April 18, 2012


Atlas Studios Morocco: World’s Largest Film Studio! (photos)

Atlas Studios Morocco, Ouarzazate

TweetOf my favorite things to do in Morocco, Ouarzazate attractions are among the top of my list. It is the picture-perfect place in the middle of the Sahara, away from civilization, with amazing kasbahs and places of interest. Best of all? It is home to Atlas Studios Morocco: Hollywood’s playgrounds Also dubbed the Hollywood of [...]

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April 10, 2012


Dar Al Hajar (Rock Palace): Wadi Dhahr, Yemen

Dar Al Hajar from below

TweetThis week’s travel Tuesday feature, Dar Al Hajar (Rock Palace), is located on one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world, which is currently midst a revolution. History Dar Al Hajar was built by ruler Imam Yahya as his summer fortress-mansion in the 30′s. What’s more interesting about this site is that it was actually built upon ancient [...]

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April 6, 2012


Things to do in Jerusalem: Holy Week photo essay

things to do in Jerusalem, Dome of the Rock Temple Mount

TweetIn commemoration of Holy Week, I present you with the top things to do in Jerusalem. I have been one of the lucky ones to be privileged enough to visit this magical, historical city on several occasions. Thus, I can tell you one thing: Each visit is unique. The first time, I spent Eid el Adha [...]

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April 5, 2012


Ras Mohammed camping, Red Sea, Egypt (photo essay)

Ras Mohammed camping sunset

TweetHappy Beach Thursday everyone! Today I present you a special guest post by Mina Mahrous about Ras Mohammed camping by the Red Sea in Egypt. It is a beautiful reserve that I had the pleasure to dive in Egypt (Yolanda Reef is superb!) and I am glad you will learn a bit more about it [...]

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April 3, 2012


Dakhla Oasis: Undiscovered Egypt, part 1 (photo essay)

Al Qasr school courtroom

TweetHappy Travel Tuesday! Today we start a series called “Undiscovered Egypt,” introducing you to some off-the-beaten-path spots in the country. This week, we are kicking off with Dakhla oasis (al-Dākhla / الداخلة), one of my favorite places in all Egypt. Location and background Dakhla is one of seven Egyptian oases located in the Libyan Desert. It has a [...]

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March 29, 2012


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

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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March 27, 2012

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

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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March 25, 2012


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

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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March 23, 2012


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

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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March 20, 2012


Persepolis, Iran: A Majestic UNESCO World Heritage Site

TweetPersepolis, Iran: This week’s Travel Tuesday feature! (Persepolis at sunset photo: Pourhassan, Alireza, Wiki Commons) Background Literally meaning “Persian City” in Greek (Πέρσης), the ancient site of Persepolis, Iran is located about 70 km northeast of the contemporary city of Shiraz. It used to be “the ceremonial capital of the Achaemenid Empire (Wikipedia). It is believed that two rulers must [...]

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