Bradt´s is the most up-to-date and informative guide to Oman, the Arabian peninsula´s most welcoming destination, fully revised and updated by an author who has been living in Oman and Arabia since 1986. Oman is finally reaping the economic benefit of its location between Europe, Africa and Asia with substantial investment in major shipping ports and significant expansion of the national airline with new routes to Western Europe and East Asia. Despite being at the crossroads of great trade routes and empires, Oman has remained an independent country through much of its long history, and today tourism and travel are a major focus for Oman´s government. This new edition covers the recent substantial investment in new airport facilities and upmarket accommodation and also features the historic UNESCO towns of Samharam and Al Balid. If you want to live like a local, the guide also tells you how to slow cook the traditional spiced meat shuwa and how to be a perfect guest if invited into an Omani home. Oman is not merely a desert. While it has the classic sand seas - Wihibah Sands - home to the nomadic Bedouin and their camels, this sultanate also boasts lush monsoon-soaked valleys near Salalah, mountain villages surrounded by green terraced fields of fruit trees and rose bushes, and the reef-fringed Ad Dimaniyyat Islands. With such a varied wilderness there is huge scope for adventure. Oman is increasingly perceived as a high-end cultural destination. The new Opera House has opened, directly supported by the Sultan, with top-notch international performers like Placido Domingo. The guide includes advice on property buying, since Omani law changed to allow expatriates to buy, explaining the rules and regulations. There is also a detailed overview of language schools teaching Arabic, not found in other guides. With advice on cultural etiquette, basic Arabic phrases and political history - as well as full practical information on where to stay and eat, and what to see and do - this fully updated edition remains the essential guide for travellers looking to discover the real Oman.
Beirut is a Mediterranean destination driven by adrenaline, optimism and the energy of a populace who embrace high jinks - and it fulfils its status as capital with an urban panache that´s unmistakably Lebanese. The Monocle Travel Guide to Beirut delves into this metropolis to explore the vivacious thrum of life and unpick its many and varied quirks. We´ll lead you through a collage of cloud-scraping hotels, Ottoman-style palaces and golden age modernist apartments, and introduce you to small-scale fashion labels and smart shop-owners rethinking traditional handicrafts. We´ll also direct you to our favoured tables, where you can feast on mezze and sip on a soothing glass of arak. And when you need a reprieve from the excitement of it all, hang your hat at one of the city´s best examples of Lebanese hospitality, whether it be a five-star chain or a four-room family-run guesthouse. The heady pull of this seaside capital is magnetic. So dive into the pace of life (and the Med while you´re at it) and discover all that this Middle Eastern beacon has to offer. The magazine Monocle covers the world with its network of bureaus in New York, Toronto, Zurich, Hong Kong, Istanbul, Tokyo, and Singapore. It also employs more than 30 dedicated correspondents-in cities from Bangkok to Bogotá, São Paolo to Stockholm-as well as a team of on-the-road reporters based out of its headquarters in London. This team´s deep understanding of cities and all they have to offer has now been compiled in The Monocle Travel Guide Series.
With 120.000 square miles, Oman is the size of Great Britain and Ireland combined. But it has only four million inhabitants. The landscape in the western part is dominated by the desert. But if you´re expecting monotonous sand deserts you´re wrong. Most parts of the country are dominated by rugged mountain ranges. The Al Hajar Mountains are in the northern part of the country. Jebel Shams is the highest peak with 2.998 meters above sea level. The Dhofar Mountains dominate the southern part of Oman. Jebal Samhan with 1.800 m is the highest peak in this area. Jakob Oberhauser knows all the great climbing destinations in Oman. Many of them are published for the first time in this book. Here you can find the whole range from long multi pitch routes to single pitch sport climbs and deep water soloing. The book has 180 pages and 141 topo maps. It covers 26 areas and 104 sectors. Brilliant photos tempt the reader to visit this exotic climbing destination on the tip of the Arabian peninsula.
The small tooth of land between Africa and Asia, Sinai is the fabled Biblical setting of The Exodus. It´s a region of high mountains and sweeping deserts, home to crumbling Egyptian temples, Byzantine monasteries and more. Trek with the Bedouin and their camels and discover one of the most exciting new trekking destinations in the world. ? 74 detailed trekking maps - tricky junctions, places of interest. Comprehensive trail descriptions and GPS co-ordinates for classic treks and lesser-known routes. The best in the High Mountain Region (St. Katherine), Wadi Feiran and the Muzeina deserts. ? Practical information - planning your trip, getting to Sinai, arranging your trek and more: everything you need to know for every budget ? Town guides and maps - Sharm el Sheikh, Dahab, Nuweiba, St. Katherine, Wadi Feiran and others. Where to stay and eat, what to see and do ? History, culture, environment - full background sections on this land of legend ? Safety and green trekking - stay healthy and minimize your impact on a fragile desert ? GPS waypoints ? Plus ? survival Arabic dictionary, snorkeling and diving, how to ride a camel etc.
Culture Smart! provides essential information on attitudes, beliefs and behavior in different countries, ensuring that you arrive at your destination aware of basic manners, common courtesies, and sensitive issues. These concise guides tell you what to expect, how to behave, and how to establish a rapport with your hosts. This inside knowledge will enable you to steer clear of embarrassing gaffes and mistakes, feel confident in unfamiliar situations, and develop trust, friendships, and successful business relationships. Culture Smart! offers illuminating insights into the culture and society of a particular country. It will help you to turn your visit-whether on business or for pleasure-into a memorable and enriching experience. Contents include: customs, values, and traditions historical, religious, and political background life at home leisure, social, and cultural life eating and drinking do´s, don´ts, and taboos business practices communication, spoken and unspoken ´´Culture Smart has come to the rescue of hapless travellers.´´ Sunday Times Travel ´´... the perfect introduction to the weird, wonderful and downright odd quirks and customs of various countries.´´ Global Travel ´´...full of fascinating-as well as common-sense-tips to help you avoid embarrassing faux pas.´´ Observer ´´...as useful as they are entertaining.´´ Easyjet Magazine ´´...offer glimpses into the psyche of a faraway world.´´ New York Times
DUMONT Bildatlas ´´Dubai, Abu Dhabi´´ - die Bilder des Fotografen Martin Sasse zeigen faszinierende Panoramen und ungewöhnliche Nahaufnahmen der Emirate. Zu jedem der fünf Kapitel gehören Hintergrundreportagen und Specials, die aktuelle und interessante Themen aufgreifen. Den Abschluss eines jeden Kapitels bilden Infoseiten mit allen wichtigen Sehenswürdigkeiten, die auf dem nebenstehenden detaillierten Plan leicht zu lokalisieren sind. Besondere Empfehlungen des Autors finden sich in den DuMont Aktivtipps: Machen Sie ein 2-tägiges Falkentraining in der Wüste von Ras Al Khaimah, schweben Sie mit dem Gleitschirm über Musandams Fjorde, buchen Sie ein Dune Bashing oder machen Sie eine Safaritour auf Sir Bani Yas. Abgerundet wird der Bildatlas durch das Servicekapitel, das praktische und allgemeine Informationen für die Vorbereitung der Reise beinhaltet sowie Daten und Fakten zur Destination liefert. Kompakt zusammengefasst und übersichtlich überzeugt der DUMONT Bildatlas als zuverlässiger Reisebegleiter und garantiert erlebnisreiche Tage in den Wüstenstaaten.
The Rough Guide to Jordan is the definitive guide to the most alluring corner of the Middle East. Detailed accounts of every attraction, along with crystal-clear maps and plans, lift the lid on this fascinatingly diverse country. Explore the world wonder that is Petra, an ancient city carved from rose-red mountain cliffs. Roam the sands of Wadi Rum in the footsteps of Lawrence of Arabia, then relax on golden beaches at Aqaba, Jordan´s beautiful Red Sea resort. You´ll find full-color pictures and maps throughout, alongside insider tips on getting the best out of a visit to Amman, the buzzing Jordanian capital, as well as Crusader castles and stunningly well-preserved Roman cities. Float your cares away on the Dead Sea, the lowest point on Earth, or take in spectacular views over the Dana Biosphere Reserve. At every point, The Rough Guide to Jordan steers you to the best hotels, cafes, restaurants, and shops across every price range, giving you clear, balanced reviews and honest, firsthand opinions. Make the most of your time with The Rough Guide to Jordan. Series Overview: For more than thirty years, adventurous travelers have turned to Rough Guides for up-to-date and intuitive information from expert authors. With opinionated and lively writing, honest reviews, and a strong cultural background, Rough Guides travel books bring more than 200 destinations to life. Visit RoughGuides.com to learn more.
Go for an early morning walk along the Corniche - Beirut´s seaside promenade - and watch as the Mediterranean Sea laps against the rocks while the summits of Mount Lebanon dominate the horizon to the east. Enjoy a strong black coffee here before hitting Hamra to experience Beirut´s bustling commercial side or the old Central District to admire the elegantly restored Ottoman and French-colonial buildings - a demonstration of Beirut´s determination to become the ´Paris of the East´ once again. Footprintfocus Beirut features practical advice on getting to and around this up-and-coming city, along with fascinating insights into Beirut´s culture and history. - Essentials section with practical advice on getting there and around. - Highlights maps of the region so you know what not to miss. - Comprehensive, up-to-date listings of where to eat, drink and sleep. - Detailed street maps for Beirut and key destinations. - Slim enough to fit in your pocket. Loaded with advice and information on how to get around, this concise Footprintfocus guide will help you get the most out of Beirut without weighing you down.The content of Footprintfocus Beirut guide has been extracted from Footprint´s Lebanon Handbook.
Jordan is an enticing, curious mix of new and old. From the glass-and-steel high rises of Amman to the goat hair tents of the Bedouin in Wadi Rum, this tiny country also abounds in ancient ruins. Petra is undisputedly the jewel in Jordan´s crown; a vast site of pink-tinged façades hewn into craggy rock faces. From floating in the Dead Sea to adventure activities in the desert, Footprint´s Handbook will help you make the most of Jordan´s highlights. Practicalities section with indispensable information on getting there and around. Highlights map and inspirational colour section, so you know what not to miss. Comprehensive, up-to-date listings of where to eat, sleep and relax. Detailed street maps for Amman, the main entry point for Jordan, as well as other key destinations From the shimmering blue blaze of world´s saltiest lake to the soft rose hues of Petra´s mighty Treasury, this concise Footprint Handbook will show you the the best of Jordan without weighing you down.