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Visit sites excavated by National Geographic grantees: the UNESCO World Heritage site of Bat, the fishing village of Qantab, and the rock art of Tanuf. Travel inland to the palm tree oasis of Birkat al Mawz and walk through a traditional falaj irrigation field. Chris Thornton is the Lead Program Officer of Research, Conservation, and Exploration at the National Geographic Society and the Director of Excavations at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Bat in the Sultanate of Oman. Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is an imposing religious and national landmark in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
The main prayer hall features the world’s largest chandelier under the main dome, as well as the world’s largest hand-knotted carpet made in Iran.


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But unlike the tower in Pisa, the Capital Gate building has been deliberately engineered to slant. The floor plates are stacked vertically up to the 12th floor, after which they are staggered over each other by between 300 mm to 1,400 mm -- giving the tower its lean, the owners said. Or take a scenic drive enjoying views of Oman's magnificent coastal scenery; travel through small, sea-side villages, take a beach walk and enjoy a picnic lunch overlooking the waters of the Gulf of Oman.
This type of irrigation system has been in use here for some 1,500 years and was recently added to the UNESCO World Heritage list. Initiated by the late president HH Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque’s architectural design is a blend of Moroccan and traditional Turkish with many global features.


It has approximately 1,000 columns in its outer areas which are clad with more than 20,000 marble panels inlaid with semi-precious stones. UAE lays claim to world's furthest leaning tower - Cultural Differences - Forum - China.org.cn China, Breaking News, News - Powered by Discuz!
It is a very special feeling climbing all the stairs to the top of the Pisa tower, everything is leaning. He has lectured at universities and conferences around the world on the origins of metallurgy and the rise of complex societies in the Middle East and Central Asia. In his current position at the National Geographic Society, he oversees grants in anthropology, archaeology, astronomy, geography, geology, and paleontology, and he advises National Geographic media on those topics.



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