Unique Places in Middle East

  • Deck chairs, Umbrellas and the beach
    Deck chairs, Umbrellas and the beach
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  • View of Mesjid Ismail from the west
    View of Mesjid Ismail from the west
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  • Ofrah and Sharon in the Byzantine villa
    Ofrah and Sharon in the Byzantine villa
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  • Mechref area in the Shouf Mountains of Lebanon

    by lodefleur Written Nov 18, 2010

    At the Mechref, meet my cousin Salam at the Tam Tam & Pomme de pin residence. you will discover a wonderful host with lots of ideas about hiking trails and showing you places in lebanon that has not been documented or put in writing.

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    • Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
    • Food and Dining
    • Eco-Tourism

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    Not in a book

    by JohnniOmani Written Aug 17, 2007

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    Most travellers unfortunately follow books to the last sentence and most do so more so in the Middle East because a high percentage of travellers go through the Middle East with the thoughts and impressions of violence on their minds or in their inner psyche. The truth is if you throw away your guide book and hop on a bus to a place that has little information in a LP book chances are you will be rewarded not only with an element of surprise but sweet people that will knock your socks off with regards to hospitality. I have done this at least once in every single Middle Eastern country and the rewards have been so more than I could have ever wished for or dreamed of. I have had meals paid for, free city tours, guest at weddings, engagement parties and that is only the beginning. The Middle East is ''the'' place to extend yourself and try the unknown and I guarantee you will walk away not only with a good story but some memories that are unparallel for the rest of your travel days.

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  • Some insight

    by dsantosh Written Jul 17, 2003

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    After the ascension of King Saud Ibn Abdul Aziz to the throne in 1953 the capital was shifted from Jeddah to Riyadh. Riyadh is now a major commercial and financial center as well as the seat of government.Present estimated population of Riyadh is about 3.5 million. The city is linked to the seaport in Damman by a railroad and to all parts of the Kingdom by an extensive network of good roads. The national air carrier, Saudi Arabian Airlines, serves all major cities from Riyadh.
    Riyadh was originally built near a source of water, as were all cities in the Kingdom. The center of the city -- the "souks" -- lies clustered near the original "‘wadi" where water was found. New buildings and bridges appear overnight. Use of marble is common, some steel frame structures are being erected, and there is extensive use of glass, concrete and new-technology materials. Throughout the city, walls to provide privacy and protection surround homes (or villas). Summer clothes are worn most of the year, but some warm clothing is necessary for the winter months . Women wear an Abhaya, which can be purchased at the women's souk (market). It is a good idea to bring an extra supply of particular items or brands you don't want to do without. Food markets, snack shops, bakeries, and an increasing number of supermarkets are located within easy driving distance . Western clothes and shoes are expensive.Tthings as stereos, cameras, calculators, watches, gold, brass, silver, caftans, and embroidered blouses are excellent buys. Bargaining is expected in the souks, offering half of the requested price is a good starting point.

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    • Business Travel
    • Work Abroad

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    Ruins

    by dr.firas Written Jun 29, 2003

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    The most famous Ruins in the Middle East are:
    1-Palmyra-Syria
    2-Petra-Jordan
    3-Persopolis-Iran
    4-Ba’albek-Lebanon
    5-Aspendos-Turkey
    6-Aswan-Egypt
    7-Giza-Egypt
    And more but those 7 are really the most famous ruins in the Middle East, which you should never miss, and Absolutely visit.

    Me in Petra

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    Castles of medieval

    by dr.firas Written Jun 29, 2003

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    There are really great and so very beautiful Castles in the Middle East…
    It was built in the medieval age and it is typical and really superb.
    I will mention the greatest of them:
    1-Sala din’s Fortress: Homs-Syria
    2-Aleppo’s Citadel: Aleppo-Syria
    3-Palmyra’s Fortress: Palmyra-Syria
    4-St.Simeon’s Citadel: Aleppo-Syria
    5-Bam’s Citadel: Bam-Iran
    6-Kizkalesi’s Women Castle: Alanya-Turkey

    Aleppo Citadel

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    The Desert

    by dr.firas Written Jun 29, 2003

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    It is wonderful exotically and very unusual!
    It gives any tourist a very special and extraordinary feeling!
    Desert is connected with the camels!
    They say camels are the ships of the desert!
    Never miss a roam in the desert without riding a camel.

    Desert Rose Palmyra

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  • I think that the real problem...

    by Lebanese Written Aug 26, 2002

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    I think that the real problem in the Middle East is due to the way things are running. From the ordinary family man to the state's man, most Middle Easterns tend to run things as if it's their ownership!! The father thinks he can do whatever he wants with his children or wife and the statesman remains in power regardless of his faults... Of course the rate of obsessiveness varies from country to country and from one to the other but until we start viewing our responsibilities or duties as a privilege that can be taken away, there is no real hope for us to prosper as a nation...

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    Would be virtually impossibe...

    by EricJS Written Aug 24, 2002

    Would be virtually impossibe for a tourist but couldn't hurt to try!. Arrow head and sand rose hunting in desert flats around Abqaiq area or prehistoric fossilized shell hunting in desert along the border with Qatar.

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    Wherever you go, in whichever...

    by DesertRat Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Wherever you go, in whichever country, make sure you get out of the capitals. There's much to see and much to experience.

    Photo: A papaya tree growing in a wadi, or dry river bed, in the mountains of Oman.

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    Take your needs and try to...

    by maen31 Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Take your needs and try to read something about Syria and the Middle East ,there are so many sites that you would like to see.

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    An Acacia tree. look around...

    by Aragina Written Aug 25, 2002

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    An Acacia tree. look around while you are traveling, you will see much that you would ordinarly miss, and there is so much to see off the beaten track.

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