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VISITING THE AL FATEH GRAND MOSQUE BAHRAIN

VISITING THE AL FATEH GRAND MOSQUE BAHRAIN

During a recent trip to Bahrain, I visited the Al Fateh Grand Mosque, one of the major landmarks in Manama. When traveling in the Middle East it is fascinating to see the stunning and extraordinary architecture of these places of worship, whether regal or more…

HOTEL INSIDER: AL BUSTAN PALACE MUSCAT, OMAN

HOTEL INSIDER: AL BUSTAN PALACE MUSCAT, OMAN

Al Bustan Palace, a Ritz-Carlton Hotel is Oman’s finest—a tranquil oasis between the Al Hajar mountains and the Sea of Oman in the outskirts of Muscat. The beachfront retreat boasts elegantly manicured gardens, a private sandy beach, several pools, four restaurants and a luxurious Six…

TASTE OF SAUDI ARABIA: TRADITIONAL SAUDI DISHES

TASTE OF SAUDI ARABIA: TRADITIONAL SAUDI DISHES

Saudi Arabian grocery stores are well stocked with international foods, fast food is ubiquitous and very popular, and ethnic restaurants abound. But what are the traditional Saudi dishes like? Saudi cuisine is strongly influenced by the kingdom’s nomadic past. The Bedouin tribes were goat and…

Taste of Arabia: The Art of Making Arabic Coffee

Taste of Arabia: The Art of Making Arabic Coffee

Arabic coffee (gahwa) and dates are a symbol of Arabian hospitality and generosity. Coffee and dates are offered to greet guests everywhere from homes to restaurants and hotel lobbies to airplanes.  Bedouins brewed their coffee over a simple fireplace dug into the ground. Over time, this was…

TASTE THE WORLD: WHAT AND WHERE TO EAT IN BAHRAIN

TASTE THE WORLD: WHAT AND WHERE TO EAT IN BAHRAIN

When visiting Bahrain, tasting the local cuisine is a must. This small island country is a melting pot of different cultures and traditions. Yet, it has its own indigenous food culture that has been preserved over centuries. Most of the traditional dishes include rice, fish,…

VISITING BAHRAIN: WHAT TO SEE, EAT AND READ

VISITING BAHRAIN: WHAT TO SEE, EAT AND READ

Visiting Bahrain may not be on every traveler’s radar, but the unpretentious, friendly and multicultural country with fascinating history and an exciting food scene makes it worth putting it atop your travel itinerary. The Kingdom of Bahrain is a small Arab country of 1.64 million…