8 Million For Flying Below 32,000 Feet Over Iraq

The violations go back to the time when Emirates and JetBlue had a codeshare partnership.

UFC 303 tickets in Las Vegas: Price for Pereira vs. Prochazka 2, T-Mobile arena seat map, full card and more

A rematch featuring two hard-hitting fighters look to save UFC 303 following a major fight cancelation. Here's how much tickets are for UFC 303: Pereira vs. Prochazka 2.

Everything to know about ITV Love Island bombshell and Joey Essex's ex Grace Jackson

As some islanders are dumped, more singletons land on Love Island this Friday and, among them, blonde bombshell Grace Jackson will be shaking things up. Get the lowdown on her.

How to Get a Workout in While Traveling

Travel does not have to put a damper on your workout routine.

I'm a Travel Writer, and I Always Pack These 12 Amazon Essentials for International Trips, From $9

Shop must-have compression packing cubes, portable travel scales, and weekender bags.

India's J&K celebrates Mela Kheer Bhawani amid heightened security

The community believes that the Mata Kheer Bhawani Temple is miraculous and the water body (Spring) inside the temple changes colour

Discover Egypt's Rich History and Modern Adventures with Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts

CAIRO, June 13, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- This summer, embark on an unforgettable journey through Egypt's architectural marvels, historical sites, cultural treasures and beach adventures with Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts. From the ancient 5000-year-old pyramids in Cairo, Mediterranean shores in Alexandria, and the Red Sea adventures in Sharm El Sheikh, Four Seasons Egypt properties invite guests to explore this iconic destination in luxury.Four...

Saudi Health Ministry Urges Hajj Pilgrims to Use Umbrellas to Avoid Sunstroke

Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Health emphasized on Friday the importance of using sun umbrellas to prevent sunstroke during the Hajj, warning of the high temperatures expected in Makkah this year.The ministry has been sending awareness and guidance messages to pilgrims, stressing the significance of umbrellas for protection from sunstroke, particularly during the peak temperatures between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.The National Center of Meteorology has...

The world's most dangerous hikes

Hiking is a great way to connect with nature and marvel at the surrounding beauty. It allows you to enjoy numerous natural wonders around the world and experience them in a unique way. But hiking through some trails can also be extremely dangerous. So much so that every year people die on these paths. Slips, falls, heart failure, and wildlife attacks are just a few examples of how people lost their lives in these stunning locations. Browse through the following gallery and discover the world's most dangerous hikes.

'My dream holiday was ruined - flu turned out to be deadly bone-breaking fever'

Emma Cox was holidaying in Bali when she contracted an agonising - and potentially deadly - disease that is spread by mosquitoes

Spain have faith in schoolboy Lamine Yamal to lead way back to glory

Rotterdam, this time last year. In the Nhow hotel on Wilhelminakade, overlooking the river Maas, Jesús Navas has just been asked the simplest yet deepest question of them all: what was it like? And so he tells them, a group of players gathered round as if he were a grandad in a rocking chair, only he’s still running. “It was incredible,” he says. “I told them about the World Cup. About the goal. How we celebrated. We were all there, hairs...

Indian relatives grieve as bodies of 45 Kuwait fire victims return

Many of the dead and injured suffocated from smoke inhalation after being trapped by the flames

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 ...

Flat where BBC hit Sherlock was filmed goes on the market for £160,000

The one bedroom property, located in Grangetown, was used in the show as the home of journalist Kitty Riley who hounded Sherlock.

Tourists get taste of old Japan at hidden 'snack bars'

Tourists get taste of old Japan at hidden 'snack bars' Down a Tokyo street lined with bright signs, up narrow stairs and behind a windowless door is a "snack bar" long cherished by regulars but hidden from tourists -- until now. Now with record numbers of tourists visiting Japan, Snack Yokocho says interest in its tours is growing.

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.

'Flying taxis' to be tested during Paris Olympics: minister

'Flying taxis' to be tested during Paris Olympics: minister France's transport minister said Wednesday that so-called "flying taxis" -- large futuristic drones capable of transporting several people -- would be authorised for use on an experimental basis during the Paris Olympics. "I'm not a fan of the name 'flying taxi' as it's been called," he added before explaining the possible roles for the 18-rotor vehicles which resemble small helicopters.

Kimpton is taking over a historic resort in Hawaii

Coco Palms Resort on the Hawaiian island of Kauai is finally getting a new life as a Kimpton resort participating in IHG One Rewards.