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The Elephant Rock

Don’t miss seeing this Elephant Rock when you’re in Madain Saleh or Al Ula in Saudi Arabia. Last weekend, some of us went camping for two nights at Al Ula. Yes, I know what you are thinking – it’s hot and it’s a freakin’ desert! Well, you’re wrong! There are

St Catherine Monastery – The Oldest in the World?

St Catherine Monastery is the oldest Christian monastery in the world that is continuously inhabited. It’s a living fortification and silent witness to 17 centuries of history that only few people know about. It is surrounded by rugged mountains and incredible landscapes where you can live and be at peace

View of Cairo Skyline from Hilton Ramesis Hotel

My stay at Hilton Rameses Hotel in Cairo wasn’t really planned at all. I had to stay in the city one more night while waiting for my employer’s decision on what to do with my expired visa. It’s a long story that will bore you to death. When I arrived

From Downtown Cairo to the Pyramids by Public Transport

From downtown Cairo to the Pyramids by public transport is an easy trip if you don’t mind the crowd and the heat. From Tahrir Square to the gate in front of the Sphinx, it took me less than an hour—and that’s because I had already figured out how to navigate

Another White Beach Island in Saudi Arabia

Last Tuesday, my colleagues and I went to a white beach island here in Saudi Arabia. It was just a brief visit because we were picked up from our apartment at a quarter before 5 in the afternoon. When we arrived at the docking area, the local navy collected the

A Look Inside the Egyptian Museum in Cairo

For history fans, getting inside the Egyptian Museum in Cairo is a dream. It is filled with intriguing and exciting collections that would blow your mind away. The artifacts aren’t just there to give us a glimpse of the ancient Egyptian civilization;; they’re there to remind us of the vast wealth

Cairo Skyline from The Citadel

The view of Cairo skyline from The Citadel isn’t really the best one you could get but it’s good enough to see the city from this elevated point. From here, sprawling Old Cairo dominates the skyline that’s covered in pollution. Tall buildings are far and away, except for the skinny,

This is a Tiny White Beach Island in Saudi Arabia

White Beach Island in Saudi Arabia? Yep, they have islands, too! Saudi Arabia isn’t known for its tourism that it is almost non-existent. The country doesn’t offer a tourist visa. The tourists you see around are those who are already working there and have either a working or a business

View of the Pyramids from The Citadel in Cairo

Do you know that you can see Egypt’s Great Pyramids from The Citadel in Cairo? Except for those who have been there, not many people know that the Great Pyramids of Egypt are just outside Cairo., and it’s a town called Giza and is accessible by public transport, too. Before

Karnak Temple – The World’s Largest Open-Air Museum

Karnak Temple in Luxor is both an interesting and photogenic archaeological site. There are so many things to discover here, and in fact, I saw a few people in the area still digging and brushing important stones/relics that could help them understand further the history of the country. This is a

Review – Bob Marley Hostel in Luxor

Bob Marley Hostel in Luxor adores the King of Reggae. It is manifested in its decorative themes throughout the building. And of course, a portrait of the singer and his words are on the walls, too. You can’t expect reggae music blasting inside here, but the television is 24 hours

Hatshepsut Temple – Scene of the Crime in 1997

Hatshepsut Temple in Luxor is the scene of the murder crime in November 1997 when terrorists killed 62 people (most of them tourists). The temple is one of the ancient monuments that spread across the ancient capital in the southeastern part of Egypt. Nowadays, it’s one of the most-visited tourist

Photos: Sunrise at Mt Sinai

To experience watching the sunrise at Mt Sinai is one of those moments you’d never forget in the longest time. The arduous hike that started at 2 in the morning and ended at the summit at 5, just before sunrise, was totally worth it – despite not being dressed for a

The Mosaics at Wafi Mall

The mosaics at Wafi Mall is one thing that caught my eye. I wasn’t even supposed to be there, but the tour bus that would bring us to the desert for the sunset tour picked us up from here. There’s no doubt that Wafi Mall is the Little Egypt in

View from the Top of Burj Khalifa

The view from the top of Burj Khalifa in Dubai shows the fast-growing pace of wherever the city is heading to. Since The Burj is the tallest building in the world, the other skyscrapers you see when you’re overland look nothing but skinny matchsticks from above. It is amazing to see

Photos: Dubai Marina at Night

Dubai Marina has the world’s longest row/block of skyscrapers. And when this area in Dubai is completely finished, it will beat California’s Marina del Ray as the largest artificial marina in the world. And that’s an additional world record for Dubai, obsessed with breaking world records. As a manufactured artificial
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