Focal Point: Pattern recognition

October 23, 2014

As a photo editor it's always interesting to see two members of your staff latch onto an idea independent of one another at the same time.

Under starters orders: Wadi Rum camel racing

October 22, 2014

More than 200 camels raced on the two-day final stage of the Sheikh Zayed Camels Race Festival in Wadi Rum. The race takes place in the Disah village in Wadi Rum desert south of Jordan. All participants are Jordanians from Wadi Rum villages in addition to a few competitors from Saudi Arabia. The Camel race in Wadi Rum is a tradition between the Bedouins but in the last six years the Emirates Camel Racing Federation has supervised the Jordanian race.

Time Frame: A town hall rises

October 21, 2014

Think spectacular buildings and Dubai comes to mind. The Burj Khalifa, Palm Jumeirah, the twisting Cayan Tower in the Marina and, of course, the Burj Al-Arabia.

The UAE through his lens: René Burri, 1933-2014

October 21, 2014

Rene Burri, the photographer who captured the embryonic UAE in a series of stunning images in the 1960s and 1970s, has died of cancer in his home city of Zurich in Switzerland. He was 81. Burri made several visits to the UAE, photographing daily life in Abu Dhabi, oil production on Das Island and encounters with the late Sheikh Zayed, the founding president.

The blessed fruit of Palestine

October 19, 2014

It is “a blessed fruit” according to the Prophet Muhammed in a hadith. For the farmers of the Palestinian territories, the olive is also the key to their survival. This is the season of harvest, when the fruit is gently shaken from the trees and crushed in a traditional stone press to produce a golden green liquid that carries the warmth of the Sun and the taste of the land.

Inside India - October 18, 2014

October 18, 2014

Our weekly view of news and daily life on the Indian subcontinent.

Region in Focus - Fashion Week in Istanbul

October 17, 2014

The best images of the last seven days from Fashion Week in Istanbul, Turkey.

Ban Ki-moon hugs Palestinian Mohammed Abed Al Daye

October 16, 2014

Mohammed Abed Al-Dayem lost both of his legs when Israeli shelling hit the UN-run school where they took refuge during conflict between Israel and Hamas, his father was killed while his mother lost her right eye in the same incident. Mohammed picture was featured in newspapers around the world this week after being hugged by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon while he was visiting at a UN-run school in the northern Gaza Strip.

Time Frame: Balance of power

October 14, 2014

As the first batch of National Service recruits continue their training, here is a reminder of army service in the past.

Focal Point: Caught with camera

October 13, 2014

It's a phrase that has been kicking around photo departments for years: 'pictures of people taking pictures.'