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Ramadan Kareem meaning: Overview of the Muslim holiday

July 23, 2012

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Ramadan Kareem meaning: Overview of the Muslim holiday

TweetTo all 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 […]

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

March 27, 2012

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Qasr Al Alam at night

TweetOut of 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

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Jabrin Castle tower

TweetOman attractions: 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

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Shah Mosque or Imam Mosque, Iran

TweetThe Imam 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

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Bedouin girl, locals in the Middle East

TweetEver wondered 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

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Palm Jumeirah's Fronds

TweetToday 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

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Abu Dhabi skyline at night

TweetThought 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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Mosques in the Middle East: Seductive Holiness

November 21, 2011

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mosques in the middle east, hagia sophia

TweetMosques in the Middle East never cease to fascinate me. While I am a Christian myself, there is always certain aura about any religious site that gets me down to the bone. The energy is almost inappropriately seductive. Their architecture is simply a feast to the eyes. While cathedrals have their own charm, mosques in […]

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Halloween in the Middle East: Haram AND tradition?

October 31, 2011

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Happy Eid! - Halloween in the Middle East

TweetHalloween in the Middle East: Haram or tradition? Indeed, partaking in celebrations of pagan origins, such as Halloween, is HARAM (forbidden) in Islam. As Prophet Muhammad (puh) warned to his followers: “Whoever imitates a nation is one of them!” (Abu Da’oud) Thus, all Muslims are expected to condemn pagan and non-Sunna traditions such as Halloween, Christmas and […]

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Travel to the best beaches in the Middle East (photo essay, part 2)

October 27, 2011

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Tweet[For part one, click here] Ahlan asjabi, hello my friends! This week, for a second time, I will feature some of the best beaches in the Middle East. My goal? To uncover some hidden gems of the region. Enjoy (and click on any photo to enlarge)! Some of the clearest, most azure waters in the […]

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