Continuing with this series of public domain photos from the CIA World Factbook, this post moves into the Middle East. There are no photos on the country pages at the Factbook website for Iran, Iraq, and Saudi Arabia, and so there are none here.
Water towers, Kuwait.
Restored dhow (Arab sailing vessel) on display in Kuwait City.
The design of the Burj-al-Arab Hotel in Dubai, United Arab Emiratres, is said to be based on the dhow’s sails.
Walls of the historic Bahrain Fortress
The Tree of Life, Bahrain, has survived for hundreds of years in the middle of the desert.
Jerusalem, Israel, at night viewed from the Mount of Olives.
The Street of Facades in Petra, Jordan, is made up of 44 tombs.
Wadi Rum, the largest wadi or valley in Jordan.
Dead Sea, Jordan
Hookah (above) and head-dress (below) shops in Amman, Jordan
The Sinai Monastery of St. Catherine’s, Egypt
Feluccas (sailing boats) on the River Nile, Egypt.
The Sphinx and the Pyramid of Khafre at Giza, Egypt.
The Pyramid of Menkaure at Giza, Egypt. Smaller ones are his wives’.
Stair-step construction shown on corner of the Khafre pyramid. The Great Pyramid of Khufu appears in the distance. Giza Plateau, outside Cairo, Egypt.
The Pyramids of Khufu (left) and Khafre on the Giza Plateau, outside Cairo, Egypt.
Pyramids of the Kushite rulers at Meroe, Sudan
CIA World Factbook regional map of the Middle East
Maps (left to right) showing the locations on the regional map above of Bahrain, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates, Israel, and Jordan