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Yet_land_bg Arabia through the Looking Glass: Dubai, Oman and Qatar

Dates: March 14 - March 28, 2017

Total Duration: 15 days

Cost: Approx. $8,690 per person, double occupancy.

Deposit (per participant): $1,000

Activity level: Moderately Active

Paul Bracken
School of Management, Political Science

Tour Operator: Distant Horizons

Region: Near Middle East


While in many ways pushing modernity to the limit, these three countries of the Arabian Peninsula are acutely aware of their Arabian essence. Our journey focuses on how deep cultural traditions are being carefully tended and nourished as their economies continue to prosper. Accompanied by Paul Bracken, begin your adventure in the ever-intriguing Dubai. Much has changed since the 1940s when Wilfred Thesiger was here but a ride in a water-taxi through Dubai Creek takes the group back to covered souks where sack-loads of herbs and spices fill the narrow alleys. Enjoy the opportunity to be part of Art Dubai where contemporary and modern art from the Middle East, Africa and South Asia is displayed in galleries across the city. Over the last ten years the fair has become a cornerstone of the area's rapidly growing art scene. Drive towards Oman stopping at Hatta located at the foot of the Hajar Mountains, where an old fort and walled date gardens survive magnificently. Cross the border into Oman whose astounding development has occurred at a very different pace and philosophical direction to that of the UAE. Explore Muscat, the capital of Oman and historically a seafaring city of traders and fishermen.

Explore the country's magnificent interior including a stop at Nizwa for its fabulous Friday market where men in embroidered hats haggle as they have done for centuries. Admire the spectacular fortress at Jabrin and experience the majestic mountains and tiny villages around it. Fly to Doha, Qatar's main city where Qatar's emir is building magnificent cultural institutions. Visit I.M. Pei's Museum of Islamic Art, a superbly brilliant piece of architecture housing one of the world's greatest collections of Islamic Art. Meet students at Education City where several US educational institutions are teaching a new generation and enjoy a private tour through the headquarters of Al-Jazeera. Fly home from Doha.

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Paul Bracken

Paul Bracken is a professor of management and political science at Yale University.  Bracken is a... more>>