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Ras al-Khaimah on the Persian Gulf

Ras al-Khaimah on the Persian Gulf

[caption id="attachment_26554" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © rasalkhaimahtourism.com[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Ras al-Khaimah is a Persian Gulf Arab emirate and a member of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Its name means "Top of the Tent". The emirate is in the northern part of the UAE, bordering Oman's exclave of Musandam. It covers an area of 1,684 square km. The capital city and home of most residents is also called Ras Al Khaimah. The city has two main sections, Old Ras Al Khaimah and Nakheel, on either side of a creek....

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Khor Fakkan on the Gulf of Oman

Khor Fakkan on the Gulf of Oman

[caption id="attachment_153624" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Sunrise over Oman Bay © Stzeman/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Khor Fakkan is a town located along the Gulf of Oman on the east coast of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The town, the second largest on the east coast after Fujairah, is set on the picturesque bay of Khor Fakkan, which means "Creek of Two Jaws". Khor Fakkan belongs to the emirate of Sharjah but is geographically surrounded by the emirate of Fujairah. It is a natural deep water port that is no...

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Theme Week Guyana - New Amsterdam

Theme Week Guyana - New Amsterdam

[caption id="attachment_184635" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Berbice River © flickr.com - madmack66/cc-by-2.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]New Amsterdam (Dutch: Nieuw Amsterdam) is one of the largest towns in Guyana, located in the East Berbice-Corentyne Region, 62 mi (100 km) from the capital, Georgetown. It is located on the eastern bank of the Berbice River, 4 mi (6.4 km) upriver from its mouth at the Atlantic Ocean, and immediately south of the Canje River. New Amsterdam's population is approximately 33,000. New Am...

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Theme Week Kuwait - Bubiyan Island

Theme Week Kuwait - Bubiyan Island

[caption id="attachment_168380" align="aligncenter" width="575"] Bubiyan Island © Vitor - arz[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Bubiyan Island is the largest island in the Kuwaiti coastal island chain situated in the north-western corner of the Persian Gulf, with an area of 863 km2 (333 sq mi). The island is uninhabited. The island is mostly flat and low, salt marshes cover most of the coast. There are some intermittent wadis in the center of the island. It is separated from the Iraqi mainland in the northeast by the Al-Zubayr ...

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Ciudad Bolívar in Venezuela

Ciudad Bolívar in Venezuela

[caption id="attachment_25683" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Ciudad Bolívar historical zone © Hiddendaemian/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Ciudad Bolívar is the capital of Venezuela's southeastern Bolívar State. It was founded as Angostura in 1764 and renamed in 1846. The town's original name of Angostura was a contraction of its full descriptive name, Santo Tomé de Guayana de Angostura del Orinoco (Saint Thomas of Guiana of the narrows of the Orinoco). The town also gave its name to the Angostura tree which grow...

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Wawel, former seat of the Polish monarchy

Wawel, former seat of the Polish monarchy

[caption id="attachment_24919" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Wawel from the Vistula river © Sharx/cc-by-sa-2.5[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Wawel is a fortified architectural complex erected over many centuries atop a limestone outcrop on the left bank of the Vistula river in Kraków at an altitude of 228 metres above sea level. The complex consists of many buildings and fortifications; the largest and best known of these are the Royal Castle and the Wawel Cathedral which is the Basilica of St Stanisław and St Wacław). Some o...

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Diest in Flemish Brabant

Diest in Flemish Brabant

[caption id="attachment_160733" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Market Square © Bescha[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Diest is a city and municipality located in the Belgian province of Flemish Brabant. Situated in the northeast of the Hageland region, Diest neighbours the provinces of Antwerp to its North, and Limburg to the East and is situated around 60km from Brussels. The municipality comprises the city of Diest proper and the towns of Deurne, Kaggevinne, Molenstede, Schaffen and Webbekom. Diest had a total population of 23,15...

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Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, capital of Camargue

Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, capital of Camargue

[caption id="attachment_160816" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Aerial view © flickr.com - Jean-Louis Vandevivère[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer is the capital of the Camargue in the south of France. It is a commune in the Bouches-du-Rhône department by the Mediterranean Sea. Population: 2,500 (50,000+ during the summer holidays). It has the second-largest area of all communes in Metropolitan France, smaller only than that of neighboring Arles. The village of Saintes Marie de la Mer, a place of warm recep...

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One57 in New York

One57 in New York

[caption id="attachment_191662" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © flickr.com - Anthony Quintano/cc-by-2.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]One57, formerly known as Carnegie 57 and nicknamed "The Billionaire Building", is a 75-story (marketed as 90-story) supertall skyscraper at 157 West 57th Street between Sixth and Seventh Avenues in the Midtown neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City. Upon completion in 2014, it stood at 1,005 feet (306 m) tall, making it the tallest residential building in the city for a few months until the comp...

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Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

[responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD; French: Organisation de coopération et de développement économiques, OCDE) is an intergovernmental economic organisation with 35 member countries, founded in 1960 to stimulate economic progress and world trade. It is a forum of countries describing themselves as committed to democracy and the market economy, providing a platform to compare policy experiences, seeking answers to common problems, identify good practices and coordinate domestic an...

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