Middle East & North Africa

Omani Sword Fight in Al Hamra

Photo of the Week: Omani Sword Fight in Al Hamra

Omani Sword Fight in Al Hamra Oman is a land of ancient traditions. Though modernity has come to much of the country, there are still those who live much like the generations that came before. Once such place where the old customs die hard is Al Hamra.   Al Hamra is a 400-year-old town in …

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what its like in dubai

What it's like in Dubai

What its Like in Dubai Dubai is many things to many people. To an American Business Executive, this glittering city might seem like more of a fun-filled playground than to the South Asian temporary worker who built his building or the SouthEast Asian maid that cleans his apartment. Now that all those stereotypes are out …

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bilad sayt oman

Photo of the Week: Bilad Sayt Oman: Spectacular Mountain Village

  Bilad Sayt Oman: Spectacular Mountain Village   Bilad Sayt is considered to be Oman’s most picturesque mountain village. Dramatic, craggy mountains rise up behind the small village as multi-shade cultivated terraces spread out below. The spectacular location, not surprisingly, requires a 4×4 to arrive. Negotiating the unfinished gravel roads with steep drop offs is …

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abu dhabi shiekh zayed grand mosque

Photo of the Week: Abu Dhabi's Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

Abu Dhabi’s Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Though a bit lighter on the big-name tourist sites than the neighboring Emirate of Dubai, national capital Abu Dhabi is by far the richest and most politically powerful of the seven Emirates. Though the city center is a bit understated compared to that of Dubai, one of the places …

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What It Costs: A Day of Travel in Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv tries to be a European city so much that it has achieved at least one commonality: expense. Israel is, on average, a pretty expensive country, and Tel Aviv, its de facto capital, is no different. It’s not too different from the Arab Middle East, but coming from eastern Europe or Asia will likely cause financial …

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