Oman is a paradise both for those who dream of beaches, sun and sea, and for those looking for history and cultural experiences.
Crammed between mountains and the sea, the capital of Oman, Muscat, is an old-fashioned slice of Arabia.
Unlike many cities in the Gulf, Muscat offers plenty of history.
Strewn for miles across a rocky coastline, the city of Muscat is divided into distinct suburbs. Most people live and work in the busy area around Ruwi, a few miles inland, which features new roads, shopping centers and mosques. [click to continue…]
Jaffa port is picturesque, charming and full of antique atmosphere of past days and smell of the beautiful mediterranean sea. But that was not the case some years ago. The ancient port city of Jaffa at the southern edge of modern Tel Aviv was considered a state of disrepair.
But that has all change now.
Go and explore Jaffa’s historic winding streets and eat at an authentic hummus joint, try Abu Hassan, 1 Dolphin Street, to get the real local feel. On a nice day, take a stroll down the boardwalk and visit the Jaffa clock tower, the artist quarters, the flea market, and enjoy the breeze at the beautiful port. [click to continue…]
The history of Petra is fascinating and the sights are really stunning. Much of Petra’s appeal comes from its spectacular setting deep inside a narrow desert gorge.
Inhabited since prehistoric times, this Nabataean caravan-city, situated between the Red Sea and the Dead Sea, was an important crossroads between Arabia, Egypt and Syria-Phoenicia. Petra is half-built, half-carved into the rock, and is surrounded by mountains riddled with passages and gorges.
It´s one of the world’s most famous archaeological sites, where ancient Eastern traditions blend with Hellenistic architecture. [click to continue…]
It’s so impossibly glamorous, Beirut, the people are so cosmopolitan and the nightlife is so sophisticated.
But, oh God, the food! It’s the food of your dreams, the essence of all Middle Eastern cuisine, made from only the freshest ingredients, beautifully presented, and served in the kind of abundance that suggests it might be your last meal on earth. [click to continue…]
The worlds largest Guggenheim museum is under construction on Saadiyat Island in Abu dhabi.
And guess who the architect is – Frank Gehry! The museum will be completed in 2014 but before that a Louvre museum will be completed in 2013 and will include art from all areas and regions, including Islamic art. The French are not happy about this with critics charging that the French government is “selling” out it´s museum. The price tag is a cool US$ 520 million…..and in exchange for art Abu Dhabi will have to pay an additional US$ 520 million. [click to continue…]
Abu Dhabi and it´s surroundings are not all about dessert. There are some fine wildlife to be discovered as well.
At the island of Bu Tinah, off the coast of Abu Dhabi there are the world’s healthiest population of dugongs – gentle dolphin-like ‘sea cows’ that graze on sea grass – as well as uniquely hardy coral reefs that survive nowhere else on planet Earth.
There are many things in Dubai that you easily say ”WOW” about – the heat for example. In the summer the temperature can reach whopping 50C but some places like the Dubai Mall has stretches outside where ice-cold air is blasted out on the street.
Here are some other things with ”WOW” factor.
Dubai Mall - the worlds largest shopping arcade. It covers ten acres and boasts a dozen ‘malls within a mall’, but for many the mall’s most attractive feature is the magical ice-skating rink with its larger than life Olympic-size proportions. There is also an Aquarium & Underwater Zoo with one of the largest tanks in the world and featuring the world´s largets viewing panel. Dubai Aquarium has more than 33,000 living animals, representing more than 85 species including over 400 sharks and rays combined. [click to continue…]