Dubai holds US$1b shopping festival

SHOPPING FESTIVAL: Russian performers at Dubai Festival City during the shopping event.

Russian shoppers are staying away from the Dubai Shopping Festival, but visitors from elsewhere are still coming.

Hijabs and hospitality stuff nation gallery

UGC - 14. A street vendor, Shiraz

Iran is a destination with more to offer than you might think - you just have to ask, writes Mike O'Connor.

Settlement squeeze

Israel's national flag flutters in the settlement of Ramat Shlomo.

"In history, Bethlehem and Jerusalem were always twin cities. Now, Bethlehem is being isolated."

Visit Dubai, from the comfort of home

The Burj Khalifa is seen from Al Qasr hotel in the Old Town in downtown Dubai.

Armchair travellers can visit the world's tallest skyscraper and inspect one of the largest shopping malls.

A city of goats and ghosts

CHANGING FORTUNES: Jerash once commanded a pivotal position in the Roman Empire but today is little more than the skeletal remains of a great city.

The city of Jerash in northern Jordan is an empty Roman outpost that even now feels alive.

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