This is a region that includes some of the richest and poorest places in the world, as well as some of its most extraordinary sights (dating back to ancient times), cultures, ecotourism, beaches, and more. 

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Kumzar, Oman's spectacular 'Norway of Arabia'

  Hidden among the wild fjords of northern Oman, between the mountains and the sea in a quiet bay, sits the small village of Kumzar. This is the country's northernmost frontier, but Kumzar has a distinct atmosphere from the rest of Oman. In fact, its glorious isolation – the village is accessible only by an hour-long speedboat ride or a 2.5-hour trip on a sailing dhow from the nearest city, Khasab – has led Kumzar to develop a language and culture all of its own.read post  

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Tunisia cited in 'Using Astrology to Plan Travel this Holiday Season'

fshok.com Still vibrant and popular today, the five-thousand-year-old art of astrology can identify, say, business and romantic opportunities or challenges. And those celestial bodies slinking about the stars can also help pinpoint optimal times and places for travel. And since destinations have their own astro-charts -- which interact with yours -- astrology can even serve as a kind of spiritual travel agent. It can tell you, for example, about places likely to be harmonious or challenging…

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The most spectacular mountains of Afghanistan

Though this beautiful country has again just fallen back into the clutches of the radical Islamist Taliban - with the likely collapse of the modest tourism which developed over the past 20 years - it's worth noting that Afghanistan's highlights have included cultural tourism, fascinating historical sites, and a staggeringly beautiful landscape, especially when it comes to mountains. In the east and northeast, the imposing Hindu Kush range offer find everything your mountaineering heart desires:…

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Hope in Lebanon that expats/domestic tourism can help save the economy this summer

Both the pandemic and the current economic crisis have gutted hospitality along with other businesses in Lebanon But as pandemic restrictions are being eased, the businesses that survived hope the dollars spent by visiting Lebanese expats and an increase in domestic tourism can get the wheels of the economy moving again. https://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Mired-in-crises-Lebanon-hopes-summer-arrivals-16293567.php

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