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Emirates and Sultanates

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March 16 to 29, 2022

With history professor Jim Sheehan, ’58, explore the city-states of the United Arab Emirates, the Sultanate of Oman and the State of Qatar—closed to Westerners for many years and awash in a striking mosaic of contrasts.

Anything you can Dubai can do better. Whether it’s because it has the world’s tallest tower, the only indoor ski slope in the Middle East and a palm tree-shaped housing complex in the sea, Dubai is tops. Behind the veil. Learn about Islam’s rich traditions at Dubai’s Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding and at the I.M. Pei–designed Museum of Islamic Art in Doha. Of mosques and minarets. Be awed by Abu Dhabi’s Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Center, which features the world’s biggest hand-knotted carpet, and marvel at Muscat’s Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, home to the world’s largest chandelier. Bridging the Gulf. Step back in time at Oman’s ancient oasis town of Nizwa, whose animal souk appears to have been frozen in time.

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$10,695 per person, double occupancy


James Sheehan

Jim Sheehan, '58, lectures on historic changes in European society, culture and politics. He is particularly interested in social and economic conditions that occurred in the 20th-century.

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