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Saqqara Pyramids in the City of the Dead

The Saqqara Pyramids in the City of the Dead are the burial grounds of Memphis, Egypt’s ancient capital. This place is also known and spelled as Sakkara or Saccara. Unlike the Great Pyramids of Giza, the ones you see here are smaller but older than the former. Off-the-beaten track While tourists

Inside the Church of St George in Cairo

The Church of St George in Cairo is built above an old Roman Tower. Thus, visitors have to climb a flight of stairs to reach the round church. Under the impressive dome is, of course, a great place of worship for Coptic Christians in Cairo. It is believed that the

The Grand Al Mursi Mosque

The grand Al Mursi Mosque in Alexandria is devoted to a great Sufi Saint Abul Abbas al-Mursi. In fact, his body is laid here. This is a very historical mosque where both males and females can go in and worship but separately. I wasn’t planning to visit this place but

Montaza Palace Gardens – A Beautiful Refuge from the Heat

Montaza Palace Gardens is your beautiful refuge from the heat in Alexandria. Though it can be chilly in winter, it is still an ideal place to watch the Mediterranean sunset. A walk in this huge park should be relaxing, while admiring the well-tended gardens. You’ll never run out of shades

Mediterranean Sunset in Alexandria

Mediterranean sunset in Alexandria is, oh boy, breathtaking. While I was in Alexandria last month, a local couchsurfer (Thanks, Abdulazziz!) brought me to Montaza Palace Gardens. This park is huge and there were only few people when we were there. Its lush green, well-manicured gardens are good for an afternoon walk

Photos: Inside the Red Pyramid in Cairo

Going inside the Red Pyramid in Cairo is an experience worth doing. It might be hard for those who have fear of closed spaces but you’d never regret it. You’ll reach the bosom of the Pyramid in your own time and emerge victorious. For some people, there’s “nothing to see there” but

Bahrain Skyline at Night

Last weekend, a colleague and I went to Manama to renew our working visa from another Gulf country. I’ve been to Bahrain 4 times already and I stayed 3-4 nights in each visit. There’s nothing much to do in Bahrain, really. You can even explore the whole country in half

I Wore Flip Flops Climbing Mountains in Al Ula

Yes, that’s right. I wore flip flops climbing mountains in Al Ula. They’re not your ordinary mountains but rocky mountains which can be dangerous when you step on imbalanced rocks. I didn’t bring my shoes because no one told me we were gonna climb mountains. It was supposed to be just

The Most Beautiful Starbucks in the World

A friend (whom I’ve never seen in ages) and I went to Ibn Battuta Mall in Dubai with one purpose – to see, try and experience what it’s like sitting in the most beautiful Starbucks in the world. Well, apparently. It’s not just gorgeous but it’s grand and magnificent! The

Is Al Ula the Grand Canyon of Saudi Arabia?

Is Al Ula the Grand Canyon of Saudi Arabia? From above, it looks like one but not completely like it. The panoramic views of sandstones and rock formations are breathtakingly stunning as the sun goes down. But going up there is quite interesting – you’ll pass through a steep, zigzag

The Mud Brick Houses of the Old Town of Al Ula

The old town of Al Ula is both historical and biblical. In Biblical Times, Al Ula was called “Dedan.” It is mentioned in Isaiah 21:13 as a home trade base of Arab caravans. Today, the old town of Al Ula is a ghost town. No one lives there anymore but there’s

The Lion Tombs Carved in the Rock Mountains

They are called Lion Tombs carved in the rocky mountains. Don’t get it wrong – there are definitely no dead lions buried inside. The lions are literally carved on the side of one of the Al Khuraiba Tombs. These small tombs are walking distance from a discovered old kingdom called

Camping in Al Ula

Going camping in Al Ula? Here’s our experience. It was a long drive from our town to Al Ula and to Madain Saleh. But it was a fun weekend hanging out with colleagues in our three colleges. We went sightseeing, watched the sunsets, admired Al Ula’s panorama from the summit,
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