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Imbued with a sense of the divine, these five locales are known for their religious histories and sacred spaces that attract visitors and devotees from around the globe.
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Walkabout love in the Negev Desert

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An Israeli ashram between two firing ranges hosts a nomadic group of activists, who are spreading the gospel of peace via a unique festival.


The African Israelites

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In Dimona, black Hebrews have slowly built upon their utopian vision, which involves everything from the community’s spiritual growth to lying on a bed of nails.


On the road to nowhere in Palestine

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Lonely Planet writer Amelia Thomas hails a taxi for Beit Sahour, but come nightfall there is still no sign of her hotel.


The adrenaline sports capital of the Middle East

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Lebanon’s capital Beirut is the land of snow and ice, with its surrounding mountains hosting a nascent sports industry.
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What to eat at a Dubai iftar

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To celebrate the holy month of Ramadan, Dubai hotels put together lavish daily spreads that include Arabic mezze, Emirati lamb and sticky sweet pastries.
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