Ride for Unity's inaugural '7 Days 7 Emirates' cycling challenge will begin in Dubai. AFP
Cyclists to cross seven emirates in seven days in new challenge

Event organised by non-profit Ride for Unity to promote tolerance and diversity

January 06, 2024, 5:14 AM
One of the oldest UAE temples, the Hindu temple in Bur Dubai shuts on January the 3rd. Chris Whiteoak / The National
Worshippers heartbroken as Bur Dubai Hindu temple closes

The congregation can relocate to a new temple in Jebel Ali

January 03, 2024, 7:40 AM
Ziad Elhadek shows off produce from AlHor Honey at the annual Hatta festival. Antonie Robertson / The National
Emirati beekeepers struggle amidst declining bee population

At the Hatta Honey Festival, traders discuss how imports and global warming put heavy strain on the local bee population

December 31, 2023, 11:09 AM
Dr Loughland says between 1990 and 2021, the area of mangrove forests in Abu Dhabi increased by around 50 per cent.
How Abu Dhabi's passion for mangrove conservation began

Environmental conservation was in Abu Dhabi's DNA, says Australian researcher Dr Ronald Loughland, who helped spearhead the emirate's mangrove plantation project

December 28, 2023, 9:08 AM
A new UAE study will analyse the spending habits of households. Chris Whiteoak/ The National
UAE to survey 19,000 families on cost of living in year-long study

Poll will examine how much households are spending on essential items and compare their income with expenditure

December 25, 2023, 2:28 PM
A medical staff member carries a swab sample collected at a Covid testing centre in Manama, Bahrain. Reuters
Bahrain issues Pfizer booster shots as Covid cases rise

Booster availability comes amidst backdrop of 52 per cent increase in cases in past four weeks

December 24, 2023, 11:56 AM
A Palestinian mother and her children walk out of the Jenin camp as a raid on the refugee camp enters a third consecutive day. EPA
Communications blackout and mounting hunger worsen Gaza misery

World Food Programme says half of the 2.3 million population is starving

December 16, 2023, 2:35 PM
Protesters outside Israeli Defence Force headquarters in Tel Aviv on Saturday after the military admitted shooting three Israeli hostages taken by Hamas to death. Getty
Anger in Israel as army admits killing three hostages held by Hamas

Prime Minister Netanyahu calls incident 'unbearable tragedy'

December 16, 2023, 8:05 AM
A screengrab from a video shows an Israeli soldier at the mosque. The incident happened during an extensive raid in Jenin. Reuters
Israeli troops condemned over 'mockery' at West Bank mosque

Images show soldiers reading a Jewish prayer in the style of an Islamic call to prayer

December 15, 2023, 8:18 AM
Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar is believed to be behind the planning of the October 7 attack on Israel. AFP
Israel puts $400,000 bounty on head of Hamas chief

Military drops pamphlets offering cash rewards for the capture of Sinwar and other commanders of the militant group

December 15, 2023, 5:05 AM
A Palestinian girl walks along a flooded street at camp for displaced people in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip, on Tuesday. AFP
Rain and flooding add to misery for Gazans fleeing Israeli bombs

'Perfect storm for disease' as families forced to sleep on wet mattresses without food or medicine in besieged enclave

December 14, 2023, 1:01 PM
Palestinian Ambassador to the UN Riyad Mansour, flanked by representatives of Arab countries, speaks after the UN Security Council meeting on a resolution calling for a ceasefire in Gaza. AFP
Arab countries condemn US veto of resolution on Gaza ceasefire

UN resolution was backed by 13 of 15 Security Council members on Friday, with the UK abstaining

December 09, 2023, 1:22 PM
Israeli army tanks in southern Israel near the border with the Gaza Strip. AFP
Hamas claims it destroyed 23 Israeli tanks

Group's Ezzedine Al Qassam Brigades says it killed or wounded six soldiers

December 07, 2023, 7:54 AM
The two-month-long war has been dubbed as one of the most 'destructive' wars in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. AFP
Gaza 'unlivable' two months into Israel's devastating war

'Israeli destruction machine' was unleashed on the city, says mayor who warns of a 'catastrophic' health disaster

December 07, 2023, 3:00 AM
Israeli soldiers walk among the pictures of people taken captive or killed by Hamas militants during the Supernova music festival on October 7, at the site where the deadly incident took place near Kibbutz Reim in southern Israel. AFP
Israeli whose family was taken by Hamas calls for peaceful solution

Shira Havron's three relatives were killed and six others kidnapped by Hamas on October 7

December 02, 2023, 4:30 PM