Wearing special glasses, thousands of people across the Gulf region gathered in the early hours of Thursday to witness a rare annular solar eclipse, the first in around a century in several countries.
Around 5,000 people watched the "ring of fire" eclipse in Saudi Arabia's central al-Ahsa province at sunrise, visible for around two minutes and 59 seconds, Saudi media reported.
Saudi Arabia as well as neighbouring Bahrain said this was the first annular solar eclipse in around 100 years.
Many also gathered at the United Arab Emirates Space Agency in the capital Abu Dhabi to see the phenomenon, which the agency said took place in the country for the first time since 1847.
The annular eclipse was also visible in Qatar. The Qatari news agency QNA said the sun was 90 per cent covered.
In Oman, a partial eclipse lasted for two hours and 27 minutes, while a three-minute-long annular eclipse was only visible in some provinces.
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