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James Langton
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The portrait of Abd Al Wahid bin Mas'ud bin Muhammad bin ’Anuri is on display at the Barber Institute of Fine Arts at the University of Birmingham. Photo: Wikimedia Commons
Was this Moroccan ambassador the inspiration for Othello?

An enigmatic portrayal of the Moroccan ambassador to London was painted during his visit to the court of Queen Elizabeth I in 1600. Then William Shakespeare got to work...

July 05, 2024, 6:00 PM
Britain's Prince Charles with Saeed bin Ahmed Al Otaiba. Photo: Al Ittihad
Saeed bin Ahmed Al Otaiba, A witness to more than a century of Abu Dhabi's story

Respected businessman, public servant and poet who had Delma Street renamed in his honour has died

May 29, 2024, 1:26 PM
The Sharjah National Band regale South Korean music fans with the neyanban at the 2023 Seoul Friendship Festival. Photo: Sharjah Book Authority
From Scotland to Sharjah - the remarkable journey of the bagpipe

The instrument has been playing for at least 10,000 years, with roots in ancient Persia

May 24, 2024, 6:00 PM
Dubai, United Arab Emirates - July 02, 2019: Roundabouts of the UAE. A roundabout in Deira with two fish on it. Tuesday the 2nd of July 2019. Dubai. Chris Whiteoak / The National
Pineapple slide and fish fountain: Dubai's newly listed historic sites

Nearly three dozen buildings and sites have been designated by the emirate for preservation

May 15, 2024, 10:26 AM
This ekranoplan was created at the Volga pilot plant and is the only fully built ship of Project 903 out of eight planned. Getty
The strange journey of the Caspian Sea Monster

Technology first developed in the Soviet Union underpins plans for a new generation of fast and low carbon transport vehicles in the UAE

May 04, 2024, 6:07 AM
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - December 11, 2013: HH Sheikh Tahnoon bin Mohammed Al Nahyan Ruler's Representative of the Eastern Region. photo: ( Ryan Carter / Crown Prince Court - Abu Dhabi )
Sheikh Tahnoon bin Mohammed: A lifetime of loyal service to UAE

Sheikh Tahnoon, who has died aged 82, was known for his close ties with the people of Al Ain and as a trusted adviser to Sheikh Zayed

May 01, 2024, 8:28 PM
Croydon Airport, which preceded Heathrow Airport in serving London, pictured in 1953. Getty Images
Aviation evolution: A short history of airports moving

Dubai is just the latest city to move to a new international airport as demand for flights grows

April 30, 2024, 9:41 AM
The floods in Dubai this year may have reminded some of Cyclone Gonu in 2007, which killed 10 people in Fujairah. Chris Whiteoak/ The National / AFP
A look at some of the UAE's most extreme weather events

Past records show periods of both heavy rain and extreme drought

April 22, 2024, 8:31 AM
A general view of the entrance of the Bisesero Genocide Memorial, in Bisesero, Rwanda. AFP
The legacies behind some of the sites on Unesco's World Heritage list

Unesco has about 2,000 locations on its list

April 18, 2024, 9:31 AM
UAE Founding Father, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, meets the crew of the 1975 Apollo Soyuz mission, from left, Deke Slayton, Thomas P Stafford and Vance Brand. Photo: Itihad / Wam
A farewell to the astronaut who inspired Sheikh Zayed

Thomas Stafford, who recently died, met UAE Founding Father in historic 1976 meeting

March 21, 2024, 11:38 AM
An image thought to have been taken in Sharjah in 1873. Photo: British Library
Could this be the oldest known photograph of the land now known as the UAE?

A grainy image thought to be of Sharjah in 1873 predates previously recognised picture of Qasr Al Hosn from 1901

March 08, 2024, 6:00 PM
Astronomers introduced the leap year after recognising how long it takes the Earth to orbit the Sun in a year. PA
History of the leap year – the reason Christmas stays in the winter

First introduced by Julius Caesar, leap years remain crucial to how we operate

February 28, 2024, 2:20 PM
Watched by Sheikh Rashid, the British political resident, Donald Hawley, inaugurates Dubai's telephone service on July 29, 1960.
How direct dialling transformed phone calls in the UAE

What now seems a simple task was made possible 50 years ago this month with a call between Abu Dhabi and Dubai

January 31, 2024, 7:00 AM
Sheikh Hamad bin Mohammed Al Sharqi, Ruler of Fujairah, Sheikh Humaid bin Rashid Al Nuaimi, Ruler of Ajman and Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasami, Ruler of Sharjah. Photos: Sarah Dea / The National, MOPA, WAM
After the Danish abdication, who are the world's longest-serving rulers?

Abdication of Denmark's Queen Margrethe II puts rulers of Sharjah, Fujairah and Ajman in top five

January 05, 2024, 6:00 PM
A Flying Whales LCA60T cargo airship
Are we about to see an airship comeback in Abu Dhabi?

Carbon-neutral flying has revived a technology first developed more than 100 years ago

December 22, 2023, 6:00 PM