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Middle East

MIDDLE EAST

A mix of diverse history, culture and landscapes

The Middle East is an extraordinary destination; a fascinating blend of the old and the new, historic sites and cosmopolitan modern cities, traditional culture, incredible history and diverse and panoramic scenery.

Whilst not everyone agrees as to which countries comprises the Middle East. It is generally thought of as including:  Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Israel, Jordan, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Oman, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait, Egypt, Libya, and Sudan. Now you may not want to travel to a number of these countries, as safety concerns and even access prohibits your visit, but there are still countries that offer so much for travellers.

Turkey – European, Asian or Middle Eastern? A little bit of each of these regions is why Turkey is such a wonderful destination. Enjoy mouth-watering food, encounter friendly locals, and experience archaeological, natural and historical wonders. Explore the crystal clear water of the Aegean and Mediterranean Sea, along with ancient harbour towns of the Black Sea. All of this is wrapped up in modern cosmopolitan cities with markets and bazaars just waiting for you to discover a bargain.

Egypt – If you ask anyone considering Egypt as a destination undoubtedly the first reason they would give would be pyramids. But after that, what? So much more. Even if you think you are not big on museums or temples, this place may just change your mind. Known as the world’s largest open-air museum Luxor is one of the most visited regions. Egypt has played home to the Pharaohs, Nubians, Greeks, Romans, Arabs, Ottomans and much more. All of these cultures have left their mark on this country, providing a multi destination holiday! But there is still more – food, (who doesn’t love Kushari or Shawarma), the beautiful beaches at Hurghada, shopping in the Grand Bazaar and the warm and welcoming locals.

United Arab Emirates – there are 100’s of reasons to visit the UAE, and not all of it is about Dubai. Don’t get me wrong Dubai is the crowning jewel and the home of the biggest, largest and newest of everything; from mosques to malls, it has everything … and is soon to have more! But venture out of Dubai and there is Abu Dhabi, Ra’s al Khaimah, the Liwa Desert, Yas Island, lots of wonderful beaches and mountain water holes (yes, you read right, water holes!).

Jordan – surrounded by conflict, Jordan has managed to remain a safe haven. It is home to archaeological sites, nature reserves and beach resorts. Being compact you can see and do a lot in a short space of time. Start your journey in Amman; visit the ancient palace and citadel before winding your way south, stopping at the ancient metropolis of Petra (you know, the city built into the rock from the Indiana Jones movie). Next you can spend the night camping at Wadi Rum in the tradition of the Bedouin. Hear your host’s stories and songs as you marvel at the towering cliffs and the brilliance of the desert sky. Of course, like any desert destination there is amazing snorkeling and swimming, and floating, in the Red Sea and the Dead Sea, which is actually a lake. You must also include a visit to the Roman ruins at Jerash, sample the national lamb based dish Mansaf and you can even follow in the footsteps of Moses and climb Mt Nebo or enjoy the wonderful hiking trails in the Dana Biosphere Reserve.

Our consultants have travelled to the Middle East and can assist you with your travel enquiries and any questions you may have around travel to this region.

Visiting for the first time?

Here is our MUST DO list - The Jewels in the Crown...

Visit the pyramids of Egypt
See the World Heritage listed Petra in Jordan
Go sand surfing in Dubai
Take a camel safari through the Dubai desert

Returning to the Middle East?

You may want to revisit places and perhaps go further afield too...

Go snorkeling in Oman
Go on a hot air balloon ride in Cappadocia, Turkey
Take a safari through Wahiba Sands, Oman
Go on a food adventure through Jordan, Israel and the Palestinian Territories

Our Travel Tips

Spend time investigating the local culture and customs, so you can be sure you are culturally sensitive and act and dress appropriately when on your adventure.

Brush up on your history –this is the cradle of civilization. You will enjoy your travels to the Middle East so much more if you can put the sights and monuments into their historical context.

For women in particular, you need to ensure you are dressed modestly. This often requires long sleeves, loose fitting pants and a head covering. Men are not exempt; at many religious sites shorts are not appropriate clothing and long pants must be worn.

It is not uncommon to have to ask for permission before photographing buildings and people

During the holy month of Ramadan, the faithful fast from sunrise to sunset, so you can show respect by not consuming food or drink in front of those who are fasting.

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