James Langton, The National

James Langton

The National

United Arab Emirates

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Past articles by James:

Megaprojects: Europe's tallest buildings

Moscow's bustling financial centre dominates our list - but doesn't quite make the no.1 spot → Read More

Megaprojects: 10 tallest buildings in the Middle East

Seven of the top ten Middle East structures are in the Emirates → Read More

Covid-19 could set fight against malaria back by 20 years, top UAE disease expert says

Simon Bland, head of Abu Dhabi’s Global Institute for Disease Elimination, says hundreds of thousands could die if tropical diseases are forgotten → Read More

Challenger: remembering the day America's space dream died

The shuttle disaster is the focus of a new Netflix series that underlines the fragility and bravery of exploring space → Read More

The day the UAE sent its first astronaut to space

A flash of light at the Baikonur Cosmodrome and, nine minutes later, astronaut Maj Hazza Al Mansouri was in orbit → Read More

120,000-year-old footprints discovered in Saudi Arabia reveal how the first people lived

The new discovery pushes back the date when prehistoric humans left Africa → Read More

Dubai's Expo follows a legacy that includes the Eiffel Tower and Disney's Small World

Expo expert gives his verdict on what we might expect in 2021 → Read More

When clean water was more precious than oil in the UAE

Drinking supplies were essential for the development of Abu Dhabi and Dubai → Read More

How superpower rivalry and fears of a pandemic brought the first doctor to the UAE in 1939

Story behind the UAE's first health clinic 80 years ago has echoes of our world today → Read More

From anti-vaxxers to Zoom shirts: your guide to the new language of Covid-19

Coronavirus has changed the way we speak, as well as live → Read More

From Attack Ads to Zoom Moms – your handy guide to the 2020 US presidential election

All the terms you need to know in the run-up to November 3 → Read More

Hope probe launch makes headlines around the world

Launch brings a good news story from the Arab world → Read More

UAE Mars mission: what awaits Hope probe on its voyage to Red Planet

Emirates space mission passes the first test but other milestones lie ahead → Read More

Hope springs anew for Arab science with launch of Mars probe

UAE scientists want the dramatic space venture to prove a source of inspiration for all → Read More

How 1999's 'Life in Sunny Dubai' posters are making a comeback

Illustrator Russ North has begun printing new editions of the much-loved wall decoration → Read More

A history of Mars exploration: a look back at international efforts to study the Red Planet

The UAE is due to launch its own probe to examine the Martian surface on July 15 → Read More

Ramadan headlines from 2010-2020: From space missions to cloning tiny coral polyps

Our first trip to Pluto and a breakthrough in defeating malaria all happened in the holy month → Read More

Ramadan headlines from 1990-2010: From a space mission to Pisa's Leaning Tower

Science comes to the fore as the 90s usher in a new century → Read More

Abu Dhabi environment report highlights record conservation efforts

Oryx and dugong numbers now the highest in the world → Read More

Ramadan headlines from 1970-90: From a lunar lander to 'Lawnchair Larry'

Remembering events that fell during the holy month from 1970 to 1989 → Read More