A city of goats and ghosts

CHANGING FORTUNES: Jerash once commanded a pivotal position in the Roman Empire but today is little more than the skeletal remains of a great city.

The city of Jerash in northern Jordan is an empty Roman outpost that even now feels alive.

Lost in the age of iPhones

Medieval magic

Sphinx area open to tourists

THE SPHINX RETURNS: The sphinx (C) is pictured near the pyramids of Menkaure (R) and Khafre in Giza, during its reopening ceremony.

After nearly 4 years, Egypt will open the courtyard in front of the Sphinx to tourists once again.

Travel for a nip'n'tuck

TRAVEL FOR A NIP'N'TUCK: After splashing out on medical infrastructure over the past years, Dubai already ranks globally and aims to move up the list of top international destinations for medical tourism.

Dubai, known for its celebration of over-the-top glamour and luxury, is racing ahead to dominate the plastic surgery market.

Luxury train pulls into Tehran gallery

RIDE OF A LIFETIME: Tourists look out the window of a luxury train at a station in Tehran after arriving in the Iranian capital from Budapest.

This two-week luxury train journey from Budapest reportedly cost up to $39,000 a head.

Egyptian temples in the sun

IN THE SUN: The Great Temple of Ramesses II (left) and Small Temple of Nefertari (right)

Hundreds of visitors gathered to watch a rare 3,200-year-old astronomical ceremony.

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