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Easing visa regulations makes Russia big attraction for Saudis

MOSCOW- Walking the cobblestone streets around Moscow’s Red Square, tourists from far and wide enjoy the crisp, cool fall air, surrounded by architectural wonders dating back hundreds of years.Similar to Saudi Arabia, which has begun promoting tourism for the first time, Russia has opened its

Research: How Women and Men View Competition Differently

By Selin Kesebir   The average woman is less competitive than the average man: she is less likely to describe herself as competitive and less willing to enter a competition. In the workplace, this difference translates to performance; recent research by economists and political scientists ind

Lido offers a shipshape dining experience aboard the QE2 in Dubai

DUBAI- The Lido restaurant, which is aboard the floating hotel and retired luxury ocean liner the QE2 in Dubai’s Mina Rashid, offers a culinary world cruise series spanning Asia, the Middle East and the Mediterranean over four nights. Delhi Delights is on Sundays, East meets East is on Wednes

Socotra Island

The island of Socotra is part of an archipelago in the Indian Ocean. It is so isolated that a third of its plant life is found nowhere else on the planet. Notable are the dragon’s blood trees that look like flying saucers perched on trunks.Adenium socotranum are trees that look like elephant

Exercising before breakfast burns more fat, study says

(CNN)Should you eat before or after exercise in the morning? The debate has raged for years. The eat-first camp says food before exercise boosts blood sugars, giving the body fuel to increase the intensity and length of a workout. It also keeps you from being fatigued or dizzy. The eat-after camp

Most Beautiful Cities in the World

1. VeniceAmong those who've seen it in person, the conclusion is unanimous: Venice is the most beautiful city in the world, and the only one that can truly be described as unique. Each building is a work of art, with their beauty enhanced when reflected on the canals that cross the city. Its magical


BHEL PURI Ingredients3 cups puffed rice2 chopped boiled potatoes1 tomato, deseeded and chopped1 chopped onion Coriander leaves, salt, lemonRaw mango, finely choppedRed chilli powderDate and tamarind chutneyCoriander mint chutneyPuris (papri) MethodOn a heated pan, roast the puffed rice for about

Quick Salads

Making salads is not difficult. And the trick lies in the preliminary preparation. Once you have done that, the rest is a matter of a few minutes! After all, if you always have it half-prepared, the only thing that remains when you have a craving is to reach out to the fridge and cabinet and do a

Old City of Sana'a

Situated in a mountain valley at an altitude of 2,200 m, Sana’a has been inhabited for more than 2,500 years. In the 7th and 8th centuries the city became a major centre for the propagation of Islam. This religious and political heritage can be seen in the 103 mosques, 14 hammams and over 6,00

The Most Popular Middle Eastern Street Foods

All cuisines of the world have their most popular dishes. Japanese are known for their Sushi, the English food is famous for fish and chips, Italians are known for the amazing pasta dishes, and yes we Middle Easterners are famous for more than Shawarma. 1- Hummus (suitable for vegetarians) 2-

Spring into Central NSW while gardens at their prettiest

YELLOW canola fields, pink cherry blossom festivals, fresh green produce, and black and white night skies - Central NSW is a photographer's dream in spring. Just a two-hour drive from Sydney and tucked behind the Blue Mountains, Central NSW is a place of colourful landscapes, garden festivals, wi

The world's most expensive shoes, worth Dh73 million, unveiled in Dubai

Another week, another world record broken in the UAE. This time, it’s for the world’s most expensive shoe, which was unveiled on Friday onboard a yacht in Dubai Marina.As part of MIDE (Made in Italy, Designed in Emirates) Fashion Week, Italian designer Antonio Vietri has unveiled his l

The 10 things every traveller should do in Lebanon

With its diverse museums and unmissable restaurants, picturesque coastline and forested mountainsides, ancient heritage sites and glittering ski slopes, Lebanon has plenty to offer visitors all year round. Since a travel warning in 2011 turned into an outright ban in February 2016, citizens of the

Saudi Arabia to offer tourist visas for the first time

RIYADH- Saudi Arabia on Friday formally announced that tourist visas will be issued for the first time to visitors from 49 countries around the world. The Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH) made the announcement at an event in Ad-Diriyah, an ancient city that is now a leading

First hotel opens at China's new Beijing airport

China’s newest airport welcomed its first hotel as the Aerotel Beijing opened for guests at Beijing Daxing International Airport.The Zaha Hadid designed airport opened its doors in China last week and the five-pronged building is now home to the country's largest in terminal international ai

Indian food done right: Kinara by chef Vikas Khanna opens in Dubai

Chef, author and filmmaker Vikas Khanna's highly anticipated Indian restaurant Kinara has opened its doors in Dubai. The restaurant, described as a "journey of the senses and an explosion of flavour", opened in the JA Lake View Hotel on Wednesday, October 2. Khanna was one of the first Indian chef

5 Genius Tips To Avoid Jet Lag On Your Next Trip: An M.D. Explains

One of summertime’s greatest joys? Travel to faraway places. But one of its biggest headaches (other than the TSA lines): jet lag. It’s the traveler’s equivalent of a hangover, with the main difference being that you probably had no fun getting it, and the pain will last longer tha

Road-tripping to southern Oregon's Crater Lake

The haze had cleared. After almost six weeks of late summer wildfires, the smoke from tens of thousands of burning hectares in northern California and southern Oregon had finally retreated. I had no time to waste in getting to Crater Lake National Park, a four-hour, 375-kilometre drive south from Po


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