Places To Visit In Middle East

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Here are the top 35 destinations to visit in Middle East

1. Kuwait City

3.6 /5

1 out of 35 Places To Visit in Middle East

Isolated from its other Gulf counterparts,Kuwait retains its old Arab charm amidst tinges of western liberalism. The city is less glitzy, yet boasts of beautiful architecture, tradition, religious monuments and some fine cuisine. With a bunch of friendly and welcoming locals, travel to Kuwait City w...

2. Riyadh

4.0 /5

2 out of 35 Places To Visit in Middle East

Riyadh is considered as the most straight-laced of the Saudi Arabia's big three cities. With most forms of entertainment banned, few sights of interest and a brutal climate, Riyadh is mostly a business destination. Although everyone adheres to the dress code thawb for men and abaya for women, you mi...

3. Cairo

3.8 /5

3 out of 35 Places To Visit in Middle East

Cairo, the capital of Egypt, is essentially a stunning white desert and one of the greatest megacities in the world. Exotic with its rich history and cultures, Cairo is one city that travellers absolutely love. Go beyond the modern hustle and you will find the ancient yet strikingly brilliant archit...

4. Amman

3.8 /5

4 out of 35 Places To Visit in Middle East

Amman is the capital city of Jordan and is one of the most westernized cities in Middle east. This historic city serves as one of the most popular tourist destinations in Jordan, a beautiful mix of ancient ruins with a modern, cosmopolitan vibe.

5. Sohar

3.7 /5

5 out of 35 Places To Visit in Middle East

Rumoured to be the home of the famous sailers Ahmed bin Majid and mythical character Sinbad, Sohar is the perfect blend of culture and contemporary societies. The city has huge malls and skyscrapers, some of the most gorgeous beaches in Oman and souqs and monuments that are full ...

6. Al Ain

3.7 /5

6 out of 35 Places To Visit in Middle East

Al Ain literally translates to 'the spring', and it was once a vital oasis on the caravan route from UAE to Oman. It is a small and sleepy town away from the crowds of the major cities of UAE. It is largely known for its greenery and is a beautiful sight to view in the midst of a desert.

7. Manama

3.7 /5

7 out of 35 Places To Visit in Middle East

Manama might lack Dubai or Doha's sophistication, but therein lies its own personal charm. There is a lot more to the city than meets the eye. Manama retains a charm, very different from its Middle Eastern counterparts. Complete with divine cuisine and vivacious art and culture, the city makes for a...

8. Ajman

3.6 /5

8 out of 35 Places To Visit in Middle East

Peaceful and relaxed, Ajman is the smallest of all seven emirates and is known for its scenic beauty and beautiful beaches. It is also a growing economy with numerous options of sightseeing such as museums, beaches, fort and shopping complexes.

9. Salalah

3.8 /5

9 out of 35 Places To Visit in Middle East

Home to the Sultan of Oman, Salalah is a beautiful city with rich culture, history and magnificent beaches! Famous for its Arabian Peninsula and unique climate, this town is full of lush mountains and greenery that comes alive during the monsoon season. Its stunning beaches offer many...

10. Kas

3.9 /5

10 out of 35 Places To Visit in Middle East

Kas may not be the finest beach you have ever been too, however its central location as well as a pleasant atmosphere make it one of the most sought places by the tourists. This is one of the places where you can enjoy many water activities ranging from water sport to underwater diving.

11. Wadi Shab

3.4 /5

11 out of 35 Places To Visit in Middle East

The beautiful Wadi Shab is an extremely famous outdoor destination for locals and tourists in Oman. The beautiful wadi is packed during the peak season of November to March because it surrounded by picturesque hills, date palms and the gorgeous waterfall inside one of the caves in the moun...

12. Aqaba

3.3 /5

12 out of 35 Places To Visit in Middle East

Aqaba is a popular local getaway and has a 'on holiday' atmosphere, despite the growing developments and the unsightly port nearby. Aqaba's location next to Wadi Rum and Petra has placed it in Jordan's golden triangle of tourism, which strengthened the city's location on the world map and made it on...

13. Khasab

3.3 /5

13 out of 35 Places To Visit in Middle East

Home to Jebel Harim or the 'Mountain of Women', sandy beaches, beautiful corals and a Portuguese fortress, the city of Khasab is a quiet town oozing with history. Tourists can enjoy a cruise through the 'Fjords of Musandam' and swim in the turquoise seas. Or, if they prefer, snorkel and explore...

14. Pamukalle

3.3 /5

14 out of 35 Places To Visit in Middle East

Pamukalle is a city located in the western side of Turkey. This city is called as the city of minerals as there are a lot of minerals left on the shores of this city by flowing water. Called as the natural spa this place has tourism as one of its major industries. People come to this place all the t...

15. Nizwa

3.2 /5

15 out of 35 Places To Visit in Middle East

Among the highest and most majestic mountains of Oman, lies the historic city of Nizwa. Known as "The Pearl of Islam", the conservative yet open nature of Nizwa makes it the second-largest tourist destination in Oman! The ancient city was once the hub for trade, education, religion and art. Sur...

16. Wahiba Sands

3.2 /5

16 out of 35 Places To Visit in Middle East

Found when taking a diversion on the road between Sur and Muscat, the mighty Wahiba Sands also known as The Sharqiya Sands is home to the bedouins, exciting sand sports and night camping in Oman. 

17. Masirah Island

3.2 /5

17 out of 35 Places To Visit in Middle East

Being the largest island in Oman as well as the most relaxing destination for a weekend getaway,  Masirah Island is filled with stunning beaches and exciting water sports. The island has a population of about 12,000 people and was only recently open for tourism. This island is known as a "...

18. Wadi Darbat

3.2 /5

18 out of 35 Places To Visit in Middle East

A beautiful scenic spot for all nature lovers, Wadi Darbat, has picturesque hills surrounding it and a beautiful waterfall. Wadi Darbat is a splendid lush green valley with the surrounding hills having small caves which people can hike up! It's the perfect spot for a little family picnic or a f...

19. Izmir

4.0 /5

19 out of 35 Places To Visit in Middle East

Izmir is one of the main cities located in the country of Turkey. This metropolitan city is known to contain third largest number of people after Istanbul and Ankara. This place is known as the most westernised city located in Turkey and is known to have a history old to almost 4000 years. This is a...

20. Jerusalem

4.6 /5

20 out of 35 Places To Visit in Middle East

Jerusalem emanates spirituality and historical magnetism, suspended between the past and present. Central to three great monotheistic religions - Judaism, Christianity and Islam, the city is like a state of mind - a constant anxiety between followers of different faiths. The Old City and New City fa...

21. Istanbul

4.8 /5

21 out of 35 Places To Visit in Middle East

Although not the official capital of Turkey, Istanbul is still very much the heart of all activities of the country. It is Turkey's largest and most populated city, and is also the centre of tourism of the country. It's played a huge role in the history of the Roman and Ottoman empires, and the city...

22. Abu Dhabi

4.4 /5

22 out of 35 Places To Visit in Middle East

Abu Dhabi is a luxurious metropolis that is a stylish blend of beautiful cultural monuments and stark 21st century megastructures. It is the largest of the seven Emirates and it has everything from massive and beautiful mosques, one of the best theme parks in the world and endless des...

23. Tel Aviv

4.3 /5

23 out of 35 Places To Visit in Middle East

Israel's second largest city is an ever-growing metropolis. Today skyscrapers paint the once Palestine sky. The air is free spirited here, without the political strains felt in Jerusalem, rightfully nicknamed the 'Bubble' by its locals. A mix of a business centre, an art hub and a beach town, Tel Av...

24. Antalya

4.4 /5

24 out of 35 Places To Visit in Middle East

Antalya is one of the oldest cities located in the country of Turkey. This place is known to be one of the largest cities situated across the coasts and has a population of around a million. This city is now characterised both as stylish as well as modern according to its standards. This place is a ...

25. Petra

4.2 /5

25 out of 35 Places To Visit in Middle East

Constructed in pre _ historic times, Petraês distinctiveness lies in being half built and half carved into the rock. The red color of the stone has led to Petra being referred to as the –Rose City”. Petra is also recognized as one of the New 7 Wonders of the World, and is the most popular tourist de...

26. Ankara

4.2 /5

26 out of 35 Places To Visit in Middle East

Ankara is a populated city located in the country of Turkey. This city is known to be the second largest city in the country following Istanbul. With a population of around 4.5 million this city is known to be the administrative centre of the nation. If you look at this city from a distance you woul...

27. Sharjah

4.3 /5

27 out of 35 Places To Visit in Middle East

Earning a title of 'Cultural Capital of the Arab World' by UNESCO in 1998, the city of Sharjah is best known for preserving its culture, tradition and heritage. Its Art Museum is world-renowned while fascinating buildings in the Heritage Area are immersed with Emirati history.

28. Dubai

4.3 /5

28 out of 35 Places To Visit in Middle East

A city of many faces, Dubai is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. Home to the tallest tower in the world, the Burj Khalifa, this global city is known for its lavish architecture, incredible skylines and a plethora of tourist attractions that break records to be the tallest, l...

29. Beirut

4.0 /5

29 out of 35 Places To Visit in Middle East

The repercussions of Civil War have subsided considerably and it seems the Lebanese zest for life and hospitality can have no deterrent. Beirut is a city rich in heritage, architecture and intellect. Recently with its outstanding new hotels, high-octane nightlife and arts quarter, Lebanon's resurrec...

30. Doha

3.9 /5

30 out of 35 Places To Visit in Middle East

Doha is the capital city and most populous city of State of Qatar. The city is located on the coast of the Persian Gulf in the east of the country. It is Qatar's fastest growing city, with over 50% of the nation's population living in Doha or its surrounding suburbs, and it is also the economic cent...

31. Muscat

4.0 /5

31 out of 35 Places To Visit in Middle East

Muscat, the capital of Oman, has served as an integral trading link between the east and the west and still remains a major stop for cruises and trade vessels. The city has maintained its old charm with even the newer structures having Arabian details. Not to mention the emerald blue ...

32. Ras Al Khaimah

4.1 /5

32 out of 35 Places To Visit in Middle East

One of the most scenic emirates in the U.A.E, Ras Al Khaimah covers 27 miles of coastline adorned with beautiful lagoons and tranquil sandy beaches making it a perfect destination for vacationers. Go camping, biking and even the World's longest zipline at the UAE's tallest peak, ...

33. Luxor

3.9 /5

33 out of 35 Places To Visit in Middle East

Luxor is famously known as a religious hotbed of Egypt. Located in Southern Egypt, Luxor is a beautiful city, divided into several districts. It has beautiful temples, rivers, a sprawling desert and the famous Western Valley Ruins.

34. Fujairah

3.9 /5

34 out of 35 Places To Visit in Middle East

Calm and serene, the Emirate of Fujairah is a picturesque beach town tucked away from the fast-paced city life. A busy city lined with business skyscrapers and beautiful mountains and beaches, it is known to be a peaceful retreat for locals and travellers. 

35. Cappadocia

3.9 /5

35 out of 35 Places To Visit in Middle East

This historic region in central Turkey was once a province of the Byzantine and Roman empire, and was inhabited by several Christian communities over the centuries. It is popular for it's amazing collections of caves and churches carved into rocks, fair chimneys, and the numerous fascinating undergr...

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