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The Middle East just oozes history and tradition. It is not something hidden away in museums, but very much part of everyday life. Atmospheric historical districts, ancient but still ornate places of worship and grand palaces can be found throughout the region.
The enormous Pyramids of Giza in Egypt, the intricate carvings of Petra in Jordan, and the curving lines of the Blue Mosque in Turkey show the true skill and devotion of history’s craftsmen.
Perhaps they were inspired by the breathtaking natural treasures of the Middle East. The landscapes range from dry desert lands through to scenic fertile regions and even snowy peaks in the winter months. The soaring desert creations of Wadi Rum in Jordan, the strange “fairy chimneys” of Cappadocia in Turkey, and the salty expanse of the Dead Sea are real highlights.
The Mediterranean coasts of Turkey, Cyprus and Lebanon offer great beach escapes while the coral and fish-filled waters of the Red Sea amaze underwater explorers.
Spiritual and religious sites play a big part in historical and modern day life. Especially Israel and Saudi Arabia receive many pilgrims to their holy sites each year, adding to the throngs of local worshippers. The many mosques, churches and temples are fascinating to explore with their ornate interiors that instantly make you forget about the chaotic world outside.
The Middle East isn’t all just about history. Its modern and busy cities cater to 21st-century demands with ease. Cities such as Istanbul in Turkey, Beirut in Lebanon, and Isfahan in Iran are great cultural and culinary destinations with vibrant populations.
Dubai in the United Arab Emirates is all about bling, from its shining skyscrapers to its luxury cars. Doha in Qatar and Tel Aviv in Israel are trendy and fascinating to explore.
To really blend in, take a seat in a café and order a fresh pastry to go with your small glass of sweet tea or strong coffee. Before long, you’ll be chatting with the locals, who are known to be among the most hospitable people on Earth.
Located in Tel Aviv Promenade, this beachfront hotel is in the city centre and within a 10-minute walk of Independence Park and Gordon Beach. Old Tel Aviv Port and Frishman Beach are also within 15 minutes.
Located in Tel Aviv Promenade, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Gordon Swimming Pool and Gordon Beach. Frishman Beach and Dizengoff Centre are also within 1 mile (2 km).
Located in the heart of Tel Aviv, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Ben Yehuda Street, Gordon Beach and Frishman Beach. Dizengoff Centre and Habima Theatre are also within 1 mile (2 km).
This family-friendly Dubai hotel is located on the boardwalk, within 1 mi (2 km) of Dubai Fountain and Dubai Mall. Burj Khalifa and Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre are also within 3 mi (5 km).
This family-friendly Dubai hotel is located on the riverwalk, just steps away from Dubai Museum and Grand Mosque. BurJuman Mall and The Dubai Heritage Village are also within 1 mile (2 km). Saeediya Station is 9 minutes by foot and Khalid Bin Al Waleed Station is 19 minutes.
Located in Tel Aviv Promenade, this beachfront hotel is in the city centre and within a 10-minute walk of Gordon Swimming Pool, Frishman Beach and Gordon Beach. Dizengoff Centre and Old Tel Aviv Port are also within 1 mile (2 km).
Located in Bur Dubai, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Meena Bazaar, Dubai Museum and Grand Mosque. BurJuman Mall and The Dubai Heritage Village are also within 1 mile (2 km). Saeediya Station is only a 4-minute walk and Khalid Bin Al Waleed Station is 13 minutes.
This family-friendly Jerusalem hotel is located on the Strip, within a 10-minute walk of Tombs of the Kings and Garden Tomb. Rockefeller Museum and Damascus Gate are also within 15 minutes.