5 reasons to visit Petra

Known as the “Lost City”, the “Pink City” and even the “Rose Red City”, Petra is a stunningly beautiful ancient city and UNESCO world heritage site nestled into the desert canyons of southern Jordan. The dusty pink rock facade and magical surrounding desert landscapes are famous for being among the Seven Wonders of the world. If … Continue reading 5 reasons to visit Petra

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Socotra: Conflict and climate threaten Yemen’s “alien” island paradise

Famous for its bizarre natural life and dramatic scenery, the Yemeni island of Socotra is an almost other-worldly paradise in the Indian Ocean. But this isolated UNESCO World Heritage Site is under threat from extreme weather and a bloody conflict encroaching on its peaceful way of life. (image: Juan Herrero) Nicknamed ‘the Galapagos of the … Continue reading Socotra: Conflict and climate threaten Yemen’s “alien” island paradise

From rocks to agriculture – the ingenuity of the Omani Aflaj system

By Tone Delin Indrelid I can’t help but wonder what it must have been like in an inland Omani village, before tourists and resident expats arrived on weekend day trips, before all the comforts and amenities of modern society were available. At a time where some seem to think we can simply take whatever we … Continue reading From rocks to agriculture – the ingenuity of the Omani Aflaj system

Misfat Al Abriyeen: A peaceful oasis in Oman’s Hajar Mountains

Nestled in the foothills of Oman’s Hajar mountain range overlooking a steep valley is the village of Misfat Al Abriyeen. 1,000 meters above sea level, this tiny, traditional village built into the rocky mountain is an agricultural sweet spot and a lush oasis of calm in a region characterised by hot, dry desert. It’s truly … Continue reading Misfat Al Abriyeen: A peaceful oasis in Oman’s Hajar Mountains

Feynan Ecolodge: Setting the standard for ecotourism in the Middle East

On World Environment Day, we're celebrating the positive impact Jordan's Feynan Ecolodge is having on the environment and the local community. Hidden away in the wadis and canyons of the Dana Biosphere Reserve lies one of Jordan’s best-kept secrets. Blazing the trail for ecotourism in the Middle East, Feynan Ecolodge is an environmentally friendly hotel … Continue reading Feynan Ecolodge: Setting the standard for ecotourism in the Middle East

Why the Middle East’s next great security threat will come from the environment

It’s no surprise the Middle East and North Africa are among the hottest regions on earth, but what many don’t realise is that rising temperatures and resource shortages caused by climate change could soon make the deserts of Arabia totally uninhabitable. According to scientists, the entire MENA region is susceptible to some of the severest … Continue reading Why the Middle East’s next great security threat will come from the environment

6 photos showcasing the stunning natural beauty of the Middle East & North Africa

Happy World Environment Day! To celebrate, today we’re sharing these 6 photos that showcase the incredible natural beauty and geographical diversity of the Middle East & North Africa. 1. The Sahara desert, Morocco The Sahara Desert is the largest hot desert in the world with an area of 9.2 million square kilometres - comparable to … Continue reading 6 photos showcasing the stunning natural beauty of the Middle East & North Africa

The Daymaniyats: Arabian island paradise

With its sprawling deserts of burnt orange sand, towering rocky mountain ranges and pristine white beaches, Oman is becoming a top pick for travellers from around the world thanks to its dramatic scenery and seemingly endless sunshine. Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque in Muscat, Oman (image: Travel and Leisure) The Daymaniyat Islands Nature Reserve, located just … Continue reading The Daymaniyats: Arabian island paradise