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10 Cool Things About the Middle East

30 Jun
There’s no doubt the Middle East certainly has its share of instability, but life resumes as normal and there is so much more than meets the eye.  The Cradle of Civilisation is how it’s referred, and rightfully so.  Every part of this region dates back to the beginning of man and the result is today’s richness in culture, passion and kinship.  Definitely not for the close-minded, its contrasting beauty, hospitality and ever-present sunshine will make you succumb to the notion that this part of the world is like anywhere else.  Set the stereotypes aside as you plan your next holiday and venture out to one of many Middle Eastern locales.  To get you going, listed are ten awesome things about the Middle East.

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A Pilgrimage in Petra

2 Mar

The historical site where, according to the Nabataeans, a sanctuary was built in honor of King Obodas I called the Al-Deir (or Monastery) in Petra, Jordan, has been a religious pilgrimage for travellers for years.  The en-Nejr mountain in which the Monastery rests atop is a challenge in itself to reach as it is about a mile walk outside the small town of Ma’an in a dry, desert heat so intense it makes a sauna seem cold.  But once you arrive, the overwhelming sensation of being in another era surrounds you as you come face to face with one of the new Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.  The “Lost City of Petra” (or “Rose-Red City” as some like to call), at the foot of the en-Nejr mountain is home to hundreds of half-built, half-carved rose hued rock temples, tombs, religious monuments and the popular el-Kazneh (or Pharaoh’s Treasury), where Indiana Jones once had his last crusade.

 

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