Some of Irish photographer Jean Curran’s photographs drying in a darkroom in Dubai before they were taken to Mazar-e-Sharif to be hand painted by Mohammed Karin, using traditional Afghani techniques. Photograph: Jean Curran

In 2011, Waterford-born photographic artist Jean Curran first began exploring hand-painted portraits in Afghanistan. During her research, she came (...)

Irish trade mission to the Gulf States secures jobs and contracts. Photograph: Getty Images.

Enterprise Ireland has said its “five day, five city” trade mission to the Gulf States has resulted in the creation of 28 Irish-based jobs and €16 mil(...)

Dubai Left Panel 1 by Clare Langan, from her exhibition The Floating World

The Floating World – Clare Langan Visual Centre, Carlow **** If you were asked to sum up Clare Langan’s The Floating World in three wo(...)

The announcement of the deal came during a trade trip to Dubai and Minister for Enterprise Richard Bruton said there was “huge potential for Ireland to become a leading destination for medical travel”. Photograph: Eric Luke

Mater Private Healthcare has signed a deal with the Dubai police force to provide health services in Ireland to members of the force and their familie(...)

Dubai’s ruler, Mohamed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, is the visionary behind the emirate’s drive to be first, biggest and best in all things. Photograph: Ali Haider/EPA

Dubai’s ever-expanding, futuristic airport is a concourse of Babel in the early hours of the morning, when flights from east and west converge. Thousa(...)

Each Saturday on we'll report on couples’ love stories. We'll tell the tales and show the pictures of these fabul(...)

Thai prime minister Prayuth Chan-ocha during a press conference a in Bangkok, on Tuesday. “Don’t worry, if you’re not doing anything wrong, there’s no need to be afraid.” Photograph: EPA

Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej has endorsed a request by the country’s prime minister Prayuth Chan-ocha to end martial law, leaving the junta chie(...)

America’s Horse of the Year California Chrome during preparations for the Dubai World Cup 2015 at Meyday on Saturday. Photograph: EPA.

Ryan Moore’s globally acclaimed status means his presence at Dubai World Cup in Meydan is – as with his planned overnight trip for the opening day of(...)

Marc Monaghan in action at the Curragh in 2012. “I won on Gold City at the 2014 Carnival and as long as they go a good clip he has the form to be competitive.” Photo: Inpho

The attraction of Dubai as a winter base has enabled Co Tipperary-born Marc Monaghan to put his career into acceleration mode as the 20-year-old becom(...)

Shia Muslim rebels hold up their weapons during a rally against air strikes in Sanaa, Yemen, on Thursday. Oil prices jumped around the world after Saudi Arabia and its allies carried out the strikes. Photograph: Khaled Abdullah/Reuters

Stock markets around the world were knocked lower and oil prices jumped after Saudi Arabia and its allies carried out air strikes in Yemen. The attac(...)