Mosaic of the Middle East

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By Shima

“Middle East, Mideast or Near East is the area around the south and eastern Mediterranean Sea, both sides of Red Sea and areas across the Gulf; from Iran to Morocco and Sudan to Turkey.” This is one of the definitions of Middle East region which is home to ancient civilisations such as Phoenicia, Babylon, Egypt and Persia. The region is also the birthplace of Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

This all-important region has had continuous economic and political turmoil during the current century. While the culture, thoughts and beliefs of the people are covered behind the clouds of conflict and hardship, the eyes are capturing the beauty and magnificence of this part of earth, a part that had been the cradle of civilisations. Let’s catch a glimpse of this magnificent place captured through the lens of photographers.

Nasir al-Molk Mosque, Shiraz, Iran. Photo -Marjana Zefran/travel.nationalgeographic.com
Umayyad Mosque, Damascus, Syria. Photo -Teo Jioshvili/travel.nationalgeographic.com
Hajj, Mecca, Saudi Arabia . Photo -Nassif Ahmed/travel.nationalgeographic.com
Al-Ula, Saudi Arabia. Photo – Jon Eric Lauritzen/travel.nationalgeographic.com
Nile River, Luxor, Egypt. Photo -Bruno Bengen/travel.nationalgeographic.com
Petra, Jordan. Photo – Herve Fucho/travel.nationalgeographic.com
Pigeons’ Rock, Beirut, Lebanon. Photo -Wael Massalkhi/travel.nationalgeographic.com
Horse, Giza, Egypt. Photo -Romona Robbins/travel.nationalgeographic.com
Empty Quarter Desert, Saudi Arabia. Photo -Muhannad Abu Ghdaib/travel.nationalgeographic.com
Noravank Monastery, Armenia. Photo -Andrew Brukhovetskyy/travel.nationalgeographic.com
Dome of the Rock, Jerusalem. Photo -Ilan Zimet/travel.nationalgeographic.com
Abu Manara Mosque, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Photo – Benjamin Thomas/travel.nationalgeographic.com
Wadi Rum, Jordan. Photo -Sheryl Akagi/travel.nationalgeographic.com
Zayed Mosque, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Photo – Nawfal Jirjees/travel.nationalgeographic.com
Temple of Hercules, Amman, Jordan. Photo – Danielle Courtenay/travel.nationalgeographic.com
Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Photo -Moriazi Mohamad/travel.nationalgeographic.com
Hagia Sophia, Istanbul, Turkey. Photo -Dogu Uygar Unay/travel.nationalgeographic.com
Luxor Temple, Egypt. Photo -Sandy Alexander/travel.nationalgeographic.com
Treasury at Petra, Jordan. Photo -Or Hiltch/travel.nationalgeographic.com
Koran, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Photo -by Maurizio Punturi/travel.nationalgeographic.com
Mural, Kurdistan, Iraq . Photo -Christopher De Bruyn/travel.nationalgeographic.com
Sema Ceremony, Istanbul, Turkey. Photo -Gokhan Canbaz/travel.nationalgeographic.com
Bride, Yemen . Photo -Punam Bean/travel.nationalgeographic.com
Dancer, Egypt. Photo -Marcus DiMaggio/travel.nationalgeographic.com

 

 

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