Located between Croatia and Serbia, will Liberland be recognized as a ‘country’?

Thursday, 22 March 2018

“Free Republic of Liberland is a sovereign state located between Croatia and Serbia on the west bank of the Danube river.” That is how its official page on the web describes the Liberland, a three-square-mile patch of land that is the product of a border dispute. According to this webpage, the nearest towns are Zmajevac (Croatia) and Bački Monoštor (Autonomous Province of Vojvodina, Serbia) and on some maps, this area is referred to as “Gornja Siga”. Formed on 13 ...

Aromas unlimited: What we know about Asia’s largest spice market in India

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Asia’s biggest spice market in the heart of old Delhi offers more than just aroma and taste. The story goes that there used to be a salty-water stepwell at the spot where the market came up. Hence the name Khari Baoli as Khari is salty in Hindi and Baoli is stepwell. The market dates back to the Mughal era and has transformed over a period of time. The market offers a variety of local and exotic spices. Loaded on camels According to Sanjay Bhargava, a trader here says spices used to be ...

Emirates stewardess falls out of parked Boeing 777 in Uganda

Thursday, 15 March 2018

A flight attendant for the Mideast long-haul carrier Emirates has been hospitalized in Uganda after falling out of an open emergency door on a Boeing 777 that was parked on the tarmac. Civil aviation authorities in Uganda say the incident happened on Wednesday at the Entebbe International Airport. They issued a statement saying the female flight attendant “unfortunately fell off” of the plane. An investigation is underway. Emirates said in a statement on Thursday that the flight ...

Google guru Larry Page tests flying taxis in New Zealand

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Self-piloted flying taxis are being tested in New Zealand as part of a project backed by Google co-founder Larry Page that supporters say will revolutionize personal transport. New Zealand regulators on Tuesday approved plans for Zephyr Airworks, a subsidiary of Page’s company Kitty Hawk, to develop and test the futuristic air taxis. Known as Cora, the electric aircraft has a dozen lift fans on its wings, making it capable of vertical take-off and landing like a helicopter. But developers ...

After 1,400 years, water still flows in Uthman ibn Affan well in Madina

Sunday, 11 March 2018

The city of Madina in Saudi Arabia is known for housing several water wells that are connected to the Prophet’s journeys. Among them is the Uthman ibn Affan well, known as the well of Rummat, which flows with water for the past 1,400 years. Near the well there is a mosque and large farm housing palm trees, and a number of plants and flowers that benefit from it. However, authorities are working on a plan to further develop the area. Abdullah Kaber, a scientific researcher in the ...

IN PICTURES: A dream island boasting pristine beaches on the Saudi coast

Sunday, 11 March 2018

Located on the coast of Saudi Arabia’s Asir region is the island of Kodumbul, one of the most beautiful and pristine natural habitats awaiting a promising future in light of the kingdom’s plans to boost tourism. It is expected to be a permanent tourist destination throughout the year, suitable for fishing and diving enthusiasts. Kodumbul has an area of about three square kilometers and boasts white sandy beaches around its three sides, and a tall mountain stands on the western side ...

PICTURES: The beautiful beaches of Amlaj, the ‘Maldives of Saudi Arabia’

Tuesday, 6 March 2018

Al-Hawra is an old name for the Saudi province of Amlaj, which has picturesque islands and charming beaches. Amlaj has great archaeological and historical treasures, stretching 147 km north of Yanbu in western Saudi Arabia. Photographer Nasser Abdulla Al-Kathiri documented its aesthetic views in photos that promise a lot of potential as a touristic destination worthy of calling it the “Saudi Maldives,” he says. "Despite the small size of the Saudi province of Amlaj, it is on ...

Now book cruise boats in Jeddah using an app

Friday, 16 February 2018

Now cruise boats in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, can be booked through a smartphone app. A license to this effect was issued by the Public Transport Authority (PTA) to ride-hailing app company Careem. The new app service is expected to reduce the cost of renting a cruise boat by 50 percent compared to the usual fare, the Saudi Press Agency reported. The facility to book cruise boats through a smartphone app will be available at Jeddah Corniche in the beginning, according to Rumaih Al-Rumaih, president ...

Camel carvings dating back 2,000 years found in Saudi Arabia

Thursday, 15 February 2018

Saudi -French archeologists found life-sized engravings of camels on the desert rocks of Al-Jawf, north of Saudi Arabia. The camel carvings date back to 2,000 years ago. Some of them are incomplete, showing as three rocky protrusions. It is still a mystery that these carvings existed in such remote areas where it’s not familiar for such relics to be found. Their presence point to the existence of an ancient civilization in the region. The joint team that announced the discovery noted that ...

Fresh twist for UAE diners as oysters thrive in warm waters

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

The waters of the Arabian Gulf have long been home to pearl oysters, providing a valuable mainstay to Arab tribes that subsisted off its trade before the discovery of oil pumped new life into the Arabian Peninsula. Now, off the shores of the United Arab Emirates, a new type of oyster is thriving — the edible kind. Long thought of as a cold water delicacy, edible oysters are being farmed in the warm waters of Fujairah, an emirate with a coastline that juts out into the Gulf of Oman. The ...

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