Tag Archives: Middle East

360° Travel: A Tour Of The Old City Of Jerusalem

AirPano VR (May 5, 2023) – Surrounded by ancient walls, the Old City of Jerusalem is home to holy sites such as the Western Wall, Dome of the Rock Islamic shrine, and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, which dates to the 4th century.

Shops and markets selling prayer shawls, rosaries, and ceramics fill busy alleys, while food stalls serve falafel, pita, and fresh-squeezed juice. In a medieval citadel, the Tower of David museum chronicles the city’s history. 


Middle East Ecosystems: Can The Dead Sea Be Saved?

DW Documentary (May 1, 2023) – The Dead Sea, shared by Israelis, Jordanians and Palestinians, is drying up. The salt lake, famous for its exceptional geographical location and its healing properties, is the deepest of its kind on earth.

The drying up of the Dead Sea is causing widespread damage, from huge sinkholes to abandoned beaches and collapsed roads. This is not an act of nature. It is the result of overconsumption and poor water management. If something is not done soon, very little of the Dead Sea will remain. In a region marked by ongoing conflict, natural resources are being depleted. To save the Dead Sea, surrounding countries must work together.

Three individuals — a Jordanian, an Israeli and a Palestinian — feel they can’t just sit idly by. They decide to draw the world’s attention to the problem with a heroic act. In an unprecedented and extremely dangerous undertaking, the three decide to swim across the Dead Sea, from Jordan to Israel, to highlight the plight of the dying waters.

Syria Views: A Tour Of The Old Markets In Damascus

Safartas Videos (May 2, 2023) – A walking tour in the old markets of Damascus, Syria, starting from Bab Al-Jabieh Gate ( باب الجابية ) all the way to Umayyad mosque.

Video timeline: 00:00 Bab Al-Jabieh (باب الجابيه) 00:15 Al-Niswan Market (سوق النسوان) 02:00 Al-Deraa Market (سوق الدراع) 03:50 Madhat Basha Market (مدحت باشا) 08:44 Khayateen Market (سوق الخياطين) 11:35 Nur Al-Din Madrasa (المدرسة النورية) 14:16 Buzureih Market (سوق البزورية) 18:50 Umayyad mosque (الجامع الأموي)

Damascus is the capital of Syria, the oldest capital in the world and, according to some, the fourth holiest city in Islam. Known colloquially in Syria as aš-Šām and dubbed, poetically, the “City of Jasmine”, Damascus is a major cultural center of the Levant and the Arab world.

Syria Views: Walking Tour Of Jamilah Market, Aleppo

Uploaded March 26, 2023 – A walking tour in Jamilah market in Aleppo, the first day of the holy month of Ramadan, on Thursday, March 23, 2023.

Aleppo, Arabic Ḥalab, Turkish Halep, principal city of northern Syria. It is situated in the northwestern part of the country, about 30 miles (50 km) south of the Turkish border. Aleppo is located at the crossroads of great commercial routes and lies some 60 miles (100 km) from both the Mediterranean Sea (west) and the Euphrates River (east).

Filmed and edited by: Safartas

Views: How Black Market Oil Fuels Terrorism (2023)

National Geographic (March 23, 2023) – Join Mariana van Zeller as she examines the role that oil plays in the operations of some of the world’s most powerful terrorist organizations.

Catch all-new episodes of #TraffickedWithMarianavanZeller, Wednesdays at 9/8c on National Geographic.

Travel In Israel: Carmel Market To South Tel Aviv

March 19, 2023 – A walking tour of Carmel Market, King George St., Dizengoff Center, Habima Theatre, Rothschild Blvd., and South Tel Aviv.

Video timeline: 00:00 Carmel Market 13:03 King George St. 24:40 Dizengoff Center 27:24 Dizengoff St. 30:26 Dizengoff Square 32:08 Dizengoff St. 43:00 Habima Theatre 45:21 Rothschild Blvd. 01:09:16 South Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv–Yafo, Yafo also spelled Jaffa or Joppa, Arabic Yāfā, major city and economic centre in Israel, situated on the Mediterranean coast some 40 miles (60 km) northwest of Jerusalem.

Tel Aviv was founded in 1909 as a Jewish garden suburb of the ancient Mediterranean port of Jaffa (now Yafo), with which it was joined in 1950. By the beginning of the 21st century, the modern city of Tel Aviv had developed into a major economic and cultural centre. Tel Aviv is headquarters for a number of government ministries, including the Ministry of Defense, as well as other public organizations, such as the Histadrut (General Federation of Labour). Most of the foreign embassies in Israel are also located in the city. In addition, most of Israel’s large corporations are headquartered in Tel Aviv.

Filmed and edited in Spring 2023 by Relaxing WALKER

Cover: Claremont Review Of Books – Spring 2023

Claremont Review of Books

Claremont Review of Books (Spring 2023):

He Could Spellbind and Slay

He Could Spellbind and Slay

Is Willmoore Kendall’s constitutional morality still possible?

One King to Rule Them All

One King to Rule Them All

Cyrus should be counted among history’s greatest men.

Remembering the Answers

Remembering the Answers

Lamenting the death of the 

Director’s Reel: An Aerial Tour Of Europe And Asia

March 2023: The Seeker is my new drone 2023 reel.  This short film is a kind of aerial footage reel that showcase the variety of different videos that I shot during the past several years. 

Divided into two categories “nature and city” this 2-and-a-half-minute reel reveals just a glimpse of the diversity of some of my drone footage. 
Shot primarily in European locations this reel featured countries such as Russia, Spain, Portugal, Iceland, Italy, Norway, UAE and others. 

Filmed and edited by: Madebyvadim

360° City Views: Jerusalem

JerusalemHebrew Yerushalayim, Arabic Bayt al-Muqaddas or Al-Quds, ancient city of the Middle East that since 1967 has been wholly under the rule of the State of Israel.

Long an object of veneration and conflict, the holy city of Jerusalem has been governed, both as a provincial town and a national capital, by an extended series of dynasties and states. In the early 20th century the city, along with all of historic Palestine, became the focus of the competing national aspirations of Zionists and Palestinian Arabs. This struggle often erupted in violence. The United Nations (UN) attempted to declare the city a corpus separatum (Latin: “separate entity”)—and, thus, avert further conflict—but the first Arab-Israeli war, in 1948, left Jerusalem divided into Israeli (west Jerusalem) and Jordanian (East Jerusalem) sectors. The following year Israel declared the city its capital. 

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Historic Walks: Magdala, The Sea Of Galilee, Israel

Relaxing WALKER – The Magdala hotel is one of Israel´s newest and most uniquely situated hotels in the Galilee. Found in the recently discovered first century town of Magdala, at the shores of the Sea of Galilee, guests can experience an ambience of serenity, extraordinary natural beauty, and ancient history.

Magdala was an ancient Jewish city on the shore of the Sea of Galilee, 3 miles north of Tiberias. In the Babylonian Talmud it is known as Magdala Nunayya, and which some historical geographers think may refer to Tarichaea, literally the place of processing fish. It is believed to be the birthplace of Mary Magdalene.