10 Amazing Places to See in the Middle East
The Middle East is an incredible region to explore and there are so many divse things you can see and do here. Thouands of tourists and religious pilgrims visit the Middle East every year and you can expext ancient ruins, spectacular architecture, beautiful beaches, important holy sites and vibrant cities. View our list of 10 incredible places to see in the Middle East.
1. Petra, Jordan
The ancient temple of Petra attractions thousands of international tourists every year. This is one of the most famous and unique buildings in the world which has been listed as one of the new wonders of the world. If you are going to travel to Jordan, Petra should be top of the list of places to see.
2. Hanging Gardens of Haifa, Israel
Israel is home to thousands of important religious and tourist sights. The Terraces of the Bahá'í Faith, also known as the Hanging Gardens of Haifa, are beautiful gardens located around the Shrine of the Báb on Mount Carmel in Haifa, Israel. These is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Israel. The gardens are located high above the city and are kept in pristine condition throughout the year.
3. Tel Aviv
Tel Aviv is one of the most vibrant cities in the world with a young liberal atmosphere, nightlife, art, beaches and lots of amazing things to do. This city alone is worth booking a trip to Israel for, you will fall in love with this city. Need some convincing? Check out our top reasons to visit Tel Aviv.
4. Mzaar Ski Resort
When you think of the Middle East you probably think of desert and barron landscapes. But Lebanon will change your whole impression due to the mountains and ski slopes located here. The Mzaar ski resort is the largest ski resort in the Middle East an amazing place to go skiing
5. Burj Khalifa
Putting Dubai on our list is the huge Burj Khalifa - the tallest structure in the world. The Burj Kalifa is one of the best places to see in Dubai and this building domintates the skyine for miles around and inside you can find shops, offices and restaurants. If you are lucky enough to be in Dubai for New Years Eve then you will be treated to a spectacular fireworks display. Also if you think Dubai is too expensive to visit think again, view our top tips how to travel in Dubai on a budget.
6. Dome of the Rock, Israel
The Dome of the Rock was built in the 7th century and is a beautiful building located in central Jerusalem. This is one of the most popular holiest sites in the world and very recognisable due to the huge gold dome roof. You can enter the Dome of the Rock and see the holy Foundation Stone.
7. The Dead Sea
On the border with Israel, Jordan and Palestine, The Dead Sea is one of the world’s largest salt water areas. Due to the high contentration of salt it is possible to float motionless in The Dead Sea which looks great in pictures.
8. Palmyra, Syria
Palmyria is a UNESCO World Heritage Centre of ancient temples and ruins in Syria. Due to recent conflict there has been some destruction of this ancient site but we hope in the futre Syria will be more peaceful
9. Oman Fjords (Khasab), Oman
One of the most scenic and underrated places in the Middle East, the Khasab is stunning. There are lots of boat trips here where you will get to see beatiful scenery and amazing wildlife like dolphins, sharks and rays. If you want to travel to Oman, made sure you visit the Fjords.
10. Shah Square, Iran
Shah Square located in Isfahan, Iran is one of the largest squares in the Middle East and the world. It was constructed in the 17th century and includes some of the countries most important holy sites including the Shah Mosque and the Sheikh Lotf Allah Mosque. You can also see the impressive regal Ali Qapu Palace and the Isfahan Grand Bazaar.
Other Places to Consider
If you have more time free to explore the Middle East these places are well worth considering:
- Erbil Citadel
- Jeita Grotto
- Khor al-Udaid
- Musandam Fjords
- Nasir al-Mulk Mosque
- Sheikh Zayed Mosque
- Socotra Archipelago
- The White Desert