Top 5 most visited destinations in the Middle East

There is one thing many people would agree on whenever a discussion about the Middle East is brought up and that is its enormous wealth of history, luxury and vast landscape. In the midst of it chaotic environment and political unrest in some countries in the Middle East, there are still wealth of fascinating territory to explore in this vast region that is so rich in ancient history. The magical combination of light, land and sea of the Middle East make it an unforgettable destination.  There are lots of options available to experience from the rich culture, history and ancient forts of Oman to its empty beaches, Palestine’s sacred sites and the old-world lure of Yemen. The Middle East has more than enough to offer its guests. Here are top five most visited and safe cities and countries in the Middle East.

 

Dubai (UAE)

Dubai is the most populated emirate in the county.  The city shares border with the Gulf of Oman and the Persian Gulf. Famously known for its wealth, the dynamic city is a playground for the rich and the famous. It blends the richness of history with amazing high-tech architecture and premier golf courses. For visitors experiencing luxury Dubai holidays, the city also has a unique collection of luxury beach resorts and hotels. Desert treks, a wide array of water sports, traditional culture, gourmet dining, welcoming people and exceptional shopping combine to make Dubai an enticing option for sophisticated travelers. Any trip to Dubai is far from ordinary.

Dubai

Dubai

Jordan

The ancient Jordan is filled with tremendous history and famous sites of attraction to entertain its guests. The rich history and culture of the area has made Jordan tours very popular. This beautiful land has ministered to people both spiritually and mentally because of it connection to some of the histories in the bible. Nothing quite prepares you for the moment you set your eyes on Treasury in Petra. This mind-boggling creation sits in the vast untamed desert, and has done so for thousands of years. Other spectacular places that keep you intrigued all through your stay in Jordan include Wadi Rum, Dead Sea and Mt Nebo, along with many other amazing places.

Treasury in Petra

Treasury in Petra


Cairo, Egypt

Cairo is the capital of Egypt and true to its meaning which is the triumphant; the city is largest city in the country. Cairo is a fascinating combination of ancient and modern architecture, citing such monuments as the Pyramids, the Hanging Church, the Sphinx, and Heliopolis as its own. The oldest part of the city is east of the river. The Egyptian pyramids are a must see when in Cairo. There are over 100 pyramids in Egypt. The best known Egyptian pyramids are those found at Giza, on the outskirts of Cairo. The Pyramid of Khufu at Giza is the largest pyramid and the only one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World still in existence. Very few places on earth continue to captivate human mind from one century to the next and Cairo is one of such places.

Egypt

Giza Pyramids, Egypt

Jerusalem, Israel

Jerusalem richly abounds in historical, archaeological  and religious significance. It’s no wonder then, that even in January, tourists are everywhere. In Jerusalem, you can touch the Western Wall, the last remnant of Judaism’s 2nd Temple, gape in awe of the shimmering Dome of the Rock, or stand in the very spot where the cruxification of Christ occurred. There is hardly any end to the sites of interest that this noble holds, and thanks to the fervent work of archaeologists, more sites are being discovered every year. While on your trip in Israel, plan to walk through the streets of this beautiful city and simply immerse yourself in the daily life of such an ancient and revered place.

Dome of the Rock, Jerusalem

Dome of the Rock, Jerusalem

Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul is one of the world’s most interesting cities.  Its unique location, literally bridging the gap between ‘East” and “West”, and unique history as a Christian and then Islamic city, is precisely what attracts tourist to the shores of the Asian Continent. The city’s impressive heritage is on display and has been magnificently preserved. From its famous mosques and churches (the Blue Mosque, Süleymaniye Cami, and Hagia Sophia), through palaces (The Topkapi and Dolmbahce), and on to the Grand Bazaar, Istanbul is one memorable excursion after another. Istanbul is a truly vibrant, colorful, and hospitable country rich in ancient history yet full of modern amenities

 

Hagia Sophia Istanbul
Hagia Sophia Istanbul

There are many things that one can do for adventure on a trip to the Middle East. Generally speaking, a trip to the Middle East is truly a cultural experience for most people.  With 98% of the population speaking Egyptian-Arabic, the Middle Eastern countries have not been influenced by the modernization seen in most European countries. In larger cities, there are some modern places to visit, but it is the historical and cultural areas that fascinate most tourists.

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Posted on April 2, 2013, in General Reading and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

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