Ramadan Dubai – What You Need to Know
May28

Ramadan Dubai – What You Need to Know

Ramadan Dubai – What You Need to Know Dubai is one of those bucket-list locations where everyone has to visit at least once in their lives – however, as I found out, the city is a far different place to be during Ramadan. When you think of Dubai, you think of a vibrant city with supercars whichever way you look and something going on at all times. However, that all changes during the Holy month of Ramadan, as the residents fall into a...

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A Shooting Star Over Baghdad
Feb17

A Shooting Star Over Baghdad

Tonight’s flight to Doha is a bit different than last night’s flight to Istanbul from Toronto. Nine out of ten passengers are men over the age of 50 and I’m one of five women. There is a lot of snoring happening compared to this morning’s cries of small children. The flight route from Istanbul to Doha is right over Baghdad and Kuwait – the Eastern side, over Iraq and Iran. Despite being an avid traveler, this thought...

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Flipping Off the Intensity Switch
May05

Flipping Off the Intensity Switch

On my first visit into New York City I instantly fell in love. I’d always blown through JFK with the quick connection, hurriedly moving on to other destinations. This time my itinerary gave me a full day and night layover so I caught the train into the crowded canyons of Manhattan — it’s actually very simple — to experience first-hand the things that make the material life full. The entertainment, nightlife, sights,...

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Inside Khufu’s Pyramid – Giza, Egypt
Apr30

Inside Khufu’s Pyramid – Giza, Egypt

Inside Khufu’s Pyramid in Giza The large opening just in front of me is the Robber’s Entrance, a hole dug by thieves into the north face of Khufu’s Pyramid. I give the guard my ticket and follow a gently sloping path to the narrow Ascending Passage. Into the Ascending Passage This one meter square tunnel into the Great Pyramid has been vastly improved since Pharaonic times. Today wooden slats line the slick granite floor...

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Getting Married for Iran
Jun22

Getting Married for Iran

Married for Iran Travel Travel Plans to Iran Let me start off by saying I never thought I would go to Iran. Or get married. So when my Iranian boyfriend, Hamid, first came home to our small Istanbul flat and told me he thought we should get married to go visit his family in Iran, my heart almost fell out of my ass. “Look, it’s simple. We get Islamic temporarily married and you don’t have to go through all the bull shit of booking a...

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Then and Now — Abu Simbel
Mar10

Then and Now — Abu Simbel

Now in Abu Simbel, Egypt The Temples of Ramesses Uncovered From Cairo, I catch the early morning flight to see for myself the temples built alongside the Nile at Abu Simbel. These are the ruins hewn into a mountainside to serve both as a tribute to Pharaoh Ramesses II, but also a warning to ancient armies advancing up the river that a powerful kingdom lie ahead. Although a bit of self-aggrandizing propaganda, the perception they give...

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Dubai Announced as Host City for Expo 2020

  First World Expo to be held in the MENASA region will attract 25 million visitors Winning Expo 2020 bid will “accelerate the growth of the tourism industry in Dubai, the UAE and the wider GCC region” November 27, 2013 (Dubai) – Hosting Expo 2020 will have a significant impact on the tourism industry of Dubai and the UAE, and provide a unique platform on which to communicate the remarkable story of a young city and nation –...

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Israel’s Largest Culture Festival
Jun18

Israel’s Largest Culture Festival

Israel’s Largest Culture Festival Festival to Feature Live Performances By Israeli and International Artists in Jerusalem Through June 22 The 52nd annual Israel Festival will showcase dance, music and theater performances by international and Israeli artists in Jerusalem, through June 22, 2013. Israel’s largest art and culture festival, the Israel Festival will showcase a diverse selection of performances in concert halls,...

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Emirates Will Fly Dubai to Los Angeles
Jun13

Emirates Will Fly Dubai to Los Angeles

A380 on Emirates’ Longest Distance Route to Los Angeles commences in December 2013 DUBAI, UAE –June 12, 2013 –Emirates, one of the world’s fastest growing airlines, today announced A380 service to Los Angeles (L.A.) starting on December 2nd, 2013; bringing Emirates award-winning service and the most fuel-efficient, quietest long-range aircraft to customers in the L.A. area. “Demand for our award-winning onboard service has...

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Train Station Turns Entertainment Hotspot in Jerusalem
Feb22

Train Station Turns Entertainment Hotspot in Jerusalem

JERUSALEM’S HISTORIC OTTOMAN-ERA TRAIN STATION TO REOPEN AS ENTERTAINMENT HOTSPOT THIS APRIL Jerusalem’s historic Ottoman-era train station will reopen as a major entertainment hotspot this April, boasting restaurants, art galleries and concert spaces. The 1.7-acre complex will include seven restaurants, four ice cream and coffee stands, an expansive art gallery, a farmers’ market and a 2,000-person concert space....

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