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Dahab Full moon beach chairs Dahab, Egypt

Dahab is considered to be one of the Sinai's most treasured diving destinations with diving sites like the Blue Hole and The Canyon. This small, peaceful Bedouin fishing village is located approximately an hours drive north of Sharm El Sheikh International Airport.

 

 

_DSF6502a Living with Bedouins, Sinai Desert

Every year the annual Bedouin Camel Race takes place early January in the South Sinai. This race is the championship between all the best camels of the Sinai region. The night before the race the Bedouins have a meeting where they discuss the rules and how the race will take place. Early the next morning everyone gathers around the camels being prepared for the race (approx. 20km) through a valley deep inside the Sinai desert. The camels start racing with no warning, but that is when all the chaos starts. Everyone rushes back to their trucks or jeeps to race through the desert themselves in order to get to the finish line before the camels. Once the race is over, everyone seems to celebrate with gunfire.

 

 

Pyramid and Camel Cairo, Egypt

On the outskirts of Cairo, the capital city of Egypt and the biggest city in Africa, is the Giza plateau or Giza Necropolis (Pyramids of Giza), the oldest of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. The Nile also flows through Egypt which is the longest river in the world.

 

 

Dahab The Canyon 05 Scuba Dive, Dahab, Red Sea

Dahab is famous for it's dive sites like the Blue Hole and The Canyon. The Blue Hole, in the South Sinai desert, a few mile north of Dahab on the Red Sea Coast, is a submarine sinkhole about 130m deep. Because of the high number of fatalities, the Blue Hole is also know as the "World's Most Dangerous Dive Site" or "Diver's Cemetery".
The Canyon dive site is a fantastic dive site for cave and cavern fanatics.

 

 

Umayyad Mosque Damascus 02 Damascus, Syria

The City of Jasmine, Damascus, is the second largest city of Syria after Aleppo and is also the capital city of Syria. Damascus is also the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, first settled in the 2nd millennium BC. Until the arrival of the Aramaeans, Semitic people from Mesopotamia, in the 11th century BC, Damascus is not documented as an important city. At the threat of being demolished the Old City was placed by the World Monuments Fund on its 2008 Watch List of the 100 Most Endangered Sites in the world. In spite of the recommendations of the UNESCO World Heritage Centre, in October 2010, Global Heritage Fund named Damascus one of the 12 cultural heritage sites most "on the verge" of irreparable loss and destruction.

 

 

Petra Jordan 010 Petra, Jordan

Petra, meaning stone, is famous for its rock-cut architecture and water conduit system and has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1985. Established possibly as early as 312 BC, it lies on the slope of Mount Hor in a basin among the mountains, the valley running from the Dead Sea to the Gulf of Aqaba. Unknown to the Western world until 1812, It was described as "a rose-red city half as old as time". The Smithsonian Magazine chose Petra as one of the "28 Places to See Before You Die". According to Arab tradition, Petra is the spot where Moses struck a rock with his staff and water came forth. Petra is also featured in films such as Arabian Nights, Passion in the Desert, Mortal Combat, Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and famously Indiana jones and the Last Crusade.

 

 

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Bosra, Syria

Bosra in southern Syria, has an ancient history and was a prosperous provincial capital during the Roman era. Today it is major archaeological site and has been declared by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Bosra was the first Nabatean city in the 2nd century BC. This Nabatean Kingdom was conquered by Cornelius Palma in 106. The archaeological site contain many ruins from Roman, Byzantine and Muslim times. The main feature is the well preserved 2nd century Roman theatre, probably constructed under Trajan. It is the only monument of this type with its upper gallery in the form of a covered portico which has been integrally preserved.

 

 

Palmyra Syria 033 Palmyra, Syria

Palmyra was known as the Bride of the Desert and had long been a vital caravan stop for travellers crossing the Syrian desert. Palmyrans bore Aramaic names and worshiped a variety of deities from Mesopotamia, Syria, Arabia and Greece. Palmyra came under Roman control in the 1st century AD. During the reign of Tiberius (14-37 AD) Palmyra was made part of the Roman province of Syria. Septimia Zenobia took power of Palmyra on behalf of her son when Odaenathus was assassinated by his nephew Maconius. Zenobia rebelled against Roman authority and took over Bosra and lands as far as Egypt, establishing the Palmyrene Empire. In 272 the Roman Emperor Aurelian restored Roman control and Palmyra was besieged and sacked, never to recover her former glory.

 

Wadi Rum & Bedouin Horsemen 09 Wadi Rum and Bedouin Horsemen

Known as The Valley of the Moon, Wadi Rum is a valley cut into granite rock and sandstone. The largest wadi in Jordan, it's located 60km east of Aqaba in southern Jordan. A maze of monolithic rockscapes rise up from the desert to heights of 1,750m. It was described by T.E. Lawrence as "vast, echoing and God-like..." Wadi Rum has been inhabited by many cultures since prehistoric times including the Nabateans and is still today inhabited by the Zalabia Bedouins. Popular activities include camping under the stars, riding Arab horses, hiking and rock-climbing.

 

 

Saint Catherine's Monastery 01 Saint Catherine Monastery

Saint Catherine's Monastery, commonly known as Santa Katarina in Arabic, is an Orthodox monastery and is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This monastery is one of the oldest in the world, being build between 548 and 565. The full official name of the monastery is Sacred and Imperial Monastery of the God-Trodden Mount Sinai. The Monastery enclose the Chapel of the Burning Bush, the site where Moses is supposed to have seen the burning bush. According to the Hebrew Bible, Moses received the Ten Commandments from God on Mount Sinai.

 

Jerash Jordan 016 Jerash, Jordan

Jerash, considered one of the most important and best preserved Roman cities in the Middle East, is the site of the ruins of the Greco-Roman city of Gerasa. Excavations show that Jerash was inhabited during the Bronze Age, 3200 BC - 1200 BC. In AD 90, Jerash was absorbed into the Roman province of Arabia, which included the city of Philadelphia, modern day Amman. The Persian invasion in AD 614 caused the rapid decline of Jerash, but the city continued to flourish during the Umayyad Period. Large parts of Jerash was destroyed by a strong earthquake in 749 AD, while subsequent earthquakes and wars contributed to additional destruction.

 

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Amman, Jordan

Amman, the Capital city of Jordan, has been inhabited by several civilizations. The first culture on record is during the Pre-Pottery Neolithic B period, around 7250 BC, which makes it one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, along with Damascus. Amman is also ranked a Gamma global city on the World city index and it's a major tourist destination in the region and the capital is especially popular among Gulf tourists. The Ammonites called Amman Rabbath Ammon and is referred to as Rabbat Ammon in the Hebrew Bible. Later it was conquered by the Assyrians, the Persians and then the Macedonians. The Macedonian ruler of Egypt renamed Amman, Philadelphia until 106 AD when it came under Roman control and joined the Decapolis. It was destroyed by several earthquakes and natural disasters and remained a small village until the Circassian settlement in 1878. It all changed when Ottoman Sultan decided to build the Hejaz railway, linking Damascus and Medina.