Middle East: Guests Are a Gift from God
中東:客人是真主賞賜的禮物

At the crossroad between Asia, Africa and Europe and rich in historical significance and natural resources, the Middle East has never ceased to be a battleground for the different nations fighting in the name of their ethnicities and religions. Due to this sad truth, the Middle East is always in the media headlines for the wrong reasons.

In places that are portrayed to the world as breeding ground for terrorists and extremists, I have come across the loveliest and most hospitable people.  There were simply too many moments that touched my heart, equally as many that left me pondering.

From chador-covered women to the calming Islamic calls to prayer blasted through loudspeakers at every street corner, the Middle East always exudes a mysterious air to the occasional passerby.  But once you engage into the life of the locals and lift up that veil, it’s a whole new world of warm and interesting personalities waiting for you to explore and discover.

It’s cliche.. but I sincerely wish that the world could one day live in harmony and peace.

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EGYPT 埃及:

(Feb 2010) Dahab (Red Sea), Nuweiba

(Feb-Mar 2011) Santa Catarina, Mount Sinai, Cairo, Giza, Siwa, Bahariya, Luxor, Edfu, Aswan, Abu Simbel

JORDAN 約旦: Aqaba, Wadi Musa, Petra, Madaba, Dead Sea, Amman, Jerash

ISRAEL/PALESTINE 以色列/巴勒斯坦: Jerusalem, Hebron, Ramallah, Bethlehem, Ein Gedi, Masada, Tsfat, Golan Heights, Akko, Haifa, Tel Aviv

SYRIA 敍利亞:

(Feb 2010) Damascus, Maloula, Bosra, Aleppo, Lattakia, Qalaat Saladin, Homs, Palmyra, Qamishle

(Jan-Feb 2011) Aleppo, Hamas, Deir Mar Musa, Damascus.. (to be updated)

LEBANON 黎巴嫩: Beirut, Sidon, Baalbek, Byblos, Tripoli

TURKEY 土耳其:

(April 2010) Nusaybin, Mardin, Silopi

(Nov-Jan 2011) Posof, Kars, Dongubayasit, Van, Tatvan, Diyabakir, Sanliurfa, Adana, Cappadoccia, Silifke, Tasucu, Konya, Istanbul, Pamukkale, Fethiye, Kayakol, Olympos, Chimera, Antakya

IRAQ (KURDISTAN) 伊拉克 (庫爾德斯坦): Dohuk, Amadiya, Kirkuk, Erbil, Akre, Diana, Gali Ali Bag

IRAN 伊朗: Piransha’ah, Tabriz, Kandovan, Masuleh, Qazvin, Gazor Khan (Alamut Valley), Tehran, Kashan, Abyaneh, Esfahan, Khur, Garmeh, Na’in, Yazd, Shiraz, Persepolis

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES 阿聯猶: Sharjah, Dubai