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Sun May 21, 2006 10:58 pm

You know, with the amount of ignorance I see on these forums everyday, I truly believe we need a thread like this to show the cities of the Middle East, and the culture of it - enjoy, there is a lot to look at. A lot of the pics are from a website I stumbled upon which is great as it has loads on development and projects in the Mideast...

I will begin with Beirut... the city is probably the most beautiful place in the Middle East, yet it is also the one which has the worst reputation due to the civil war. Here is Beirut today:

http://skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=345044&page=1&pp=20
This thread is perfect in showing Beirut as it shows not only the downtown area, but many areas of it. The thread also shows how diverse opinions are in the Middle East. Read the thread, as it has a Lebanese person and a Khaleeji (a person from the Arabian Gulf) arguing about women.

Aqaba, Jordan:
Huge redevelopment project going on here, here are some pics:
http://www.baidas.net/public/images/aq02.JPG
http://www.baidas.net/public/images/aq03.JPG
http://www.baidas.net/public/images/aq04.JPG

Amman, Jordan:
Just two large projects in Amman. A lot of investment is finally pouring into Jordan, a poor country in comparison to other Arab states:
http://www.abdali.jo/
http://skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=347975

Doha, Qatar:
Ah, there is so much going on where I live...
Al Waab City: http://www.alwaabcity.com/
The Pearl: http://www.thepearlqatar.com/
Current projects in Doha: http://skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=300894&page=1
Satellite image of Doha: http://skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=347725&page=1
2006 Asian Games developments:
http://skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=241755&page=1 (most of these are ready)
There are also some old pics in this thread: http://www.airliners.net/discussions/non_aviation/read.main/838605

Dubai, UAE:
http://www.dubaitourism.ae/
http://www.dubaicityguide.com/main/index.asp
http://www.emaar.com/

These are just a few examples, take a look at the Middle East forums at skyscrapercity.com to get an idea of the boom in the Middle East. Also, search on Flickr.com with tags of whatever Middle Eastern city you want and you will get loads of great pictures.

The point of this thread wasn't some A.Net tourism campaign, it is to show that the countries which many people view as backwards or whatever are actually more than that. The Arab world is a place which is developing very quickly, and it is not what most people imagine it to be. Also, this goes to show how the Arab world is not all the same. The Gulf is culturally very different from the countries that form Greater Syria (Syria, Lebanon, Jordan & Palestine), as is Egypt, and North Africa. There is a picture in the first thread I linked to of a woman from the gulf dressed from head to toe in black in Beirut standing next to a woman wearing pretty much nothing - both are Arab, yet the differences are huge. I guess the point of this thread is to let people be a little less ignorant about the Mideast, and to show that the stereotypes are misleading.

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Mon May 22, 2006 12:30 am

Great plans for Aqaba! Will defintely hop there while in Eilat when this project is finished.


the photos site is a nice one too.
http://skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=274958

[Edited 2006-05-21 17:36:56]
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Mon May 22, 2006 1:27 am

WOW!!!! I never knew Doha is being developed so much! It appears that Dubai will get some serious cometition, infrstructure wise.
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Mon May 22, 2006 1:54 am

Quoting JoKeR (Reply 2):
WOW!!!! I never knew Doha is being developed so much! It appears that Dubai will get some serious cometition, infrstructure wise.

I think Doha is the most serious competitor to Dubai for a number of reasons:
- Dubai has become a city without culture, as Emaratis and Arabs in general have become a minority, and Dubai is just trying to market itself as a fantasy land of sorts while losing its identity. Doha, on the other hand, has a very strong Arabic culture, and it is holding on to its traditions while developing itself at the same time - this gives Doha a stronger sense of identity and image than Dubai, which, to be honest, doesn't seem to have one. Sorry if that doesn't make sense Big grin

Also, Dubai is just building and making things that are for the sake of having the biggest this and the coolest that. The Palms are a perfect example - three huge man made islands which are a waste of money as there is plenty of free space in Dubai, and which cannot possibly be filled. Burj Dubai (largest tower in the world) is another example - AFAIK they cannot find enough customers to sell the apartments, offices, etc to. Doha is establishing itself more as a economic hub and not a fantasy land, which is better in the long run. That is not to say that Doha doesn't have these types of projects - look at the Pearl - but they are smaller and more sensible.
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Tue May 23, 2006 6:21 am

Wow! Those are some nice pictures. I want to go to those areas but unfortunately that won't be for at least 10 years.  Sad There are definetely quite a few things to do from the looks of it to fill up a couple of weeks of a vacation.
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Tue May 23, 2006 6:38 am

Just wish Iran would do the same instead of wasting money on developing nuclear weapons, while there are millions of poor people living in Iran.
 
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Tue May 23, 2006 6:46 am

Quoting QR332 (Reply 3):
Dubai has become a city without culture, as Emaratis and Arabs in general have become a minority, and Dubai is just trying to market itself as a fantasy land of sorts while losing its identity. Doha, on the other hand, has a very strong Arabic culture, and it is holding on to its traditions while developing itself at the same time - this gives Doha a stronger sense of identity and image than Dubai, which, to be honest, doesn't seem to have one. Sorry if that doesn't make sense

Congratulations! It makes perfect sense to me! This is actually a very good description to what I think its happening in the UAE.

As for the rest, I hope that Lebanon soon recovers its former glory and that other Arab countries continue to progress. Thanks for the updates.
 
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Tue May 23, 2006 6:56 am

Wow, some of those projects for Doha are amazing.

I spent 7 months in Doha in 2004 and I really like the place. I have been back a couple of times since, and there are always big changes.
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Tue May 23, 2006 7:01 am

I'd love to visit both Qatar and Dubai, one day  Smile



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Tue May 23, 2006 12:55 pm

Istanbul... taken from skyscrapercity.com
http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y103/Barut/116_1645.jpg
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Tue May 23, 2006 1:48 pm

Thanks for the links. Beirut has always been on my wishlist, hope I can visit there some day.
 
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Tue May 23, 2006 6:30 pm

Quoting AirPacific747 (Reply 5):
Just wish Iran would do the same instead of wasting money on developing nuclear weapons, while there are millions of poor people living in Iran.

What do you actually know about Iran? Tehran is a beautiful place, very modern and loads to see. This link will give you an idea of the developments in Iran:
http://skyscrapercity.com/forumdisplay.php?f=597

Here are some pics:


http://www.iranian.com/PhotoDay/2004/September/Images/k4.jpg

http://www.bia2.com/wallpaper/iran/poll-800.jpg

More at:
http://skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=337600
http://skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=226146&page=1
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Tue May 23, 2006 6:58 pm

Quoting QR332 (Thread starter):

Aqaba, Jordan:
Huge redevelopment project going on here, here are some pics:

I am personally cheering on Jordan!
Those plans look amazing, and they are well deserved!

All my warmest thoughts to Jordan  Smile

Quoting QR332 (Reply 3):

I think Doha is the most serious competitor to Dubai for a number of reasons:

I have not been there, but I have been following the expansions of Doha, their plans for their new airport is also very interesting.
I am glad that there will be more competitive construction building and production in the Middle East, it is the way forward, Dubai needs its competitors as well  Smile

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Tue May 23, 2006 7:20 pm

Quoting QR332 (Reply 11):
What do you actually know about Iran? Tehran is a beautiful place, very modern and loads to see. This link will give you an idea of the developments in Iran:

I'm sure Tehran is beautiful, but I am also sure that they could spend more money on making the city become even more beautiful instead of developing nuclear weapons. Also, I didn't mention Tehran anywhere in my original post. There are still a lot of very poor people in Iran. Agree?
 
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Tue May 23, 2006 7:32 pm

Quoting AirPacific747 (Reply 13):
instead of developing nuclear weapons

Isn't this whole mess because the international society wants to be sure that this is not their intent?

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Tue May 23, 2006 7:43 pm

Quoting AirPacific747 (Reply 13):
I'm sure Tehran is beautiful, but I am also sure that they could spend more money on making the city become even more beautiful instead of developing nuclear weapons. Also, I didn't mention Tehran anywhere in my original post. There are still a lot of very poor people in Iran. Agree?

Well, it can be argued that Iran is in fact trying to improve things for its citizens by getting nuclear electricity - lets not forget there is no solid proof of a weapons program. There are lots of poor people in Iran, and I agree that more can be done to help them, but I was showing that Iran is not an undeveloped third-world country, as some people seem to assume.
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Tue May 23, 2006 8:33 pm

Quoting AndesSMF (Reply 6):
I hope that Lebanon soon recovers its former glory

Lebanon is already receiving more tourists than it did before the civil war.
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Tue May 23, 2006 9:03 pm

Big version: Width: 500 Height: 375 File size: 366kb
A view from the Middle east

Lebanon is unique !at least in the Middle east !
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Tue May 23, 2006 9:18 pm

Quoting QR332 (Thread starter):
his thread is perfect in showing Beirut as it shows not only the downtown area, but many areas of it.

Thanks for the links. Many places I have been last autumn either walking or by car = holidays remembered !

Quoting QR332 (Reply 15):
Iran is in fact trying to improve things for its citizens by getting nuclear electricity - lets not forget there is no solid proof of a weapons program.

nuclear energy in Iran is to be used for providing energy to factories, public transport and to lighting of cities etc. And by using nuclear power domestically they can free more oil for exports. So that the civil use of nuclear power in Iran really DOES make sense.

Quoting BA (Reply 16):
Lebanon is already receiving more tourists than it did before the civil war.

a two-sided matter :
while Beirut now already is more beautiful than it was in late 1974 , and Beirut-Airport better equipped than then
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the negative aspects are
A) BEY-Apt in 1974 was the Nr.1 airport in the Arab World (nobody spoke about remote places like Dubai), and its only competitor in the Arab World was Cairo
B) MEA was, together with UAA/EgyptAir one of the TWO top airlines in the Arab World. Gulf Aviation (now GulfAir, Emirates, EtihadAirways, QatarAirways, AirArabia, OmanAir) was just a small regional carrier. The network of destinations of MEA was absolutely leading .
C) Beirut and Cairo in 1974 were the only real metropolitan places in the Arab Mashreek, and in the Arab World only rivalled by far-away Casablanca
# so that to regain at least a good position will need some more -----
examples :
> public transport in Beirut is meagre. A good tramway or underground-system should be established
> railways should be established linking Saida and Beirut and Tripoli
> beaches like the dilapidated one in Khaldeh should be "upgraded" to meet demands of international customers
> Beirut-Airport should get real shopping premises and real restaurants and bars. And should become a stop on the Beirut-Saida railways line .
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>>> just to give some ideas

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Tue May 23, 2006 9:46 pm

The bus network in Beirut is fairly comprehensive and probably cheaper then any other form of public transport in the world! 500 lira (25p) will take you anywhere. Then you have the Servees (shared taxis) and normal taxis.

Beirut Airport does need more restaurants. As far as I can remember, there is just one eating place once inside the departure halls, and it's not very good.
There is a cafe in the arrivals hall- called sharwarma?
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Tue May 23, 2006 9:55 pm

Quoting Windshear (Reply 14):

Isn't this whole mess because the international society wants to be sure that this is not their intent?

What do you mean by that?

Quoting QR332 (Reply 15):

Well, it can be argued that Iran is in fact trying to improve things for its citizens by getting nuclear electricity - lets not forget there is no solid proof of a weapons program. There are lots of poor people in Iran, and I agree that more can be done to help them, but I was showing that Iran is not an undeveloped third-world country, as some people seem to assume.



Quoting ME AVN FAN (Reply 18):
nuclear energy in Iran is to be used for providing energy to factories, public transport and to lighting of cities etc. And by using nuclear power domestically they can free more oil for exports. So that the civil use of nuclear power in Iran really DOES make sense.

Right, but no one knows for sure that they are not also trying to create nuclear weapons. The problem is that we don't know what they want to use them to, if they are trying develop nuclear weapons. Nuclear power to the people is not the problem here. The problem is that Iran does not want to let the rest of the world look over their shoulder, and the more countries that get nuclear weapons, the less effect having a nuclear weapon will be. The idea with nuclear weapons is to keep the peace in the world, not making war, and no one knows what intentions Iran will have with their nuclear weapons if they are developing them.
 
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Tue May 23, 2006 9:57 pm

Quoting QR332 (Reply 3):
I think Doha is the most serious competitor to Dubai for a number of reasons: Dubai has become a city without culture

This is very true.

I can however see this happening to Doha over time too:

Qatar has a population of around 800,000 - 900,000 people. Of that, I was quoted that 250,000 - 300,000 are Qatari nationals. The rest are immigrants of other countries. Whether they be Western nations, other Arabic nations or Asian (Far East as well as Indian Sub continent) nations. Because the number of Qatari nationals is outnumbered by the amount of immigrants, I can see that over time, as immigrant figures increase, the Arabic culture will slowly be lost. At the moment, it still exists. I for one would be disappointed, I love walking around the Souks (Spelling?) around the eastern part of the bay. You can just get lost walking down the little alleys, best of all, I feel safer there than walking around large parts of London.

Look at City Centre shopping mall in Doha. Although you might think that it still preserves its Arabic design and culture, I don't see much difference to any other modern shopping centre in Europe. It even has a Starbucks and they play ice hockey in the middle of it!
 
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Tue May 23, 2006 9:57 pm

Quoting AirPacific747 (Reply 20):
The idea with nuclear weapons is to keep the peace in the world, not making war, and no one knows what intentions Iran will have with their nuclear weapons if they are developing them.

I don't see why any country in this day and age would require nuclear weapons- I think it's hypocritcal that Iran should halt their nuclear development (although they claim it's for energy and not warfare) and other countries such as Israel, America, Britain, Pakistan and Russia are not also disarming.
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Tue May 23, 2006 9:59 pm

Quoting Raffik (Reply 22):
I don't see why any country in this day and age would require nuclear weapons- I think it's hypocritcal that Iran should halt their nuclear development (although they claim it's for energy and not warfare) and other countries such as Israel, America, Britain, Pakistan and Russia are not also disarming.

Agreed. No one should be needing nuclear weapons, but still some countries do need them in some way like Pakistan and India. If they didn't have those weapons, they would probably be in war all the time. No one would be threatening Iran if they didn't try and develop nuclear weapons.
 
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Tue May 23, 2006 10:01 pm

Quoting Cedars747 (Reply 17):
Lebanon is unique !at least in the Middle east !

Beautiful pic! If your referring to the snow, it snows in Jordan, Palestine, some parts of Syria, and Iran as well.

Quoting ME AVN FAN (Reply 18):
C) Beirut and Cairo in 1974 were the only real metropolitan places in the Arab Mashreek, and in the Arab World only rivalled by far-away Casablanca

There was also Damascus, and arguably Amman.
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Tue May 23, 2006 10:08 pm

Quoting AirPacific747 (Reply 20):
Right, but no one knows for sure that they are not also trying to create nuclear weapons.

That was basically what I meant...
You just seemed 110% certain that it was the case, that was all  Smile

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Tue May 23, 2006 10:12 pm

Quoting Windshear (Reply 25):

That was basically what I meant...
You just seemed 110% certain that it was the case, that was all

I am also most certain that it is the case, but as I said, no one knows for sure yet, but haven't Mahmoud Ahmadinejad been mentioning nuclear weapons?
 
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Tue May 23, 2006 10:13 pm

Quoting Windshear (Reply 25):
You just seemed 110% certain that it was the case, that was all

Nothing in this world is guaranteed is it? They said back in 2000 that they already had weapons that could hit Tel Aviv.

Nuclear weapons really scare me- we have already seen the devastating effects it has on people (think Hiroshima)
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Tue May 23, 2006 10:16 pm

Quoting Raffik (Reply 22):

I don't see why any country in this day and age would require nuclear weapons- I think it's hypocritcal that Iran should halt their nuclear development (although they claim it's for energy and not warfare) and other countries such as Israel, America, Britain, Pakistan and Russia are not also disarming.

Raffiiiiik... Can you say Non Proliferation Treaty?  Silly

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Tue May 23, 2006 10:19 pm

Quoting QR332 (Reply 24):
Beautiful pic! If your referring to the snow, it snows in Jordan, Palestine, some parts of Syria, and Iran as well.

Come on ...you know that it's not the same !By the way ,i am not sure about Iran is an Middle eastern country
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Tue May 23, 2006 10:45 pm

Quoting Raffik (Reply 19):
bus network

existing yes, but the marking of the stations absolutely minimal, and the times in between times rather heavy

Quoting Raffik (Reply 19):
fairly comprehensive and probably cheaper

cheap maybe, but what about some decent information.

Quoting Raffik (Reply 19):
there is just one eating place once inside the departure halls, and it's not very good.

the one above the departure hall in last autumn was closed and a year before only served (excellent) coffee and very very dry biscuits, not a place to be recommended anyway

Quoting Raffik (Reply 19):
There is a cafe in the arrivals hall- called sharwarma?

yes, there still is, well at least was in last October. Really nice I admit, but it is (was) the ONLY such place all over the airport ! Compare it with Dubai Airport and its premises ! and if you at DXB are fed up, the "Irish Village compound" is a few steps away with its tremendous choice of restaurants and its great Irish Pub -- what a difference ! THIS is the challenge Beirut now is facing.

Quoting AirPacific747 (Reply 20):
no one knows for sure that they are not also trying to create nuclear weapons

THIS of course is the problem

Quoting AirPacific747 (Reply 20):
The problem is that Iran does not want to let the rest of the world look over their shoulder

and THIS is the SECOND problem !

Quoting QR332 (Reply 24):
Damascus, and arguably Amman.

Amman in those times, we speak about BEFORE 1975 !, was simply not yet on the "map" and Damascus was NOT considered , whenever Damascus of course was and is, together with Sana'a and Algiers and Constantine and Fez one of the most beautiful cities on earth
 
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Tue May 23, 2006 10:45 pm

Quoting Cedars747 (Reply 29):

Come on ...you know that it's not the same !By the way ,i am not sure about Iran is an Middle eastern country

Hi there Alex...
I actually thought you posted a pic from Norway... Amazing!

This much snow is found nowhere else in the Middle East, except for maybe The north west of Iraq or Syria.

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Tue May 23, 2006 10:51 pm

Quoting Windshear (Reply 31):
This much snow is found nowhere in the Middle East

There of course are lots of snow in countries like Iran and Turkey, and to a lesser but still respectable extent in Lebanon (skiing-resorts ! ) and also Jordan, just as well as in Algeria and Morocco . And also on Cyprus (Troodos mountains) and in Greece (Mount Parnassos, north of Athens).
 
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Tue May 23, 2006 11:16 pm

Quoting ME AVN FAN (Reply 32):

The picture just look like Norway though!
Amazing picture.

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Wed May 24, 2006 12:02 am

Quoting Cedars747 (Reply 29):
Come on ...you know that it's not the same !By the way ,i am not sure about Iran is an Middle eastern country
Alex!!!

Iran is Middle Eastern, just not Arabic. Trust me, I have seen snow in Amman, and pictures of it in Jerusalem, and it is very nice. Obviously, not the same as Lebanon, but still pretty impressive.
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Wed May 24, 2006 1:41 am

Iran-
Tehran:

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Wed May 24, 2006 3:43 am

Quoting QR332 (Reply 11):



Quoting YAK42 (Reply 35):

Thank you both so much for posting pictures of Iran...I was really interested to see what it looks like since pictures seem hard to find. It's really nice!
 
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Wed May 24, 2006 4:20 am

Nice thread , great photos. It is very encouraging to see great progress for the people of the middle east. Hopefully the wealth will continue to find its way into all the citeznes lives.

I will probably not be visiting until after Armagedden but am hopefull of the future...  Wink
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Wed May 24, 2006 5:43 am

WOW! Really shows the Middle east from a different perspective than what we see in the media! Thanks for sharing the photos.
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Wed May 24, 2006 6:24 am

Quoting ME AVN FAN (Reply 32):
There of course are lots of snow in countries like Iran and Turkey, and to a lesser but still respectable extent in Lebanon (skiing-resorts ! ) and also Jordan, just as well as in Algeria and Morocco . And also on Cyprus (Troodos mountains) and in Greece (Mount Parnassos, north of Athens).

But it supose we were talking about the Middle east,so what has to do Algeria , Marrocco and Greece, these countries doesnt belong to the Middle east
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Wed May 24, 2006 7:01 am

Quoting QR332 (Reply 34):
Trust me, I have seen snow in Amman,

Hi QR332 and first congratulation for this amazing thread.I trust you and i use to work for Alia Royal Jordanian Airlines and use to live in Amra Hotel,Shmeysani area i think !

Quoting Windshear (Reply 31):
Hi there Alex...
I actually thought you posted a pic from Norway... Amazing!

Hei ya Boaz,actually this is the village of Laklouk in north Lebanon and it's a ski resorts as well
Alex!!!
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RE: Pics From The Entire Middle East

Wed May 24, 2006 7:37 am

Quoting ME AVN FAN (Reply 32):
Lebanon (skiing-resorts ! )

There are six ski resorts in Lebanon at the moment and they will soon be eight.






Faraya-Mzaar is the largest ski resort in the Middle East and is the best of 6 ski resorts in Lebanon.

Here are a few pictures:







This is the 5-star 131-room (including 20-suites) InterContinental Mountain Resort & Spa Mzaar. They are planning to build a Holiday Inn next to it because demand for rooms is rising:





Here's a map of the resort:
http://www.skileb.com/resorts/farayamzaar/trailmap.jpg

There are two ski resorts under development right now, they are Sannine Zenith and the Ehden 3000.

Sannine Zenith is a massive $1.2 billion resort that will be 5 times the size of Faraya-Mzaar. It's being developed at the base of Mt. Sannine.

Here's their website:
http://www.sanninezenith.com

The Ehden 3000 resort is a smaller "eco-friendly" resort being developed near the town of Ehden near the Cedars.

There was an article recently in the Washington Post about how more and more skiers are going Lebanon to ski.

This is a good website about skiing in Lebanon:
http://www.skileb.com
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RE: Pics From The Entire Middle East

Wed May 24, 2006 8:30 am


The ski resorts around Tehran are mostly just for day trippers as the cable cars leave directly from Tehran. One of the cable car lines is supposed to be the longest in the world.
 
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RE: Pics From The Entire Middle East

Wed May 24, 2006 8:38 am

Is it me, or is this a serious race between Iran and Lebanon?!

Cheesus guys...

Anyways I am gay, so I am rooting for Lebanon!

Go BA Go BA Go BA...

Quoting Cedars747 (Reply 40):
Hei ya Boaz,actually this is the village of Laklouk in north Lebanon and it's a ski resorts as well

Amazing!

Boaz.
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RE: Pics From The Entire Middle East

Wed May 24, 2006 5:21 pm

Quoting Windshear (Reply 43):
Is it me, or is this a serious race between Iran and Lebanon?!

Ya da,the destiny wants Lebanon to be an extension for Iran not only in Politic but in weather also
Alex!!!
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RE: Pics From The Entire Middle East

Wed May 24, 2006 6:26 pm

Quoting Cedars747 (Reply 40):
Hi QR332 and first congratulation for this amazing thread.I trust you and i use to work for Alia Royal Jordanian Airlines and use to live in Amra Hotel,Shmeysani area i think !

Really? Very interesting to hear that... Amra is now gone, its been replaced by the Crowne Plaza. What did you work as? FA?

Quoting Windshear (Reply 43):
Is it me, or is this a serious race between Iran and Lebanon?!

LOL! I think its a good thing, we get to see two countries which people have very wrong impressions about. Lebanon is one of my favourite places on Earth, especially Beirut, and Iran is very beautiful, yet nobody sees the good side of these two countries. At least now people can be more informed about it.
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RE: Pics From The Entire Middle East

Wed May 24, 2006 7:11 pm

Quoting QR332 (Reply 45):
Really? Very interesting to hear that... Amra is now gone, its been replaced by the Crowne Plaza. What did you work as? FA

Public relation department at Queen Alia international airport.Amman is a wonderful city !
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RE: Pics From The Entire Middle East

Wed May 24, 2006 7:44 pm

Quoting QR332 (Reply 45):
LOL! I think its a good thing, we get to see two countries which people have very wrong impressions about. Lebanon is one of my favourite places on Earth, especially Beirut, and Iran is very beautiful, yet nobody sees the good side of these two countries. At least now people can be more informed about it.

 Smile

Well allow me to expand on that... Here is Israel seen through my lense...

First a lady bug in Jaffo:
http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a362/windshear/Picture406.jpg

Ben Gurion before the new terminal:
http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a362/windshear/Picture318.jpg
http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a362/windshear/Picture517.jpg
http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a362/windshear/Picture515.jpg

One of the mosques in Tel Aviv:
http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a362/windshear/Picture400.jpg

My grand parents' view from their graves:
http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a362/windshear/Picture466.jpg

... Shel Zaav lo?
http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a362/windshear/Picture586.jpg

My sister's Kibbutz S'dot Yam:
http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a362/windshear/Picture333.jpg

Beach front in Tel Aviv:
http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a362/windshear/Picture398.jpg

Tel Aviv skyline:
http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a362/windshear/Picture402.jpg
http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a362/windshear/Picture419.jpg
http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a362/windshear/Picture401.jpg
http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a362/windshear/Picture431.jpg

Garinim  yummy :


Massada  cloudnine :
http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a362/windshear/Picture556.jpg

The dead sea:
http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a362/windshear/Picture566.jpg
http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a362/windshear/Picture565.jpg

The holy city:
http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a362/windshear/Picture582.jpg


Omeir here is the mosque from the documentary on Abraham:


Via Dela Rosa:


This is Via dela Rosa inside where Jesus got cleaned and taken off the cross:
http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a362/windshear/Picture593.jpg

Creed:
http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a362/windshear/Picture599.jpg

G-d in the holy land?:
http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a362/windshear/Picture343.jpg

This is the "West Bank"... Tulqarm to be exact:
http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a362/windshear/Picture634.jpg

Some signs  Smile
http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a362/windshear/Picture575.jpg
http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a362/windshear/Picture339.jpg
http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a362/windshear/Picture349.jpg

A flower from Haifa:
http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a362/windshear/Picture578.jpg

This is not to compete, but an attempt to learn through seeing... I love the ME!  cloudnine 

Wa' Salam ve laitra'od
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RE: Pics From The Entire Middle East

Wed May 24, 2006 8:21 pm

Quoting Windshear (Reply 47):

LOL! you are so funny!
Alex!!!
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RE: Pics From The Entire Middle East

Wed May 24, 2006 9:15 pm

Nice pictures Windshear... Jaffa has to be one of the nicest cities in Palestine/Israel, I would love to see its old town.

Some more ME pics:
Amman, Jordan:




Eastern Amman Slums:

(Amman is not exactly what I would call a beautiful city, especially the Eastern part)

Doha, Qatar:
Doha Skyline


Ramada Hotel


Doha during Eid:


Starbucks:


City Center Doha:
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