Category archives: Wanderlust

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[...]