The Middle East is a region filled with stunning natural beauty, gorgeous vistas and a rich, lively culture. Countries in the area are full to bursting with historical treasures, heritage delights and a truly remarkable mix of old and new. From the dizzying heights of Dubai’s skyscraper skyline to the splendour of the Nile River and relics of Egypt’s ancient civilisation, without a doubt, the Middle East has something unique to offer every tourist.
Planning a trip to the area requires plenty of thorough research, but just because certain areas are no-go zones, it doesn’t mean that the whole region should be placed under a blanket ban. With so many hidden treasures to explore, places to see and cultures to experience, the Middle East makes the perfect off the beaten track holiday destination.
Egypt is a country steeped in thousands of years of history, so it isn’t hard to see why so many people choose to visit with the aim of experiencing just a little taste of this fascinating past. Always a firm favourite, the awe-inspiring wonder of the Pyramids of Giza, the Sphinx and the Valley of the Kings are a bucket list staple. For those who would rather avoid the crowds and give the history lesson a miss, the Nile River is another must-see. Wending its way through an astonishing five North African countries, it isn’t hard to see why the region’s ancient civilisations depended upon the river for their very survival.
From one extreme to the other, the city of Dubai is the ultimate example of fast-paced, ultra-modern urban living. The city’s wealth is clear to see. From the gleaming skyscrapers to the artificial islands dominating the coastline, Dubai is a city which just oozes opulence and extravagance. The city also boasts the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa, which stands at a staggering 830 metres. Another thing the city is famous for is its shopping. High-end, luxury stores rub shoulders with the trendiest designer outlets, a far cry from the vibrant hustle and bustle of the city’s numerous Souks and street markets.
If it is natural beauty you are after, then Jordan is the Middle Eastern country for you. Stunning landscapes and miles of unspoilt scenery are commonplace, and the unique charm of the Dead Sea is another tourist magnet thanks to its hypersaline properties and popularity as a world-renowned spa resort. Boasting history and heritage galore, Jordan is one of the most culturally rich countries that the Middle East has to offer. Extremely well-preserved examples of ancient archaeology dot the landscape, including world-famous landmarks such as the ‘Lost City’ of Petra.
A Generous Spirit
Of course, as is sadly the case in many corners of the world, not every part of the Middle East makes an ideal holiday destination. In war-torn countries like Syria, many families have no choice but to leave their homes and communities behind in order to try and escape the conflict. The Syria crisis is only worsening day by day, and for these people, there is no worse time to be without vital supplies than during the upcoming religious holiday of Ramadan. If you are looking to travel to the Middle East during Ramadan this year, take a minute out from planning your trip to think about those less fortunate than yourself – if you can, do your bit to help Syria and its people during their time of need.
It is undeniable that the Middle East offers a breath-taking array of natural wonders and cultural delights; a destination sure to astound even the most seasoned of tourists.