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5 Jun, 2007, 10:48
Iran’s call to prayer seems louder in Yazd  
Manfred Elian

The provincial town of Yazd proves less relaxing than expected to Manfred Elian, as he tries to doze next to one of Iran’s loudest muezzins.

21 Jan, 2007, 19:06
Greetings from Hizbollah country  
David Brown

Between bombs, David Brown strolls from Israel to Lebanon. In the Middle East’s most cosmopolitan society he finds plenty of signs of war but also a determination to survive.

8 Dec, 2006, 10:45
Saudi Arabia: a 1980’s insight  
Glenn Standish

This expat’s view of the Kingdom in the ’80’s by Glenn Standish shows there’s no copy too old for the pages of Travelmag! Still, we don’t get much from this part of the world so here it is.. 

26 Mar, 2006, 10:19
Finding Hurghada’s Red Sea soul  
David Kingsley

While most visitors concentrate on suntans and dive-sites, David Kingsley finds a whole new dimension to Egypt’s top beach resort.

26 Mar, 2006, 10:13
A time of tension in Israel’s election  
Jack Shenker

Palestine’s future hangs in the balance as Israel goes to the polls. Jack Shenker reports from the prime flashpoint of the Middle East.

19 Dec, 2005, 09:07
Depressed by Dubai  
Gareth Platt

The economic miracle that has transformed the United Arab Emirate of Dubai strikes a hollow chord with Gareth Platt, who finds little to love about an oasis of bling.

19 Dec, 2005, 07:51
An invite too far in modern Marrakesh  
Barbara Foster

Morocco in Ramadan and American Barbara Foster finds herself watching a holiday friendship slide into financial exploitation – and as darkness falls on the Marrakesh suburbs it looks, for a moment, as if there’s worse to come.

9 Nov, 2005, 20:28
Syria, a land older than history  
Habeeb Salloum

Syria’s ancient deserts and scarcely more youthful ruins enthrall Habeeb Salloum as he tours the country and discovers the ancient tomb of Mari.

7 Oct, 2005, 01:11
Taking tea in the Sinai  
Rose Aslan

Rose Aslan leaves Cairo to hike amongst Egypt’s mountain Bedouin and slows her pace to match a very different way of life.

15 Sep, 2005, 21:17
Wake up before Egypt gets crowded  
David Charles

Egypt’s greatest sites don’t have to be crowded, finds David Charles. Visit before the tour groups arrive and you can have the ruins of the Pharoahs all to yourself.

11 Sep, 2005, 19:49
A trading guide to Nile life  
Joseph Khouri

For every tourist at Egypt’s greatest sights you’ll find several determined traders. But Joseph Khouri finds this is all part of the Egyptian experience.

20 Aug, 2005, 21:07
Kristen Alff

In Egypt’s deepest Western Desert, hard by the Libyan border, Siwa is an oasis like no other, finds Kristen Alff in a hardship posting with a few surprises.

2 Jul, 2005, 12:05
Egypt without tears  
Faiz Kermani

Though Cairo’s traffic gives him something of a shock, Faiz Kermani finds the secrets of the Pharoahs come to life when he takes to the Nile in a traditional felucca.

23 Jun, 2005, 13:04
Chasing Moses in the dark  
J Lustre

Hiking to St Catherine’s Monastery is a highlight attraction of Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, but it’s far from easy. J Lustre power-walks to the summit to watch dawn break over a Biblical landscape.

23 Jun, 2005, 10:28
Thrilled by Thesiger  
Derek O'Reilly

Derek O’Reilly is a Wilfred Thesiger fan, and follows his progress from Saudi Arabia’s ‘Empty Quarter’ to his Samburu home in north Kenya. 

15 Jun, 2005, 14:56
Syria’s role in the birth of civilisation  
Habeeb Salloum

The Western alphabet wasn’t forged in Egypt or Greece, but at Ugarit (now called Ras Shamra) in Syria. Thirty years after his first visit Habeeb Salloum finds that tablets and temples are still being dug from the desert, with new insights into an ancient world. 

13 May, 2005, 14:13
Doha dreams (of becoming Dubai)  
Arya Kazemi

Latest wannabe travel hub in the Middle East is Doha, of which I, at least, knew nothing. Fortunately Arya Kazemi is onhand to describe Qatar’s up-and-coming capital.

4 Feb, 2005, 20:44
Isfahan Forever!  
Sara Revell

Sara Revell finds there’s plenty to write home about from Iran’s most beautiful city.

26 Aug, 2004, 10:16
Salam from Iran!  
Flora Fahr

Flying in to Teheran to see her family, Flora Fahr experiences Iran from the inside, and finds the dancing easier to love than the traffic.

20 Aug, 2004, 19:52
Desert Days  
Isabella Pett

Isabella Pett travels across the Sinai, guided by the stars and Bedouin companions.

27 Jun, 2004, 09:52
A Tourist in Jerusalem  
Ted Shaffrey

It helps, when touring Jerusalem, to be religious if not deranged. Ted Shaffrey tries to make sense of a pivotal place where world cultures collide.

2 Jun, 2004, 09:26
Glamour and Glitz on the Gulf  
Jessica P. Hayden

The booming desert Emirate of Dubai offers a glimpse, perhaps, of the way ahead for Iraq, says a hopeful Jessica Hayden.

27 Apr, 2004, 10:38
Dive-Boats of the Desert  
Denni Schnapp

Though known as ‘Ships of the Desert’, even camels break a sweat carrying Denni Schnapp and all her dive gear to an Egyptian coral reef.

14 Apr, 2004, 19:50
Ahmed and Mohammed  
Iain Morris

Travelling through northern Syria, Iain Morris amiably overqualified shopkeepers, ancient Hittite ruins and the occasional, inevitable cup of tea. His attempts to introduce British cuisine, however, prove a cultural step too far.

5 Apr, 2004, 08:53
The Steamy Side of Syria  
Irwin Loy

Irwin Loy finds one particular travel book adds a whole new dimension to his experience of Syria.

9 Mar, 2004, 16:51
Syria’s Sensitive Souls  
Iain Morris

Iain Morris finds a warm welcome in Aleppo, Syria’s historic heartland. Actually, at times, too warm…

28 Feb, 2004, 16:08
A Paraoh Stole My Wallet  
Lim Chiew Sen

When his wallet goes missing on a train out of Luxor, Lim Chiew Sen thinks that all is lost. But he’s reckoning without the ingenuity and honesty of the modern Egyptians.

9 Sep, 2003, 15:34
The Middle East by Bike  
Bevan Fletcher

Most people would shy away from cycling through the Middle East in turbulent times. Bevan Fletcher flies the flag for intrepid travellers as he pedals a meandering route through Egypt, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon.

5 Nov, 2002, 01:44
Taking Time Out in Turkey  
Mark Abelson

Mark Abelson travels to the far reaches of Turkey and finds unexpected depths in America’s firmest Muslim ally.

2 Jul, 2002, 09:00
Same-Sex and the City  
Rick Barr

It’s not Hard to be Gayin Istanbul, says Rick Barr, whatever the warnings. He test-drives the city that likes to say perhaps.

9 Apr, 2002, 09:00
High Camp in Arabia  
Jessica Burnstone

The world’s highest (or should that be most over-the-top?) hotel seduces Jessica Burnstone from her normal restrained taste.

7 Apr, 2002, 09:00
A Battlefield in Bayram  
David Cox

Turkey hunkers down for the festival of Bayram, and even the trenches of Gallipoli are eerily deserted. David Cox finds he likes having the place to himself.

3 May, 2001, 09:00
Never Trust a Monk  
Nicholas Jubber

Don’t Trust a Priest s the lesson learned by Nicholas Jubber when he sets off to rediscover the Dead Sea Scrolls. He has a bit of trouble with taxi-drivers, too.

31 Jan, 2001, 09:00
Torture Time in Turkey  
Greg Salow

Greg Salow gets flattened in a Turkish bath. What worries me is how much he likes it…

31 Jan, 2001, 09:00
Taking in Turkey  
Jonathan Lamb

Jonathan Lamb’s site-by-site tour of Rome’s ancient ruins in Asia makes me want to book a flight now.

31 Jan, 2001, 09:00
Wadi Rum – by Camel  
Belkis Kambach

Saddle up your Camel to look round Wadi Rum. Belkis Kambach gets a quick fix of desert in Jordan’s Bedouin backlands.

31 Jan, 2001, 09:00
In Tozeur  
Arin Greenwood

Jewish Arin Grenwood travels to inland Tunisia and finds germophobe Germans, Arafat employees and a man called Mohammed. Guess who asks her home for dinner.

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