art of resistance, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Turkey, United Arab Emirates

Beyond the architectural text (Middle East).

The Damascene House is beyond the architectural text

The design of our homes…

Is based on an emotional foundation

For every house leans … on the hip of another

And every balcony…

Extends its hand to antoher facing it.

Nizar Qabbani

Peter Gould is an Australian artist. In 2002, he began traveling around Middle East and was inspired by cities like Fes, Damascus, Istanbul and Mecca, with his work resulting in a great visual fusion of classical Islamic design elements with his vibrant, fresh graphic styles.

His photography is maybe best described by one of his curators:

Peter’s photography is as much about the spiritual as it is about the visual, offering no questions or answers but rather affording the viewer to simply being in that moment and that moment at first glance seems to curiously exist without time or consequence.”

010-Beirut-2Beirut.

015-MeccaMecca.

025-JerusalemJerusalem.

029-IstanbulIstanbul.

033-DamascusDamascus.

037-MuscatMuscat.

038-MuscatMuscat.

039-NizwaNizwa.

040-NizwaNizwa.

043-AbuDhabiAbu Dhabi.

fesFes.

marrakeshMarrakesh.

/all photos © Peter Gould/

For more on Gould and his work, visit his official website.

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Oman, travel

Majlis al Jinn, Oman: World’s second largest cave or Where spirits meet.

Majlis al Jinn is the second largest known cave chamber in the world, as measured by the surface area of the floor (it ranks lower when measured by volume). The cave is located in a remote area of the Selma Plateau at 1,380 metres above sea level in the Sultanate of Oman. It’s name means the meeting place of the jinns, jinns being the supernatural creatures in Islamic and Arabic folklore.

Access to the cavern is only through a free descent of one of three vertical entrances in the ceiling. Cavers entering Majlis al Jinn require about 200m of specialized rope and equipment to descend and ascend safely. For several years tourism companies had been providing caving trips into Majlis al Jinn, providing equipment and training.

It might take up some time to prepare for it, but it’s definitely worth it.

Here are some photos to prove it.

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Sand Passage of Kabal

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majlis-al-jinn-cave_8517_990x742photo © National Geographic

 

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Oman, travel

The emerald green wonders of Wadi Shab, Oman.

If you travel to Oman (and it is a country that offers some amazing sights), be sure to visit Wadi Shab.  It is perhaps the most spectacular of all the easily accessible wadis in Oman. Located about 100 km southeast of the capital Muscat, accessed from the main coastal road to Sur at the village of Tiwi.

The pools are a vivid emerald green colour, and the caves and sheer sides of the wadi really dramatic and beautiful.

It’ll sure make a good trip!

For more info and photos click here.

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Wadi Shab pool

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and another useful link for more photos and info – tripadvisor.

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