Arabisc: Pictorial Tour of the Middle East

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Fed up of all the politics in the Middle East? Me too. This week we will take a pictorial tour of the region, making stops in Qatar, Bahrain, Tunisia and Lebanon, to name a few. There are real amazing photographers out there and the scenery and mood quickly changes from one country to the other.

With each picture summing up the worth of more than a thousand words, get ready for the adventure, which can fill the pages of books. Oops.. I mean cyberspace.

Our first stop is in Casablanca, Morocco, where what you see is not all what you think you see. A Moroccan in Washington posts a picture sent to him by a first. At first instance, you would think it is a riot.

“Throngs storming a new phone company shop that offers some great deals on new cellphones.The crowd reminds me of the Black friday sales in the US ,but the latter is a bit more orderly,” observed Adil R.

Still in Morocco, Laila Lalami takes us with her to the Casablanca Book Fair here.

From Morocco we move to Lebanon, where Manamania allows us to peek at how some Lebanese chose to mark the assassination anniversary of former Prime Minister Rafiq Al Hariri. There are more pictures on this site as well as on numerous other Lebanese blogs.

Hungry? Let's stop for a quick meal at a Mc Donald's in Bahrain, where blogger Yonis brings us this hilarious picture of a horseman, placing a take away order! He aptly entitles it: Drive Thru: Bahrain's Way!

When Yonis took this picture, he was on his way home from the desert, where many local and expat families in Bahrain put up tents and rough it out in the desert, enjoying the early spring.

Qatar Living posts a picture of a desert tent in Qatar of course here (picture seen above). The site has excellent pictures from Qatar, which I would browse through if I had a moment.

While on the topic of deserts and horses, let's stop in Libya where blogger A. Adam brings us action from the horse races in his country.

From Libya, we move on to Tunisia, better known as Green Tunisia, for this reason: blogger Saied Dardour posts amazing pictures of the countryside, where you see the sheep grazing and some of the country's flora in bloom.

Hungry again? Dardour posts a picture here of what I presume is a kiln of some sort, used for baking traditional Tunisian bread. Anyone from Tunisia out there?

Our last stop is again in Bahrain, where blogger Mohammed Zainal takes us back to 1961, with a host of photographs which he has no captions for.

Let's all head there to play the guessing game.


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