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Doha, Qatar
Qataris don't do small or insignificant. What you see here are actual sailing vessels, floating on water INSIDE the museum. This particular exhibition features the work of Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang: Saraab (until May 26th, 2012).
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Doha, Qatar
The official map of Katara Cultural Village in Doha, Qatar, describes the building in the photo as a Pigeon Tower, although I saw only doves. Katara has many remarkable structures, including the Golden Mosque; an outdoor amphitheatre, recently...
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Al Souq, Doha, Qatar
Souq Waqif is one of the top tourist destinations in Doha and one of the most traditional markets in the region. A hundred years ago, this was the place where the Bedouins traded livestock, spices and general goods, but now, the old souq has been...
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Doha, Qatar
This Museum is a must do while visiting Doha. It has one of the finest collections of Islamic art from Spain across North Africa, From Persia to Sinai. Plus its a great way to stay cool in such a brutally hot place.
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Doha, Qatar
The cafe serves healthy and delicious french style food fused with middle eastern flair. I may not be a purist, but fusion food to me is the epitome of creativeness and experimentation. It’s what cooking is all about. Their meals are the reason I...
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Tehran, تهران Ferdowsi Avenue 198 11316، 91144, Iran
Iran may be one of the most misunderstood countries in the world. While this ancient civilization—and the region as a whole—is undeniably going through a period of turmoil and change, the sensationalist newspaper headlines and...
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Isfahan Province, Isfahan, Vank Church Alley, Iran
You might be surprised to find a Christian church in Iran. But I learned that several Christian enclaves exist peacefully inside the Islamic Republic of Iran. The Vank Cathedral in the Jolfa Armenian quarter of Isfahan is a gorgeous fusion of...
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Shiraz, Fars Province, Iran
In a country full of gorgeous mosques, one of the most delightful is this small one in Shiraz, Nasir-al-Molk. Its size doesn’t diminish its splendor. With richly woven carpets made and donated by members of the mosque, some of whom spent years...
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Persepolis, Iran
Walking through the ancient city gate, I was already giddy with the atmosphere of the ruins, such a tangible touch of the past. The Persian empire was one of the greatest empires of antiquity and the longest lasting, with its succession of...