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Why Dubai Should be on Your Bucket List

What comes to mind when the City of Dubai is mentioned? Is it the sweeping views of high-rises? Is it the world record titles (the tallest, the biggest, the largest) attached to its name? Or is it the immense wealth the city is known for, as evident in extravagant shopping

Lebanon: 10 Things to See in Beirut

A popular moniker associated with Beirut truly depicts what it is. Although hit by a civil war for more than 14 years, “The Paris of the Middle East” has still got restaurants and pubs popping out every day, luxury hotels with luxury pools tending to foreigners, and traditional souks flooded

8 Things to do in Kuwait

Sandwiched between Iraq and Saudi Arabia, my experience with Kuwait, a tiny Arab country, is nothing spectacular. That’s mainly because aside from being so expensive, public transport around the city is almost non-existent. Taxis? Duh, they’ll rip you off, especially tourists. Uber and other car sharing business? Nada. It can

10 Things to do in Bahrain

Riches are the first thing that comes to everyone’s mind when most people think of the Arab world. However, I’d like to add here that besides all of its oil reserves, luxury hotels, glittering gold, and everything expensive, I found Bahrain rich in culture, too. Wandering through the following 8

The Fireworks at Yanbu Flower Festival

Here are the photos of the fireworks at Yanbu Flower Festival! Saudi Arabia might be the least country you would expect to have a flower show, but yeah, they have one! Yanbu Flower Festival is on from March 1 – April 7, 2018. Saudi Arabia isn’t really famous for its

Must-see: Inside Al Amin Mosque in Beirut

While I was in Beirut, I had the chance to go inside Al Amin Mosque. The locals call it as Blue Mosque, simply because of its blue dome that sits on top of it. Mohammad Al Amin is not an ancient mosque. Compared to the Blue Mosque in Turkey, in

I Love Beirut

A lot of cities around the world are joining the fad of installing “I Love …” signs. We have that, too, in my city – Toronto. These signs are usually placed in downtown area or where locals congregate. Or in touristy neighbourhoods. Beirut, of course, has one. Its “I Love

This is What Lebanese Cuisine Looks Like

Below are photos of Lebanese cuisine / food I ate while in Beirut for three nights. These are all the dinner food we had for iftar. This is not a regular meal for dinner but it’s a food feast (aka, food porn). Imagine three adults and a child gorging on

Beirut Pigeon Rocks – Guardians of the GalaxSea?

“You’ve never been to Beirut if you don’t have a photo of yourself at Pigeon Rocks.” Those were the words of a friend who offered to host me at her house. I can’t blame her. If you google  Beirut or Lebanon photos, Pigeon Rocks never fail to show up. Try

The Hanging Church in Cairo – Virgin Mary Appeared Here

You might have heard of the “Hanging Gardens of Babylon” but you’ve never heard of the Hanging Church in Cairo. The former was one of the 7 Wonders of the World, while the latter was once the seat of the papacy of the Orthodox Church. This tiny church is known

Citadel of Qaitbay – A Mediterranean Fort With A View

Do you know that the Citadel of Qaitbay stands on the site where the famous Lighthouse of Alexandria once was?  That lighthouse wasn’t just an ordinary structure to beacon seafarers but it’s one of the Wonders of the Ancient World. The tower was also the tallest structure in the world

The Modern Library of Alexandria

The modern Library of Alexandria doesn’t really live up to its prestige in ancient times – when it comes to rare collections. There’s one surviving scroll from its ancient library in a city once ruled by Cleopatra and Alexander the Great. However, its architecture is brilliant, bold, modern and wonderfully

The Roman Amphitheater After the Upgrade

It’s no surprise if there’s a Roman amphitheater in the middle of Alexandria. It’s a city which was conquered, ruled and heavily influenced by Rome. The ruins were discovered during the excavation to lay the foundations of a government building. In fact, right next to the ruins is a heavily-guarded military

Alexandria National Museum Was a Disappointment

Alexandria is an ancient city and as any tourist would expect, its National Museum should be filled with great things. But, I was disappointed. While the objects were labeled properly, the museum is dead. Like a necropolis. I think it has something to do with the kind of too much
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