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Category Archives: Middle East

Misfat Al A’briyeen, Hajar Mountains, Oman

Much of the traditional agriculture of the Arabian / Persian Gulf region is in decline or being abandoned. Costs of water and labour have increased as have the expectations of farmers. Imports are relatively cheap. But more remote areas of Oman’s Hajar Mountains remain exceptional examples of particularly cosmopolitan forms of agro-forestry. Here date palm [...]

The vulnerable heritage landscapes of Makbarat al Sahabi

The conflict that resulted in this battlefield and cemetery represents one of the largest and most decisive battles in this part of the region was in response to a revolt at Dibba in 632 AD (11 AH). At least a thousand people, on both sides, are thought to have died and been buried on [...]

The Satwa and Al Bastakiya districts of Dubai: Divergent processes of obliteration and conservation of heritage neighbourhoods

The Satwa and Al Bastakiya districts of Dubai:
Divergent processes of obliteration and conservation of heritage neighbourhoods

Urbanization, in what is today the United Arab Emirates, is a relatively recent phenomenon. There are a handful of ancient villages and a few older towns, such as Ras al Khaimah, but along this margin of the Gulf [...]

Balad Sayt, Hajar Mountains, Oman