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6 Great Middle-Eastern Cities Everyone Should Experience

6 Great Middle-Eastern Cities Everyone Should Experience

Are you an avid traveler? Or perhaps an adventure seeker? If the answer is “yes”, then your next destination should be the Middle East. Known for its desert sands and extravaganza, this part of the world will leave you breathless. However, you may ask what it has to offer. Well, perhaps the long, rich history might draw you in. Or the untouched beauty that awaits your arrival. The mountains, deserts, deep blue seas – you can find it all here.

Additionally, if you are more into relaxing and living large, then the stunning Middle-Eastern cities would be a great travel choice. From mountains, across the sands, to the seas, the Middle East has it all. Moreover, these places are interlaced with different cultures and people, which only make it more exotic. This is why you should definitely visit this part of the world, at least once. In case you do not know where to go, here are six great cities of the Middle East, that should satisfy your travel taste:

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1. Dubai

Known for its luxurious residents and over-the-top buildings, Dubai certainly deserves to be on this list. It probably is the most popular, and the richest of Middle-Eastern cities, and for a reason. It rose from the sands of the Persian Gulf, and developed quite quickly into the city of the future. Not only is it known for its modern architecture, with the tallest building in the world, the breath-taking Burj Khalifa, but it is also known for impressive feats of engineering in the shape of the Palm Islands. Seemingly, Dubai has everything you need. With just a little bit of money, you can have the best travel experience in your life. So hurry up, set your travel arrangements in order, and join the fun in Dubai!

2. Abu Dhabi

The capital of the United Arab Emirates, the city has been in Dubai’s shadow for years. Luckily, this is starting to change, as more and more tourists go to Abu Dhabi. And why shouldn’t they? The city boasts with great architecture and culture. There are also gorgeous parks and gardens for relaxation and some family time. However, one of the most popular landmarks is the Sheikh Zayed Mosque. The mosque stands tall with pride, bathed in a pure white color and golden ornaments, which only add to its beauty.

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3. Doha

Just like the previous two cities, Doha, too, offers modern buildings in its skyline. Luxurious hotels, shopping malls, and everything else a person might need. If you are more into culture, you can visit the Museum of Islamic Art. The building is constructed in the ancient Islamic architecture style with a little bit of a modern flare. You can find manuscripts, sculptures, and other artefacts inside the museum. Also worth a visit is the Katara cultural village.

4. Tel Aviv

Perhaps the opposite of Jerusalem – the holy city – Tel Aviv is a vibrant, holiday-ready metropolis. If you want to have fun while in Israel, this is where you should be. Located on the Mediterranean coast, Tel Aviv is perfect for relaxing by the beach and enjoying life 24/7. It has a variety of architectural styles, from Bauhaus to skyscrapers. Moreover, the tourists can enjoy a day at the beach, or in one of the beautiful parks such as Hayarkon Park or Dubnow Park.

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In addition to this, there are many museums, too. According to Wikipedia and CNN, Tel Aviv has the highest number of museums per capita of any country. Also, for those who like to party, there is a great night life scene in the city. All these offers can only mean that you will never be bored in this city. There is always something to do here. Finally, it can be said that Tel Aviv is a city that never sleeps.

5. Istanbul

Istanbul – a city split between the East and the West. History, culture, different people, great style, stunning attractions, and amazing food – you will find it all here, in one place. Visit places such as Hagia Sophia or the Blue Mosque. Walk around some of the many bazaars and witness the interesting culture of this remarkable city. Plus, you will have a great shopping spree. By walking through Istanbul, you will get drunk on the mixed spirits of the old and new, of the modern west and traditional east. Without a doubt, you will enjoy Istanbul and you will want to come back many times.

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6. Amman

The last city on this list is the capital of Jordan – Amman, a home to multicultural history, people and architecture. The central business centre, which boasts with modern buildings, is surrounded by traditional architecture that has stood there for centuries. If you are a true tourist, you would enjoy attractions such as the Citadel or the Roman Amphitheater. These are the places where you can see the remnants of the long history of Amman. There are other sights, as well.

Nevertheless, if you are not into history, you can always visit shopping malls and parks around the city. Or maybe have a delicious lunch in some restaurant because you should definitely have a taste of Amman’s multicultural cuisine. Be sure that it will leave you speechless.

Clearly, there is a lot to be seen and lived through in the Middle East. Even though it may not be so popular or well represented in the world, which is unfortunate, this part of the world most certainly deserves the opposite. Not only is it essential for its historic importance, but it is also crucial for the future of the world. As evidenced, many cities have only started to develop, therefore, there is a lot of life in front of them. Because of this, you should go there and see it all for yourself. Maybe even leave a mark of your own. Who knows what the trip to the Middle East can bring you. That’s why you should head out there and see what it has in store for you.

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Last Updated on September 28, 2020

The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

At the start of the year, if you had asked anyone if they could do their work from home, many would have said no. They would have cited the need for team meetings, a place to be able to sit down and get on with their work, the camaraderie of the office, and being able to meet customers and clients face to face.

Almost ten months later, most of us have learned that we can do our work from home and in many ways, we have discovered working from home is a lot better than doing our work in a busy, bustling office environment where we are inundated with distractions and noise.

One of the things the 2020 pandemic has reminded us is we humans are incredibly adaptable. It is one of the strengths of our kind. Yet we have been unknowingly practicing this for years. When we move house we go through enormous upheaval.

When we change jobs, we not only change our work environment but we also change the surrounding people. Humans are adaptable and this adaptability gives us strength.

So, what are the pros and cons of working from home? Below I will share some things I have discovered since I made the change to being predominantly a person who works from home.

Pro #1: A More Relaxed Start to the Day

This one I love. When I had to be at a place of work in the past, I would always set my alarm to give me just enough time to make coffee, take a shower, and change. Mornings always felt like a rush.

Now, I can wake up a little later, make coffee and instead of rushing to get out of the door at a specific time, I can spend ten minutes writing in my journal, reviewing my plan for the day, and start the day in a more relaxed frame of mind.

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When you start the day in a relaxed state, you begin more positively. You find you have more clarity and more focus and you are not wasting energy worrying about whether you will be late.

Pro #2: More Quiet, Focused Time = Increased Productivity

One of the biggest difficulties of working in an office is the noise and distractions. If a colleague or boss can see you sat at your desk, you are more approachable. It is easier for them to ask you questions or engage you in meaningless conversations.

Working from home allows you to shut the door and get on with an hour or two of quiet focused work. If you close down your Slack and Email, you avoid the risk of being disturbed and it is amazing how much work you can get done.

An experiment conducted in 2012 found that working from home increased a person’s productivity by 13%, and more recent studies also find significant increases in productivity.[1]

When our productivity increases, the amount of time we need to perform our work decreases, and this means we can spend more time on activities that can bring us closer to our family and friends as well as improve our mental health.

Pro #3: More Control Over Your Day

Without bosses and colleagues watching over us all day, we have a lot more control over what we do. While some work will inevitably be more urgent than others, we still get a lot more choice about what we work on.

We also get more control over where we work. I remember when working in an office, we were given a fixed workstation. Some of these workstations were pleasant with a lot of natural sunlight, but other areas were less pleasant. It was often the luck of the draw whether we find ourselves in a good place to work or not.

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By working from home we can choose what work to work on and whether we want to face a window or not. We can get up and move to another place, and we can move from room to room. And if you have a garden, on nice days you could spend a few hours working outside.

Pro #4: You Get to Choose Your Office Environment

While many companies will provide you with a laptop or other equipment to do your work, others will give you an allowance to purchase your equipment. But with furniture such as your chair and desk, you have a lot of freedom.

I have seen a lot of amazing home working spaces with wonderful sets up—better chairs, laptop stands that make working from a laptop much more ergonomic and therefore, better for your neck.

You can also choose your wall art and the little nick-nacks on your desk or table. With all this freedom, you can create a very personal and excellent working environment that is a pleasure to work in. When you are happy doing your work, you will inevitably do better work.

Con #1: We Move a Lot Less

When we commute to a place of work, there is movement involved. Many people commute using public transport, which means walking to the bus stop or train station. Then, there is the movement at lunchtime when we go out to buy our lunch. Working in a place of work requires us to move more.

Unfortunately, working from home naturally causes us to move less and this means we are not burning as many calories as we need to.

Moving is essential to our health and if you are working from home you need to become much more aware of your movement. To ensure you are moving enough, make sure you take your lunch breaks. Get up from your desk and move. Go outside, if you can, and take a walk. And, of course, refrain from regular trips to the refrigerator.

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Con #2: Less Human Interaction

One of the nicest things about bringing a group of people together to work is the camaraderie and relationships that are built over time. Working from home takes us away from that human interaction and for many, this can cause a feeling of loss.

Humans are a social species—we need to be with other people. Without that connection, we start to feel lonely and that can lead to mental health issues.

Zoom and Microsoft Teams meeting cannot replace that interaction. Often, the interactions we get at our workplaces are spontaneous. But with video calls, there is nothing spontaneous—most of these calls are prearranged and that’s not spontaneous.

This lack of spontaneous interaction can also reduce a team’s ability to develop creative solutions—there’s just something about a group of incredibly creative people coming together in a room to thrash out ideas together that lends itself to creativity.

While video calls can be useful, they don’t match the connection between a group of people working on a solution together.

Con #3: The Cost of Buying Home Office Equipment

Not all companies are going to provide you with a nice allowance to buy expensive home office equipment. 100% remote companies such as Doist (the creators of Todoist and Twist) provide a $2,000 allowance to all their staff every two years to buy office equipment. Others are not so generous.

This can prove to be expensive for many people to create their ideal work-from-home workspace. Many people must make do with what they already have, and that could mean unsuitable chairs that damage backs and necks.

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For a future that will likely involve more flexible working arrangements, companies will need to support their staff in ways that will add additional costs to an already reduced bottom line.

Con #4: Unique Distractions

Not all people have the benefit of being able to afford childcare for young children, and this means they need to balance working and taking care of their kids.

For many parents, being able to go to a workplace gives them time away from the noise and demands of a young family, so they could get on with their work. Working from home removes this and can make doing video calls almost impossible.

To overcome this, where possible, you need to set some boundaries. I know this is not always possible, but it is something you need to try. You should do whatever you can to make sure you have some boundaries between your work life and home life.

Final Thoughts

Working from home can be hugely beneficial for many people, but it can also bring serious challenges to others.

We are moving towards a new way of working. Therefore, companies need to look at both the pros and cons of working from home and be prepared to support their staff in making this transition. It will not be impossible, but a lot of thought will need to go into it.

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