The Six: Nature reserves across the Middle East to explore this winter season

The Ras Mohamed Nature Reserve in Egypt. (Shutterstock)
Updated 27 October 2018
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The Six: Nature reserves across the Middle East to explore this winter season

DUBAI: The Middle East is home to some breathtaking displays of natural beauty in its many parks and reserves.
Al-Shouf Cedar Nature Reserve
The Lebanese reserve is home to three cedar forests, with some of the trees standing at an estimated 2,000 years old. The area is also famous for the conservation of the Lebanese jungle cat.
Dana Biosphere Reserve
This Jordanian conservation area is made up of a system of mountains and wadis and is home to rare and threatened species, including the Syrian wolf.
Ras Al-Jinz Turtle Reserve
This nesting ground of the endangered green turtle, the chelonia mydas, is found on the coast of Oman.
Ras Al-Khor Wildlife Sanctuary
The Dubai-based wetland sanctuary serves as a breeding ground for crustaceans, mammals and fish, with hordes of flamingos stealing the show in the winter.
Ras Mohamed Nature Reserve
This Egyptian national park extends from the coral reefs of the Red Sea to the desert of the Sinai.
Wadi Hanifa
Once a waste disposal site, Wadi Hanifa is now a beautiful valley in Riyadh. Known in the pre-Islamic era as Wadi Al-Irdh, it was renamed Wadi Hanifa after the Bani Hanifa tribe that populated the area.


Bollywood stars Padukone, Singh wed in Italy

Updated 15 November 2018
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Bollywood stars Padukone, Singh wed in Italy

  • The celebrity couple got married in a private ceremony at Lake Como on Wednesday
  • The pair have yet to comment or release pictures from the event which was closed to the media

MUMBAI: Bollywood superstars Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh have tied the knot in Italy, Indian media reported Thursday.
The celebrity couple got married in a private ceremony at Lake Como on Wednesday, according to the Press Trust of India news agency.
The pair have yet to comment or release pictures from the event which was closed to the media.
Padukone is arguably Indian cinema’s biggest female star currently, and she has also broken into Hollywood, starring in “xXx: Return of Xander Cage” opposite Vin Diesel.
Padukone, 32, and Singh 33, announced in a joint statement last month that their wedding would take place on November 14 and 15.
The couple reportedly started dating in 2013 but have kept details of their relationship largely out of the public eye.
Hindi film director Karan Johar, a friend of the couple, tweeted his congratulations.
“Such a stunning gorgeous and beautiful couple!!!! Nazar utar lo! (Keep the evil eye away) !! Badhai ho (Congratulations) !!! Love you both!!! Here’s to a lifetime of love and joy!” he wrote on Wednesday.
The newlyweds have shared the silver screen together, including a controversial Bollywood epic earlier this year that sparked violent protests in northern India.
Padukone played a legendary Hindu queen and Singh a medieval Muslim ruler in the flick, which angered hard-liners, some of whom burned down film sets and made threats toward the two stars.
Indian superstar Priyanka Chopra and American singer Nick Jonas are due to get married in India early next month.