Category archives: Living

After Tomorrow | The Modern Bedouin

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Toufic Beyhum and Carl Gough spent two months living with the Bedouin of Petra, Jordan. They stayed in the village, interviewing and filming everyone they could for the documentary entitled ‘After Tomorrow’. The Bedouin used to live in the caves within the ancient city of Petra until they were relocated by the government into a nearby purpose- built village [...]

A Woman's Journey

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How far would you go for someone you love? A typical response would be that the sky is the limit. For a certain group of women, however, reaching the sky is merely one of the ways of expressing their love. Last May, a fellowship of ten Saudi women climbed to the cotton cloud surrounded Mount Everest Base Camp in an attempt to raise awareness about a topic th[...]

Etched into Stone

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Serving as a backdrop to David Lean’s Lawrence of Arabia, Wadi Rum is one of Jordan’s most famous tourist destinations and has been inhabited by different cultures since prehistoric times. In 2014, the wadi will play host to a new resort. Etched into the natural landscape, the Wadi Rum Resort is the culmination of Florida-based architecture firm Oppenheim’s[...]

Reaching the Top with Farouq Alzouman

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11:30 am, May 26th 1953, denotes the first successful ascent of Mount Everest, by Sir Edmund Hillary of New Zealand and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay of Nepal. After reaching the highest peak in the world, the two climbers buried some sweets and a small cross before descending. Since that historic day, many more climbers have broken records reaching the summit of M[...]

Spa It Away with Yibreen

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These days it’s all about the fast life; drive-throughs, coffee to go, jetting in and out barely catching your breath… it all gets so tiring sometimes that you just want to toss those pesky paper coffee cups aside (we’re not crazy, the heat still penetrates through the cup sleeves).  Luxury is all about slowing it all down a notch, or halt it all together. [...]

Bait Al Quran

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The stoic building is a block of sand-colored stone, carved intricately with Arabic lettering and veiled with a coat of swirling dust against the backdrop of a desert sun. The sound of the athan and that of children reciting verses of the Quran, leads to the doors of Beit Al Quran. It is hard to comprehend how the Gulf region of Arabia is saturated with tran[...]

Discovering Taif with Photographer Mohsen Al Dajani

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Oasis interviews photographer Mohsen al-Dajani about photography and his new book on Taif. Why did you decide to become a photographer? Well, I may surprise you with my answer. For me, being a photographer is second nature. I was raised as a Bedouin. I slept under the open sky; I woke up to sunlight striking my eyes; I walked on sand dunes everyday; I esca[...]

Scuba Diving in Saudi Arabia

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The Kingdom is ranked amongst the best diving spots in the world, yes one of the BEST. With more than 1,900 km of coast along the Red Sea and just under 800 km on the Persian Gulf, Saudi Arabia is home to some of the world’s most spectacular diversities. It is also the last untouched tropical coral reef in the world. The Red Sea has a diverse ecosystem, whi[...]

Shaikh Ebrahim bin Mohammed Al Khalifa Center for Culture & Research

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On January 12, 2002, the Bahraini cultural scene was taken to new heights with the opening of Shaikh Ebrahim bin Mohammed Al-Khalifa Center for Culture and Research. A fusion of modern and traditional architecture, the beautiful building is set on the land of the original majlis of Shaikh Ebrahim bin Mohammed Al Khalifa in Muharraq. The center’s mission -- t[...]

Farasan Island

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Thousands of years ago, when the ice age was coming to an end, many geological upheavals came to place; such as the one that caused the Red Sea to deposit salt domes to push up against existing coral reefs creating the Farasan Bank. Let’s break this down slowly so no one gets confused; the Farasan Bank is a shoal 100 kilometers wide and 800 kilometers down t[...]