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  • 9 reasons you shouldn’t overlook Western Iran

    9 reasons you shouldn’t overlook Western Iran

    August 28th, 2017Marco Ferrarese
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    Iran is no longer the scary and inaccessible place it is often made out to be. True, relations with the US are taut and the visa process for UK citizens travelling to Iran is long and complicated. But with the introduction of visas on arrival for most Europeans and Australians, travellers are starting to trickle to... Read more »

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  • Rediscovering Jordan: why the time to go is now

    Rediscovering Jordan: why the time to go is now

    June 22nd, 2017Sarah Reid
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    It’s one of the world’s top adventure destinations yet, in recent years, tourists have been eschewing Jordan due to widespread unease about travelling in the region. But while the country has struggled to maintain its reputation as a safe oasis in more dangerous surrounds, it is still ranked by the World Economic Forum as one of the safer... Read more »

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  • 6 things every family must do in Dubai

    6 things every family must do in Dubai

    June 15th, 2017Keith Drew
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    Dubai is the most spectacular playground on Earth. The desire to make everything bigger and brighter and better has created a city of superlatives – and for wide-eyed children and their even wider-eyed parents, it’s a destination that’s hard to beat. But unless you’re here for a month and have the budget of an Emirati... Read more »

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  • Burj Khalifa: is the world’s tallest building worth the hype?

    Burj Khalifa: is the world’s tallest building worth the hype?

    January 31st, 2017Lottie Gross
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    One of Dubai’s main attractions and currently the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa draws in hundreds of people daily to marvel at the views from its dizzying observation deck. But does it live up to the hype? Here’s everything you need to know before you plan a visit. The Burj by numbers As the... Read more »

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  • Oman: a first-timer’s guide

    Oman: a first-timer’s guide

    December 13th, 2016Andy Turner
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    Poised between the glitzy excess of the Emirates and the rigid conservatism of Saudi Arabia, Oman provides a winning introduction to the Middle East. Politically stable, and packing in a huge range of landscapes from rugged desert and turtle-nesting beaches to misty green mountains, you’ll find off-road adventures, winter sun and old-fashioned Arabian hospitality. Andy Turner introduces what... Read more »

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  • The other Emirate: an introduction to Ras Al Khaimah

    The other Emirate: an introduction to Ras Al Khaimah

    December 2nd, 2016Lottie Gross
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    Mention Ras Al Khaimah to your friends and the response is likely to be along the lines of “Ras Al What?”. Most visitors travelling to the UAE head for hedonistic hubs like Dubai and Abu Dhabi; few have heard of the country’s fourth-largest Emirate. In 2017, the Ras Al Khaimah tourism authority are on an... Read more »

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  • Away from the skyscrapers: how to find the “other” Dubai

    Away from the skyscrapers: how to find the “other” Dubai

    November 22nd, 2016Lottie Gross
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    It’s big, brash and lays claim to so many world records it might even have the world record for the number of world records. But beyond the superlatives, skyscrapers and inexplicably squeaky-clean streets, there’s far more to Dubai than meets the eye. On its surface, the city looks like an ultra-modern adults’ adventure playground with... Read more »

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  • 12 of the most beautiful places in the Middle East

    12 of the most beautiful places in the Middle East

    November 16th, 2016Gavin Thomas
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    The Middle East is a paradox. Located at the cultural crossroads between east and west, the region nowadays tends to make headlines for all the wrong reasons, but also served as one of the major cradles of human civilization and birthplace of the world’s three great monotheisms. Myriad stunning mementoes of the region’s cosmopolitan and... Read more »

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  • Middle Eastern majesty: 17 beautiful pictures of Jordan

    Middle Eastern majesty: 17 beautiful pictures of Jordan

    October 31st, 2016Rough Guides Editors
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    We chose Jordan as one of the top destinations to visit in 2016, and after looking at these stunning photographs from Picfair‘s best photographers, you’ll understand why. From the wonders of the ancient city of Petra to the barren desert and vast Dead Sea, it’s a beautiful country to explore. Here are 17 stunning pictures to inspire your... Read more »

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  • A day-by-day itinerary for a perfect weekend in Dubai

    A day-by-day itinerary for a perfect weekend in Dubai

    September 15th, 2016Rough Guides Editors
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    Dubai is a city like no other. One of the world’s fastest-growing metropolises, it has been transformed from a small Gulf trading centre into a glamorous and futuristic destination. Astonishing developments like the Burj Khalifa (the world’s tallest building) and Palm Jumeirah (the world’s largest artificial island) are just a few of the impressive attractions. Not sure where to start? Our... Read more »

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  • Travel writing competition: win the trip of a lifetime & become a Rough Guides writer

    Travel writing competition: win the trip of a lifetime & become a Rough Guides writer

    March 21st, 2016Rough Guides Editors
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    *This competition is now closed* Always wanted to be a travel writer? Well you’re in luck. Last year we ran our travel writing competition and the winner, Steph Dyson, has become one of our regular contributors. This year, we’re opening it up again to seek out the best untapped travel writing talent. Enter the competition... Read more »

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  • 10 reasons to visit Muscat, Oman

    10 reasons to visit Muscat, Oman

    January 21st, 2016Anita Isalska
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    Compared to flashy Emirati neighbours like Dubai and Abu Dhabi, the capital of Oman is a breath of fresh, sea air. Muscat is famous for dazzling souks and superb seafood, but its terrain brings the biggest thrills. This port city on the Gulf of Oman is backed by the arid Hajar mountains, meaning you can... Read more »

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