Arabeyes: The Middle East in Pictures

Today's Middle East in Pictures tour takes us to Dubai's tranquil beaches, Doha at night, a picture of a flower in Bahrain, the blooming flower gardens of Syria this spring and finally on a Viagra buying spree in the bazaars of Fez, in Morocco.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates:


Who wouldn't die to be on this stretch of sand? I know I would love to but the weather in Dubai and the noise of construction machines pounding just a few minutes away will make me change my mind immediately. Been there, done that! And so has Seabee who brings us this week's images of lovely beaches in Dubai here.

Dubai only has about 40 kilometres of natural coastline. A lot of that is taken up by the city, Port Rashid, Jebel Ali Port, Dubai Dry Docks plus some which is private for the beach hotels and some for Sheikhs’ beach villas.

But we still have maybe 15 kilometres or so of open public beach. The main stretch starts beside Burj Al Arab, our famous seven-star hotel, and runs back towards Dubai city, which is about 30 kilometres away.

Doha, Qatar:

In nearby Doha, the capital of Qatar, and home of Al Jazeera, Qatar Victor beings us this image of Doha at night.

The site Qatar Living has a lively panorama of lovely photographs from the oil-rich Gulf country here.



Moving on to Bahrain, blogger BuZain proudly announces that he has posted his first flickr picture here.

I just uploaded my first flickr photo taken with my new Nikon D80 digital SLR camera. This getting-into-photography thing is a long story and it is too late to tell it all so I'll let the juice for a separate post…I took like 400 pictures since I bought the D80 few days ago but this picture is the one I like most and I thought I'll share it with you all.


From Syria, blogger Hovic presents us with more flowers in vibrant colours, which are blooming this spring. More pictures of Syria's flora are also found here.

The photography site, aptly called Syria Looks, also boasts stunning pictures of dead cities , which date back to the Byzantine era, and the Citadel of Aleppo.

Other photographs of those stunning sites are also available in Syria Winks here.

Fez, Morocco:


Our last stop this week is in Fez, in Morocco, where a traditional contortion of impotency drug – Viagara – is available over the counter.

“Now, you probably think that Viagra is not a usual item on a tourist's shopping list in the old Medina of Fez. Maybe right – however, when you go into a traditional medicine shop, you can be surprised,” notes The View.

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