History & Culture

The Bedouin Sport of Camel Racing

Posted February 7, 2013 by IMPress Archives

[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he starting “gate” rose up and the dozen brown, one-humped dromedary camels jerked forward as a pack. Shouting handlers darted behind them a short distance encouraging them to run faster. A truck with a mounted camera sped off in advance while a sea of white Land Cruisers accelerated alongside the sand track. This camel race was in full swing.

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History & Culture

A Walled Landscape: Istanbul’s City and Sea Walls

Posted December 2, 2012 by IMPress Archives

    rumbling walls and broken-down towers are a testament to Istanbul’s ancient past. The depth of history is as thick as the weather-beaten walls slowly crumbling back to earth. Perhaps it is a matter of destiny. The walls, built during the Byzantine Period, are called sea walls along the Marmara shores, land walls along […]

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Middle East

Exploring Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar and Spice Market

Posted November 15, 2012 by IMPress Archives

  timulating surroundings or sensory overload? You be the judge. Whether it’s the soft curves of the ancient market door and the riot of color and controlled chaos within, or the intoxicating smells of every spice possible dangling before your eyes and tantalizing your sense of smell, when you visit Istanbul, Turkey, experiencing the Grand […]

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Culture & Art

Doha’s Sheikh Faisal Museum Blends Islamic Civilization with Qatari Heritage Treasures

Posted October 17, 2012 by IMPress Archives

  he open door of a castle wall beckons us into the Hall of Islamic Arts. I was unprepared for what was to follow during the next two and a half hours. I literally found something new around each corner leading into yet another new hall of artifacts. The Sheikh Faisal Museum is a place […]

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Culture & Art

The Past Meets Present At Souq Waqif, Historic Qatar Market Place

Posted April 29, 2012 by IMPress Archives

usty, nomadic desert-dwelling Bedouin make their way slowly along the creek knowing their exact destination – Souq Waqif. With camels packed down with wool, meat and cloth, the Bedouin have come to this marketplace to sell and buy goods, such as rice, dates and other essentials. Fast forward to 2012 and not much has changed. […]

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Culture & Art

Traditional Arab Bedouin Life

Posted March 25, 2012 by IMPress Archives

oung girls in colorful traditional dresses paid no attention to onlookers as they kept pace jumping rope two at a time. Meanwhile, boys in white traditional thobes, engrossed in a lively game of tag, were darting about the Bedouin “village” while others concentrated on a skillful game of marbles. These three childhood activities were popular […]

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Culture & Art

Sharing Knowledge: Inspired by Tradition

Posted March 1, 2012 by IMPress Archives

rom the intricately-carved white gypsum panels and traditional detailed lightscreens marrying side by side with softly curved vanilla arches, Katara harkens present-day visitors back to a yesteryear long, long ago marked by contrasts of old and new. Wandering the stone-clad walkways cooled by precisely-placed awnings above shielding the afternoon-setting February sun,it soon becomes apparent what […]

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Culture & Art

The Dance of the Swords

Posted December 28, 2011 by IMPress Archives

rowds of adults and youngsters gather in earnest as strong drum beats signal the start of the traditional Arab ritual. I’m sandwiched among the audience at the exclusive Pearl-Qatar inDoha, Qatara waiting this highly publicized event that will initiate tomorrow’s slate of National Day festivities. Dusk settled in hours ago. Alongside the calm harbor where […]

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