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What To Do & See In Turkey: A List Of Places To See And Things To Do

August 7, 2013

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TweetTurkey is one of the finest destinations for travel so it’s completely understandable why you’re asking about what to do and see in Turkey. The country is an eclectic and vibrant marriage of history and culture. Set at the very heart of West Asia and Southeast Europe, the country also reflects the best of both […]

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Islam symbols, their meaning, and other Middle East charms

March 22, 2013

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Islam symbols, Kaaba

TweetIslam 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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5 Great Middle East Movies: Travel Inspiration

February 7, 2013

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Middle East movies, Captain Abu Raed

TweetThe 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 — and […]

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The Turkish beach towns of Bodrum and Dalaman (photos)

January 29, 2013

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Turkish beach towns map

TweetThe 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 decide […]

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Fethiye Turkey: Sunken ruins and beautiful beaches! (photo essay)

March 29, 2012

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TweetThis week’s Beach Thursday spotlight is on Fethiye Turkey. Sunken ancient ruins and beautiful turquoise waters must be seen to be believed! Fethiye Turkey beaches Naturally, the main attractions in Fethiye Turkey are the beautiful turquoise coast and its beaches. There are more to choose from than you think, too, so I’ll do you a […]

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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: Haraam AND tradition?

October 31, 2011

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Halloween in the Middle East, Egypt

TweetHalloween 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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How to dress in the Middle East: Photo essay

August 22, 2011

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How to dress in Egypt

TweetHello 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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How to Poop: Lessons from the Middle East

August 12, 2011

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TweetThere is no more valuable lesson when traveling the Middle East than…knowing how to poop. That’s right folks: Pooping is indeed an art, one which must be mastered if you plan to travel throughout the Arab world and any other developing countries for that matter. So today I show you what I learned from living and traveling throughout […]

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Ideas to have a unique Iftar in Turkey and Palestine

August 4, 2011

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Iftar in Turkey

TweetRamadan Kareem to my Muslim brothers and sisters around the world. Whether you are Muslim or not, Middle East travel during Ramadan is an experience in itself, but how more unforgettable would it be by celebrating the breaking of the fast, or having iftar, in a unique way? It is definitely possible in several Middle Eastern countries. Today, I […]

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