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5 Middle East Destinations that you Need to Try

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Thinking of visiting the Middle East? You might have a hard time deciding which destination to pick. Every country has its own unique charm and will provide you with an immersive experience, which is sure to make your holiday one to never be forgotten.

Qatar

One of the main attractions of the country is the Museum of Islamic Art, which will surely be appreciated by culture lovers. Katara Cultural Village is also worth seeing. If you are looking for something unique, head over to Purple Island, which is only 40 minutes away from Doha, the country’s capital. If you want to swim or sunbathe, Fuwairit Beach is an excellent destination. In Souq Waqif, on the other hand, you can just watch people pass by and of course, indulge in shopping for unique finds in their traditional market.

Doha skyline

Dubai

A city of superlatives, you will definitely not run out of reasons to visit Dubai. Its architectural wonders are incomparable, especially Burj Al Arab and Burj Khalifa. Jumeirah Beach is also a hit amongst tourists. If you love to shop, Dubai has some of the best and biggest malls that you can find all over the globe. The city proper is home to a number of fine dining destinations and vibrant nightlife. Head a bit further, however, you will see and experience desert living.

Dubai

Oman

This tiny country might have been unheard of for many people, but it can offer an unforgettable experience. Its natural beauty makes it a distinct destination. Whether you are looking for golden deserts or pristine beaches, you will not run out of places to see. Wahiba Sands should not be missed, which looks like a scene taken out of a Hollywood movie. The beach at Sur is also not to be missed, which is known for the annual migration of sea turtles. For a piece of history, make sure to head over to Bahla Fort.

Oman - Mausolée de Bin Ali - 16-03-2010 - 17h51

Iran

Safety is a major concern, which is why many people avoid travelling to Iran. The truth, however, is that this country is safe. Day or night, as long as you are a responsible traveller, you should not be worried about your safety. The warm hospitality of the people is just one of its biggest selling points. Iran is also rich in history, making it a good learning experience. The ancient city of Persepolis should not be missed if you want to learn about the country’s past. Mosques and palaces are also worth seeing, which are reflective of grandiose tradition and culture.

Holy Shrine of Abdulazim

Cyprus

Attracting more than two million tourists annually, this is another exotic Middle Eastern destination that should be part of your bucket list. It has warm weather and pristine beaches, making it perfect for those who love the sun, sea, and sand. Traditional Turkish baths should not be missed during your visit. They can offer a relaxing experience while being part of a tradition that has been around for centuries. The city of Paphos is one of the highlights of the trip, which is known for its rich history.

Protaras, Cyprus
Photo Credit: All images used via Flickr’s Creative Commons License: (1) Quatar: Doha skyline by Francisco Anzola ; (2) Dubai from above by Frank Kehren ; (3) Oman: Mausoleum of Bin Ali by Panoramas ; (4) Iran: Holy Shrine of Abdulazim by David Stanley ; (5) Cyprus: Protaras by Lefteris Katsouromallis

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