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Living in... great cities for history and ancient ruins

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These five cities are pieces of living history, where the past is not only present in everyday life, but tangible in myriad forms.
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Stepping back in time in Socotra

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As visitors flock to see the Yemen island’s Candyland-like features, the increase in tourism is both helping to ease poverty and straining traditional ways of life.
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Living in... Doha

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Once a small fishing village by a shallow bay in the Persian Gulf, the Qatari capital is now dazzling, filled with gleaming towers and financed by oil and natural gas reserves.
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Dubai’s toilet block cafe

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The Archive community centre, built in a former bathroom building, is luring the city’s hipsters with art and design books, weekend brunches and calligraphy workshops.
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A road trip to Jordan’s unsung sights

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From the place where Moses died to a city that hopes to become the next Dubai, the country’s lesser-known gems are peppered along a 370km route between the Dead Sea and the Red Sea.
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Echoes of an ancient land along Turkey's Abraham Path

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A modern re-creation of Prophet Abraham’s journey, the 170km trekking route across southeast Anatolia is part of an ambitious vision to unite the Middle East.
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