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An ancient artefact unites Iran and the US

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The ancient Cyrus Cylinder of Persia, a historical symbol of tolerance and freedom and a source of pride for Iranians worldwide, has begun a nine-month tour of the US.
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Kick back on a kibbutz

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From eco villages to rural holiday resorts, one of Israel’s most influential ideas has had to change with the times.
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Five extended weekends from Europe

Desert camps, US city breaks and the mysterious Caucasus are all within reach for a short holiday.
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Thirsty Explorer

A shot of religion in the Holy Land

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Jerusalem’s booze-fuelled celebration of Purim is like Halloween, St Patrick’s Day and New Year’s Eve all rolled into one.
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Ibiza nights in the Middle East

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In a city that likes to see and be seen – preferably in high-heeled Christian Louboutins – the latest star to walk up Dubai’s red carpet is legendary Ibizian beach bar Café Del Mar.
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In Dubai, spring is a time for polo

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In a country known both for its love of Arabian horses and for all things expensive, polo has risen from a niche sport to an annual fixture on the city’s social calendar.
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