Must-see: the world’s most BEAUTIFUL parks

From desert canyons to tumbling waterfalls, these national parks are home to some of the most awe-inspiring natural beauty around the world.

They emptied a lake in Madrid and found something unexpected!

Barbados Pavilion at COP28: Innovative initiatives for future solutions

DUBAI, 10th December, 2023 (WAM) -- The Barbados Pavilion at the 28th United Nations Conference of the Parties (COP28) embodies a qualitative shift in efforts to address climate change under the theme “Barbados is Life” through programmes and initiatives aimed at finding future solutions.The pavilion discusses several challenges, including water security and the factors affecting this sector, as well as finding sustainable solutions in...

WTM signs STA as global travel partner

With Saudi Arabia being the world’s fastest growing new year-round tourism destination, Saudi Tourism Authority (STA) has announced it will enter into a major new partnership with RX Global - following a formal signing after WTM London - which will see STA become the first-ever ‘global travel partner’ of the World Travel Market (WTM) tradeshow events.The two-year partnership will span the entirety of the WTM portfolio of tradeshows – WTM London,...

The 2024 BMW R 1300 GS Adventures Into The Philippine Market

Better than the best has arrived in another ASEAN nation with up to four variants and a ton of fanfare.

Amir attends reception ceremony of Doha Forum 2023

DOHA: His Highness the Amir of the State of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani attended a reception ceremony, which was held on the occasion of the Doha Forum 2023 at the Old Doha Port on Sunday.The reception ceremony was attended by President of the Republic of Kosovo HE Dr Vjosa Osmani, President of the Republic of Senegal HE Macky Sall, Prime Minister of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan HE Dr Bishr Hany Al Khasawneh, Prime Minister of the...

‘We all deserve to see the stars’: Emirati teen on light pollution and skyglow

The light reflected from the sky creates a glow (called skyglow) and it makes stars look fainter – or disappear from the naked eye

Impressive Christmas trees from around the world

Mysterious places on Earth you won’t believe actually exist

Snow isn’t white and more bizarre weather facts

Coldest, hottest, wettest, driest – check out these mind-blowing and surprising facts about the world's weather.

Wanderer the lost soul

Life has long been believed to be a personal journey, from coming into the world to departing. However, the meaning, nature and direction of this journey are hardly inherently provided for. Instead, cognitive evolution and its material manifestations, in the name of cultural dynamics and their underlying rules, dictate the purpose and course of an individual's life. Though these laws evolve over time, they often fail to proportionately respond...

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

The world's amazing ruins taken over by mother nature

From prehistoric settlements and wonders of the ancient world to classical palaces and entire cities...

South America's most beautiful UNESCO World Heritage natural sites

The most impressive bridges in the world

Shocking train facts that will leave you feeling surprised

Possibly the greatest mode of travel of all time, railways have been crucial in expanding our ability to see the world, helping industries grow and stimulating research in various areas of science and technology. From the fastest, oldest and highest trains to incredible stations and curious titbits, we take a look at some of the most fascinating train facts that might surprise you, including why heatwaves, such as the current one in the UK, disrupts railways.

Beautiful planet: see the world from a bird’s-eye-view

These stunning photos taken by satellites and drones and from planes give a bird's-eye perspective on our extraordinary, planet making ordinary places look like extraordinary artworks.

Holiday gift ideas for pet owners and furry friends

As the holiday season kicks off, the pressure to find the perfect gift is on. Whether you're on the hunt for a present for a friend, sibling or significant other, here are our picks of gifts tailored for pet owners, animal lovers and furry friends. Gifts for cat owners For cat lovers, Happy & Polly’s metal enamel pin has two charming felines on a c...

Paradise found

This winter, luxury destination management company (DMC) Roam will be offering its first ever ‘Signature Saudi’ tour package for travellers in the Kingdom.This nine-day itinerary will include luxurious culinary experiences at Raoul’s and Spago by Wolfgang Puck; dolphin spotting with an expert marine biologist; and a private tour of UNESCO World Heritage site Hegra, with its 110 remarkably preserved tombs.Luxury DMC Roam was founded in March this...

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Over 1.4 million Saudi e-passport issued in 2023

Saudi Gazette reportRIYADH — The Interior Ministry, represented by the General Directorate of Passports (Jawazat), has issued more than 1,400,000 Saudi electronic passports in 2023.This comes as a continuation of the Interior Ministry's efforts toward digital transformation, which is considered as one of the Saudi Vision 2030's objectives.The Ministry stated that the issued Saudi electronic passports were designed to the highest international...

Letizia of Spain: the inside story of an 'obsessive' queen

Fairytale castles, mountains, and lakes in Austria and southern Germany

Inside the world's deadliest garden

A small town in England is home to a garden that attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. Featuring over 100 different species of plants, this is not, however, your ordinary botanical garden: the plants here can actually kill you! Intrigued? Click through and peek inside the world's deadliest garden.

Don't embarrass yourself! See how people greet each other in other countries

A fare question: Why are taxis yellow?

Egypt on track for 30-million visitor target by 2028

Egypt’s tourism strategy aims to achieve rapid growth in the sector, being on track to achieve its goal of attracting 30 million tourists annually by 2028.The country has already received more than 7 million tourists during the first half of 2023, the highest level in Egypt’s history.The government, under President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi’s administration has worked to boost the sector to ensure it remains competitive with other global tourist...

Holidays 2023: the world's most beautiful places according to Time magazine

â€کTravellers grow weary of uniformity’

When it comes to hospitality, what sets the luxury sector apart is not just customised service and ultimate comfort, but the promise of truly authentic and unique experiences.At the moment, people are travelling more frequently on shorter trips to a wider array of destinations, in search of something new. Saudi Arabia’s vast natural landscapes, rich heritage and rapidly developing cultural sector represent a new frontier.A growing number of...

The most impressive coastal drives in the world

Thinking about a motoring vacation? Well if your destination of choice features a seafront, then no doubt you'll be eager to embark on a coastal drive at some point. And why not? Some of the most scenic road trips are those taken along routes that skirt the ocean. In fact, a sparkling sea set against towering cliffs or a golden ribbon of sand very often sets the scene for the rest of the holiday. But where in the world can you follow some of the most dramatic and picturesque oceanfront highways? Click through and coast along these impressive seaside drives.

Vivacious debutante

IHG Hotels & Resorts, one of the world’s leading hotel companies, has announced the signing of a franchise agreement for its second Vignette Collection hotel in Dubai in partnership with The Heart of Europe, the flagship project under Kleindienst Group.Scheduled for a grand opening in January 2026, Marbella Resort Hotel, Vignette Collection The World Islands Dubai, will mark a significant milestone for The Heart of Europe, solidifying IHG’s...

Crystal appoints new GSA for GCC region

Cruise line Crystal has appointed The Luxury Cruise Portfolio, part of the Century Travel Group, as its exclusive General Sales Agent (GSA) for the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region including Oman, Qatar, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Bahrain. This new addition continues to strengthen the brand’s presence in the Middle East following its return to service earlier this year under the new guardianship of A&K Travel Group and an extensive...

In brief

Flynas starts Bahrain-Riyadh flightsBahrain International Airport recently welcomed the first Flynas flight from Riyadh.The introduction of new Flynas connections will further strengthen the regional connectivity and promote tourism and business opportunities between Bahrain and Saudi Arabia, said a statement.The inaugural Flynas A320 flight from Riyadh to Bahrain which started operations on November 15 was greeted with a warm welcome. The new...

Noor Riyadh illuminates Saudi capital with immersive artworks

The third Noor Riyadh, the world’s largest light festival, is illuminating the Saudi capital. It features more than 120 installations by 100 local, regional and international artists. Commissioned pieces include everything from light works in gallery spaces to large-scale installations and immersive projections. The theme of this year’s festival, T...

YOTEL makes regional announcement

YOTEL – a global hospitality brand known for challenging the status quo – has announced its first hotel signing in Saudi Arabia, scheduled to open in 2025. The YOTEL property will also be the first hotel to open in Oxagon, which will be the home of advanced and clean industries in NEOM, Saudi Arabia.We spoke to Hubert Viriot, CEO of YOTEL, for more insight. “Oxagon’s ambition to house hospitality assets where innovative design, sustainability...

All aboard: the latest train journeys you’re going to LOVE

From swanky sleeper services to dynamic first-of-their-kind engineering feats, these are the best new and upcoming rail journeys to look forward to right now.

Above and Beond

Beond, the world’s first premium leisure airline, ushered in a new age of luxury air travel with its inaugural flight from Riyadh to the Maldives departing at near-full capacity. This momentous occasion was celebrated with a distinguished event in Riyadh, attended by notable dignitaries and media representatives. Further enhancing the travel experience, Beond announced a strategic partnership with Altanfeethi executive private terminal, ensuring...

Tourism highlighted at QTM 2023

Qatar Travel Mart (QTM) 2023 was held under the patronage of His Excellency Sheikh Mohammed Bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al Thani, the Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Qatar, with Qatar Tourism as the strategic partner.The event took place at Doha Exhibition and Convention Centre (DECC), from November 20 to 22, under the theme ‘Exploring Places, Peoples, and Cultures.’ This year’s edition welcomed participants from over 60...

13 awesome electric RVs & campervans to go off-grid in

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UAE weather: Fog and rain expected next week as temperatures dip

Parts of the UAE are set for more fog next week with further rain also forecast. Authorities issued safety alerts to drivers throughout this week as early morning fog hampered visibility on the roads. The National Centre of Meteorology, in its latest five-day bulletin, said there was a chance of fog and mist over internal and coastal areas from Mon...

Austin Butler, unrecognizable in Dune Part Two

Kuwait Heart Foundation to host 15th conference

KUWAIT: Kuwait Heart Foundation has announced the hosting of the 15th Gulf Heart Foundation Conference from Dec 13 to 16 at Grand Hyatt Hotel. Dr Rashed Al-Owayesh, Secretary-General of Kuwait Heart Foundation, highlighted the conference’s significance in contributing to the development of health services in the country by discussing the latest research in the field of heart diseases.Dr Owayesh emphasized the importance of the conference, where...

Take a tour of Australia’s EERILY beautiful abandoned sites

Discover 101 derelict spots around the country, many steeped in stories that will make your spine tingle…

Too good to be true: living on a cruise ship year-round

Photos: the incredible history of Notre Dame of Paris

VIP Service launched in Dubai

The upscale service seeks raises standards of luxury

The world's most wheelchair friendly cities REVEALED

We reveal the top cities to visit as a wheelchair user, as rated by

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In danger: World Heritage Sites at risk of disappearing

There are over 1,000 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, of which 830 are cultural. These landmarks or areas hold such strong cultural, historical, or scientific significance, international treaties have been signed in order to protect them. However, more than 50 of these sites are currently endangered and could face irreparable damage if no measures are taken, according to UNESCO's website. Click on the gallery to explore 15 of the world's most at-risk cultural sites.