No need to go too far for the four-day weekend

The GCC is still an untapped region in the travel world. But we’ve found some Instagram accounts brimming with ‘wish you were here’ content from Saudi Arabia to Kuwait to Bahrain, that are sure to stir some wanderlust in you for the four-day weekend ahead.


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Saudi Arabia has so much more to its identity than oil – photographer Majed goes deep into the Kingdom’s wonders like you’ve never seen before. Expect to be blown out of the desert.


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#تبوك وادي الديسة

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Kuwait is primarily known for its rich pickings in the food department. But Bader, who uses a Fujifilm, captures everyday life in Kuwait City in a way that brings you one step closer to its people. Visceral stuff.


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#streetphotography #fujifilm #kuwait🇰🇼#everydaykwt

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There’s Oman and then there’s Dhofar in Oman – a place that would even stop David Attenborough in his tracks. This feed is nothing short of National Geographic quality with natural wonders to make you misty-eyed.


For ‘the road less travelled’ vibes, Ali Kazerooni’s plethora of alleyways will hit a chord. The Bahrain-centric feed will give you that itch to be spontaneous and up sticks to wander the streets of this charming island.


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// Muharraq Alleys 🌀//

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Even if you’ve ‘done’ the UAE, Khadija Ibtisam’s photos will make you feel like you need to do it again. Between quirky architecture, intimate human interactions and dunes for days, she gets under the skin of the nation.


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Right then and there #agameoftones #dametraveler #thelensbible

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If art and travel birthed an Instagram account, it would be Aziz Mutawa’s. His lens zooms in on the ordinary in an extraordinary way. If you want to spruce up your composition skills, give it a follow.


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Color Spectrum

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A quick glance through Tasneem Alsultan’s documentary-style photos of Saudi Arabia and you’ll truly feel like you are on the other side of the world. Oh and she’s an ambassador for Canon – need we say more?


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My first attempt at shooting stars…#NoCloudsButPlentyStars#makeawish #stars #shootingstars #saudiarabia #everydaymiddleeast

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Stock up on your portable petrol tanks on your next road trip because getting to the terrains of Oman that Aziz Hadhram ventures out to, is serious business. If mountains are what you want, mountains you will get.


For travellers who want to get down into a country’s underbelly, Karim Mostafa goes where few have trodden and humanises areas wrought with social-political issues. He’s also a regular on @everydaymiddleeast.

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