5 Beautiful Places To Visit In The Middle East In 2020
5 Beautiful Places To Visit In The Middle East In 2020: The Middle East is an enormous piece of territory often overlooked as a whole and, usually, only seen as the land of the greatest and most beautiful deserts, endless bazaars of spices and the warm welcome of the Bedouins.
Majority of the time, the international media shares images of disasters and bad things happening in the Middle East.
This distortion of reality changes people’s views to the extent that the whole region of the Middle East becomes a dangerous place to travel to as if it was one single country – really sad.
But, guess what? The Middle East actually comprises of 14 different countries that differ massively from each other, with boundaries and share borders.
They are; Bahrain, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen.
Anyways, in no direct order here are my 5 Beautiful Places to visit in the Middle East in 2020;
Location – Jordan
Even though this is likely the most touristic site in the region, it would be a sin not to consider one of the 7 wonders among one of the best places to visit in the Middle East.
Petra was founded in the VI century B.C. by the Edomites but, it didn’t prosper until the Nabateans (a group of nomadic Arabs) took over the place and built the city by carving it from the rock, making it become an important trading hub.
The architecture of Petra leaves you breathless and, besides admiring the Treasury and the Monastery, I recommend getting off the path, going hiking and taking the trails less traveled.
Liwa Oasis – The Purest and Wildest Image of the Gulf
Location – United Arab Emirates
Around 500 years ago, a group of Bedouins tapped underground, freshwater recourses to cultivate dates and, as a result, several villages and settlements appeared in the area, which we currently call Liwa, the birthplace of the Nahyan family, the current ruling family of Abu Dhabi and the UAE.
Since then, and over the years, the cultivation of dates in Liwa has been a key factor in the region’s economic development
Liwa is located in the south of UAE, next to Saudi Arabian border and on the edge of the Empty Quarter; a huge desert spread across UAE, Yemen, Oman, and Saudi Arabia and considered the largest (continuous) sea of dunes on Earth, whose end can’t even be seen from the furthest horizon.
In addition, in Liwa, you can also find the only real Bedouins in the UAE and the Moreeb dune, one of the highest dunes in the world (300m).
Location – Qatar
This is a man-made island off the West Bay coast featuring Mediterranean-style yacht-lined marinas, residential towers, villas, and hotels, as well as luxury shopping at top brand name boutiques and showrooms. A popular dining spot, its waterfront promenades are lined with cafes and restaurants serving every taste – from refreshing ice cream to a five-star dining experience.
The Pearl is a popular visitor attraction by virtue of its chic elegance, inviting description as the ‘Arabian Riviera’.
Known as the City of Entertainment, Genting Highlands is another top destination in Malaysia for a fun and (literally) cool getaway. Located high up in green hills and mountainous terrain, the weather in Genting is far removed from the tropical heat synonymous with Malaysia. While it is most famously known as the Las Vegas of Asia due to its casinos, you could visit attractions like Snow World or the Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Exhibit for some great family fun too. What’s more, the Arena of Stars often features amazing performances and concerts to thrill and excite! And let’s not forget that the world’s first-ever 20th Century Fox theme park is scheduled to fully open sometime in late 2017! I think it’s high time I paid another visit myself!
Location – Turkey
One of the best places to visit in Turkey, Cappadocia is the result of a volcanic eruption. Explore the place with a horse ride, take an air balloon ride, and don’t forget to sip on Turkish tea. It is one of the best cities in Turkey that will leave you in awe of it. This is one place you must surely explore if you are visiting Turkey in September or October.