Most of the Middle East--Its People

Challenge #40 in the around the world in 80 ways series. Hosted by santamonica812.
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I have no idea how many or how few people have been to these countries, so I am combining the following countries into this challenge: (1) Saudi Arabia; (2) Iraq; (3) Iran; (4)Yemen); (5) Qatar; (6) Oman; (7) the UAE; and (8) Kuwait. There will be separate challenges in a few weeks, for Israel; Egypt; Turkey; Jordan; and Syria & Lebanon--since it's my sense that we'll find more DPR members with photos of those reigons. For this challenge, I will start with my usual limit of 35 entries. But if it fills up quickly, I will make an exception and will increase the number of entries. As usual for my challenges, Entrants are required to (1) vote for each other entry, (2) read the comments (if any) below this challenge, in case I or other entrants post with Rules questions or clarifications, and (3) follow each of the challenge rules...including voting WITHIN THE FIRST SIX DAYS of the challenge.
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People paying respect to Hafez, a poet, in Shiraz, Iran
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Hafez, an Persian poet, was born in Shiraz in 1315 and died there in 1390. A beloved and respected figure of the Iranian people, who learn his verses by heart. Hafez's alabaster tombstone inscribed two of his poems.
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Submitted: Tuesday, 1st October, 2013 03:13 (GMT)
Taken: Friday, 1st March, 2013
Focal length: 31 mm
Shutter speed: 1/8 sec
Aperture: F5.6
ISO: 1600
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