09 Jun 2004 - 22 Jul 2022
Friday, 6 July, 2007, 11:13 ( 9:13 GMT )
I have had the honour to visit Libya for business several times this past year. Each trip has open-ed my eyes to wonderful new things. Fortunately, I have been able to find time to explore parts of this magnificent country at the heart of the Mediterranean. Now that relations are beginning to thaw between Libya and The Unit-ed States, I hope more of my fellow countrymen are able to visit so they too can experience Libya's rich history.
(Series of features about Archaeology and Civilisation - Part 5)
The Roman presence in North Africa is considered by many historians to have represented a period of great development and progress. This opinion is based on the fact that, at that time, the Roman cities of the day themselves represented an undeniable example of Roman architectural and engineering skills. This is particularly true at the city that had once been the fabled Leptis Magna and which today lays in ruins along the North African littoral, east of Tripoli.
The new Hotel and leisure complex Dar Tellile was the venue chosen by Repsol Exploration Murzuq S.A. to gather all employees with families for a fun and social activity recently. Repsol Exploration Murzuq S.A. thought it a good opportunity to gather all employees and their families, giving everyone the chance to socialize outside the working environment, in relaxed and tranquil surroundings.
(Series of features about Archaeology and Civilisation - Part 4)
For a lingering period of time Leptis Magna was to serve a purpose vastly different from its previous role as a centre for trade. As the Arab conquest of North Africa continued, the city was turned into a military stronghold from which the fierce attacks by nomadic tribesmen were met and, more often than not, successfully contained.
When I first returned to Tripoli from England in the early 90's I was very disappointed to find that bakeries were still in the 'command economy age'. “Take it or leave it”, seemed to be the motto and 'be grateful for what you get' was the attitude. But I am now very happy to say - as do most my ex-pat friends – that Tripoli today offers one of the best bakeries in the region.
The two episodes of THE SAHARAN SERIES filmed in Libya and entitled Waters Under the Earth and A Forgotten Civilisation are now complete and have been exhibited at two major TV Documentary Fairs - MIP-TV in Cannes, France and Hot Docs in Toronto, Canada where they aroused a great deal of interest from worldwide broadcasters. The films produced by A&AB; Productions (crew pictured) tell two separate stories about Libya’s historytell two separate stories about Libya’s history.
It had always been my wish since I arrive in Tripoli three years ago to go on a Desert tour. Recently my wish came true! It was an experience I shall always cherish; a fantastic trip that I would like to share with The Tripoli Post readers. It was a bright sunny day when we flew from Tripoli to Sebha Airport accompanied by our guide, Muhsen, who was assigned to us on the tour organizers Magic Libya. The drive from Sebha to the Ubari Magic Lodge on a 4x4 jeep on an almost complete asphalt road took us approximately 2.5 hrs. Starting from the last inhabited village of Twiwa, the trajectory goes off-road for about 7km through the Sahara golden sand
(A Tourist’s Perspective After Visiting Benghazi)
On a recent visit to Libya with a group of friends, we were amazed by what we saw in this North African country. Ours was a cultured tour cruising Libya’s coastline and visiting the country’s renowned Greek and Roman archaeological sites.
Many historians are of the undivided opinion that Leptis Magna was also a bustling and thriving metropolis. They estimate that by the time the city had reached the height of its importance as many as forty to fifty thousand people were living there. The historians also believe that Leptis Magna reached the peak of its grandeur under the Emperor Septimus Severus.
Not unlike most of the countries that are to be found in the region of the Mediterranean, Libya has an ancient history that can be traced back to the earliest civilisations known to have lived in the area.
Libya is still in the Process of Re-Branding itself as a tourism destination. The country certainly has great potential, boasting an extensive, undeveloped, unspoilt Mediterranean coastline, year-round sunshine, an abundance of Greek and Roman architecture and spectacular Saharan scenery, all within close proximity to Europe’s major generating markets.
Libyan cuisine culture is a mixture of Arabic and Mediterranean, with a strong Italian influence. Italy's legacy from the days when Libya was an Italian colony can be seen in the popularity of pasta on its menus, particularly macaroni. A famous local dish is couscous, which is a boiled cereal (traditionally millet, now fairly often wheat) used as a base for meat and potatoes. The meat is usually lamb, but chicken is served occasionally. Sharba is a highly-spiced Libyan soup. Bazin, a local speciality is a hard paste, made from barley, salt and water.
The city of Tripoli is very much a Muslim city, and one should understand that the culture reflects this in many ways. Tripoli and is home to the nation’s numerous National Archives and the Government Library, both of which are now open to the public. Additionally Tripoli has many interesting museums that feature numerous fascinating exhibits and collections not seen anywhere else.
One of the best-known municipalities of Libya is Ghadames. It is an oasis town 683 km. Southwest of Tripoli that has a population of about 20,000 (2005 estimate), next to the borders of Tunisia and Algeria. The old part of the town was surrounded by a wall. Today it is one of the best preserved of Arab towns in Libya. It has been declared World Heritage of the UNESCO.
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