November 2009

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Intro

Not having been to the Middle East since 2001, it was definitely time to visit family in Jordan and Syria again.  I revisited some sights like Petra and Damascus’ Old Town, but also saw new places like Aqaba, Wadi Rum and the newer areas of Amman + Damascus.

I swung by Dubai again to see the unbelievable changes it went through in 8 years, and also visited the five remaining Emirates I had yet to see — Sharjah, Ajman, Umm al-Quwain, Ras al-Khaimah and Fujairah — worlds apart from their brothers Dubai + Abu Dhabi.  A stopover in Cairo allowed me to see the awe-inspiring Great Pyramids again, 10 years later.

Finally, extraordinary Yemen takes the prize for the most exotic and memorable experience, ranking for me as one of the most beautiful countries I’ve ever seen, with centuries-old traditions seemingly intact and without influence from the outside world;  its capital, Sana’a, with its magical pink sand-colored buildings trimmed in bright white, being the ‘icing on the cake’!



Journey Map

    LocationArrivalDeparture
    1Dubai, DubaiNovember 13, 2009November 15, 2009
    2Damascus, SyriaNovember 15, 2009November 18, 2009
    3Amman, JordanNovember 18, 2009November 19, 2009
    4Aqaba, JordanNovember 19, 2009November 19, 2009
    5Wadi Rum, JordanNovember 19, 2009November 19, 2009
    6Petra, JordanNovember 19, 2009November 19, 2009
    7Amman, JordanNovember 19, 2009November 21, 2009
    8Cairo, EgyptNovember 21, 2009November 21, 2009
    9Giza, EgyptNovember 21, 2009November 21, 2009
    10Sana'a, YemenNovember 21, 2009November 23, 2009
    11Seiyun, YemenNovember 23, 2009November 23, 2009
    12Tarim, YemenNovember 23, 2009November 23, 2009
    13Shibam, YemenNovember 23, 2009November 23, 2009
    14Seiyun, YemenNovember 23, 2009November 24, 2009
    15Al-Mashhad, YemenNovember 24, 2009November 24, 2009
    16Al-Hajrain, YemenNovember 24, 2009November 24, 2009
    17Budhah, YemenNovember 24, 2009November 24, 2009
    18Al-Khoraibeh, YemenNovember 24, 2009November 24, 2009
    19Seiyun, YemenNovember 24, 2009November 25, 2009
    20Sana'a, YemenNovember 25, 2009November 25, 2009
    21Shibam, YemenNovember 25, 2009November 25, 2009
    22Kaukaban, YemenNovember 25, 2009November 25, 2009
    23Thila, YemenNovember 25, 2009November 25, 2009
    24Sana'a, YemenNovember 25, 2009November 26, 2009
    25Dubai, DubaiNovember 26, 2009November 27, 2009
    26Sharjah, SharjahNovember 27, 2009November 27, 2009
    27Dubai, DubaiNovember 27, 2009November 28, 2009
    28Ajman, AjmanNovember 28, 2009November 28, 2009
    29Umm Al Quwain, Umm Al QuwainNovember 28, 2009November 28, 2009
    30Ras Al-Khaimah, Ras Al-KhaimahNovember 28, 2009November 28, 2009
    31Al Badiyah, FujairahNovember 28, 2009November 28, 2009
    32Khor Fakkan, SharjahNovember 28, 2009November 28, 2009
    33Fujairah, FujairahNovember 28, 2009November 28, 2009
    34Al Dhaid, SharjahNovember 28, 2009November 28, 2009
    35Dubai, DubaiNovember 28, 2009November 29, 2009

    Featured Image

    Umayyad Mosque, Damascus, Syria

    One of the most important sights in all of Syria, the Umayyad Mosque is also one of the oldest, largest, and holiest mosques in the world — containing significant treasures of Islamic art and architecture. A treasure itself, Damascus’ Old City claims fame as the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world. Adding even more to the city’s allure (for me!), our family’s centuries-old courtyard home is just a short walk away.

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