Posts Tagged with "Middle East"

10 things you may not know about Ramadan

Friday, September 9, 2011

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10 things you may not know about Ramadan

A few words from me… Before you start reading any further, I would like to emphasis that I don’t see myself as any kind of expert on religious matters, especially not about Islam. I decided to write this post only because my first experience with Ramadan was quite surprising and I thought some of you […]

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Clothes & Clichés

Friday, August 26, 2011

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Clothes & Clichés

Even though a lot of women from Syria and other Arab countries, when in public, cover themselves using traditional attire (hijabs, burqas or chadors), it’s certainly not a rule in all situations of their daily life. And here’s the proof for that, we found one day, out in the open, while walking through the Souk […]

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Mar Musa monastery –
an unforgettable experience

Monday, July 4, 2011

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Mar Musa monastery – <br> an unforgettable experience

Until the end of our time in Syria, we weren’t entirely sure whether or not we wanted to visit Mar Musa monastery. Reading about it sure encouraged us to consider at least a short visit for a few hours, however given the weather conditions and the seemingly tough climb up a mountain to get there […]

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Photos: Common Man of Syria

Saturday, June 25, 2011

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Photos: Common Man of Syria

Our trip to Syria this March was completed right on the brink of the start of the protests in the country. During our last few days in Damascus, we witnessed what looked like peaceful rallies both pro and anti government around the old city and around the Souk al Hamadeiya. It was only a day […]

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5 ways to enjoy Dubai on a Budget

Sunday, June 12, 2011

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5 ways to enjoy Dubai on a Budget

I earlier wrote a post about how Dubai isn’t designed for budget travelers, however on the odd transit flight via here you might find yourself thinking: Heck why not see what the hype is all about! and staying for a day or two. And if you do choose to do so, don’t let my cynicism […]

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Syria – a Culinary Delight!

Friday, April 8, 2011

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Syria – a Culinary Delight!

There’s more to Middle Eastern cuisine (of which I’m a big fan) than just shawarmas and hummus. Though there are overlaps, each country in the region often has its own version or twist to a dish and sometimes even completely unique signature ones make their way to the menu. Syrian cuisine has a lot in […]

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Jordan in Pictures

Friday, April 1, 2011

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Jordan in Pictures

Our trip to Jordan was so much more than what we’ve been able to articulate here. As pictures speak a thousand words, here are ours to tell you more.    

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Ma’a Salameh (Goodbye) Jordan.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

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Ma’a Salameh (Goodbye) Jordan.

Our 2 week trip to Jordan was for us, in many ways, the first real experience with a middle-eastern country. (In case you’re wondering how that’s so, since I’ve been living in Dubai since much before that – I’d say Dubai’s hardly truly middle-eastern in nature except in its location). Jordan had such a positive […]

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What you should know before your first trip to Dubai

Sunday, February 27, 2011

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What you should know before your first trip to Dubai

For travellers (notice I used the word travelers not tourists and with good reason too) who come to Dubai looking to immerse themselves in a cultural experience, visit the old souks and spice bazaars and travel back in time to a quintessential middle eastern era, to them I’d say – just forget about it. Even […]

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