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Chasing shadows and light in Iran

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Marian Reid explores the country’s desert towns, where 3,000 years of generations have adapted to the harsh environment to create a beautiful and timeless world.
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Living in... the world’s most affordable cities

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Inexpensive housing, food and transport make these five cities some of the world’s most budget-friendly – but it is their energy and atmosphere that make living there truly priceless.
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Oman’s operatic shift in sound – and sin

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Muscat’s state-of-the-art opera house has hosted Andrea Bocelli and Yo-Yo Ma, sparking controversy – and, as other Arab countries follow suit, a shift in conservative cultures.
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Rare wakeboarding footage in the wondrous Jeita Grotto

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Watch Red Bull athlete, Duncan Zuur surf through Lebanon’s marvellous crystal-filled cave, a sight rarely caught on film.
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Where purposeless walking lives on

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In a fast-paced world, the art of purposeless walking is fading. On these five spectacular trails, rediscover the benefits of wandering – no goal in sight.
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The United Nations of mosques

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Abu Dhabi’s Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque was built to welcome the world – and has an open-door policy that harkens back to the golden age of Islam.


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