Victor Besa

Mohammed Munsur has been an ITC bus driver for 15 years now. Victor Besa / The National
Photo essay: A day in the life of an Abu Dhabi bus driver

When he isn't driving people around in big, blue buses, Mohammed Munsur from Bangladesh turns on the camera for social media

July 05, 2024, 6:01 PM
Cafe owner Marico Hao has a passion for fusion baking. Victor Besa / The National
Photo essay: Dubai's Pots & Tea is a small cafe with a big heart

Family-run business serves gourmet food with a side order of fun

June 21, 2024, 6:01 PM
Al Marafi Street is known for the variety of shops. Victor Besa / The National
Photo essay: A melting pot of cultures on Marafi Street in Abu Dhabi

The vibrant thoroughfare is located in Madinat Zayed, one of the oldest parts of the capital

April 12, 2024, 6:01 PM
Cotton-top tamarin performer Benjamin Ratcliffe with jaguar performer Matthew Wagner at the Yas theme park. Victor Besa / The National.
Photo essay: SeaWorld performers answer call of the wild

Actors dress up as animals, apply make-up and entertain crowds at the Yas theme park

February 23, 2024, 6:01 PM
Filmmaker and producer, Mohanad Yaqubi during his Masterclass, R21 aka Restoring Solidarity held at Cinema Akil, Al Serkal Avenue, Dubai. Victor Besa / The National
Photo essay: Meet the sellers and volunteers at Reel Palestine

Annual event has grown from a film festival to an all-encompassing event celebrating Palestine

February 02, 2024, 6:01 PM
Filipinos in the UAE use food to conjure a sense of home during the holidays. Photo: Victor Besa / The National
Photo essay: What's on the menu at Filipino festive celebrations?

Food is a strong expression of love in the Philippines and, for Filipinos abroad, it's also a symbol of nostalgia

December 29, 2023, 6:01 PM
The Rolleristas skating group's slogan is 'Freedom on wheels'. Victor Besa / The National
Photo Essay: Exploring Abu Dhabi with the Rolleristas

Skating group was created during the pandemic and now spends its days exploring the emirate

September 29, 2023, 6:01 PM
From left, contestants Niila Kauppi, 13, Nitesh Siva,12, Kirill Michenko,12, and Zohair Imad Ahmed, 10 show off their cubing skills at the Raha Open 2023. All photos: Victor Besa / The National
Photo essay: Abu Dhabi school gets to grips with Rubik's Cube contest

Fans of the puzzle game showed off their skills at Raha International School

June 02, 2023, 6:01 PM
Osama El Adel, an Egyptian pottery maker at the Heritage Village in Abu Dhabi. Victor Besa / The National
Photo essay: Inside Abu Dhabi's Heritage Village

From pottery to ornaments and daggers, artisans still use traditional methods and tools

May 19, 2023, 6:01 PM
OffRoad-Zone has been 4x4 custom building for more than 20 years. Victor Besa / The National
Photo essay: Souped-up, styled-up Jeeps in the UAE

Demand for car upgrades is on the increase and the Middle East is at the forefront of the trend

April 14, 2023, 6:01 PM
Marlon Navarro, 34, Emirates Airlines Engineering
 Gundams are my favorite mecha toy models when I was young. Nowadays, I still continue the interest in this hobby as it brings back my memories when I was a kid.
 It is very challenging to manage the time between personal things and this hobby which can lead to pressure. However, all efforts and time is well spent every time I finish a new masterpiece.
Photo essay: How UAE Gunpla fans are building a strong community

The Japanese toy model kits, which first gained popularity in the 1980s, still have a huge global fanbase

March 10, 2023, 6:01 PM
An Airsoft combatant using a helicopter skeleton as cover during a match. Victor Besa / The National
Photo essay: Airsoft enthusiasts on the attack in the UAE

Hobbyists gather each weekend for intense but friendly battles

February 10, 2023, 6:01 PM
Archery with Sharjah’s D’Archers. Victor Besa / The National
Photo essay: Recurve archery in Sharjah hits the bull’s eye

The D'Archers club provides a comprehensive insight into the early fundamentals of the sport

January 20, 2023, 6:01 PM
Maternity hospital in Abu Dhabi urges early check-up for symptoms of endometriosis
Maternity hospital in Abu Dhabi urges early check-up for symptoms of endometriosis

Doctors at Corniche Hospital say they have seen a rise in the number of women coming to them for diagnosis and treatment for the disease

January 03, 2023, 7:53 AM
Photo Project: Future of Skateboarding UAE
Name: Zarah Gladys
Nationality: Indian
Age:  6
Favorite Tricks:  Drop-in from bowl, minramp tricks and shuvit.
Location:  Xpark by Etisalat at Kite Beach, Dubai.
Photo essay: How children in the UAE get their stakes on

More young people than ever are flocking to skateboarding parks

October 21, 2022, 6:01 PM