When to Visit the Gems of the Middle East

Planning a trip to the Middle East is hard. In my time traveling around the world I’ve come to absolutely love this region. Rich history, culture and beauty are part of what makes the area one of the best to travel to. It can be dangerous if you don’t do your research, so depending on the country, you will want to make sure it is safe. This is absolutely necessary, and as easy as a quick Google search.

I like to do some research while I make a list of the countries I want to include in a trip. I’ve had the time of my life on two, around the world trips. It’s the best way to make the most of your time when traveling, so while planning your next trip, I suggest you check out an around the world ticket from AirTreks.

Here are my favorite Middle Eastern destinations, and the reasons why I love them so much.

The River Nile, Egypt – September through April (due to political unrest, be sure to check the travel advice for safety)
Perhaps my favorite Middle East destination, I went to Egypt to fulfill a lifelong fascination with the Ancient Egyptians that started in the sixth grade. If you’re like me, you’ll want to see the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, Pyramids of Giza near Cairo, and the Luxor Temple on the east bank of the Nile in Ancient Thebes.
The River Nile, Egypt
Image Credit: JeffFran

Even if you aren’t a history buff, I recommend checking out the cool ancient artifacts and structures.

Another great thing about Egypt is the River Nile. I took a Felucca cruise down the Nile to see more of what Egypt has to offer, and it allows for a new perspective. The narrow sailboat brought an experience close to that the ancient Egyptians must have experienced when the Feluccas were first designed and used. It was a calming and beautiful way to see the cities of Aswan to Edfu and all the nature in between.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates – October through April

This is a fabulous city! The weather is hot, but comfortable during the winter and early spring. Watch the Dubai fountain show next to the tallest tower in the world, Burj Khalifa. In this tower you can have a bite to eat and look out over the man-made island, Palm Islands.

This city sets itself apart with advanced architecture. I can’t wait to see the underwater hotel once it’s finished. Dubai is a city that pushes the possibilities and gets me dreaming for the future. It’s definitely a must see gem of the Middle East.
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Image Credit: travelourplanet

Dead Sea, Jordan – October through April
Float without even trying to in the serene waters of the Dead Sea. Rich in history, beauty and minerals, the water here also has therapeutic qualities. Take a soak to ease your pain, treat a skin condition or just because it’s awesome!
Dead Sea, Jordan
Image Credit: jadallah

Given all that the Dead Sea has to offer, we won’t tell it that it’s just a lake.

Crac des Chevaliers, Syria – September through October (again, check if it will be safe)
Unfortunately this must see castle in Syria has been hit by a missile and sustained recent damaged to one of the towers. Political instability and civil war makes traveling to this country impossible for the near future. When peace does come to Syria, so should you. The castle is one of the most elaborate and beautiful structures in the world.
Crac des Chevaliers, Syria
Image Credit: Charlie Phillips

Jerusalem, Israel – March through May
I loved the tour I went on in the Western Wall Tunnels in Old City, Jerusalem, where you can learn all about the history of the sacred Wall. Another must see is the Tisch Family Zoological Gardens. Animal lovers and kids will really enjoy this (I tend to view myself as both). This zoo has a bible theme and teaches about references to animals in the bible, which makes for a very interesting zoo experience.
Jerusalem, Israel
Image Credit: swallroth

With these gems on your itinerary and a fresh safety report in hand, you can confidently plan an amazing trip to the Middle East.
Isabelle Darcy
About the Author:

I am Isabelle Darcy. I adore lying on beaches, taking nature hikes and cooking delicious vegetarian meals. I am 26 years old, and I have a college degree in political science.

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