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Happiness Road: A road of blood and flowers

Happiness Road: A road of blood and flowers

  By Phong Lan Vietnam Ha Giang: Spanning 185 kilometres through high mountains and deep valleys, the Happiness Road connects Ha Giang City with two remote mountainous districts of Dong Van and Meo Vac in Vietnam’s northernmost province of Ha Giang. The road, running through the stunning Dong Van Karst Plateau Global Geopark, is a […]

Maldives breaks freediving world record with 520 participants 

Maldives breaks freediving world record with 520 participants 

Malé: Maldives has gone on Guinness World Record for the most people freediving simultaneously, with 520 participants. The small island nation renowned for its breathtaking natural beauty and luxury hospitality broke the world record previously held by Italy; ‘La Scuola del Mare 2’ (Verona), in Torri del Benaco, Verona with 280 people. The President of […]

Kazakhstan, Oman agree to ease visa restrictions

Kazakhstan, Oman agree to ease visa restrictions

Nur-Sultan: Kazakhstan and Oman have agreed to ease visa restrictions for their nationals visiting each other’s country. Visas have been waived for Omani citizens visiting Kazakhstan starting September 30. Under the regime, an Omani citizen could stay up to 30 days in Kazakhstan without the need of a visa, the press service of the Kazakh […]

Discovering the Gems of East Java

Discovering the Gems of East Java

By Noorazlina Jindeh Surabaya: Imagine having to skip a good night’s sleep to catch the famed sunrise over the volcanic peaks at the Tengger Semeru National Park in East Java. This is what a group of 20 journalists and tour agents from Sabah and Sarawak had to do during a recent six-day/five-night familiarisation tour of […]

Kyrgyzstan: National Nomad Games to be held every two years

Kyrgyzstan: National Nomad Games to be held every two years

Bishkek: The National Nomad Games will be held every two years, Minister of Culture, Information and Tourism Azamat Jamankulov told a media conference. The decision to hold the game biennially was attributed to the need for oblasts (provinces) to be well prepared for them, Kabar news agency reported. The latest games were held last week. […]

Colombo’s Lotus Tower, South Asia’s tallest structure, blooms

Colombo’s Lotus Tower, South Asia’s tallest structure, blooms

Colombo: The Lotus Tower, South Asia’s tallest tower standing at 350 meters in Colombo, was opened by Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena on September 16. The 17-storey tower comprises a telecommunication museum, a restaurant, supermarkets, food courts, conference halls with seating for 400 people, a 1,000-seat auditorium, luxury hotel rooms, ballrooms and an observation deck. […]

Uzbekistan waives visa requirement for Chinese citizens

Uzbekistan waives visa requirement for Chinese citizens

Tashkent: President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev has signed a decree on establishing a visa-free entry regime for citizens of China, including Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. According to the decree, a visa-free regime will be established starting January 1, 2020 for citizens of China, including the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, for their entry to […]

World’s largest underwater theme park opens in Bahrain

World’s largest underwater theme park opens in Bahrain

By Habib Toumi Manama: The world’s largest underwater theme park, Dive Bahrain, was officially opened on Friday. The initial phase of the project has been completed recently by submerging a 70-meter long decommissioned and specially prepared Boeing 747, 20-22 meters below the water North of Bahrain, to become the first attraction of the 100,000 m2 […]

New record as 3 million people use Bahrain-Saudi Arabia causeway in August

New record as 3 million people use Bahrain-Saudi Arabia causeway in August

By Habib Toumi Manama: Close to three million people used the King Fahad Causeway linking Bahrain with Saudi Arabia in August, setting a new month record for the terrestrial link opened in 1986. Figures show that 2,918,993 people used the 25-kilometer causeway, a daily average of more than 94,000 people. The peak day was August […]

Azerbaijan to host IATA conference on safety, flight operations

Azerbaijan to host IATA conference on safety, flight operations

By Habib Toumi Baku: Safety and flight operations will be the main topic to be discussed at the International Air Transport Association (IATA) conference to be held next year in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan. The international conference will be hosted on March 31 – April 2 at the Baku Convention Center. According to reports […]

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