Middle East

Middle East

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4 Fascinating Underwater Archaeological Sites

Below the surface of our planet’s oceans, seas, and lakes, archaeologists look for clues about cultures that haven’t seen the light of day in years — and in many cases, in centuries or even...

All They Have Ever Known Is War

On the 14th of May, the U.S. embassy in Israel moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, coinciding with the 70th anniversary of Israel’s Independence, known as Nakba (which translates to “disaster’ or “catastrophe” in...
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Instagram Spotlight: Clara Ferrand (@clarafotomania)

We feature some of the brightest Instagram storytellers in the Passion Passport community through our Instagram Spotlight series. This week, Clara Ferrand (@clarafotomania) takes us to the locations that have inspired her landscape photos,...

A Guide to Nightlife in Amman

With its rich history and repertoire of cafés usually taking the limelight, Amman might not immediately strike travelers as a top destination for nightlife. However, since the turn of the century, the local culture...

How to Make the Most of Your Trip to the Dead Sea

Despite its name, which comes with connotations of darkness and mortality, the Dead Sea is quite a luxurious destination. At over 1,400 feet (427 meters) below sea level, its banks are the lowest point...

What to Do in Wadi Rum

Though Wadi Rum means “Sand Valley” in Arabic, the vast desert valley in southern Jordan is also known as “the Valley of the Moon.” These contrasting names capture the bizarre, yet beautiful nature of...

A Movie Buff’s Guide to Jordan

If you’re a movie buff, you’ve probably thought about visiting the studio lots and glorious boulevards of Hollywood to experience movie-making magic firsthand. But Tinseltown isn’t the only place movies are filmed. Directors with...
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Discovering Jordan with Videographer Oliver Simons

For videographer Oliver Simons, Jordan is a destination best visited with a camera and an open mind. From the sweeping vistas of Wadi Rum to the sandstone beauty of Petra, Oliver captured it during...

How Best to Experience Jordan’s Coffee Culture

Café culture is huge across the Middle East and North Africa, and Jordan is no exception. Friends, students, hipsters, travelers, and musicians gather in these establishments to socialize and pass the time. Though the...