PICTURES: Breathtaking views of Saudi’s Tayeh Valley in Asir

Monday, 23 April 2018

The Tayeh valley in Saudi Arabia’s Asir region has been mentioned in poetic writings from almost a thousand years ago. It descends from the eastern Sarawat mountains and extend all the way to the Red Sea in the west. Saudi photographer Ali Maroui documented its natural views, and told Al that the valley is considered a vital site for the irrigation of farms during the raining season. “It is also considered a great living area due to its abundance of farms and is ideal ...

Warner Bros’ $1 bln theme park in Abu Dhabi to open in July

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Abu Dhabi hopes the opening of a $1 billion Warner Bros theme park in July will help it in its bid to nearly double the number of tourists visiting the emirate over the next few years. Oil-rich Abu Dhabi is investing billions of dollars in tourism, industry and infrastructure to diversify its economy away from oil. It is already home to the Louvre Abu Dhabi, Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Ferrari World and the Yas Water Park. Two more museums - the Guggenheim and the Zayed ...

VIDEO: The ‘flying taxi’ that promises to give you wings

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

If you are you sick of getting stuck in traffic snarls, here’s a way to give them a miss and take to the skies. Launched by Vimana Global, this aerial autonomous vehicle (AAV) – or a flying taxi – is set to spread its wings soon. AAV’s prototype was displayed at the Future Cities Show in Dubai earlier this week. Kirill Nikolaev, Board Member of Vimana Global, called it a multipurpose vehicle which can be used for public transport or air taxi or even as a cargo service. ...

Why Berlin risks being a capital city without an airport

Monday, 9 April 2018

Berlin risks becoming a capital without an airport if its long-delayed new flight hub fails to open on schedule, Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer warned. The saga of Berlin-Brandenburg Airport has become a running joke for Berliners since 2012, when it missed the first of many completion deadlines, and an emblem of Europe's richest country's struggle to deliver major infrastructure projects on time. “If nothing happens then there is a danger that at the end of 2019 Berlin won’t ...

Saudi Arabia's Empty Quarter: Beauty and wealth of world’s largest sand desert

Tuesday, 3 April 2018

Saudi Arabia’s Rub' al-Khali desert, also known as the Empty Quarter, is the world’s largest sand desert. It is the world's largest area of continuous sand, covering about a quarter of the Kingdom's land surface. The basin lying mainly in southeastern Saudi Arabia is where the wind plays a major role in forming and shaping its sand. Its sandy elevations could match the mountains in their high altitude, some of which may reach more than 450 meters. ‘One who can exit it, must be ...

Snake slayer: Egyptian man specialized in desert survival opens academy

Monday, 2 April 2018

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to leave your technology-filled life, pack your bags and live in the wild? An Egyptian man, Mohamed Shahin, did just that. But, more specifically, he moved to the desert and is now training people on the ins and outs of surviving in the vast sandy areas.Shahin created an academy to show people how to use primitive techniques to survive in the wild, from something as simple as building a fire to finding water to killing a desert snake for a quick snack ...

VIDEO: Take a walk on New York's wild side

Thursday, 29 March 2018

From coyotes in the Bronx to red foxes in Queens, raccoons in Manhattan, owls in Brooklyn and deer in Staten Island, wildlife roams the urban jungle of New York. But coexistence is not always easy between millions of wild animals and 8.5 million humans in a city better known for record-breaking skyscrapers, neon signs and a 24-seven pace of life than for its more than 600 species of wild animals. And if New Yorkers are animal friendly, their love of wildlife can be challenged when a coyote ...

Decade-long makeover of King Tut’s tomb nearly completed

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

A nearly decade-long makeover of King Tut’s tomb aimed at preserving one of Egypt’s most important archaeological sites and also one of its most popular tourist attractions is close to complete, the Getty Conservation Institute of Los Angeles said Tuesday.The project has added a filtration system to keep out dust, humidity and carbon dioxide and a barrier to keep visitors from continuing to damage the tomb’s elaborate wall paintings. Other amenities include walkways and a ...

Learn about the charming beauty of Al Reath in Saudi Arabia

Tuesday, 27 March 2018

The village of Al Shameya in Al Reath Governorate has become a unique touristic landmark, because of its visual charm where the mountains and valleys merge with the greenery of trees and light mist. Al Reath Governorate in Jazan, southwestern Saudi Arabia, is visited by many -as Lejb Valley, is particularly appealing to tourists for its greenery and running water throughout the year. They seek tranquility at mountain Al Qahar, valley of Wa'al and Al Sada, Rada’a Mountain, and other ...

Saudi female scuba diving pioneer strives to push forward kingdom’s tourism plan

Sunday, 25 March 2018

The sky is clear, the sun is shining, and the sea is a glimmering turquoise. Nouf Alosaimi is on a discovery dive around a small, sandy island in the Red Sea that’s home to busy crabs and a few seagulls.Jellyfish float near the edge of the boat in waters so translucent the fish are visible deep below. The 29-year-old Saudi woman is wearing a diving suit and a necklace with a silver charm in the shape of shark’s tooth, a nod to her nickname, “Sharky”. In the water, she ...

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