The Middle East is often seen as one piece of land which consists of beautiful deserts. Where in fact, the Middle East is composed of 14 unique countries that have boundaries and share borders and many interesting urban areas. Here are 14 wonderful places to visit in the region.
Old city of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Known to be the home of Mecca. Saudi is packed with ancient and historical locations and this includes Al Balad. It is the old part of Jeddah that was established 1,300 years ago which Muslim’s route to Mecca.
Al Balad is also a UNESCO World Heritage side and is now brimming with colorful facades.
Coastline of Dhofar, Oman
If you are fond of camping and road trips this place should be on your list!’
Dhofar’s coastline is different from a beach. Here, you’ll see towering cliffs, azure waters and marvelous beaches that characterize the beaches of southern Oman. This place is a stretch from south of Oman to the Yemeni border.
Central Asia in the Middle East, Iran
The Golestan province is one of the least visited provinces in Iran. This place is home to Turkmen community who is similar to people from Kyrgyzstan.
Aside from having a mystical landscape, this province is serving Central Asian food such as plov and kurut. The inhabitants are also fond of horses and yurts which is very similar to a Central Asian nomadic life.
Home to the Three Wise Men, Iraq
This village is located on the top of a mountain which is abundant in history for 5,000 years. It is only 10km away from the Turkish border north of Iraqi Kurdistan.
Different communities and civilizations left their footprint in this place. This is especially true for religion. From Persians, Assyrians, Jewish and, Christian communities. Amadiya is believed to be the home of the Three Wise Man who made a pilgrimage to see Jesus Christ after his birth.
Now, Amadiya is a Muslim Kurdish village that has a remarkable mountain scenery which is a must visit location!
One of the 7 Wonders of the World, Jordan
One of the 7 wonders of the world. Petra was founded in the VI century B.C. The city was built by carving it from the rack making it famous for its breathtaking architecture.
Rolling Hills of Jizan, Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia is known for its majestic deserts. But, one province bordering in the country of Yemen is dramatically different.
Jizan is comprised of fields, mountains, greenery and monkeys that has an environment similar to Southeast Asia.
The lowest point on earth, Jordan, Israel and Palestine
The Dead Sea is the lowest point on earth which is 430 meters below sea level. This lake has the highest salt density in the world that makes plants and animals unable to live in this area.
Swimming in the Dead Sea will not be a problem as it’s impossible to sink due to the high density of the water. Unique hotels and resorts can also be found nearby where you can relax.
Citadel of Aleppo, Syria
The Citadel and Old City of Aleppo has existed longer than Damascus. It used to be the largest and most visited city in the country.
Unfortunately, it was mostly destroyed by the Civil War and reconstruction of the city begun in 2017. Syrians are moving back and shops are slowly reopening.
Backpacking friendly place, Dahab, Egypt
Dahab is known for having a touristic beach that is the best spot for diving. Most travelers go there for scuba diving or to have a laid-back vacation. Plenty of hotels and resorts to choose from. Reach out to SoldoutNight to find your ideal accommodation.
Accessible Roman Ruins, Jordan
Jerash is known to have the greatest Roman ruins outside of Italy, constructed in some of the most fertile valleys in the region. It was built around 2,000 years ago.
Norway of the Middle East, Oman
Musandam is also known as the Norway of the Middle East. This place is composed stunning fiords, cliffs and varieties of wildlife.
This place is located north of UAE and a common destination among expats living in Dubai. Several beaches can also be found along the coast where you can rent a local traditional boat called Abra to sail around the fiords.
Rock & Roll, Bahrain
Bahrain is one of the tiniest countries in the world located in the Persian Gulf between Qatar and Saudi Arabia. This country is also known to be a party place in the Middle East. Manama is a popular spot for Saudis to kick back from their country’s restrictive laws. Here you can get hammered, go clubbing and openly mingle with the opposite gender.
The Old City of Damascus, Syria
This is one of the most ancient cities in the world established in the 2nd millennium BC and capital of the Umayyad Caliphate.
It is also home to Umayyad mosque which passed from being a Jupiter Temple to a Christian basilica dedicated to John the Baptist and one of the largest mosques in the world.
Giant Roman Ruins of Baalbek, Lebanon
The ruins of Baalbek are famous not only because of its dimensions and preservation but also because you can explore the ruins by yourself. This is because Lebanon is one of the least visited destinations in the region. Today, most of its ruins are in relatively good condition and a major tourist attraction