Written in collaboration with Mary J.
For many people travelling to the Middle East for vacation would never cross their minds. There are a lot of pre-conceived ideas about travel and the Middle East. There are definitely some vacation destinations in the Middle East that you should consider. Several destinations in the Middle East are open to tourists. If you have the resources to travel, it’d be a shame to miss the the opportunity to explore the culture. The beautiful scenery, including mountain ranges, and old architecture are bucket list experiences. If you’re booking travel, here are a few must see cities in the Middle East!
Vacation Destinations in the Middle East
As the capital city of Saudi Arabia (officially the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia), Riyadh has many beautiful cultural destinations for you to visit. This city blends old and new architecture effortlessly.
This city has several notable attractions. Al-Masmak Fort is a clay and mud-brick fort that was built around 1865. It holds great significance to the people of Saudi Arabia. It is now a museum. Deerah Souq is near the Al Masmak Fort. It is known for its gold souq, and is sometimes called Deerah Gold Souq. There are many shops that allow bartering. It is a great place to pick up souvenirs. The Sky Bridge, which is in Kingdom Centre, has beautiful views of the city.
Jeddah is port city in Saudi Arabia, on the Red Sea. The Kingdom Tower in Jeddah, which is scheduled to be completed in late 2020, will be the world’s tallest building according to We Build Value Digital Magazine. It is expected to attract tourists from all around the globe. At one kilometer high, the view of the city of Jeddah will be unparalled! In addition to an amazing panoramic view, it will be home to a luxury Four Season’s Hotel, luxury apartments, offices, a gym, and a spa.
Amman is the capital and largest city of Jordan. This city exudes ancient history. Schedule a visit to the Citadel when visiting Amman. It has been in existence since the Bronze Age. It is located in Jebel Al Qala’a, the highest hill. Darat Al Funun is a hub for the arts. Other attractions include the Jordan Museum, Children’s Museum, and Royal Automobile Museum. The Roman Theatre is a 6,000-seat, 2nd-century Roman theatre with remnants of Roman Philadelphia. It is now a venue for cultural activities.
Known as a chic, more exotic version of Paris, this Lebanese city is known for fun. Its history and culture is written all over the place. The Martyrs Square is a monument to remember the people who were politically assassinated. The Nijmeh Square also is a great tourist attraction site as it houses the cathedral, parliament and its museum.
Dubai is a city in the United Arab Emirates. It has many luxurious places to visit. Bab Al Shams and Al Maha are luxurious resorts that allow you to see the desert in a dream get away. Both are considered paradises. They boast endless pools, spa services, and with 5-star restaurants in addition to views of the desert dunes.
Ras Al Khaimah
Ras Al Khaimah is home to a wide range of attractions. The Jebel Jais is the highest mountain in UAE. It offeres elegant platforms, and cafes, where you can see amazing panoramic views! For people who enjoy taking in a bit of sun, there are many beaches which are near luxurious resorts that offer world class services. Those into adventurous activities can swing to the zip lines and zip your way around feeling the wind in your hair. Dhayah Fort is a beautiful historical attraction. Be sure to consider planning your trip around the Art Festival.
Many cities in the Middle East are considered safe for tourists. These destinations offer tourist experiences you are sure to remember. Remember, each city (and country) is unique with it’s own culture and history. Research the customs and norms of the area you’re interested in traveling to. As with any travel, it is important to know (and follow) the laws wherever you are.
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