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Abu Dhabi: The rising Emirate (photo essay)

February 1, 2012

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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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Mosques in the Middle East: Seductive Holiness

November 21, 2011

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mosques in the middle east, hagia sophia

s 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: Haraam AND tradition?

October 31, 2011

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Halloween in the Middle East, Egypt

een in the Middle East: Haraam or tradition? Indeed, partaking in celebrations of pagan origins, such as Halloween, is HARAAM (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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art 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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Sheikh Zayed Mosque, 82 Domes of Holiness

October 25, 2011

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Zayed Mosque is the third largest, and arguably one of the most beautiful mosques in the world. Not only is Sheikh Zayed Abu Dhabi’s greatest worship place, but it is also considered the UAE’s grand mosque. It is estimated that as many as 40,000 people kneel on its luxurious carpets toward Mecca during Eid, Muslim holidays & festivals […]

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Travel to the best beaches in the Middle East & Africa (photo essay)

October 13, 2011

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Beach Thursday and this week I will feature some of the best beaches in the Middle East and Africa. There is no debate that some of the clearest, most azure waters in the world are found in the coasts of the Red Sea, Persian Gulf and the Mediterranean. While this is a “Travel […]

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The Persian Gulf

September 29, 2011

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Persian Gulf

rsian Gulf, also known as the Arabian Gulf, is an extension of the Indian Ocean which stretches approximately 615 miles from Iran to the Arabian Peninsula. With great fishing grounds, stunning coral reefs and pear oysters, the Persian Gulf has plenty to offer. Consisting of seven countries – Bahrain, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, […]

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Top UAE beach resorts pt. 2

August 30, 2011

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UAE beach resorts

barak all! In celebration of Eid el Fitr this week, I’ll be giving you trip ideas in order to help you plan your Middle East travels / Eid holiday. Today, we continue this mini series featuring the top UAE beach resorts in the lesser-known emirates. Enjoy! [click here for part 1, featuring Abu Dhabi, Dubai and […]

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Top UAE beach resorts and desert lodges

August 29, 2011

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UAE desert lodge

barak all! In celebration of Eid el Fitr this week, I’ll be giving you trip ideas in order to help you plan your Middle East travels / Eid holiday. Posts will (mostly) be about the top beach resorts and desert lodges throughout the region. Today, we kick off this mini series with the top […]

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How to dress in the Middle East: Photo essay

August 22, 2011

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How to dress in Egypt

ladies and gentlemen! Through a photo essay, I will show you how to dress in the Middle East (or any conservative country) and (almost) pass as a local. Overview Let me be clear: How to dress in the Middle East doesn’t really matter–if you don’t care about the attention. Except for a handful of […]

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