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Things to Do in Nizwa, Oman

Nizwa, Oman is a quintessential Middle Eastern town that makes for a compelling destination on account of its history, culture and ingenious relationship with nature.  The erstwhile capital of Oman in the 6th and 7th...

Where to Send Beirut Explosion Relief

In the middle of the afternoon local time on Tuesday, life all over Beirut, Lebanon was interrupted in a flash that reached screens around the world in no time. The immense explosion of materials...
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Danger Zone: A Palestinian Perspective on Safety in America

I’ve solo traveled to over two dozen countries and been to over 50. I’ve camped in deserts, been lost at sea, and hitchhiked across countries. Every one of those experiences paled in comparison to...
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A First Timer’s Abu Dhabi Travel Guide

While Dubai often gets a lot of buzz for its continuous growth, Abu Dhabi, its fellow member of the United Arab Emirates, stands tall in its own right. If you're thinking about a one-of-a-kind...
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A Deal with the Devil Is Better than No Deal at All: A Jewish...

As I went down in the river to pray/Studying about that good old way/And who shall wear the robe and crown/Good Lord, show me the way The last time I was at a church service,...
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A Woman’s Guide to Jordan

Despite being surrounded by countries in conflict, Jordan has maintained relative peace, making it quite safe to travel. That said, it's important to be mindful of local customs, culture, and the adjacent conflict. Female-identifying...
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Connecting Through Soccer in Qatar

Think of the shirt sponsors you see in soccer: for the biggest teams, it’s almost always an airline, telecommunications company, a bank, or maybe a car company. These are all industries that have the...
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Doha: A Destination All Its Own

When Hamad International Airport opened in 2014, it was a statement of intention from Qatar to the world about Doha's emerging position within the framework of international travel. It didn’t take long for the...
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The Third Pole Thaw: The Climate Crisis You’ve Never Heard Of

When we talk about climate change, we tend to focus on rising sea levels, extreme temperatures, abnormal weather, and melting glaciers at the poles. Mostly, we hear warnings about the threats facing island systems...

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