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The pearl fishers: The waters surrounding the island of Bahrain harbour untold hidden wealth

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Dubai: Winter on the beach

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On the path of righteousness in Jordan

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Dune roaming: Discover the real Arab culture in Abu Dhabi

Matthew Teller heads out of the city to the villages and oases where the traditional Emirati way of life still holds sway
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