Middle East Off The Beaten Path

  • The Waqif Art Centre
    The Waqif Art Centre
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  • 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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Middle East Off The Beaten Path

  • Asian side

    Istanbul Off The Beaten Path

    Çamlica means Pine Tree Hill. It is actually two hills: Küçük Çamlica which means Little Pine Tree Hill and Büyük Çamlica which means Big Pine Tree Hill. There is a large TV tower on the top of Büyük Çamlica. At 267m above sea level Büyük Çamlica is the highest point in Istanbul. We used to walk up here for the views. I remember once climbing up...

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  • Walks & Tours Guides

    Tel Aviv-Yafo Off The Beaten Path

    There was famous Israeli writer and painter named Nahum Gutman, who grew up in Tel-Aviv. In his books he described the life in the city which was several years old at the time. One of his books was The Orange Peel Trail. Several years ago the Tel-Aviv municipality marked several routes throughout the city, called Orange Routes. There are four such...

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  • Outside the Wall

    Jerusalem Off The Beaten Path

    just outside the City Walls, a stone's throw away from the Rockefeller Musuem and near the Lion's Gate is the Muslim Arab Yeusifiya Cemetery. The Cemetery is just beside the entrance of the muslim quarter in the Lion's Gate and inside are some of the graves of old arabic and palestinian residents of Jerusalem and the cemetery has a high retaining...

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  • City Scenes/Streets/sqaures

    Jiddah Off The Beaten Path

    you have probably heard of the city scene, gay scene, or film scene. but have you ever watch a car accident scene? then welcome to jeddah. if there is a terrible car accident across the street, people would pull off, park aside, and then watch! i mean it. it's very common and people love it unfortunately instead of helping out. i once saw this a...

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  • Little Petra

    Petra Off The Beaten Path

    About half an hour away by car is what I was told was worth seeing was also 'Little Petra'. It was not on my map and I didnt really know where it was but I had decided to take the back road when heading north - which actually went past the whole Petra site with even more tombs in amongst the rocks seen from the road. Thankfully I came across a...

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  • Day Activities

    Eilat Off The Beaten Path

    A little known place not far from Eilat offer you a great view of a flock of 300-400 flamingos. Instead of going all the way to Africa, these flamingos stay here all year round. To get here, you need to drive north from Eilat on road number 90. A little after the customs checkpoint, look for a brown sign with the name "Sharsheret Wells". This...

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  • Vadi Nisnas

    Haifa Off The Beaten Path

    Begin your tour of Wadi NisNas at the entrance sign, put there in three languages, Hebrew, Arabic and English the two official languges of Israel and the third "unofficial".... This second picture looks like a modern type of ad campaign, but it is NOT, the artist who painted is has signed his name. The streets of this old section of Haifa are very...

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  • Jebel Qassioun

    Damascus Off The Beaten Path

    They shine at night, they seems to be so far from us, standing up on this mountain...Drinking a hot tea, my eyes lost in yours, no words are needed cause our hearts are talking already...Oh God, i dont wanna go away.....please, let me stay here, forever...Doesn't split what is born to be One.....Those citylights, the same i saw from the plane, as...

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  • day trips

    Aleppo Off The Beaten Path

    The Church of St. Simeon (or Qala Siman as it is known to the Syrians) is about 1 hour out of Aleppo. It is the site of where St. Simeon chose to lead the religious life alone as a hermit monk. But instead of living in a cave, St. Simeon lived on top of a pillar 12-18 meters high. He used to preach atop this pillar. After his death, the church was...

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  • nature & wildlife

    Bahrain Off The Beaten Path

    Adhari Park is a brand new visitor attraction in Bahrain adjacent to the existing Adhari National Park. Spread across 165,000 square meters, it provides a complete leisure experience for the whole family, aiming to become the number one family attraction in the GCC, with 38 exciting outdoor and indoor rides for people of all ages, a Family...

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  • bosphorus boat trip

    Istanbul Off The Beaten Path

    Having a "Boat Trip" on The Bosphorus is one of the must's of a Istanbul visit as you will have so many options to start with ... Most tours usually start / end at the Karakoy and Eminonu ports, but here as an alternative I will suggest you to take a public bus from Besiktas and ride along the seaside about 30 mins till you reach Yenikoy and...

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  • Museums

    Tel Aviv-Yafo Off The Beaten Path

    A large variety of personal works and a fascinating art collection located on the 3rd floor of the artist’s residence in abuilding from 1740 in Old Yafo which was an inn used by Jewish pilgrims passing through Jaffa port on their way to Jerusalem. The original structure has been preserved and used as a backdrop for the sculptures, furniture and...

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  • The Old City Jerusalem

    Jerusalem Off The Beaten Path

    Queen Helen Coptic Orthodox church is located near the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. It includes one of the ancient sights in Jerusalem. It's a cistern (a water well). It was hewn in the rock and later discovered by Queen Helen, Constantine's mother in the 4th century. It provided water for drinking and building the Holy Sepulcher church. You...

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  • DownTown Jiddah

    Jiddah Off The Beaten Path

    At first I thought that this mosque was the famous Shafi Mosque, but have since learned that it isn't (unfortunately). It had an interesting square minaret, and for that I decided to add it to my list of sights.

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  • Wadi Musa Town

    Petra Off The Beaten Path

    Wadi Musa, the town where the Petra National Monument is located is named after Moses, the famous Biblical Figure who had made a stop here in Wadi Musa and is believed to struck a rock and hence forth, spring water started gushing and hence, the spring well in Wadi Musa, located along the highway going to Petra is now named Ain Musa (Moses Well)....

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  • Timna Park

    Eilat Off The Beaten Path

    Timna park to my opinion is not Off the beaten but Must see activity. A lot of people come to Eilat to relax and enjoy the sea and the beaches and they forget that there is also beautiful nature here. Park timna is a beautiful nature park with lovely rocks and stones , a copper mine and beautiful landscapes.

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  • Rosh Ha'Nikra

    Haifa Off The Beaten Path

    Just by the Israel - Lebanon border (which is closed) are the caves and white cliffs of Rosh HaNikra. It is a beautiful place by the Mediterranean Sea. The caves have been carved out of the rock by rain and the sea and a long tunnel has been made by man to connect the caves and make access easier for visitors. I saw the caves a sunny day, but I can...

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  • covered souq

    Aleppo Off The Beaten Path

    Some 200 meters from Bab Antakia, on the right, there is a mosque of some importance: Jame al Bahra-myah, in the Turkish style with a great dome which is being restored; note the many beautiful small carpets in the prayer hall.

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  • outside manama

    Bahrain Off The Beaten Path

    Near Bahrain fort, on the Northern tip of the island is a village all of its houses and big walls are painted in pastel or bright colours; I do not know the reason for this, but the village looks very nice and welcoming. It is interesting to walk there for a moment; the village is located mainly on the northern side of the road, whilst the gardens...

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  • hammam

    Istanbul Off The Beaten Path

    This historic hamam in "Tophane" is one of Istanbul’s most beautiful and has only recently reopened after years of restoration. Contemporary "Turkish Hamams" find themselves in a difficult position. For centuries, these public bath houses were an integral part of Ottoman life. Islam places great significance on cleanliness and hamams were the...

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  • Safari in the middle of the city!

    Tel Aviv-Yafo Off The Beaten Path

    The Tel-Aviv Zoo is the biggest in Israel. Only, it's not really in Tel-Aviv, it is located in Ramat-Gan. The zoo has two parts, the regular zoo where you walk around and the animals are enclosed and the safari part where you drive your car (or ride the internal train they have there for kids) and the animals roam free around you. The old zoo used...

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  • Outside the City

    Jerusalem Off The Beaten Path

    On the other side of Israel's controversial West Bank barrier, and just outside of Jerusalem, is the other town of Jesus: his birthplace in Bethlehem. Getting to this town, now almost completely surrounded by an 8m high concrete wall, is an adventure in itself, but the rewards are the chance to see the Church of the Nativity on Manger Square, a...

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  • Jiddah Corniche

    Jiddah Off The Beaten Path

    well, jeddah might not have green scenery or natural beauty to relax in. but definitely the sea continues to lock me in its dark mysterious secret, when i look twice! i honestly dislike the rocky beaches of jeddah, black and blocking the horizon. but some areas like Durat al Aroos or Obhor beaches as you go further north, the reflection of the...

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  • Tombs

    Petra Off The Beaten Path

    Another one of the Royal Tombs, the Corinthian (which in not in a great shape, unfortunately) is a blend of the Nabataean and Hellenic, with the lower level being in typical local style, and the columns bearing typical Corinthian decorations. Both Corinthian Tomb and Silk Tomb are in the quieter part of Petra, and much less likely to be overrun...

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  • Beaches

    Eilat Off The Beaten Path

    ...who doesn't like the beach life???sun, surf, snorkelling, scuba diving in the red sea??Nice cold beer to top off the day's activities??...However, Eilat, like most tourist areas in and around the world, has all of the above to offer, and more!!!BUT - if you are looking for a secluded beach, with next to nil inhabitants, you will be sorely...

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  • Mount Carmel Area

    Haifa Off The Beaten Path

    Yes Kaiser Wilhelm the II of Germany visited back in 1898, this was a new piece of history for me. The object of their visit was to see the "German Colony" which you can still see the remnants of at the base of Mount Carmel (below the BaHai Temple Gardens). Here at the top of Mount Carmel a placque was placed to commemorate Wilhelm's visit. He and...

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  • food & drink

    Bahrain Off The Beaten Path

    Booze shops. Most people who haven't visited think the entire Middle East is alcohol-free. Bahrain is the one place you can easily buy booze, but if you don't know what you're looking for, the booze shops seem to be hidden. There are 3 main sellers: BMMI, A&E and Gulf Cellar. They can be found at the following locations: BMMI: look for a red sign...

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  • old houses

    Istanbul Off The Beaten Path

    "Galata" was an important trade center between the years of 1267-1453 for the Genoese. Today The Association building, as the seat of the Chamber of Commerce was made by ​​the Genoese at the beginning of 1300 years. The building is located across from the Chamber of Commerce building, a local board of directors consisting of 24...

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  • Tel Aviv Markets

    Tel Aviv-Yafo Off The Beaten Path

    A good and inexpensive place to buy a used book in several languages. I travel several hundred kilometers to purchase here and if you buy in quantity like I do you also get an extra discount between 5-15%. Their address: 87 Allenby St. Tel-Aviv

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  • Model of Old Jerusalem

    Jerusalem Off The Beaten Path

    This model has since been moved to the Israel Museum...... If you plan on visiting the "City Of David", the oldest part of the city of Jerusalem (this is not the walled city familiar to us today), then I would suggest visiting the Israel Museum and the model first, it will give you a three dimensional idea of what you will be walking in. There is...

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  • Religion & Culture

    Jiddah Off The Beaten Path

    Eid is when Muslims all over the globe feast on the first day of (Shawwal)the month that follows the holy month of Ramadan. This picture was taken from my house roof top,where we could see the fireworks easily from the corniche. My nephews who were visiting from Riyadh were really excited about this........because we didn`t have to get stuck in...

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  • Danqur Al Khazneh

    Petra Off The Beaten Path

    An alternative Petra entrance to the Siq is via the Danqur al Khazneh steps, which approach the ruins from the south via Jebel al-Jilf and lead directly into the square in front of the Treasury. This trail starts on the Bab as-Siq. After you enter the Petra Gate, about halfway down the Bab as-Siq you turn off to the south and climb towards...

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  • Dead Sea

    Eilat Off The Beaten Path

    The dead sea is an attraction In israel and in the world , becuase of the salty water that makes you float on your back and also because it is the lowest place on earth. This is not too close to Eilat (2-3 hours drive) but you will enjoy beautiful landscapes and relaxing place. You can check my Dead Sea (En Gedi) page for more details

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  • Akko (Acre)

    Haifa Off The Beaten Path

    A spice shop in the old city of Acco on the northern tip of Haifa Bay. This shop, one of many in the old Turkish bazaar, is packed with all kinds of exotic spices, coffee, and much more...

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  • the suq

    Bahrain Off The Beaten Path

    If you go to the back of the suq it is still possible to see sights like this. But they are getting rarer and rarer. You just have to go in, get lost and you'll find them. Don't worry about the getting lost bit, it's not that big and someone will always show you how to get out again. Treat it as a maze with a difference. There are more pictures in...

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  • Rumeli Hisari

    Istanbul Off The Beaten Path

    Rumelihisarı is a fortress located in the Sariyer district of the city on a hill at the European side of the Bosphorus. It gives the name of the quarter around it. It was built by the Ottoman Sultan Mehmed II between 1451 and 1452, before he conquered Constantinople. The three great towers were named after three of Mehmed II's viziers,...

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  • Old Jaffa

    Tel Aviv-Yafo Off The Beaten Path

    The old part of Jaffa is full of little streets with passages with arches, flowers everywhere, and a different construction to its neighbour the new city of Tel Aviv. I guess this is what it makes it special

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  • Animals Natural Habitat

    Jiddah Off The Beaten Path

    Along the way to Taif we encountered this herd of camels. They were completely unattended and were in no hurry to get off the road to allow us to pass. I think they may have been accustomed to people stopping and feeding them but Tony and I had nothing to offer.

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  • Wadi Muthlim

    Petra Off The Beaten Path

    Just before you enter the Siq, there is a path leading off to the north and into Petra via the Wadi al Mudhlim. A slight detour from this path takes you to the Eagle Shrine, well hidden in a quiet valley above the Wadi al Mudhlim tunnel. To reach the Eagle Shrine turn right at the path just before the bridge at the Siq entrance. The path splits...

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  • Massada

    Eilat Off The Beaten Path

    Masada is a symbol for us the jews for courage. Massada is a fortress that is very close to the dead sea (you can combine both of them) and from Massada you can see the amazing view of the dead sea and the surrounding mountains. Massada is UNESCO World Heritage Site and entrance to the place will cost you 70 nis for and adult and 35 for a...

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  • Sculptures Garden

    Haifa Off The Beaten Path

    Or as it is called in hebrew - Gan Hapsalim. A small garden with beautifull bronze sculptures, with a great view of the harbor. On Shderot Hatzionut, one bus stop uphill from the midle enterance to the Bahai Shrine. (busses 22,23)

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  • the rain

    Bahrain Off The Beaten Path

    Come and see the rain. If you visit Bahrain in november there's a possiblity of seeing puddles. It doesn't rain very often, but when it does, it's wonderful. All the dust is washed away and everything looks green again. The best bit though is the smell: it's all so fresh. It's far better than the ever present dusty, dry, sandy smell which we have...

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  • theodosian (city) wall

    Istanbul Off The Beaten Path

    The Walls of Constantinople are a series of defensive stone walls that have surrounded and protected the city of Constantinople, Istanbul ... With numerous additions and modifications during their history, they were the last great fortification system of antiquity, and one of the most complex and elaborate systems ever built. You can admire them...

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  • Israel Army Museum

    Tel Aviv-Yafo Off The Beaten Path

    The museum is situated on the old railway station in Yaffo. With the help of films, maps, photos, historical documents and other exhibits it presents the history of Israel Army (IDF) from the first days of the state up to our days. Tickets : 10 NIS - adults, 5 NIS -children. Address : 35 Eilat St., Tel-Aviv

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  • Jeddah Summer Festival

    Jiddah Off The Beaten Path

    Since year 2000 Jeddah started a new festival to attract local tourists from different parts of the kingdom. The festival encludes many attractions that starts with fireworks on the Corniche front,,Circus,,,Musical shows,,,kids theatre,,,and much more. This picture is taken from my house roof top when the firework started,,unfortunately my digital...

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