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Middle East

Humble Oman

Storytelling is an integral part of Omani life and TV presenter Kate Humble tells her tale of how she discovered Oman.

Spend summer in paradise

Dubai is no longer a dream holiday destination – it doesn't cost the earth to make your fantasy holiday a reality

The ultimate destination

There are luxury resorts, vast shopping malls and exquisite restaurants waiting for you in Dubai, a holiday paradise

Turkey's finest: Istanbul is the most popular kid on the 21st-century

If you want a metaphor for modern Istanbul, look no further than the Marmaray tunnel. It's currently being dug under the Bosphorus to link Sirkeci Station, near the Grand Bazaar, with the ferry port of Uskudar on the Asian shore. The work will take three years to finish; maybe more because workmen keep discovering ancient objects that have to be removed and lovingly catalogued.

48 Hours In: Dubai

The searing heat of summer has mellowed in the Gulf states, making this Emirati city an appealing choice for some winter sun, says Nick Boulos

The filth and the fury: A mountain of rubbish is blighting Lebanon's

The wretched of the earth high above turquoise blue seas; take a face mask with you before you clamber up the Jabal al-Zbeleh – the 'Mountain of Rubbish' – and just imagine the beauty of the beach that still exists six storeys of muck below you. These days, you might need the face mask when you observe Lebanon's politics, but the moment you see the middle-aged Palestinians of this place, filthy and gaunt, their shirts and trousers pasted with the detritus of Lebanon, you can only feel compassion. They work high atop this vile garbage heap, to ferret out old plastic and leather and metal and still-ripe tomatoes amid flies and rats and wild dogs and rotten food and used hospital syringes and torn-open sacks of household rubbish and methane gas.