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Posts Tagged ‘Middle East’

When Planning a Nile Cruise in Egypt, Think About Your Eco-friendly Options

  • 5 July 2013

There are many ways to cruise the Nile in Egypt and around 200 pleasure vessels operate on the famous river at any one time. Among these are traditional wooden sailboats like feluccas and the slightly larger dahabeahs. Offering quieter and more serene trips, these non-motorised vessels are also kinder to the environment.

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Sustainable Design and Adapting Tourism Architecture in Jordan and Morocco

  • Michael Soncina
  • 18 April 2013

While attending this year’s Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism Conference (ESTC), attendees were fortunate enough to listen to a fantastic panel discussion led by Muna Haddad, from the Baraka Consulting Agency, on conducting tourism in a crisis situation. She gave interesting examples of realities and perceptions of life in her home country of Jordan, and how communication channels like social media disrupt reality and create illusions that can have an enormous effect on a destination.

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Microfinance Tourism: How to Turn Travel Cash into Microcredits

  • Cynthia Ord
  • 21 January 2013

What is poverty? To Mohammad Yunus, the Bangladeshi father of microfinance and Nobel Peace Prize laureate, poverty is the lack of control over capital. His answer to poverty is to harness the entrepreneurial spirit of the poor through low-interest microloans, mostly to women. Today, anyone can join the microfinance movement and offer capital to the poor through crowdfunding sites like the Geotourism Development Foundation or Kiva. Travellers can now also connect with borrowers in person through innovative microfinance tours.

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The Lure of the Open Road: Tom Allen’s ‘Janapar’

  • Ethan Gelber
  • 30 November 2012

‘Janapar’, which is the Armenian word for journey, is the story of Tom Allen’s bicycle travels across three and a half years, 12,000 mapless miles and 32 countries. It is “an honest and life-affirming tale of finding what you’re looking for when you least expect it.” Including love. It is about the lure of the open road: something to live by and to be inspired by.

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Connecting with Locals Through Food in Jordan

  • Abigail King
  • 14 November 2012

Food in Jordan overflows with the flavours and colours of the Middle East. Served in large dishes and designed to be shared, its success lies in using ever-so-fresh and finely chopped vegetables, lashings of sesame-style tahini and plenty upon plenty of honey. Don’t limit yourself to the tourist taverns, though. Sign up for a cooking class at Beit Sitti, a grandmother’s kitchen in a real Jordanian home.

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Explore Jerusalem Like a Local

  • Roy K.
  • 18 July 2012

Jerusalem is the kind of historic city with so many landmarks that it is easy to have your itinerary written for you before you even set foot within the city limits. To truly bring the contemporary city of Jerusalem to life, however, it helps to dig a little deeper and uncover some local gems. Jerusalem is much more than just a history museum and the crossroads of religion. It is also a modern metropolis.

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Photo of the Week: The View From Mount Sinai, Dahab, Egypt

  • Eric Monkaba (Photo) Gunyah (Text)
  • 6 May 2012

Standing on top of Mt. Sinai, a trekking guide looks over the St. Katherine’s Protectorate, situated about a two hours’ drive from Dahab, Egypt. He is a member of the Jabaelya tribe, one of the seven tribes of the South Sinai region. This unique tribe is a mixture of Arab and Eastern European blood, descending from the soldiers of Emperor Justinian, who he brought to guard the Monastery of St. Katherine.

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Explore Oman with a Responsible Local Travel Leader

  • Laurel Angrist
  • 30 November 2011

Through Green Path Transfers, Elite Travel & Tourism looks forward to expanding the reach of its taxi and transport business to responsible travellers from all over the globe. “In a developing country like Oman, we have worked hard to bring professionalism and safety to this market,” explains Will Plummer, Business Director at Elite Travel & Tourism. “We believe that with our friendly staff we are ideally place to be the first introduction to those visiting Oman and reassure people of what a fantastic country it is to visit.”

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Where and How to Help Marine Turtles in the Mediterranean Region

  • Samantha Libby
  • 10 October 2011

When it’s summer, the tourist migration to the Mediterranean’s famed beaches is at its height. However, there’s an older guest who has lived here for the past 95 million years and needs our help: the marine turtle. Saving the marine turtle just may be one of the few things the international community can agree on these days, especially steps taken toward turtle conservation through tourism.

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In Motion: Local Transport from Around the World

  • WHL Group
  • 5 October 2011

We believe that the different forms of local transport are unique qualities of a place that, when experienced, are a vital part of a local travel experience. To know a place is to get around it the way local people do: cramming yourself into a chicken bus in South America, throwing caution to the wind in a tuk-tuk in Southeast Asia or boarding a ferry in Africa. We’re sure you will find these rides to be a brilliant bonding experience with locals.

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