From Noor Riyadh to parrots in Dubai – best pictures from the Gulf


Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, launches strategic programme to transform Dubai into the world’s creative economic capital. WAM

Work on the fourth phase of The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park is under way. WAM

A man handles a colourful, long-tailed macaw on a beach in Dubai. AFP / Giuseppe Cacace

A man plays with a child in front of a light installation at Riyadh’s annual light and art festival, Noor Riyadh. SPA

Noor Riyadh is an annual event in the Saudi capital that nurtures creativity and promotes talent. SPA

The festival helps to shine a light on creativity, uniting artists from all over the world with its ‘Under One Sky’ theme. SPA

The inaugural event has provided weeks of fascinating light art for all to enjoy, attracting more than 300,000 visitors to date. SPA