UAE’s Hatta included in world’s top 10 most ‘Instagrammable’ road trips

A road trip to Hatta in the UAE has been ranked as one of the most “Instagrammable” in the world. (Shutterstock)
Updated 12 July 2019

UAE’s Hatta included in world’s top 10 most ‘Instagrammable’ road trips

  • More than 12 million Instagram posts from the past five years analyzed
  • The drive from the UAE’s coast through mountain passes and epic desert landscapes to Hatta included

LONDON: A road trip to Hatta in the UAE has been ranked as one of the most “Instagrammable” in the world, according to a top 10 list released this week.
More than 12 million Instagram posts from the past five years with the hashtag “#roadtrip” were analyzed by Dubai-based company wecashanycar.
The drive from the UAE’s coast through mountain passes and epic desert landscapes to Hatta came in at No. 7 on the firm’s top ten list, which also included iconic routes like Australia’s Great Ocean Road or Route 66 in the US.
See the ten contenders below:

1. Great Ocean Road, Australia — 87,190 posts


2. Route 66, USA — 62,680 posts


3. Australia’s Outback — 42,918 posts


4. The Big Sur, USA — 33,416 posts


5. Monument Valley, USA — 31,332 posts

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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6. Pacific Coast Highway, USA — 28,107 posts


7. Hatta, UAE — 25,929 posts


8. Tuscany, Italy — 21,277 posts


9. Sicily, Italy — 14,628 posts


10. North Coast 500, Scotland, UK — 12,674


Amr Diab is the first Arab artist to get his very own Times Square billboard

Updated 12 November 2019

Amr Diab is the first Arab artist to get his very own Times Square billboard

  • Amr Diab is the first Arab artist to appear on a Spotify billboard in Times Square
  • The move is a bid to promote the music and culture of the Middle East and North Africa

DUBAI: Amr Diab is the first Arab musical artist to get his face plastered on a Spotify billboard in New York City’s iconic Times Square. 

The streaming giant projected a smiling portrait of the Egyptian crooner in one of the most-visited landmarks in the Big Apple in a bid to promote the music and culture of the Middle East and North Africa.

“Today we are celebrating Diab’s legacy and we are proud to see him shine so brightly - literally - on the global stage,” says Claudius Boller, Managing Director, Spotify Middle East and Africa in an official press statement. 

According to Spotify, the legendary singer’s music is most streamed in the United States, followed by Sweden, Germany, the UK and Canada.

His album “Nour el-Ain” (Our Eyes Beam) brought him global success and earned him the title of “The Father of Mediterranean Music” for his style of blending Egyptian and western rhythms. 

Diab received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Big Apple Music Awards in 2009. At the 2014 World Music Awards, Diab was also awarded Best Egyptian Artist, Best Male Arab Artist, and World’s Best Arab Male Artist Voted Online.

He was also one of the first artists to headline a concert in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia during the Saudia E-Prix in 2018. He was part of a superstar lineup that included the likes of Enrique Iglesias, Jason Derulo, the Black Eyed Peas, One Republic and David Guetta. 

The 58-year-old singer is set to take the stage of the Dubai Media City Amphitheatre in Jan. 20, 2020.