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Qatar, the Past and Future of Arab

April 20, 2009  

Qatar, the Past and Future of Arab

When people think of Qatar, oil is the first thing that comes to mind. Like its Gulf State peers, Qatar has seen a remarkable transformation from sleepy backwater emirate to a vibrant regional power thanks to its recently discovered oil and natural gas deposits. Its population has doubled in the past ten years alone, and it is the world’s second richest nation (when measuring GDP per capita). The government has been using this large influx of foreign investment and... [Read more of this review]

Wadi Rum, a Magical Arabian Desert

April 8, 2009  

Wadi Rum, a Magical Arabian Desert

Like how one would imagine the magical Arabic deserts to be, Wadi Rum gives you that spine-tingling sense of Middle Eastern beauty you’d least expect. A pride of Jordan, this wild desert is a playground for anyone seeking adventure and a tinge of Arabian culture. This unique desert is situated in the southern tip of the wealthy Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. Famous for its ancient monument of Petra and the Dead Sea, Jordan boasts of many natural wonders among which,... [Read more of this review]

Mesmerizing Turkey

February 18, 2009  

Mesmerizing Turkey

To many foreigners, Turkey is synonymous with beautiful carpeted hallways of grandiose halls, with mesmerizing carvings and handcrafted decorations adorning the walls. It brings to mind the tale of a storyteller princess who fascinated her tyrannic monarch with her tales, night after night, for the whole a thousand and one nights. With Turkey’s expansive space and its varied tourist attractions, you would be similarly fascinated with this welcoming country. In no time,... [Read more of this review]

Riyadh – Three Side Trips Not to be Missed

February 5, 2009  

Riyadh – Three Side Trips Not to be Missed

The land of a thousand and one fables and fantasies, impenetrable Saudi Arabia has long intrigued the world. As the country begins to relax its visa rules to welcome visitors, Unearthing Asia shares with you here three tastings of the middle east. Each of these side trip journeys are easily reachable from Riyadh, its capital city, and are a definite travel destinations for adventurous traveler. The Asir Mountains. Photo credit - rassam.abha The Asir Mountains This hilly... [Read more of this review]

Magical Tashkent

January 19, 2009  

Magical Tashkent

“Tashkent,” I whispered. An exotic, soulful name that conjured images of magical kingdoms filled with Genies, flying carpets and architecture that blends with the sand. I expected a great caravanserai city in the midst of the scorching desert sun with sprawling bazaars, slender minarets and serpentine desert caravans. I was pleasantly surprised however, to find Tashkent a modern, cosmopolitan city with an impressive infrastructure and various luxury hotels and shops.... [Read more of this review]

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