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7203-طريق كرا القديم في الطائف Old Kra Road
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Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities
7201-طريق كرا القديم في الطائف Old Kra Road
Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities
7202-طريق كرا القديم في الطائف Old Kra Road
Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities
7101-قصر شبرا في الطائف Qasr Shoubra
Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities
7102-قصر شبرا في الطائف Qasr Shoubra
Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities
7104-قصر شبرا في الطائف Qasr Shoubra
Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities
7103-قصر شبرا في الطائف Qasr Shoubra
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Al-Ta'if Sewage Treatment Plant Extension Main Control Room
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Mount Dhaka
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Shifa
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Shifa
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Mother Mosque Sheikh Sulaiman bin Abdulaziz Al Rajhi
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Novgorod. Yaroslav's Court.
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Singapore Flyer
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Last group photo of the 2008 field season on McCall Glacier (080819 1234)
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Inside the Port Shepstone Lighthouse
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Xiao Budalagong-a Tibetan buddhist temple in Chengde
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Merlion's Head
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(Nearly) Inside Rano Kau Volcano
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Monument Valley
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Dachstein, View from 5 Fingers
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Boat Quay
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Hungarian-Turkish War Memorial at Szigetvar
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Cathedral of Worms, southern portal
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Modern civilization began right here in the Tigris-Euphrates river valley. Also known as the Fertile Crescent or Mesopotamia, this is the place where, six thousand years ago, agriculture, writing and mathematics were brought into widespread use.The term "Middle East" comes from the British navy, which used it to describe the countries on the trade route from Europe to India and China. Everything from Afghanistan to Morocco may possibly be classified as "middle eastern", depending on whom you ask -- and when.Only a partial list of past Empires in the middle eastern territory includes Sumeria, Babylonia, Persia, the Ottoman Empire and the Roman Empire!When northern Europe was still lurking about in slimy cold stone castles playing chess, the Middle East was enjoying the flowers of poetry, luxurious craftsmanship, music and literature. In fact, the Renaissance in Europe was partly inspired by stories brought back from the middle east by travelers along the trade route.Strategic location, religious history and the world's largest supply of crude oil have kept the Middle East at the center of world activity for centuries. The saga continues.Text by Steve Smith.