Middle East

Getting the Shot: Burj Al-Arab

The iconic Burj al-Arab hotel can be seen for miles, but it can be difficult to photograph without obstruction. The areas surrounding the hotel are owned by high-end hotels who reserve their beach access guests only. Here’s an insider’s tip for accessing one of the best views of the sail-shaped hotel.

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How to Survive Dubai on a Budget

Despite its reputation as the Money Mecca of the Middle East, Dubai doesn’t have to be a scary destination for the budget-minded traveler. Here are a few tips to help you survive Dubai on a budget.

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A Tourist Guide for Visiting Petra

The ruined city of Petra is one of the marvels of the ancient world. Described by the poet John William Burgon as “the Rose-red City, half as old as time,” Petra is a place that will captivate even the most hardened traveler, and one of those places you will never forget.

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Ten Favorite World Cities

Often times people ask us about our most favorite cities that we’ve visited. Believe it or not, coming up with only ten is much more difficult that you might think. In the end, our choices are primarily guided by how each of these cities make us feel.

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The Best Roman Ruins You’ve Never Heard Of

In northern Jordan, about 30 miles (48 km) north of the capital of Amman, is Jerash, home to the best Roman ruins you've never heard of. When one talks about Roman ruins, it's only natural to think of them being predominately in Italy, the center of the Roman Empire....

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The Castles of Jordan

If I were to ask you to think of castles, what kind of locations appear in your mind. England? France? Germany? Probably not Jordan. But Jordan is one of those magical places filled with all kinds of (relatively unknown) wonders to be explored. And believe it or not,...

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Amman: The Ugly and The Beautiful

I recently discovered a list on ucityguides.com of the 10 Ugliest Cities in the World.  Amman, Jordan, made the list.  As one might imagine, having Amman listed as one of the World's ugliest cities has generated quite a bit of controversy amongst my Jordanian friends...

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