“Mark Abouzeid, economist and cultural documentarian, who has followed Oman’s economy closely, agrees.
“People living and working in the area, possibly in countries with draconian laws on alcohol, who visit Oman regularly, and, yes, do like their drink, may choose other holiday destinations,” he says. “But the fastest growing sector in Oman is cultural and natural tourism. These tourists tend to accept local laws and adapt. They’re looking for something different and will be drawn to Oman’s parks, beaches, natural reserve, etc, and will willingly accept new laws.”
Even labor shouldn’t be affected, according to Abouzeid, who says petroleum businessmen and engineers would likely be put off by the changes, but will go regardless “since work requires them to, as they do in Saudi Arabia.”
“Overall, Oman may suffer slightly, but I don’t think it will do significant damage to hotels over the long-haul,” he says.
“It will require the Omani destinations to promote heavily on the cultural and natural aspects of the country and reinforce the cultural norms that make it a unique and wonderful destination.”
Mark Abouzeid’s seminal work The New New World series has been chosen to represent the New European on the cover of the launch edition.
“The Faces of the New Europe”. Photographer Mark Abouzeid, with his project to re-enact classic Renaissance paintings with modern immigrants, shows how New Europeans are making Europe wealthier.
What do 21th century musician Dre Love, and Lorenzo de Medici, Italian patron born in 1449, have in common? According to renowned photo journalist Mark Abouzeid, they both represent versions of what Europe was, is and should aspire to be.
Sometimes recognition can from the least expected place. For Mark Abouzeid, a reference link from a visitor to his web site began an exploration with a very unexpected result: his New New World series had placed him in the top 50 results for 21st century famous artists. Continue reading →
Philippines based Preview Magazine recently commissioned Mark Abouzeid to spend 24 hours with Florence Hotelier and Foodie, Romina Diaz. The article with words and photos by Mark Abouzeid was featured in the December issue.
For close to a decade, Oman has been one of the best kept secrets of Asian expats and luxury travelers’. Mark Abouzeid returns to Muscat after 7 years to find an Oman making its international debut in fashion, culture and the arts.
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Mention to friends and family that you are planning a trip to Oman and, invariably, you will be met by dumb stares and the inevitable, “Where?” Seven years after being introduced Oman to travel and lifestyle readers around the globe, Oman’s reputation as an expensive, luxury destination and its geographical position between Iran and Yemen help to keep this jewel one of the best kept secrets of the Middle East.
“Located on the southeast corner of the Arabian Peninsula, Oman is a land of rich culture, undiscovered landscapes, and booming development. It’s diverse landscape offers beaches, mountains, wadis (gorges), and deserts that make it unique in the Gulf. ”
Mark Abouzeid collaborated with reknowned anthropologist, Anna Rastrelli, to realize a history of Florence’s Oltarno.
The large format, coffee table book includes over 100 photos from Abouzeid as well as never before seen historical reprints.
“What follows if the history of Palazzo Capponi embedded in the history of Florence itself. The story of this one building encompasses the stories of the family that built it and used it, and of the quartiere of Santo Spirito, where it is located. The story begins long ago, with the foundation of the city.”
Modern meets tradition at the camel races in wadi rum, jordan. A Bedouin rides a camel in a camel race in the desert of Wadi Rum on July 16th, 2009 in South Jordan. Spectators from Jordan and Saudi Arabia follow in their truck the popular traditional bedouin sport. (Photo by Mark Abouzeid/Bedouin Heritage Project)
How do you capture the entire character of a culture that has no written record, has lived for centuries in relative isolation and exists in complete harmony with one of the world’s most extreme environments?
Bedouin reside in every principal country in the region.
Unlike most indigenous tribes who eventually get displaced by immigrants, the Bedouin represent the common heritage of the Arab people. By understanding their history and culture, we can better understand the middle east, overall. The knowledge, wisdom and history that is at risk forms the historical foundation of all Arab people’s.
The Bedu have maintained a quasi nomadic quasi sedentary existence for centuries living in equilibrium with their surroundings, integrating into their host countries while never losing their own identity.