Al Hoota Cave, Oman’s most popular natural tourist destination, will reopen to the public on September 5. The first tourist cave to open in the GCC, the facilities at Al Hoota have undergone significant improvements. The cave system is one of Oman’s true natural wonders, with Al Hoota experiencing around 75,000 visitors a year before it closed for renovation. The cave system stretches more than 4.5 km, with only 500 m accessible for visitors.
An injured woman (C) is carried by rescuers amid the rubble of collapsed buildings in Amatrice, central Italy, on August 24, following a 6.2 magnitude earthquake that struck at around 3:30 am local time. The quake was felt across a broad section of central Italy, including the capital Rome where people in homes in the historic center felt a long swaying followed by aftershocks. According to reports at least 20 people died in the quake, 11 in Lazio and 10 in Marche regions. EPA/Massimo Percossi
Relaunching the EU
A handout picture provided by the Bundesregierung shows Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi (C-L) French President Francois (C-R) Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel (C) arriving for their meeting in Ventotene island, Tirreno sea, Italy on August 22. The leaders of Italy, France and Germany went to one of the birthplaces of European unity in a symbolic bid to relaunch the European project following Britain's decision to leave the EU. EPA/Guido Bergmann
Tokyo takes over
Performers wave Tokyo 2020 signs during the Closing Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on August 21. EPA/Olivier Hoslet
When in the UAE, be an Emirati
Hollywood actor and comedian Marlon Wayans experienced Emirati culture and hospitality at Four Seasons Hotel Abu Dhabi on Al Maryah Island. His visit to Abu Dhabi for his standup comedy show was part of Abu Dhabi Summer Season, organised by Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority.
Wayans explored some of the other popular spots such as The Galleria and Rosewood Abu Dhabi. Moreover, a social media contest on @almaryahisland Instagram saw two lucky winners meet the comedy king right before his performance.
Double-double for Mo
Briton Mo Farah won the Olympic 5,000 metres gold medal on Saturday to complete the distance double-double having won the 10,000 earlier in the week after claiming both titles in 2012.
Farah is only the second man to achieve the feat after Finn Lasse Viren in 1972 and 1976.
Paul Chelimo of the United States finished second on Saturday and Ethiopia's Hagos Gebrhiwet third. – Reuters
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Vanquish Zagato Volante unveiled
Aston Martin has launched its Vanquish Zagato Volante, driven by overwhelming customer interest for the previously revealed coupe. The Volante, revealed at Pebble Beach, California, will be built to a limited production run of 99 cars at its headquarters in Gaydon, England.
The giant installation by French artist JR, artist in residence for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, depicting a high jumping athlete based on Sudanese athlete Mohamed Younes Idriss, on top of a building in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on August 19. JR has created three giant sculptures around the city in honor of Rio as host city of the 2016 Olympics. EPA/Barbara Waltonmiami
Out of Aleppo rubble
An injured five-year-old Syrian boy named Omar Daqneesh is seen sitting in an ambulance after an alleged airstrike hit a house in Aleppo, Syria. According to pro-opposition activists and medical staff, at least eight people were killed, including five children, and several injured in an alleged airstrike in the rebel-controlled Aleppo neighbourhood Qaterji. The picture was provided by the pro-opposition activist group Aleppo Media Center (AMC) - EPA
A handout picture made available by the Republic of Korea Air Force shows a group of Air Force instructors making a high altitude, low opening (HALO) jump from a military chopper at a height of 10,000 feet over an undisclosed location on August 18. EPA/Republic Of Korea Air Force
Old is gold
The oldest medal winner of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games 54-year-old lung cancer survivor Santiago Lange (L) and Cecilia Carranza Saroli (R) of Argentina react to receiving the gold during the awards ceremony in the Nacra 17 Mixed class of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games Sailing events at the Marina da Gloria in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on August 16. EPA/Nic Bothma
Afghan youth practice their parkour skills in a damaged building in Kabul, Afghanistan on August 15. Afghan youth have become increasingly interested in Parkour, a new sport in the country. EPA/Hedayatullah Amid
Crash on the track
Glenn O'Shea (L) of Australia and Elia Viviani (R) of Italy crash during the Men's Omnium Points race track cycling event at the Velodrome in the Olympic Park in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on August 15. EPA/Javier Etxezarreta
Usain Bolt of Jamaica celebrates after taking the first place and the gold medal in the men's 100m final race of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games Athletics, Track and Field events at the Olympic Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. EPA/Lukas Coch
Murray defends Olympic gold
Gold medal winner Andy Murray (C) of Great Britain flanked by silver medal winner Juan Martin del Potro (L) of Argentina and bronze medal winner Kei Nishikori (R) of Japan pose for a photo after the awarding ceremony of men's singles gold medal match of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games Tennis events at the Olympic Tennis Centre in the Olympic Park in Rio de Janeiro on August 14. EPA/Michael Reynolds
US wins 1,000th Olympic gold medal
The US won its 1,000th Olympic gold medal on Saturday when the American women's 4x100 metre medley relay team clinched victory at the Rio Games.
The honour of reaching the milestone was shared by Kathleen Baker, Lilly King, Dana Vollmer and Simone Manuel, who got to the wall first ahead of Australia.
Of the 1,000 gold medals, more than half have come from track and field (323) and swimming (246), USOC added.
The US team had arrived in Rio with 977 gold medals, according to Olympstats.com, and had sat on 998 for much of Saturday until long jumper Jeff Henderson put them on the brink with his victory. - Reuters
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Gold for Rosannagh
Rosannagh MacLennan of Canada competing during the Women's Trampoline Finals of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games Trampoline Gymnastics events at the Rio Olympic Arena in Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She won the gold medal in the event.. EPA/TATYANA ZENKOVICH
Bahrain at the Games
Ali Khamis (L) of Bahrain and Rafal Omelko (R) of Poland react after competing during the men's 400m heats of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games Athletics, Track and Field events at the Olympic Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on August 12. EPA/Srdjan Suki
Dutch developer New Living on Water (NLW) will debut to its striking organic shaped floating residences at Cityscape Global in Dubai next month. The homes combine luxury, privacy, environmental sustainability and renewable energy. Many new projects will be unveiled on the Cityscape exhibition floors at Dubai World Trade Centre from September 6 to 8.
A man views a mural, one of the five giant faces of indigenous people from five nations on five continents, on International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples, called 'Etnias' (Ethnicities) by Brazilian graffiti artist Eduardo Kobra, on the Olympic Boulevard in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on August 9.
Kobra used the five Olympic rings concept for the five faces to promote peace and learning from indigenous people. The day promotes indigenous peoples rights and recognizes their achievements. Kobra hopes the work sets a Guinness World Record for the largest graffiti created by a single artist in Rio de Janeiro. EPA/Barbara Walton
Jakarta airport opens new terminal
A general view shows the check-in hall on the first day of operations of the new Terminal 3 Ultimate at the Soekarno-Hatta airport in Jakarta, Indonesia, 09 August 2016. Garuda Indonesia's airplane was the first plane to take off as the new terminal building officially opened to public. EPA/Mast Irham