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July 29, 2014

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Relocating to Dubai: What You Need to Know

Have you recently received a lucrative job offer in the Middle East — or are you relocating to Dubai for different reasons? This sunny paradise can offer you and your family all of the finer things in life. From a ridiculously high standard of living to some of the best restaurants and public schools […]

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July 20, 2014

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Sidi Bou Said attractions: Tunisia’s Mediterranean gem

I have talked about the beauty of Essaouira, Morocco countless of times. Its Islamic architecture, mixed with white-washed buildings and popping blue windows, made me fall in love with it during my time in North Africa. However, there’s plenty of gems I missed: namely, Sidi Bou Said. Step foot into this magical village and you […]

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May 30, 2014

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Siwa Oasis, Egypt: Wealth of history amid a sea of sand

Close your eyes for a second. Imagine a cooling breeze, slowly erupting goosebumps on your skin. The smell of lamb kebabs cooking over a bonfire. Now open your eyes: you are surrounded by vast sand dunes, date palm forests, and even a freaking lake. Where are we?! About 50 km east of the Libyan […]

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April 25, 2014

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Middle East relaxation: Postcards from some of my favorite spots

After quite a stressful week, it’s nice to be transported to my favorite ‘decompressing’ spots. So today’s post will be short and sweet: Middle East relaxation. A photo essay, describing a few locations that ooze peace and quiet whilst in the middle of the chaotic region. Smoking shisha on a Bedouin café by the […]

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April 10, 2014

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Baalbek Lebanon pictures: UNESCO site and best-preserved Roman Temple

Isn’t it sad that more people in the world know about the Parthenon in Athens than Baalbek Lebanon? Pictures usually speak louder than words, so today’s mini photo essay is about the most impressive UNESCO site in this Middle Eastern country: some of the most well-preserved Roman ruins in the world today! SO, before […]

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March 28, 2014

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Middle East landmarks and off-the-beaten-path UNESCO sites (PHOTOS)

I have already shared with you many Middle East landmarks I have been blessed to visit or know about: From the Dome of the Rock in Old Jerusalem and the Lost Nabatean City of Petra to the Great Pyramids of Giza and the Sheikh Sayed Mosque in the UAE. As part of FriFotos this […]

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August 7, 2013

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Why I want to visit Iran (photo essay)

Why I want to visit Iran (photo essay)

“Do you have a death wish?!” she said, with an appalled expression on her face. “Why would ANYONE want to visit Iran?!” All I could think of was “why the HECK not?!” From its extensive history to its gorgeous landscapes, there are several reasons why I want to visit Iran. Ever since the ancient […]

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March 22, 2013

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Islam symbols, their meaning, and other Middle East charms

Islam symbols, Kaaba

Islam is, arguably, one of the most controversial and misunderstood religions in the world. For this reason, I picked Islam symbols, their meaning, and a couple of other Middle East charms for this week’s special #FriFotos post. I hope this photo essay sheds some light on this fascinating region and their culture. Let me know if […]

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February 7, 2013

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5 Great Middle East Movies: Travel Inspiration

Middle East movies, Captain Abu Raed

The following Middle East movies article is a guest post ** So many films focus on the political strife and violence in the Middle East, but this region is an area that can’t be defined by a single aspect. There are so many interesting and uplifting facets to  this corner of the globe — […]

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January 29, 2013

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The Turkish beach towns of Bodrum and Dalaman (photos)

Turkish beach towns map

The Turkish beach towns of Bodrum and Dalaman may look similar to the foreigner. However, like sugar and salt, those who are familiar with the area know that each town appeals to a different type of traveler. Today we explore their beaches, attractions, and transportation options so you can make up your mind and […]

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