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Saudi Arabia

The Lonely Castle

The remote tomb known as Qasr al-Farid is carved right into a giant Saudi Arabian boulder.
Muscat, Oman

Chandelier at the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque

This spectacular mosque houses the second-largest chandelier in the world.
Saudi Arabia

The Edge of the World

These towering cliffs jut dramatically from the middle of a barren desert.
Quriyat, Oman

Majlis al Jinn Cave Chamber

This giant underground cave chamber can only be accessed through a small opening at the top.
Muscat, Oman

The Muttrah Souq

This bazaar is one of the oldest in the Arabian world.
Qalhat, Oman

Bibi Maryam Mausoleum

This lonely tomb is all that remains of a once-bustling ancient trade hub visited by Marco Polo.
Sur, Oman

Dhow Factory of Sur

Where artisans use centuries-old techniques to build traditional Arabian ships.
Qurayyat, Oman

Bimmah Sinkhole

A sinkhole turned swimming hole, full of dazzling turquoise water.
Oman

Snake Canyon

Nature's water park in the Wadi Bani Awf valley is full of pools flanked with cliffs and natural water slides.
Ibri, Oman

Beehive Tombs of Bat

Groups of prehistoric tombs that dot the mountains of Northern Oman.
Nakhl, Oman

Nakhal Fort

An imposing Omani fortress surrounded by date palm trees.
Shaharah, Yemen

Shaharah

One of the most remote and isolated villages on the Arabian Peninsula.
Zabid, Yemen

Brick Buildings of Zabid

Elaborate patterns adorn the city's disappearing traditional architecture.
Jiblah, Yemen

Queen Arwa Mosque

One of Yemen’s oldest and most beautiful mosques was named for the incredible, historical queen buried inside it.
Yemen

Hababah Water Cistern

A mesmerizing reservoir nestled at the heart of a pre-Islamic Yemeni village.
Sana'a, Yemen

Dar al-Hajar

Yemen's "Stone Palace" looks like it was carved right out of the tall stone column on which it is built.
Tarim, Yemen

Minaret of Al-Muhdhar Mosque

The tallest minaret in Yemen is 150 feet high and entirely made of mud.
Shibam, Yemen

Shibam

A city built from mud and known as the "Manhattan of the desert."
Duqm, Oman

Rock Garden Duqm

A section of the desert with an array of unusual sandstone and limestone formations.
Oman

Wadi Dawkah Frankincense Trees

These gnarly desert trees produce the prized aromatic resin traded along the ancient incense trail.