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No matter where you are staying in the UAE, you can't leave without visiting the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi. The mosque, the third-largest in the world, is the final resting place of Sheikh Zayed, the nation's founder. Even on the...
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West Corniche Road - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
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Some experienced travelers wouldn't consider a hotel a "sight," but the Emirates Palace is a full-blown spectacle. This luxurious spot, which is owned by the government, opened in 2006 to the cost of roughly $6 billion! You'll notice marble and...
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6 King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud St - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
Shoppers, restaurant connoisseurs, travelers, and cultural enthusiasts will find the impressively designed Madinat Jumeirah a treat for all their passions. This area, once the residence of pearl divers, fishermen, and traders, is now home to many...
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Jumeirah Beach Road, Jumeirah 2 - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
In 2000, the Burj al Arab—a sail-shaped, all-suite skyscraper hotel built on an artificial island—put Dubai on the map as an over-the-top travel destination and became a landmark. Even today, the Burj al Arab sets the bar for outsized...
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Jumeirah Beach - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
Jumeirah Beach in Dubai, UAE is usually very popular with expats and travelers wanting to soak up the nearly year-round sunny skies. One weekday, I was sitting alone on the beach along the shores of Dubai, just contemplating life while everyone...
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Gate # 8,Gate Village - Al Sa'ada St - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
Dubai is a city of extremes: from the world’s tallest building to a fully indoor ski resort, this is a city for thrill-seekers. And what could be more thrilling than learning how to hang suspended from flimsy pieces of fabric, high above the...
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Jordan
A couple days after seeing the Pyramids we came to Petra and were completely blown away. The walk through the canyon only builds up the excitement and then the Treasury appears immediately in front of you. The Pyramids might have been one of the...
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Wadi Musa, Nawafleh Av., Wadi Musa, Jordan
Once an ancient village, now the perfect hotel to stay while visiting Petra—
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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 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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Khasab Coastal Rd, Khasab 811, Oman
Oman is an amazing country, off the radar for most travelers and tourists. The Musandam Peninsula is separated from the rest of Oman by the United Arab Emirates. The peninsula lies across from Iran on the Strait of Hormuz in the Persian (Arabian)...
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The Nomadic Desert Camp in the Wahiba Sands was the highlight of our trip in Oman. This was a peaceful and authentic place, where we spent a memorable day and night of camping. The host and his family embody the well-known Omani hospitality. This...
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Oman
From this point on, I was going where no vehicles can go – I had to rely on my feet – and occasionally my hands. But little did I know that what I really had to rely upon was my mind to get me through the next hiking days along the Oman coast....
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Sultan Qaboos St, ولاية بوشر، Oman
Proportions can be deceiving in a mosque that is littered with superlatives – largest, biggest, most, prettiest are common words you hear when researching the mosque that was completed in 2001. The mosque’s total capacity is 20,000...
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Al Bairat, Luxor, Luxor Governorate, Egypt
Without the crowds busling through, we have access to compose some phenomenal shots and take advantage of the perfect light. Here, at Medinet Habu, Temple of Ramses III, we captured the detailed reliefs and vibrant color remaining on the columns...
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Al Haram, Nazlet El-Semman, Al Haram, Giza Governorate, Egypt

Traveling with mom to a destination that many tend to shy from. We had an incredible journey traveling throughout Egypt and cruising down the nile.

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Aswan Governorate, Egypt
Traveling from Alexandria to Abu Simbel gives you an astonishing sense of Egypt and it's ancient treasures. Pyramids, tombs, and heiroglyphics are set on a burning hot backdrop of smoggy cities, tour busses, and one salesman after the next...
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Luxor City, Luxor, Luxor Governorate, Egypt
The ancient temple ruins at Karnak in Luxor, Egypt, are the second most popular tourist attraction in Egypt after the Pyramids at Giza and the Sphinx. Karnak was built starting more than 4,000 years ago and was constructed, destroyed, and...