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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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13 Tips to Face Your Fears, Grow with It and Enjoy the Ride

13 Tips to Face Your Fears, Grow with It and Enjoy the Ride

Fear. I spend my life talking about fear — fighting fears, fixing fears and understanding fears. And yet I doubt I get 10 calls a year from people saying “Mandie can you help me fix my fear?”

Why is this so critically important to you?

The realization for me is that fear is not the fundamental driving force in your life it’s what regardless of whether I’m talking to a doctor, a teacher, a CEO’s, a senior citizens or teenager – every single one of those conversations has a direct correlation with your world.

Fear can range from the overwhelming desire to look away or stop in your tracks to literally fleeing your country and the life you knew. In this article, I will share you with 13 tips to face your fears and enjoy the ride.

1. Know That Fear Is Real, but Can Be Overcome

Right now around the world people are facing fear — real fear. Fear that I pray my children and I will never experience. Does that lessen my fears or your fears in your relativity safe 21st century life?

When I look at the world we all live in, I find that fear like so many other emotions can mean so many different things to so many different people:

  • The child who has to be physically dragged to their first day of school.
  • The man facing the judge.
  • The woman with her hand poised over the buttons over her phone because she has to walk down a dark corridor late at night alone.
  • The man as the surgeon says “count backwards from 10 Mr Smith.”
  • The woman that’s told “We are sorry, we can’t help you.”
  • The man that faces the empty circle of a gun and prays for his very existence.

These and a million more (Portrayed in every kind of movie, book or song you could imagine) are what make us human. We face fear and somehow move forward or are stopped in our tracks.

Like the rabbit in the headlights of the car that veers off through the field away from the tyres of the car or stays still praying for salvation. Like someone will save them. Sound familiar?

Fear is huge. Fear is everywhere and yet fear can be overcome, controlled and can even be a power for good.

2. Accept Your Fear

Firstly if you aren’t facing the barrel of the gun, atrocities that make the news or impeding death, that’s a good start. However it doesn’t mean your fear is any less real.

We are quick to say “I can’t moan, my life is not as bad as X.” While in theory, that’s honorable your appreciation of Mr. or Mrs. X’s horrific life won’t change anything directly. So accept your fear is relative to you.

And here’s what can be done.

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3. Get Some Perspective

I found myself asking anyone that would answer “what is your worst fear”. The answer that intrigued me the most came from my daughter (15 years old and she usually has a copy of Fight the Fear – my book – in her school bag so she can help someone else be as positive and confident as her. No matter what life throws up.)

And her fear, surprised me — heights. I pointed out that we live in a sprawling bungalow (one storey) and the highest she goes is two storeys’ at school! She laughed but added, fear isn’t like that Mum. I know it’s not a real fear, but it’s like when you stand on a chair and feel unsafe.

That girl will go far. Because she truly gets fear.

We know something is scary and yet we still do it. Why? Because we have a perspective to the fear. When you lose perspective, it can feel too big, and too scary.

So look around you to get some perspective on your fear:

  • Are you really at risk?
  • Will this kill you?
  • Which leads us on to..
  • If the worse was to happen what would it be?

4. Hold a Hand

As a coach, it is my job to holds someone’s metaphorical hand and help them face a fear.

Like the child petrified of the thunder storm or the teen that can’t get back in a car again after failing their test, your job as a parent is to reassure, encourage, enable and motivate someone to face something that ideally they never would choose to again.

We know many of our fears aren’t real. However, it is only when someone guides us with love, respect, lack of judgement and safety are we able to get through fear. And trust me, you can get through your fears. I’ve seen it so many times.

Ask yourself:

  • If the worse were to happen, what would that be?
  • Could that really happen?
  • If the worse did happen, how would you recover?
  • If the worse were to happen, what would you need to do next?

By seeing fear as not the end destination but part of being human, you can see through it’s wily evil ways and move forward.

5. Know Whose Hand You Hold Either Physically or Emotionally

This helps with fears for the rest of your life.

Think of someone you can always rely on (and ideally you won’t just answer yourself because that adds a lot of pressure to your existence!) And you will find that you’ve already found a way to get through fear.

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The beauty of this is that it means that fear becomes part of life not something to be feared and shied away from.

It means you know you can turn to your friend, partner, colleague, parent, sibling and say “Right I need to deal with this, and I’m going to need you to help me.”

For one moment, think about it from the other person’s view point. When we get to help other people we feel valued, loved, respected and lots of other positive emotions and we get a good dose of positive chemicals setting off in our bodies too.

Your fear, and your determination to fight it, helped someone else too. Now that’s cool right?

6. Understand That There Are Some Things Fear Will Never Touch

I like to find role models in life — people who have faced heroism, history changing moments, war, atrocities, miracles, life saving inventions.

Not everyone was looking for greatness, however they all found it. And one of my favourite books to date is written about Alistair Urquhart, the forgotten highlander. If this doesn’t get turned into a film in the future, then no man’s story is likely to.

Alistair went through the most horrific experiences in the 2nd world war. If you think of one of the awful things that happened back then in our world, Alistair went through at least 3 of them! Asked afterwards how did you cope? He talked about how whatever they did to his body, no matter how they starved, tortured, threatened or mocked him, they couldn’t have his mind. In his mind he was free.

Of all the people’s voices I’ve heard in my head over the years, this is one of those statements that reminds me anything is possible if you have faith and hope.

Look for the things in life that fear can’t touch. They will create confidence and faith for the future, whatever you face. And they will give you a sense of why being you is awesome.

Of all the billions of people on this planet, no one will have an answer identical to yours!

7. Process Your Fears to Carry on with Life

Being brave is not about sticking your chest out and smiling regardless of what hell you endure. It is about finding a way to emotionally process your fears to be able to keep going.

I have a tool kit of things I can rely on – tools, strategies, techniques. They include people to hug or talk to, music. hobbies, walks on the beach and even my favourite food. It sounds mad but at the times where I have questioned “how will I get through this?” I’ve found immense joy in doing the most unlikely of thing that makes me smile.

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It may be a short lived moment of happiness. However, it reminded that nothing stays the same and I can find away.

One client told me that it was crazy when it felt like their world was falling around their ears to run a bath to the brim (you don’t waste water) get the best bath oils, light too many candles, lock the door and drink a glass of bubbly (champagne is only for special occasions.)

Did that moment fix the disaster that my clients life felt? No, however it gave them a moment of calm and the brain is far quicker to find solutions, resolve and motivation to keep going when you do that.

It may feel like madness to do something you love, however it can be a powerful way to help you find solutions to the fears you face in life.

8. Assume the Worse

If you read the statement from the client above. Notice how they assumed it was wrong to fill the bath up to the top? How bubbly is only for special occasions?

Think how naughty they felt to be doing something that was not allowed?

  • Think about what age it may have made them feel?
  • Think about how they feel about champagne?
  • What special moments it’s been a part of in their lives?

And you can see how the assumptions they made about their “right” to have these things was not healthy.

When I drag the assumptions out of people’s words for them to see, they are often struck by how negative the words make them feel.

Don’t assume your words aren’t impacting on you. You can go through fear and actually enjoy the ride when you take the time to understand how you are letting words get to you.

9. Take a Fear That Feels Insurmountable Right Now.

If you were to repeat it to me out loud, what would you say?

Would you have blame on yourself in there? Would you assume others can do it and it’s just you? Would you feel small, unsuccessful, useless, unworthy?

Usually, when you do this exercise, you are able to spot the untruths that run wild in your head convincing you that you are doomed. And rarely when we are faced with our assumptions is there is a lot of evidence to them.

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10. You Are Not Defined by Your Fear

One fear does not define your life – be mindful of that. It is likely to lead you to thinking of all the times you’ve succeeded and bring a moment of calm, confidence and faith back to you.

11. Go with Fear

When you learn to go with fear, you could find yourself actually having fun, no seriously – having fun.

I have a few amazing clients I’m working with right now who would describe themselves as life long worriers, or pessimists. In the past that has served them well, enabling them to keep safe, steer clear of risks and even develop strategies in the event of disasters. However, now they find it’s becoming hard to break the cycle and they really want to because it’s holding them back.

Notice how they’ve found their hidden fears and want to face them?

One client said “I knew this was going to be tough, and I knew I couldn’t fight it alone and I knew you would be the one to help me.” Before I sat an incredibly successful, confident, capable business owner with a family and a social life to die for.

However, I’ve learned that the most successful looking lives can hide things that impact on life, success, love, happiness and business.

We didn’t start with the fear that they felt was holding them back, we broke the fear down, and found lots of little obstacles that had been deemed as “life” and “unchangeable” and “that’s just the way it is” by developing awareness to the little steps on the road to their obstacles to happiness and success they were able to tackle them in a different way.

12. Discover Great Skills in Your Scary Moments

And in that clients words “I came here to work with you to grow my company, and my own personal skills. I didn’t expect to get the children to be cleaning up after themselves and my partner being more attentive! It all feels a little magic.”

The moral is that out of the scariest of moments, we can find great skills we didn’t know we had. Find better, healthier, happier ways to live and find ways to enjoy life more. (And have a bit of magic!)

What a great place to be in ready for the next fear that thinks it’s going to get in the way of you, right?

13. Own Your Fear

Think back over these tips and come up with at least one example for each one. Write them down. Put them on your phone. Turn them into a piece of art. Turn them into a poem. Frame them. Go for a fast walk across the fields, beach, down town and repeat these things in your head to the sound of your feet on the ground.

We rarely take the time to appreciate how far we have come, how much we can achieve or what we are capable of – by really owning the tips in this article you will have given your brain a big fat dose of “Damn right I can do this!” and the motivation and accountability to say “Let’s find a way” through any fear.

You can’t help but feel good when you see that can you? And fear doesn’t stand a chance, does it?

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