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Explore the Middle East

By HarryTuesday 19th July 2016

Dubai’s magnificent skyline. Dubai’s magnificent skyline.


Combine bustling souks, breath-taking deserts, picture-perfect beaches and more, and what do you get? The Middle East, of course. If you’re not familiar with this beautiful part of the world, you’re in for a lovely surprise, as we take you on a journey to explore the Middle East.


United Arab Emirates

Nestled between Oman and the Persian Gulf, the United Arab Emirates is best-known for its capital, Abu Dhabi, and its neighbouring city, Dubai.
Dubai: Sleek, modern skyscrapers have made Dubai’s skyline easily recognisable all over the world. The most famous of all these towering buildings is the breath-taking Burj Khalifa, the tallest structure in the world. Take the Burj’s elevator up to the observation deck on level 148 for spectacular views of the city below.
Abu Dhabi: The sun is almost always shining in the Middle East, making it a great destination for year-round travel. Visitors to Abu Dhabi can cool off at the beach, or at the ever-popular Yas Waterworld. This fun-filled waterpark has slides, rides and play areas – perfect for a family day out.
The Abu Dhabi beach. The Abu Dhabi beach.


If you’ve ever been to Morocco before, you’ll know what a special place it is. Busy markets can be found in every city, while the Saharan dunes and the High Atlas mountains are just waiting to be explored.
Agadir: Just to the north of the coastal city of Agadir is Paradise Valley. Located in the High Atlas mountains and part of the Tamraght River, Paradise Valley consists of clear-blue pools and waterfalls, surrounded by beautiful wilderness. It really is paradise on earth.


For history-lovers, the Middle East is a treasure trove, and nowhere is this more obvious than Oman. Its rich history can be seen around almost every corner, from the Grand Mosque to the numerous forts.
Khasab: Khasab is located in the part of Oman which is separated from the mainland by the UAE. Explore the best of Khasab in our Khasab and Surroundings excursion. You’ll visit the 17th-century Khasab Fort and the Bukha Fort, as you drive through the rugged beauty of the Musandam Peninsula.
Muscat: Take to the water in Muscat, Oman’s port capital, on our Catamaran Azzura excursion. This 4-hour catamaran tour will sail through the pristine waters of Bandar Khairan, a beautiful desert fjord, to a snorkelling and swimming spot where you can see pretty coral and colourful fish
Khasab Fort in Oman. Khasab Fort in Oman.


Like many countries in the Middle East, Jordan offers all kinds of experiences. Whether you want to seek adventure in the desert, relax on the beach or discover a new city, you can do it all in Jordan.
Aqaba: Located on the Red Sea’s Gulf of Aqaba, this city has an infectious vibrant atmosphere, which makes it one of our favourite destinations in the Middle East. For culture, visit the Aqaba Museum – part of the Aqaba Fort – and for relaxation, head to the sandy public beach.

Suez Canal

The Suez Canal is a jewel in Egypt’s crown and is not to be missed by anyone visiting the region. This manmade waterway – an impressive feat of engineering – connects the Mediterranean and Red Seas. A cruise along the Suez Canal will takes guests past many sights, including the historic Port Said and the Timsah Lake.
The banks of the Suez Canal. The Suez Canal.


There are many amazing places and sights to visit in Israel, from the Dead Sea, to the Baha’i Gardens, and from Yad Vashem to Mount of Beatitudes. There’s so much to see and do, you’ll be spoilt for choice.
Jerusalem: Jerusalem, like many places in Israel, is a city of religious significance. It’s full of ancient religious sights which attract visitors from all over the world. Visit the Western Wall, a limestone wall which is of particular importance to Jews, or the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, which holds the holiest sites in Christianity.
Haifa: To the east of Haifa is Nazareth, a bustling city in the Galilee region of Israel. To see the city and the surrounding region’s most notable religious sights, join us on our Leisurely Galilee excursion. You’ll visit Mount of Beatitudes, Yardenit, the Church of Multiplication and experience spectacular views from atop Mitzpe Lashalom.
Yardenit, a baptism site on the Jordan River in Galilee. Yardenit, a baptism site on the Jordan River in Galilee.

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