Middle East

Bye-bye Dubai

28
Feb
2014
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Sunset in Dubai
Posted by: Michael | Categories: Moments

For the last 6 years Dubai (UAE) was my home. And it was the starting and end point of countless journeys through countries on different continents. Dubai was also the door to the – for me at that time unknown – Middle East. Now I know most of the countries and beside wonderful photos I took home so many positive memories.

The next MWTTL.com post will be written from Mexico, our new home going forward.

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Beach Bug

04
Jan
2014
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Volkswagen New Beetle on a Beach in Sharjah
Posted by: Michael | Categories: Moments

The “old” Beetle is without doubt the most loved car in the world. This is surely a surprising achievement concidering how this German car was born.

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Spider Men at Work

28
Jun
2013
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Spider Men at Work
Posted by: Michael | Categories: Moments

Spider men are incredible. They are super strong, are agile and do have the ability to cling to most surfaces. Their reaction is light-speed like when it comes to danger which enables them to combat their foes. Known to be loners, you rarely see them in groups. Well, I did. Several of them just opposite my home in Dubai (United Arab Emirates).

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I am walking

24
May
2013
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Walking in Dubai
Posted by: Michael | Categories: People

When I saw this gigantic man on a facade of a parking garage in Dubai (United Arab Emirates) I started humming:

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Tehran Grand Bazaar

12
Apr
2013
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Grand Bazaar
Posted by: Michael | Categories: Moments

The word “bazaar” has its roots in the Persian language, so it seems almost logical the that the world’s biggest market is the Grand Bazaar of Tehran (Iran). While being big, influential and full of history, buldings rarely exceed the age of 400 years, which makes it one of the newest in the Middle East.

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Touch the Sky in Dubai

09
Mar
2013
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Burj Khalifa in Dubai
Posted by: Michael | Categories: Moments

Construction started in September 2004 and images of its spectacular inauguration in January 2010 – at the hight of the global financial crisis – went around the world: The Burj Khalifa in Dubai (United Arab Emirates).

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On your marks, get set, go! Happy 2013.

30
Dec
2012
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Camel Race in Dubai
Posted by: Michael | Categories: Nature

No matter in which timezone you live, there are only few hours left until you can start the new year 2013.

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School Bus Yellow

27
Oct
2012
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School Bus in Riyadh
Posted by: Michael | Categories: Moments

School buses are not just yellow, they are “school bus yellow”. In 1939, the color was formulated especially for school buses in North America.

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On the Right Track

05
Sep
2012
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Offroading in Oman
Posted by: Michael | Categories: Moments

On the weekend I drove up the mountains of Musandam (Oman). Incredibly hot and steep roads which can only be mastered by a 4WD; turns like the one you see and you better don’t miss.

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Eid Mubarak

18
Aug
2012
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Sheikh Zayed Mosque (Abu Dhabi)
Posted by: Michael | Categories: Moments

In a few hours, Muslims around the world enjoy one of two major holidays: Eid al-Fitr – the celebration marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan. 

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5 Reasons why Riyadh is not Rio

17
Apr
2012
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Kingdom Tower in Riyadh
Posted by: Michael | Categories: Moments

You are looking at the Kingdom Tower in Riyadh (Saudi Arabia).

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A as in Ahmad

12
Feb
2012
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Ahmad in Petra (Jordan)
Posted by: Michael | Categories: People

Very often wonderful landscapes, touristic attractions, cultural highlights, exotic food or simply stunning beaches are the reason to travel. That’s before the journey starts.

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Little Gunmen in Lebanon

27
Jan
2012
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Kids with toy guns in Lebanon
Posted by: Michael | Categories: Moments

Maybe the public holiday was the reason, maybe not. When I arrived in Tripoli (Lebanon) it felt like every kid between the age of 4 and 14 was playing with a toy gun.

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Size Matters

13
Jan
2012
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Beach in Oman - Tilt shift effect
Posted by: Michael | Categories: Moments

I took the photo close to Khasab (Oman). Thanks to the tilt shift effect the world seems to shrink to a toy-like size.

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Happy New Year 2012

01
Jan
2012
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Happy New Year 2012
Posted by: Michael | Categories: Moments

Three, two, one – happy New Year 2012.

I happened to be in Abu Dhabi (UAE), among thousands of fans at the Coldplay concert during this unique moment of the year.

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Dazzling Dolphins

22
Dec
2011
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Dolphins in Oman
Posted by: Michael | Categories: Nature

About eight weeks back, I once again visited Oman with friends. This time, we toured the rocky part of the country called Musandam. Shipping through the fjords, sightings of dolphins is in principle nothing unusual.

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Bye-Bye Baghdad

16
Dec
2011
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Iraqi soldier in Baghdad
Posted by: Michael | Categories: Moments

After 8.5 years of war, the US military has formally marked the end of its combat operations in Iraq this week.

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Come and kiss me!

22
Nov
2011
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Close-up camel
Posted by: Michael | Categories: Nature

Forget Bentleys and private jets. When you live in the middle of the desert, what you need is a good camel.

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Two in ten thousand

12
Oct
2011
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Sea Turtle - Oman
Posted by: Michael | Categories: Nature

She is definitely exhausted. Still, after she has laid her eggs she hurries back to the ocean before the sun glimpses on the horizon. Maybe it’s pride that gives her all that energy.

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Cricket − at least every 3rd person on earth knows its rules

28
Sep
2011
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Cricket in Dubai
Posted by: Michael | Categories: Moments

No, cricket is not the most popular sport on earth. But almost. Actually only beaten by football (soccer). It’s obviously difficult to come up with accurate estimations, but there are for sure far more than 2 billion people around the globe calling themselves “cricket fans”.

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Lucky to see an Arabian Oryx

26
Sep
2011
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Arabian Oryx
Posted by: Michael | Categories: Nature

Close encounters with bigger animals are always exciting. Even more so if they happen surprisingly like when suddenly this Oryx was standing in front of me in the desert (United Arab Emirates).

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Undercover − in Yemen

21
Sep
2011
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Woman in Abaya
Posted by: Michael | Categories: Moments

I captured this moment through my lens in Yemen. Isn’t the cultural diversity of this world fascinating?  Maybe it is something unusual for you, but women wearing the abaya are a common sight in in many parts of the Arab world.

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Put your feet up in the air

16
Sep
2011
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Flight Show - Dubai/UAE
Posted by: Michael | Categories: Moments

After watching a flight show in Dubai (United Arab Emirates) earlier this year, I read a bit about the aviation’s history: Flying like a bird was probably always a desire of human kind.

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