Reflections on Iraq

There’s lots to see in the land between two rivers.

Jordan: a desert rose

From Holy Land sites to Roman ruins and the Nabatean wonders of Petra, the country offers a wealth of fantastic sights for history buffs.

Cream of the crop: dates in Oman

Socially and economically, the date is the most important fruit crop in Oman.

Traditional treasures: handicrafts in Oman

With artisanal skills handed down from generation to generation, Oman is home to a wealth of handmade crafts.

Oman’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites

With infrastructure and trade routes dating back thousands of years, it comes as no surprise that Oman has claimed five inscriptions on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Step into history: the best archaeological sites in Iraq

This is a land where clay tablets, ziggurats and temple ruins shed light on life in ancient times.

Hidden amidst high-rises: a local’s guide to Dubai

As Dubai gears up to launch Expo 2020 on 1 October, Samia Qaiyum reveals a side of her birthplace often unseen by tourists – much to their detriment.

The real Garden of Eden: Oman’s Dhofar Mountains

A single valley on the edge of Arabia hides one of Oman’s most unexpected corners.

The kindness of strangers: a journey across Iraqi Kurdistan

An experience of the region, not as one of danger, but of friendly, hospitable people.

‘In the desert I could feel old wounds being healed’: an extract from Three Stripes South

In this extract from her book Three Stripes South, Bex Band describes how it felt to hike through the desert on the Israel National Trail, and recounts one especially tense moment.

Yearning for Yemen: a childhood memory

Kirsten Hamilton-Sturdy shares her fondest memories of spending her formative years in a divided country.

Holy sights, natural wonders and history aplenty: what not to miss in Israel

Israel may be small, but it is a veritable treasure trove of wonders.

Impressions of Socotra: a photo story

This UNESCO-listed Yemeni island certainly leaves a mark on those who visit.

Saving the Socotran mangroves: Ghubbah replantation plot

Freshwater biologist Dr Kay Van Damme shares his passion for this Socotran environmental project.

A land of resplendent variety: exploring the best of Oman

It might be a cliché, but there really is something for everybody.