In pictures: Fun amid shopping frenzy
An entire world awaits Dubai Shopping Festival explorers, including daily fireworks, raffles and prizes to be won. Street shows and stage performances are taking place every day until the end of the festival. Great shopping bargains and eating-out options are also on the menu at the event, which runs for 32 days.
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Barack Obama laid a wreath at Mahatma Gandhi’s memorial at Rajghat and planted a sapling in the complex.
Funeral for Saudi King Abdullah got under way in a cavernous mosque in the capital.
Saudi Arabia’s new king Salman Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud is a veteran of the country’s top leadership
Contestants present a colourful spectacle as they take part in the national costume show