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Qeshm Island, Iran
Qeshm
By Nicola Zolin
07 Aug 2014

Located in the Strait of Hormoz, in the Persian Gulf, the island of Qeshm is rapidly expanding, growing in population, business and infrastructures.
New hotels and living quarters are eating up the arid landscape to accommodate the tourists and the international business community. Qeshm enjoys the status of free enterprise zone: visas can be obtained easily by foreigners, the circulation and convertibility of foreign currency and capital is unrestricted. The city-capital has particularly become a major hub for Iranians tourists and business men alike. However, the West of the island is still inhabited by one of the most traditional communities of Iran. Fishing is the leading occupation, but an increasing amount of workers are employed in the gas extraction industry.

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Consumerism in Iran
Tehran, Iran
By Ruom
10 Jul 2014

Iran has seen a rise in the popularity of Western-style shopping and consumerism. Despite the sanctions imposed on them, the country’s economy continues to grow.

In the last few months we have witnessed improved relations between Iran and the West, while the upcoming negotiations for the lifting of the sanctions could pave the way for even more changes in the country and consequently also within the region.

Shopping has became a near obsessive ritual for young people, and especially women, who have now turned to buying beauty products and high-end western brands to fill the void of entertainment options and to “rebel“ against the array of restrictions they are subjected to.

During his visit to Cuba in 2012, former Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said “thankfully we are already witnessing that the capitalist system is in decay, on various stages it has come to a dead end — politically, economically and culturally.”

But the changes that have been taking place in Iran in the last few years seem to contradict this.

Despite slow mobile Internet connections, high prices for imported (most of the time smuggled) technological products and the constant governmental censorship of the media, Iranians are frantically buying smartphones, tablets and flat screen TVs.

Even if traditional Grand bazaars continue to be the favourite places to shop for regular Iranians they now face competition from huge shopping malls, which were erected in the outskirts of major cities across the country. And these offer western-style hypermarkets, international brands and colourful gaming arcades to list just a few temptations.

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Iʿtikāf, a reconciliation 12
By Saber Alinejad
24 May 2014

During the noon prayer, believers go rushed for ablutions.

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Apartments
kish island, iran
By Ulrik Pedersen
05 Oct 2013

Apartments for rich Iranians are located across the island. Kish Island, Iran.

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Women in the sea
kish island, iran
By Ulrik Pedersen
04 Oct 2013

Fully covered women in the sea. There is a beach just for families on Kish Island, Iran.

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Woman swimming
kish island, iran
By Ulrik Pedersen
04 Oct 2013

Woman is relaxing in the sea. With the hot weather at Kish Island, the morning swim is refreshing. Kish Island, Iran.

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Couple in the sea
kish island, iran
By Ulrik Pedersen
04 Oct 2013

Iranian couple swimming together in the sea. Kish island, Iran.

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beach volleyball
kish island, iran
By Ulrik Pedersen
04 Oct 2013

Men enjoining the beach volley at the local sports club. Kish island has international sports competitions. Kish Island, Iran.

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beach view
kish island, iran
By Ulrik Pedersen
04 Oct 2013

View of beach at Kish island, Iran. In 2010 the island was ranked among the world's 10 most beautiful islands in the world by New York Times.

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reflection
kish island, iran
By Ulrik Pedersen
03 Oct 2013

Beautiful beach house close to the beach. Kish Island, Iran.

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New city
kish island, iran
By Ulrik Pedersen
03 Oct 2013

New city areas are being built on other places on the island. Kish Island, Iran.

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Fun at the beach
kish island, iran
By Ulrik Pedersen
03 Oct 2013

There are possibilities for different activities at the beach. Kish Island, Iran.

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Man jumping in the water
kish island, iran
By Ulrik Pedersen
03 Oct 2013

Man jumping from a boat during sunrise. Kish Island, Iran.

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Horse Sculpture
kish island, iran
By Ulrik Pedersen
03 Oct 2013

A horse sculpture by the beach. There are many works of art around the island. Kish Island, Iran.

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Boat trip
kish island, iran
By Ulrik Pedersen
03 Oct 2013

Rich people are coming to Kish Island to enjoy the weather and the beaches. Kish Island, Iran.

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Woman walking on the beach
kish island, iran
By Ulrik Pedersen
03 Oct 2013

Iranian women can relax a bit more on Kish Island.

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Apartments
kish island, iran
By Ulrik Pedersen
03 Oct 2013

Apartments are built across the island for rich Iranian spending the winter at the island. Kish Island, Iran.

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Fun at the beach
kish island, iran
By Ulrik Pedersen
03 Oct 2013

With the beach available there are numerous activities available for tourists.

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Square on Kish Island
kish island, iran
By Ulrik Pedersen
03 Oct 2013

Amir Kabir square decorated with horses at Kish Island, Iran.

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sunrise
kish island, iran
By Ulrik Pedersen
03 Oct 2013

Women enjoying the sunrise on Kish island, Iran.

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family swimming in the sea
kish is
By Ulrik Pedersen
03 Oct 2013

Afghan family is swimming and playing in the sea at Kish Island, Iran

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women enjoining life at the beach
kish island, iran
By Ulrik Pedersen
03 Oct 2013

Women enjoying life in Kish island, Iran. Life on Kish Island is more relaxed than on mainland Iran.

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Sunrise
kish island, iran
By Ulrik Pedersen
02 Oct 2013

Beautiful sunrise at Kish Island, Iran.

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plane
kish island, iran
By Ulrik Pedersen
02 Oct 2013

Several flights arrives at Kish Island every day, both domestic and international flights. Kish Island, Iran.

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boat
kish island, iran
By Ulrik Pedersen
02 Oct 2013

Companies are taking tourist around the island in boats. Kish Island, Iran.

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construction
kish island, iran
By Ulrik Pedersen
02 Oct 2013

Across the island construction is ongoing. Like a small Dubai. Kish island, Iran.

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Iʿtikāf, a reconciliation 09
By Saber Alinejad
26 May 2013

Two domestics of mosque are preparing foods and halal drinks for breaking the fast.

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Iʿtikāf, a reconciliation 14
By Saber Alinejad
26 May 2013

Sheikh Ali is servant of Jameh mosque of Tabriz for 75 years. He is holding shoes of believers.

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Iʿtikāf, a reconciliation 01
By Saber Alinejad
26 May 2013

The mosque is divided into several sections with a white cloth and believers in pray and rest in these areas. Jameh mosque is one of oldest mosques in Tabriz-Iran. It is located in the Bazaar suburb of Tabriz next to the Grand Bazaar of Tabriz.

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Iʿtikāf, a reconciliation 05
By Saber Alinejad
26 May 2013

An Iranian police man he is also among the believers for pray in mosque.

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Iʿtikāf, a reconciliation 08
By Saber Alinejad
26 May 2013

Believers are listening to Mullah’s speaking in front of Jameh mosque’s old window.

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Iʿtikāf, a reconciliation 06
By Saber Alinejad
26 May 2013

A mullah speaks to worshipers. In Iran religious teachers are called "mullah".

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Iʿtikāf, a reconciliation 02
By Saber Alinejad
26 May 2013

During the noon prayer, believers go rushed for ablutions.

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Iʿtikāf, a reconciliation 03
By Saber Alinejad
26 May 2013

They are performing ablution for the noon prayer in the courtyard of the mosque.

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Iʿtikāf, a reconciliation 15
By Saber Alinejad
26 May 2013

A reflection of Jameh mosque from outside of mosque. Jameh mosque is one of oldest mosques in Tabriz-Iran. It is located in the Bazaar suburb of Tabriz next to the Grand Bazaar of Tabriz.