Best Travel Destinations in the Middle East
With all the political uncertainty occurring in today’s Middle East, most people are understandably wary of travelling to this part of the world, let alone relaxing enough to enjoy a vacation here. However, there are locations in the Middle East that pride themselves on security, and where you can soak up the sun and culture free of worry.
The revolution that took place a couple of years ago has galvanized the tourist industry in this North African country, and now you can see its main attractions without the huge crowds. From its capital, Cairo, you can see the world-famous pyramids and the Great Sphinx, visit the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, and book a cruise down the Nile River to see the Aswan Dam and the Valley of the Kings, where so many of Egypt’s mummies were discovered.
Cyprus hosts more than two million travellers a year, and we can understand why. Situated in the easternmost portion of the Mediterranean Sea, Cyprus has gorgeous beaches, glorious ruins of medieval castles, mountain hiking, and perfect weather year-round.
Qatar came onto the world stage when it won the bid to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Doha, its capital, combines cosmopolitan city with the best of the Middle East, including shopping in the Souq Waqif, a traditional outdoor marketplace. Active visitors will love participating in kite surfing and jet skiing, and old-fashioned camel racing is still an important part of Qatari culture.
Oman is just beginning to attract tourists from around the world. Many of those visitors come between September and November to watch the nesting of thousands of green sea turtles along its coastline. With towering cliffs and empty desert, Oman is a fascinating place to visit; take a boat tour along the Khor Ash Sham to see pods of dolphins close-up.
Dubai is a security-conscious modern emirate and home to the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, a mind-boggling 160 floors high. This is a prime destination for upscale shopping, both in malls and more traditional souks.