Five of the world's most bike-friendly cities as Dubai prepares to improve bicycle infrastructure

Bicycle might not be the first mode of transport that springs to mind when trying to navigate your way around Dubai, but that is all about to change.As part of the objectives of Dubai Vision 2021, the emirate is set to introduce new road safety laws and infrastructure to become cycle-friendly.Shei


Havana, the 'Paris of the Caribbean,' Gets its own Eiffel Tower

Havana was once dubbed the “Paris of the Caribbean” for its beautiful architecture, vibrant arts scene, and flourishing nightlife. Now it even has its own Eiffel Tower. The illuminated four-meter (13-ft) high replica by Cuban blacksmith Jorge Enrique Salgado lights up a corner of the


A rare winter wonderland blanketed Tasmania, and residents couldn't get enough

A rare event this week kept residents in northern Tasmania, Australia, up all night: snowflakes falling. Kiani Chippendale, 26, said she'd never seen snow in the city of Launceston. "We stayed up all night, too excited to sleep!" she said. "Very rare. It's never snowed here in the city that


Al-Muftaha village in Saudi Arabia’s Abha region, dates back to 260 years

The village of Al-Muftaha in central Abha has become one of the most significant historical and tourist attractions in the city, especially after the rehabilitation of its beautiful heritage buildings, theater and tourism services.The village is a beautiful little quarter around a mosque daubed wi


Capri: The epitome of la dolce vita

Capri was Roman emperors’ favorite destination for a spiritual holiday retreat. Since the 1950s, this dream island with turquoise waters only 10 km away from Naples, in southern Italy, has been the epitome of la dolce vita (a life of pleasure and luxury). From aristocrats and intellectuals to


Fewer will attend camp this summer; some camps won’t survive

Camp Winnebago was founded during the Spanish Flu and weathered all manner of health scares from polio to the swine flu over a century. It wasn’t about to let the coronavirus stop the fun. But things will be different this summer at this camp and others that buck the trend and welcome childre


Ancient Petra a ghost town as pandemic hits Jordan tourism

For over two millennia the ancient city of Petra has towered majestically over the Jordanian desert. Today its famed rose-red temples hewn into the rockface lie empty and silent.As the novel coronavirus spread around the world, Jordanian authorities imposed a lockdown, and the last tourists left on


FROM THE FIELD: Nature ‘strongest ally’ to building sustainable planet

Nature is humankind’s ‘strongest ally’ to help build a sustainable planet, according to a Malaysian biodiversity expert, whose organization is supported by the UN Development Programme, (UNDP).Tan Sri Datuk Amar Wilson Baya Dandot told UNDP how indigenous communities in Malaysia ca


Brits rush to beaches as lockdown eases

Sunbathers in the UK are enjoying their newfound freedom even without social distancing, as the country has eased lockdown measures after more than seven weeks of restrictions, according to media reports. Hundreds of people rushed to the beaches and parks across England as the country basked in the


Why is this city so tolerant?

Dressed in a Union Civil War junior officer’s frock coat with epaulets and a purple-felt top hat displaying an array of long feathers in red, green, yellow and blue, Joseph Amster leads a group of eight – men, women and teenagers – across Powell Street near San Francisco’s Un


Dubai to resume metro, public bus services starting April 26

Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) confirmed that the emirate will resume its metro, public buses and taxi services starting Sunday, April 26, following a decision by authorities to partially reduce movement restrictions in place against the coronavirus pandemic. “RTA said it w


'The safest place': how one isolated US town is keeping coronavirus at bay

Point Roberts is a geographical anomaly. The small town on a five-square-mile peninsula is connected solely to Canada, but it extends just below the 49th parallel, officially making it part of the US. Getting to Point Roberts from Washington, the closest American state, means traveling by private b


Coronavirus divides lovers, friends at border fences between Germany and Switzerland

Constance, Germany, and Kreuzlingen, Switzerland, are divided cities these days, with a strip of grass and two fences separating them after the countries closed their borders to slow the spread of the coronavirus. In a park on Lake Constance’s shoreline residents of both cities normally move


Akkar, the spectacular and yet forgotten part of Lebanon

QOBAYAT--It has history, ancient ruins and natural wealth, including cedar and pine reserves, but few Lebanese have been there or are aware of the attractions of Akkar, Lebanon’s northernmost region and one of the most disadvantaged. Surrounded by lush forests that reach 2,000 metres above se


From Eiffel Tower to Moulin Rouge, Paris landmarks close in virus clampdown

Paris’ famed Moulin Rouge cabaret, the Louvre museum and the Eiffel Tower were among top tourism landmarks that closed their doors on Friday after the government banned gatherings of more than 100 people to curb the spread of coronavirus.The cabaret, known for its high-kicking dancers, and man


Spanish towns embrace peculiar old festivals

Spain has a rich tradition of colorful, and sometimes bizarre, festivals. The best-known ones are in the summer, including running with bulls through the narrow streets of Pamplona or hundreds of people throwing ripe tomatoes at each other near Valencia. But some of the more obscure fiestas are no


CANARIES SANDSTORM STRANDS THOUSANDS OF HALF-TERM HOLIDAYMAKERS

Thousands of British holidaymakers, many of them at the end of half-term breaks, are scattered at airports across Europe due to the sandstorms in the Canary Islands. Problems began on the island of Gran Canaria on Saturday afternoon, when the runway was closed because of the quantity of airborne sa


Egypt’s Sharm el-Sheikh welcomes first British flights since 2015 ISIS attack

Egypt’s Sharm el-Sheikh has welcomed the first British charter flights since 2015, when the ISIS’s bombing of a Russian airliner dealt a devastating blow to the Red Sea resort. Britain halted flights to Sharm el-Sheikh following the attack, which killed all 224 people on board the plane





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