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What to see and do in the futuristic city of Dubai?

September 1, 2013


hinking about obvious tourist destinations, parts of the oil-rich Middle East might not immediately spring to mind, but in recent years, oil wealth has helped to fuel the growth of many city resorts, one of the most obvious being the Emirati city of Dubai. Aside from being a global business hub, Dubai has become […]

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Why I want to visit Iran (photo essay)

August 7, 2013


Why I want to visit Iran (photo essay)

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 nation […]

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Islam symbols, their meaning, and other Middle East charms

March 22, 2013


Islam symbols, Kaaba

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 you […]

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Ramadan Kareem meaning: Overview of the Muslim holiday

July 23, 2012


my Muslim brothers and sisters: رمضان كريم (Ramadan Kareem)! And to the rest of my brothers and sisters: Let’s love each other no matter what’s our religion. I’m a Christ follower and love all people, just as He would Learn more about the Ramadan Kareem meaning and the festivities that take place during this Holy […]

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Al Alam Palace, Oman: Travel Tuesday feature (photos)

March 27, 2012

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Qasr Al Alam at night

all Oman attractions, my favorite is the Al Alam Palace. Pronounced Qasr al-Alam in Arabic, its name actually means “Palace of The Flag.” Fittingly so, as this was built to become the royal residence of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos, the ruler of Oman since July of 1970. Naturally, visitors are not allowed to […]

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Oman attractions: Which is your favorite? (photo essay)

March 25, 2012


Jabrin Castle tower

ttractions: Which are your favorites?! Even if you haven’t visited this off-the-beaten-path Middle Eastern gem, don’t fret. The point of today’s photo essay is to introduce you (or revisit!) many of Oman attractions. Then, after going through the photos and names, for YOU to pick the ones you would like me to talk about […]

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Imam Mosque, Iran: Colorful UNESCO World Heritage Site photo essay

March 23, 2012


Shah Mosque or Imam Mosque, Iran

am Mosque, Iran: A colorful photo essay! Continuing our love for Persian architecture, today I introduce you to the Imam Mosque, Iran (Masjed-e Imam). It is a fitting day for such a gem to be talked about at Travel The Middle East, as Friday is the day that most Muslims flock into mosques to […]

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Locals in the Middle East: A short photo essay

February 24, 2012


Bedouin girl, locals in the Middle East

ondered what the locals in the Middle East and North Africa look like or where they come from? In celebration of this week’s FriFotos topic, I will give you a short intro and cultural background of some of the different peoples of the region. Bedouins Bedouins are the desert nomads of Arabia. Divided into […]

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Travel the Middle East sands: Photo essay

February 10, 2012


Palm Jumeirah's Fronds

we will travel the Middle East SANDS as the latter is the FriFotos theme this week! I’ll present a variety of photos including deserts I have visited, some interesting tours I have taken, and other locales that are still on my Middle East bucket list! Hope you enjoy the shots Travel the Middle East: […]

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Abu Dhabi: The rising Emirate (photo essay)

February 1, 2012


Abu Dhabi skyline at night

t Dubai was the new “It” of the Middle East? Think again. A different Emirate is soaring to new highs and prospering much more than its sister. Its name? Abu Dhabi. The Emirate of Abu Dhabi is one of seven states (called “Emirates”) of the UAE. Here, the capital of the “constitutional federation of absolute […]

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