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Hajj 1445: HM the King Calls on Moroccan Pilgrims to Represent Their Country in Best Way Possible, Adhere to Islam’s Quintessential Values

Rabat - His Majesty King Mohammed VI, Commander of the Faithful, may God assist Him, called on Moroccan pilgrims to represent their country in the great Hajj season in the best way possible, by adhering to the quintessential values of Islam, including sincere brotherhood, unwavering tolerance, and effective solidarity. "Therefore, I want you to be ambassadors for your country, reflecting that glorious image of your nation. Keep in mind that it...

Who invented the plane? For many people in the world, it was not the Wright brothers

The history of aviation has followed a fascinating trajectory. Leonardo da Vinci first envisaged manned flight way back in the 15th century. Then came hot-air balloons, followed by gliders and airships, until the Wright brothers' historic powered flight in 1903. Today there are airliners that can carry hundreds of passengers non-stop half way round the world. And space tourism will one day be a reality. Browse the following gallery and take off for a brief flight through the history of aviation, and meet some of the great pioneers of air travel along the way.

Best solo travel destinations in Europe

Looking for your next solo journey? Europe is perfect for an adventure-packed holiday for one. Here are some of Europe's best destinations for solo explorers. Take a look!

The most dog-friendly cities in the world

Living in the city doesn't necessarily mean that our canine friends won't be able to have fun off-leash, or enjoy the perks of living in a cosmopolitan area. Some dog owners are lucky enough to live in very pet-friendly cities indeed; in cities where our pets have access to parks, beaches, restaurants, public transport, and accommodation, just like we do. These places do exist, so if you're thinking about visiting (or even moving) to another city and you want to make sure your dog will be welcomed, click through and check out your best options.

Americans can't stay away from some of the most annoying destinations

Around 89% of travelers said they recently visited a tourist trap, but 70% said the visit took away from their overall trip, a survey found.

Why making your bed is much more important than you think

There are two types of people in this world: people who make their beds and people who don’t. It’s amongst one of the first things people are taught to do at military school or in scouts, and it's something most parents nag their kids to do. Making your bed can become an easy habit, but it's one which has knock-on effects on the rest of our lives regarding our mental health and much more. To discover more, click through the gallery.

Kedarnath: Helicopter Makes Emergency Landing Due To Technical Glitch

Emergency Helicopter Landing In Kedarnath: A helicopter had to make an emergency landing in Kedarnath due to a technical glitch. The emergency landing created panic among the passengers. The chopper made an emergency landing nearly 100 metres before the helipad and all the passengers including the pilot escaped unhurt.

America's best hotel has ocean views and rooms that only cost $160

The Shore Hotel in Santa Monica where rooms begin at $160 has been awarded first place at Travelers' Choice Awards for this year. Its connectivity and available amenities are most loved

Terrific tidbits about turtles

Turtles are strange-looking creatures, but they're widely loved and revered around the world. This is partly because of their ancient origins and their uniquely long lives, which many cultures believe gives them special wisdom. They symbolize knowledge, time, immortality, and the Earth. Many allegories and fables have been based around their slow and steady lifestyle. These mysterious reptiles come in all shapes and sizes, can inhabit land or water, and can live to the age of 150! There are plenty of reasons to wonder at the majesty of the turtle. Intrigued? Click through this gallery for more amazing facts.

America's most dangerous cities

Choosing a place to settle involves considering various factors; safety is paramount for families. But perceptions of crime can sometimes be disconnected from reality. Many crimes go unreported, affecting the accuracy of available data. Employment rates also contribute to a location's crime rate. The FBI's crime classification distinguishes between violent and property crimes, with the latter being more common. In 2019, there were 2,109.9 property crimes per 100,000 people, compared to 379.4 violent crimes. The introduction of the National Incident-Based Reporting System in 1988 has expanded the scope of crime data, offering details like the time, location, and weapons used. It also includes demographic information about victims and offenders. Mass shootings remain a grave concern, with hundreds of casualties over the years. In this gallery, we explore the most dangerous cities in the US in 2023 (so far), focusing on violent crimes. Click on to discover them.

Intriguing and unknown facts about Air Force One

If you're curious about the lives of American presidents, then Air Force One has a plethora of fascinating facts waiting to be explored. To uncover everything you never knew about the White House in the sky, fasten your seatbelt and keep your seat upright. Don't miss out on the opportunity to delve into the intriguing world of Air Force One and its role in American history. Click through the gallery to get started.

The weirdest celebration traditions in the world

On a planet with over eight billion people, spread across some 195 countries, it’s no wonder there are many weird and wonderful ways for people to celebrate. From tomato battles in Spain to wife-carrying races in Finland, these traditions offer a glimpse into the playful, unexpected, and sometimes downright peculiar aspects of humankind. Intrigued? Click through this gallery to discover some of the world’s most intriguing traditions.

A day in the hottest place on Earth

The Danakil Depression in Ethiopia is an alien sight to see, but experiencing it is another story. The lowest point in Africa, the Danakil is widely regarded as the hottest place on the planet, as its annual average temperature exceeds every other place on earth. The area, where three tectonic plates join, is home to an active volcano as well as the Afar people, generations of whom have hauled blocks of salt—a form of currency—along harsh camel caravan routes from the depression back to their towns. But what does that actually look like, beyond the tourist photos and under the beating heat of the sun? Click through to find out.

Prepare to be amazed by these incredible natural phenomena

There are some events in the world that you have to see to believe, and many of them come from nature. All over the planet are incredible phenomena that are difficult for many to comprehend. Take a look at these incredible natural phenomena.

The mysterious prehistoric city that has baffled scientists for years

In a remote region of the western Pacific Ocean lies a stunning and spooky unsolved mystery: the ruins of the ancient city of Nan Madol. Located next to the eastern shore of the Micronesian island Pohnpei, this once-great, prehistoric city is comprised of nearly 100 geometrically shaped man-made stone islands, and it’s the only ancient city built atop a coral reef. No one is sure of the origins, nor why anyone would want to build a city far from food and water, and yet its ruins are rife with stories and spirits. Check out the gallery for a brief tour of the space and travel back in time.

True stories about ancient Rome they didn't tell you in school

From as early as the eighth century BCE, ancient Rome experienced remarkable growth, transforming from a small settlement into a vast empire that spanned across continental Europe, Britain, western Asia, and North Africa. The impact it left behind is far-reaching, encompassing the adoption of Romance languages, the development of the alphabet, and the creation of the calendar. Our perception of ancient Rome often revolves around emperors, gladiators, and awe-inspiring architecture. However, there are numerous aspects of this phenomenal empire that remain unfamiliar to us. If you're eager to discover about the wonders of ancient Rome, explore the gallery.

30 amazing ancient ruins around the world – how many have you visited?

From indigenous dwellings in America to Mayan ruins in modern-day Mexico, here are 30 ancient sites that any history lover should visit at least once in their lifetime.

Terrifying ghost trains spotted around the world

Ghost trains may sound like something out of horror movies, but the truth is that there are many reports of sightings. Some of these are urban legends, but many are based on real-life events, several of which are quite tragic. From moving lights to the screams of wounded victims, in this gallery we delve into the world of ghost trains and bring you the scariest stories. Click on if you dare!

America, China, and other countries named after people

Naming a country is pretty important. Along with a flag and a national anthem, names like America and France can help define a whole national identity. Country names can be inspired by anything. Algeria roughly translates to "the islands," Cape Verde means "green cape," and Costa Rica means "rich coast." However, this gallery will look at the people who are so important, they have a whole country named after them. You may be surprised to find out, some of the most famous countries around the world are named after real people or historical figures. Click on to explore these countries and the people who inspired their all-important names.

The creepiest cemeteries in the world

There are some cemeteries around the world that are not home to gravestones alone, but also spooky spirits and tales of paranormal activity. In this gallery, check out the most haunted graveyards from around the world!

Scientists are shocked by this enigmatic ancient city

In the western Pacific Ocean, there is a mysterious and mesmerizing unsolved puzzle: the remains of the ancient city of Nan Madol. Situated on the eastern coast of Pohnpei, a Micronesian island, this once-magnificent prehistoric city consists of approximately 100 man-made stone islands with intricate shapes. Strangely, the city is placed on top of a coral reef. The origins of Nan Madol remain unclear, as does the reason for constructing a city so remote from sources of food and water. Nevertheless, the ruins are filled with fascinating tales and supernatural phenomena. Click through the gallery to take a virtual tour of Nan Madol and be transported back in time.

The world's most obscure SUVs

When was the last time you spotted an Alfa Romeo Matta on your commute?

When is Memorial Day and why do Americans celebrate it?

The federal holiday is observed every year on the last Monday of May, May 27.

The best (and worst) places to live in the US in case of a war outbreak

As the global political climate rises and the world we live in intensifies from multiple angles, the thought of a possible war breaking out becomes more of a reality with each passing day. Gone are the times of choosing where you live based solely on factors such as access to reliable public transportation, or quality education for your kids, or even how walkable a city is. Homebuyers today seem to be more concerned with fulfilling basic necessities such as access to food and water. And, yes, you could say this means war! With this in mind, click through to discover the best (and worst) places to live in the US in case of an outbreak of war.

Why Malta should be your next idyllic vacation

One of the smallest countries in Europe, Malta is truly a jewel of the Mediterranean. The archipelago drifts between Italy and North Africa, and is often overlooked despite its rich history, gorgeous terrain, and abundant sunshine. Somehow this idyllic location has remained off many people’s radar, making it even more of a must-see destination. Whether you’re a solo traveler or with a family, looking for parties or relaxation, searching for the finest food or architecture—Malta has something for everyone. So when you’re planning your next vacation, skip the tourist-packed obvious choices in Europe, and head to the islands. Click on to see some stunning photos that'll have you booking tickets.

The world's most ridiculously adorable wild animals

Dogs and cats are nice and all, but most of the time their domesticated cuteness is something humans have refined over the years, and it doesn't quite compete with the adorable powers of mother nature herself. Click through to see squeal-worthy photos of some of the cutest wild animals on the planet.

The radioactive animals of Chernobyl

The Chernobyl disaster happened on April 26, 1986. The city of Pripyat was evacuated, but animals remained in the area. Over 35 years later, some species have thrived, others have been severely affected, and even new species have been introduced. But how did these animals respond to radiation exposure? What were the effects of living in and around the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone? Click through the following gallery and learn more about the animals that call Chernobyl home.

The only country located in all four hemispheres

When people think of civilization, their minds often conjure images of cities and vast landscapes that form part of entire countries and territories. But one lesser-known nation goes against this convention: the Republic of Kiribati. This unique place stands as a testament to culture and what it takes to live while surrounded by the vast expanse of the ocean. Intrigued? Click through this gallery and join us as we take a closer look at this cultural, environmental, and historical paradise.

Fascinating facts you didn’t know about the White House

As the longtime home of the US president and the location of countless momentous decisions and historic moments, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue is immediately identifiable around the world. But as well as you know it, how well do you really know the White House? Do you know who built it? Who owns it? Or how large it is? To find out, check out this gallery for all the fascinating details about the White House and its history.

Things most people are bad at

As hard as it is to believe at times, we humans are more alike than we are different. Being human is a wonderful experience, but we're constantly bombarded with information telling us how to be and who to be. As a result, many of us may believe that what we feel, think, and do is somewhat out of the ordinary. Many times, though, this is not the case. Many of the things we experience are also experienced by other people, so perhaps it's time to cut ourselves some slack and lift that weight off our shoulders. Click through the following gallery to discover the things most people are bad at. Can you relate?

Tips on how to survive a long-haul flight

Whether you're embarking on an eight-hour flight or a lengthy 20-hour journey, long-haul flights can be boring, uncomfortable, and exhausting. Sometimes long-haul travel can perhaps become super inconvenient with annoying passengers, or even dangerous due to deep-vein thrombosis. Not only does a poorly planned journey ruin your flight, but also the days that follow. If you want to make your long-haul flight infinitely more bearable, click through the following gallery for some essential tips.

The surprising but simple secrets to making the most of your vacation

An expert has revealed the surprising but simple secrets to making the most of your vacation without feeling as if you've wasted it - and they admitted their advice may be surprising.

Neolithic structure in Ain Ghazal reveals unique architectural, ritual significance

AMMAN — During the filed season in 1996 at Ain Ghazal on the north-eastern outskirts of Amman, the archaeological team discovered a rectangular Late Pre-Pottery Neolithic structure. The structure was unique, not only in Ain Ghazal, but other parts of Levant in the Neolithic Period. It was situated near the lowest terrace of limestones, remembered the scholar Gary Rollefson, who with the Professor Zeidan Kafafi, spent decades digging at the site...

Get creative this weekend with a paint in the dark workshop in Dubai

Unleash the artist within… Love a paint and grape? Try something different, set down the wine glass and opt for a Paint in the Dark workshop. The unique experience opened for the first time in Dubai in April, with two more sessions planned for May 25 and 26. However, it is proving to be quite […]

The most impressive presidential burial sites

The gravesites of 39 US presidents are spread across the length of breadth of the country they served, in 23 states and the District of Columbia. They range from simple headstones to elaborate tombs. Many are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Other more contemporary burial sites are set within the grounds of presidential libraries and museums. But where exactly are these final resting places located? Click through and pay your respects to the deceased presidents of the United States.

Hit songs that transcended language barriers

While English sometimes seems to be the hit music lingua franca, so many artists have seen international success in other tongues. Click through for the ultimate international hits playlist.

The most terrifying abandoned amusement parks in the world

Amusement parks: you probably think of them as places full of fun and joy. But the reality is a lot of these places became abandoned, eerie places, capable of chilling you to the bone. Take a look at the gallery of these abandoned, possibly haunted places... if you dare.

Saudi Arabia anticipates strong investor demand for private jet industry

Saudi Arabia is anticipating strong demand from foreign investors as it announced plans to develop its private jet industry to attract affluent tourists, corporate travellers, high-ranking government officials and business jet operators and owners to the kingdom. The Saudi General Authority of Civil Aviation (Gaca) is in talks with international co...

Frontier Airlines CEO urges crackdown of 'rampant abuse' of airport wheelchair service

Frontier CEO Barry Biffle said he has seen flights where 20 people were brought in wheelchairs at departure, with only three using them upon arrival.

Fez Festival of World Sacred Music, International Platform of Intercultural Dialogue (Spain’s Ambassador)

Rabat - Fez Festival of World Sacred Music, whose 27th edition is scheduled for May 24 May to 1st June, is an international platform of intercultural dialogue, Spain’s Ambassador to Morocco, Enrique Ojeda Vila, said.This festival, which has transcended its regional borders to achieve international prominence, represents an annual rendezvous to "promote dialogue and understanding between cultures and civilizations", he pointed out in an interview...

The Presleys, Kennedys, and other famously cursed families

Curses have been a feature of many different cultures throughout history. They aren't widely believed anymore, but when you hear the stories of these unfortunate families, it might make you think twice. Some of the most famous families in the world have suffered terrible tragedies for generations. We may look at them and think they're incredibly fortunate and privileged, but clearly money doesn't buy happiness or good luck. Click through the following gallery to see which families have been afflicted, and where the source of their bad luck may lie!

Copycat syndrome? A look at China’s most impressive knock-off wonders

China is now well-known for its "copycat syndrome," particularly regarding its replicas of world-famous monuments, the originals of which are considered symbols of cultural status reflecting an empire's soft power. While the mimicked attractions may draw in tourists, there might be a bigger motive at work. By recreating other countries' symbols of power, many scholars like archaeologist Jack Carlson believe China is actually asserting its power on a global scale, by essentially bringing the world and all its cultural significance within its bounds. Check out this gallery to see for yourself.

Longevity secrets from Japan’s elders

The six microstates of Europe

The biggest countries on Earth are, by nature, pretty obvious. And while places like Russia, Canada, China, and the United States certainly have a lot to offer, there's also a lot to be said for the smallest nations on our planet. In Europe alone, there are six countries known as microstates, several of which are smaller than most cities. The stories about how these tiny nations maintained their sovereignty over the years in the face of countless larger and more powerful countries, and the unique peculiarities that come with being so small, are all interesting in their own right. Intrigued? Read on to learn about the six smallest countries in Europe.

The 30 freest countries in the world

One of the benchmarks of human progress is measured in the amount of freedom people experience in a given country. However, it's something that's not easy to determine objectively. The Cato Institute in Washington, D.C. and the Fraser Institute in Vancouver, Canada, co-publish the annual Human Freedom Index Report, which observes the relationship between freedom and other social and economic phenomena. Personal freedom might be described as our ability to voice our opinion, equality experienced before the courts, and the ease of travel to/from a country. Economic freedom is the ability of people in that country to do well, without the need for government assistance or an economic authority. To calculate the final Human Freedom score, personal freedom and economic freedom are measured and combined, then compared to the scores of other countries. Curious to know if your country made the top 30? Click on to find out!

The origins of your favorite carnival rides

Amusement and theme parks across the world feature some of the most iconic carnival and fairground attractions ever created, things like the Ferris wheel, the rollercoaster, and the carousel. But have you ever wondered when these spectacular rides were invented, and by whom? Click through and enjoy the thrill of finding out!

How Oman’s National Pavilion at the Venice Biennale blends contemporary art with tradition

Oman’s National Pavilion at the Venice Biennale is showcasing five artists at the cutting-edge of the sultanate’s contemporary art scene. Their works are distinct in medium and subject matter, but there is a commonality in the way the artists reflect on Oman’s history and traditions. The Omani exhibition, as a whole, draws from a “history of being ...

King, Oman sultan visit Jordan Museum

AMMAN — His Majesty King Abdullah and Oman Sultan Haitham Bin Tarik on Thursday visited the Jordan Museum in Amman’s Ras Al Ain area.Accompanied by HRH Crown Prince Hussein, the King and the sultan were briefed by HRH Princess Sumaya, vice chair of the museum's board of trustees, on the most prominent collections and exhibits, which document Jordan’s cultural, historical and archaeological heritage throughout more than one-and-a-half million...

Minister Ammor, KSA Ambassador Discuss Means to Strengthen Tourism Cooperation

Rabat - Minister of Tourism, Handicrafts and Social and Solidarity Economy, Fatim-Zahra Ammor, held a working session in Rabat on Thursday with the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to Morocco, Sami bin Abdullah Al-Saleh, focusing on the development of bilateral relations in the sector of tourism.After highlighting the excellent level of cooperation between the two countries in various fields, both...

Flower moon blooms: Stunning celestial phenomenon emerges

The event is the last full moon of spring, and sees the moon lit up in vibrant orange and red because the sun and the moon are directly opposite each other in the sky.