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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 ...

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 ...

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