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DVA Nominee from the UAE

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In Search of Elysium: Aerial UAE in 4K

Ghadir Shaar

Created over a 10 month period, this short film by Ghadir Shaar is meant to show off the United Arab Emirates and all the country has to offer. See the UAE's sharp, rugged mountains and endless, sandy deserts, its sprawling city of Dubai with its world-renowned architecture (as well as the world's tallest skyscraper), camels, deserted towns, and stunning sunrises.  This video was AirVuz Drone Video of the Week, December Week 2 and is now a Drone Video Awards' Nature & Landscape nominee.

Istanbul: Where The Middle East Meets Europe

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Istanbul Aerial shot 2019

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In Istanbul, the Golden Horn is a natural peninsula which separates the area known as Old Istanbul from the rest of the greater city.  To best appreciate this historically and geographically significant area (as well as the stunning red roofs, mosque spires, and busy Bosphorus Strait), one simply can watch this beautiful Drone Video of the Week nominee by content creator impalos.   With modern skyscrapers in the backdrop, these aerial views reflect of the city’s storied history and beautiful architecture.

Jordan Highlights by Drone

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Lost in Jordan - NezarTash

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Take an aerial tour of the Middle Eastern nation of Jordan with this excellent piece by mezartash, which was nominated as a Drone Video of the Week finalist in November, 2019.  Some of the locations featured in the video include the ruins of Pella, a city in the country's northwestern corner; the ancient city of Petra in the southern desert, which has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site; the sleek modern towers of the capital city of Ammon; the rock formations of the Wadi Rum Desert; and more.

Kuwait City: Nighttime Dronelapse

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Kuwait at night

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Check out this stunning nighttime dronelapse of Kuwait City, compliments of contributor mungkey.  Situated near the middle of the country's Persian Gulf coastline, Kuwait City is home to about half the country's population.  The video includes some epic shots of the ball-shaped Kuwait Towers as well as Al Hamra Tower, the 80 floor architectural masterpiece which is the country's tallest skyscraper, standing 414 meters (about 1.35k ft.).  This video was picked as a DVOW winner in July, 2019.  

DVA Nominee from Turkey

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Turkey

Fabio Knoll

Top contributor Fabio Knoll was nominated as a finalist for the first annual Drone Video Awards for this magnificent piece from Turkey.  The video opens with some magnificent aerial footage of Istanbul, including the Sultan Ahmed Mosque (aka the Blue Mosque), the Golden Horn, Galata Tower, Rumeli Fortress, the Bosphorus bridges, and other sights from Turkey's largest city.  Most of the latter part of the video was filmed around the famous "fairy tale" chimneys of the Cappadocia area in the central part of the country.    

DVA Nominee from Dubai

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Dubai: City of Life

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The imposing yet perfectly arranged cityscape of Dubai enjoys a whole new look when captured via dronelapse, and top content creator Bachir Photo Factory knew just to pull this edit, which was nominated for Drone Video of the Week in October 2018 - together.  The glow of pulsing traffic at night, as well as the stunning night shots perfectly illustrate the busy, vibrant feel of modern Dubai. This video was also chosen as a Finalist in the Cities category for the second annual AirVuz Drone Video Awards.

Jordan: Wadi Rum, Petra, and More

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VISIT JORDAN

Chris Borg

Top contributor and drone pilot Chris Borg put together this amazing trip reel from the Middle Eastern country of Jordan.  Two of the main areas featured have become famous as filming locations.  The first is the Wadi Rum Desert, located in the southern part of the country, which was used for Lawrence of Arabia (1962) and later the 2015 edition of the Star Wars series.  The other is the ancient city of Petra, which has been featured in numerous movies, most famously Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989).

DVOW Nominee in Gilan Providence

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IRAN / Gilan -Amazing Land - Cinematic Footage [4k] - Dji Mavic Pro

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Contributor s.s.mirrahimi used a DJI Mavic Pro drone to create this stunning aerial tour of an area of northwestern Iran.  Gilan Province, is one of the 31 which make up this giant Middle Eastern nation.  Gilan occupies roughly the western half of the country's coastline on the Caspian Sea, the world's largest inland body of water. Much of the province is covered in forested mountains; with the heaviest rainfall in the country, its climate is considered subtropical. This video was a DVOW nominee in June 2019.

War-Torn Mosul, Iraq

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Mosul

Kelly's Heroes

Mosul is a war torn city of Iraq on the Tigris River. Professional award-winning drone cinematographers Kelly’s Heroes traveled to document Mosul for a Belgian television series. Unfortunately, war is not new to this area: Mosul lies on the ruins of the great Assyrian capital of Nineveh, once the world's largest city.  Its sacking in 612 BC killed thousands and was one of the most consequential events of ancient history. This video is a Finalist in the Drones for Good category in the second annual DVA's. 

Drone Tour of Israel

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Amazing Aerial Drone View of Israel

Ruslan Paul

Contributor Ruslan Paul created this amazing aerial tour of ancient and modern Israel.  Shot primarily with a drone but intermixed with some carefully edited ground camera footage, the video hits many of the top sights in this Middle Eastern country.  Treat yourself to epic views of the Dead Sea, the Masada hilltop fortress, the Monastery of St. George, Mar Saba Monastery, the Crusader city of  Acre, the modern city of Tel Aviv and its neighbor the ancient port city of Yafo, and finally Jerusalem.

DVA Winner from Saudi Arabia

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Saudi Arabia - Johnny FPV

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Top first person view (FPV) pilot and drone racer JohnnyFPV, who travels the world making FPV freestyle videos, created this magnificent video from Mada'in Saleh, an archaelogical site in northwestern Saudi Arabia .  With full permission from the requisite authorities, he gives us a unique view of one of the most iconic desert landscapes from the vantage of a quad-mounted GoPro. This was the Winning video in the 2nd Annual Drone Video Awards in the Cinematic FPV category and was FPV Video of the Year.

Doha: Capital of Qatar

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Doha, Qatar

Fit Lam Studios

Check out this amazing drone video of the fantastically wealthy Persian Gulf city of Doha, by top contributor Fit Lam Studios. Doha is the main city of Qatar, which has the distinction of being the world's wealthiest country measured by per capita income (as of 2017).  With a metropolitan population of nearly 2.5 million, Doha is the home of almost nine in ten Qataris.  Doha sports an impressive skyline, with nearly two dozen skyscrapers over 150 meters (500 ft.) in height and more under construction as of early 2019.

Drone Tour of Oman

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Oman

Huettehuette

In this video, top content creator Huettehuette skillfully combines drone and ground camera footage to memorialize an epic 10 day road trip through the Middle Eastern nation of Oman.  The country occupies the western end of the Arabian Peninsula, with neighbors (counter-clockwise from the northwest) United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, and Yemen.  Ride along for epic 4x4 rides through the desert, camping, boating in the Indian Ocean, and other adventures in this largely unknown Sultanate.  

Jordan's Wadi Rum Desert

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Wadi Rum Desert, Jordan

Fabio Knoll

Wadi Rum is a desert valley lying in the southern portion of the Middle Eastern nation of Jordan.  The area is home to some of the most spectacular rock formations anywhere on earth.  Famously, it was chosen as the primary shooting location for the legendary 1962 Columbia Pictures film Lawrence of Arabia starring Peter O'Toole. In later years, Wadi Rum "stood in" for the desert moon of Jedha in the 2015 Star Wars film The Force AwakensAward winning contributor Fabio Knoll created this marvelous drone's eye view of the great desert.  

Protest March on the Gaza Strip

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Gaza Strip: Great Return March

soliman anees

In this video, a drone pilot managed to capture the Great March of Return, a six month series of protests in Gaza, a strife-torn corner of the Middle East.  Captured by Israel in the Six Day War of 1967, Gaza was granted partial autonomy in 1994 under the Oslo Accords.  Since a takeover of the Gaza government by Hamas in 2007, it's been the scene of much strife as Israel sealed off the territory in response. This video is a nominee in the 2nd Annual Drone Video Awards' Drones for Good category.

DVA Nominee from Abu Dhabi

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The Arabic Illusion: Falcon Lens Award Winner

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The renowned hospitality found in Abu Dhabi draws millions of tourists every year to this city in the UAE. Locals warmly host all guests, just as travellers across the desert were welcomed in centuries past.  In addition to these courtesies, tourists are also offered attractions like the Drive Yas Marina Curcuit and Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque.  Top contributor Robin Maeter collaborated with Visit Abu Dhabi and Filmemacher Deutcheland to showcase the city in this impressive drone video for Etihad Airlines.

The Fortress of Masada

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Israel's Great Masada Fortress

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Masada is an ancient fortification built atop a plateau in the Judean Desert of southern Israel, overlooking the Dead Sea.  During the First Jewish War of the first century AD, Masada was the site of a famous seige by Roman troops following which the Jewish defenders (numbering perhaps a thousand) committed suicide en masse rather than surrender.  Contributor Nelly Volkovich used a drone to create an amazing aerial video of this hallowed mountaintop, which is a UNESCO World Heritage cultural site.  

Moreeb: World's Highest Sand Dunes

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Moreeb Dunes: The Sands of Time

PaulVlad

The Moreeb Dunes in the United Arab Emirates contain some of the highest sand dunes in the world.  The highest stands 300 meters (1k ft) above the desert floor, with a slope of nearly 50 degrees.  Contributor Paul Vlad used the dunes as backdrop for this stunning drone video, featuring aerial footage of a car driving through the endless desert as well as a model standing atop one of the dunes.  The Dunes are in a part of the Arabian Desert commonly known as the Empty Quarter, one of the world's largest contiguous desert areas.  

Lebanon by Drone

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Lebanon Adventure

Bachir_Photo_Phactory

Top contributor Bachir_Photo_Phactory used a drone to show the breadth of outdoor activities available in the small Middle Eastern country of Lebanon.  Ride along to get a bird's eye view of what is available to adventure seekers in this land, once known as the Switzerland of the East.  The video will give you bird's eye views of surfing in the Mediterranean, mountain biking in the country's extensive hills and mountains, rock climbing, waterskiing on the Mediteranean Sea, and even paragliding over Beirut! 

Golden Hour in the UAE

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Horizons

Ghadir Shaar

There is a reason every drone pilot is willing to wake up in the early hours or stay out in the cold for just the last few minutes of sunlight. It is Golden Hour, aptly named because of the beautiful, golden hue the setting or rising sun casts on everything around it. In this video by Ghadir Shaar, you'll see a series of epic golden hour shots showing the intense natural beauty of the United Arab Emirates.  His previous video, "In Search of Elysium", was a finalist for the second annual Drone Video Awards.  

Ancient Jerash

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Jerash, Jordan

Fabio Knoll

Jerash is an ancient city in northwestern Jordan, near the country's border with neighboring Israel.  It dates to the Antiquity, although it was nearly destroyed in an earthquake in the 8th century AD and later rebuilt.  The city bears the marks of having been in the orbit of both European and Middle Eastern civilizations at various times in its history.  Award winning contributor and pilot Fabio Knoll used a drone to create an amazing aerial tour of this city, which was unearthed by archaeologists in the early 1800's.

Iran's Masal Countries

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Iran's Masal Province

rezarafizadeh

Contributor and drone pilot Rezerafizadeh created this stunning aerial view of Masal region of Iran.  It's located in the province of Gilan in the northwestern part of the country, very close to the Caspian Sea and not far from the border with Azerbaijan.  Unlike most of the country, the region is heavily forested.  Prepare to be amazed by the views through the clouds of the stunning rolling hills of the area, called by some (for reasons which will be apparent when you watch) the "Green Roof of Iran".  

The Arabian Peninsula's Empty Quarter

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Rub Al Khali, the Empty Quarter

Verano47

Rub' al Khali or Liwa Desert (also known as the Empty Quarter) is the largest contiguous sand desert in the world.  Part of the Arabian Desert, it covers much of the Arabian Peninsula, including most of the United Arab Emirates.  The UAE portion of the desert became much more well known following its appearance as the dusty world of Jakku in Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015), the first of the Star Wars Sequel Trilogy.  In this video, you'll get an epic bird's eye view of Planet Jakku, courtesy of content creator and drone pilot Verano47.

Abu Dhabi: The UAE's Second City

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Beautiful Abu Dhabi 4K Drone Footage

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The United Arab Emirates is comprised of seven semi-independent emirates, the largest and best known of which is Dubai.  The second largest is Abu Dhabi, which sits to the west of Dubai on the Persian Gulf and which accounts for nearly 90% of the total land area of the UAE.  Contributor Humzz used a drone to create this stunning aerial tour of the Abu Dhabi's namesake capital.  The UAE's "second city", Abu Dhabi has experienced less explosive growth compared to Dubai, yet still boasts an impressive array of its own skyscrapers.   

The Lebanese Highlands

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Lebanon - Highlands

Fabio Knoll

Award winning contributor Fabio Knoll created this amazing aerial tour of the highlands of Lebanon.  Though a small country, Lebanon has an enormously varied landscape, with two parallel mountain ranges running down much of its north-south extent.  The highest mountains are in the northern parts of the Mt. Lebanon range.  The peaks here top out at a maximum elevation of around 3k meters above sea level (about 10k ft.).  This area is also home to Lebanon's six ski resorts, some of whose slopes are featured in the video.

Drone Tour of Jerusalem

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Above Jerusalem

Moshe Tutian

Jerusalem, Israel is the only city which is central to three world religions: Christianity, Islam, and Judaism.  Inhabited and fought over for millenia, it has a significance far out of proportion to its size.  The city, set in the hills of eastern Israel, on the edge of the Judean Desert, is also one of the most visually appealing cities on Earth.  In this remarkable drone video, you will get a bird's eye perspective of this ancient city, which is the center of the largest metropolitan area in Israel.  

Kessab, Northwestern Syria

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Kesab City, Syria

whitelilynights

Contributor Whitelilynights created this remarkable drone video of Kessab, an important city in the Middle Eastern nation of Syria.  It's situated in the northwestern corner of the country, near the border with Turkey.  Unlike the arid landscape of most of the country, the area around Kessab is densely forested and is a popular vacation spot for travelers seeking more temperate climates is this mountainous area.  Kessab was an Armenian settlement and its population even today is largely of Armenian ethnicity.   

The Dead Sea

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The Real Face of the Dead Sea - 4K

David Choukroun

Israel's Dead Sea, which sits in the eastern part of the country south of Jerusalem in the Judean Desert, is known for many superlatives, including being the lowest point on Earth (430 meters, or about 1.4k ft. below sea level) and the deepest hypersaline body of water.  Content creator and pilot David Choukroun uses a drone to advance the case that this inland sea is also one of the most beautiful places in the world.   Seeing this amazing bit of geology from a bird's eye view, you may agree with him.   

Tel Aviv: Modern Israel

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Tel Aviv-Jaffo, Israel: DJI Inspire 2 Footage

Ruslan Paul

The Tel Aviv-Jaffo urban area on Israel's Mediterranean shore, the second largest city in the country after Jerusalem (and the center of its largest metropolitan area), is a study in contrasts.  Jaffo is an ancient port city with multiple references in the Bible.  Lying a bit to the north of Jaffa, Tel Aviv is a modern city, founded in 1909 by members of the Zionist Movement.  Contributor Ruslan Paul used a DJI Inspire 2 drone to create an amazing aerial tour of the area, with its strikingly different core cities.

Mardin: Turkey's Mediterranean City

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Mardin (Heritage City)

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Top content creator and pilot jesus_tr used a DJI Spark drone to create this stunning aerial video of Mardin, a city in southeastern Turkey.  Mardin is the capital of the province of the same name, in Turkey's Southeastern Anatolia region.  The city lies just a short distance north of the Syrian border.  The city has been inhabited since the Bronze Age, and was part of two different Assyrian empires.  Most of its prominent architecture dates to its time under a Turkmen dynasty in the 11th-12th centuries.

Luxury Resort in the Empty Quarter

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Qasar Al Sarab

Fabio Knoll

Qasar Al Sahab is a five star resort in the heart of the Middle Eastern desert.  It's in the United Arab Emirates, not far from the great city of Dubai.  Top contributor Fabio Knoll created a stunning drone video of the recenly built resort.  The property is situated at the edge of the so-called Empty Quarter, which covers roughly the southern third of the Arabian Peninsula and is the largest uninterrupted area of desert in the entire world.  This area achieved a degree of fame by appearing as the planet Jakku in Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015).

Samarra, Iraq

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تصوير جوي لكربلاء المقدسة ممتع وجميل

عصام السراي

Here is an amazing aerial look at the Iraqi city of Samarra, located a short distance upstream from the capital city Baghdad on the Euphrates River.  The focus of the video is the gold-domed Al-Askari Shrine, the city's most distintive landmark. Built in the 10th century AD, it's one of the most important Shia' shrines in the world.  The shrine was heavily damaged in a bombing which occurred in February, 2006, during the height of the sectarian violence which broke out following the fall of Saddam Hussein.

A City in Iraqi Kurdistan

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The beautiful view of my city Iraq,kurdistan,akre

itzzz lawand

Check out this beautiful drone video of a city in the mountains of northern Iraq, compliments of contributor itzzz lawand.  Aqrah is one of the larger cities of Iraqi Kurdistan, a semi-automous region which covers much of the northern portion of this Middle Eastern country.  Aqrah is situated in the Nineveh Governorate, one of the 19 provinces into which Iraq is divided.  Iraqi Kurdistan is part of the broader historical/ethnic region of Kurdistan, which also covers portions of Turkey and Iran.

Masuleh: Ancient Iranian City

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Masuleh: Ancient City

rezarafizadeh

Contributor Rezarafizadeh used a drone to create this remarkable aerial view of the ancient Iranian city of Masuleh.  It's located in the northwestern corner of the country, in the province of Gilan near the southern shore of the Caspian Sea.  The city was founded during the Antiquity, in the first century AD.  As you'll see in the video, it's literally built into a mountain.  For reasons that will be clear, it's been said in the town that "the yard of the building above is the roof of the building below".

Nazareth, Israel

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Nazareth - 4K Aerial Footage

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Nazareth is the largest city in the interior of northern Israel.  Culturally, it is quite distinct from most other Israeli cities: it's roughly 2/3 Muslim and 1/3 Christian, with only a negligible Jewish population.  The city is mentioned frequently in the New Testament as a place where Jesus lived for a time, and as a result Nazareth receives thousands of Christians who visit on pilgrammages every year.  In this video, you'll be able to check out this ancient town from a bird's eye perspective.

FPV: Neom, Saudi Arabia

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Neom City - Saudi Arabia vision 2030 - NezarTash

nezartash

This is one cinematic, 4K FPV video, flown by pilot nezartash in Saudi Arabia. He’s taking us to three very unique, different and important destinations. First is Madain Saleh, the first UNESCO site in Saudi Arabia, oftentimes compared to Jordan’s Petra. Around 300 kilometers north of Medina, Al Ula was an important trade hub for the ancient Lihyanites and is now scattered with historic ruins. Finally, Neom is a planned cross-border smart city with technology that makes it a major tourist destination. 

Zekreet, Qatar

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Zekreet,Qatar

fotog.farhan

Contributor Fotog.farhan created this beautiful aerial video of the area around Zekreet, in the Middle Eastern nation of Qatar.  Zekreet is located in the northwest part of the country, which lies in the northeastern corner of the Arabian Peninsula.  Like so much in this oil-rich state, Zekreet's modern existence owes itself to proximity to Qatari oilfields and the equipment needed to produce them.  It's also home to the Zekreet Fort, a fortification which is believed to be about 200 years old.    

Camel Desert Crossing

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Visuals of Life-The Camel Crossing

PaulVlad

One of the fascinating things about the United Arab Emirates is the way that the very old and traditional scenes of its hinterlands contrasts with the modernity of it cities.  In this drone video by PaulVlad, you'll get an aerial view of a very traditional scene - a group of camels crossing the UAE desert.  Not so far geographically from the skyscrapers of Dubai, it would be almost impossible to distinguish this scene from one which could have been filmed (albeit not from a drone) two hundred years ago.  

Compilation Video

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The Middle East from Above

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With so much of the news flow about the Middle East concentrated on its all-too-common sectarian violence, the incredible beauty of this region is often overlooked. It's a land of vast deserts, ancient cities, and sacred sites associated with its role as the birthplace for three of the world's largest religions.  AirVuz created an compilation of some of the best aerial videos from across the great region.  Lose yourself in these drone views from across the Middle East including Dubai, Jordan, Israel, Lebanon, Iran, Iraq, and more! 

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