A tour of the Middle East will reveal a fascinating juxtaposition of the unfathomably old with the most spectacularly new. Known as the ‘Cradle of Civilisation’ and the birthplace of several of the world’s major religions, a trip to the Middle East can include ancient sites like Petra in Jordan, ultra-modern cities such as Dubai in the UAE and sacred places like the Old City of Jerusalem in Israel.
“Our guide was excellent - because of him we got to experience a wide spectrum of Iranian life and culture; travel in Iran would have been impossible without him. Iran is a wonderful place to visit; it is full of surprises, feels very safe and gives a different perspective on the modern world. Would not have missed it for the world - it was deeply rewarding.”
“There were so many trip highlights, but probably Petra would have to be a contender, especially having two whole days there. Travel knowing that the Jordanians are delighted to welcome you to their country and extremely hospitable. Pack sturdy walking shoes and hiking sandals. Abdullah is wonderful - he is knowledgeable, friendly and a delightful guide.”
“Iran Iran Iran ; en plus des attractions touristiques d'Iran , ce qui m'incite en Iran c'est le plat iranien , délicieux , délicieux , délicieux ; goûtez certaienement les repas locaux des villes iraniennes .”
The middle east is such a large area vastly covered in deserts, and is most known for its textiles, spices and endless bazaars. The countries included in the Middle East are Bahrain, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, and Yemen.
The holiest place for Christians, Muslims and Jews in the world is also located in Jerusalem. Jerusalem is a place worth staying multiple days in on your journey through the middle east so you can enjoy the endless nightlife, food, history, and the modern amenities of the city as well.
Explore the vast deserts of the UAE on the back of a 4-wheeler over the sand dunes or marvel at the majestic city of Dubai, a sprawling tourism hub in the middle east full of night life, shopping and the world famous Burj Al Arab (Sailboat-shaped luxury hotel).
Find out where the Three Wise Men were from in the city of Amadiya in Iraq located just 10km away from the Turkish border. With over 5,000 years of history and located at the top of a flat mountain and surrounded by sprawling forests and mountain, it’s one of the most beautiful places to visit in the Middle East.
While most of the countries in the Middle East are safe, it’s important to note that you should not venture into Yemen or Syria for security concerns.
When traveling in many Middle Eastern countries you should be conscious about their dress codes. When in Dubai as an example, you should dress conservatively especially in religious sites. That includes long-sleeves and pants, as well as lose-fitting clothing for women (nothing revealing).
Additional do’s and don’ts include: You should haggle at the bazaars, you should never be overly drunk in public, and try to refrain from any public displays of affection.