10 Things You Must See In The Middle East
There is a wealth of fascinating things to explore in this wholly complex and unique region, but where do you start? Consider these blockbuster attractions and hidden delights as you design your travel plans throughout the region:
Madain Saleh, Saudi Arabia
If you visit only one location in Saudi-Arabia, seriously consider the grandeur of Madain Saleh. The out-of-this-world scenery, breath taking nature, and abundant history make it a destination worth exploring. Madain Saleh is not only the tombs of the ancient Nabatean people, but it offers much more for the tourist to explore. The Hejaz railway, built by the Ottomans, runs through it. Nearby the town of Al-Ula boasts a beautiful oasis, museums, an ancient mud village and ruins and tombs of Khuraibah.
Petra is a historical and archaeological city in the southern Jordanian governorate of Ma’an. The UNESCO World Heritage Site is famous for its rock-cut architecture and water conduit system. It has been glamorised in its usage in films such as Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Arabian Nights, and The Mummy Returns. Another name for Petra is the Rose City, due to the color of the stone out of which it is carved.
Burj Khalifa is one of the UAE’s most famous buildings and the soaring sky-high landmark of Dubai. Not only is it the world’s tallest building, but it also lays the claim to the titles of the tallest freestanding structure in the world, the highest observation deck in the world and the elevator with the longest travel distance in the world. A trip up to the observation deck with its panoramic views overlooking Dubai is a sightseeing highlight to not miss!
The Corniche, Qatar
One thing you don’t want to miss if you are visiting Doha is to a cruise on a traditional boat, known as dhow. Depart from the Pearl islands and slowly cruise your way to the Doha Corniche. The views of Doha from the water are simply breath-taking.
If you aren’t one for the water, you can also take a stroll or a walk on the Doha Corniche. This allows you to capture memories of what has contributed to present Doha, from the iconic pearl on the Oyster monument, to the dhow wharf and amazing skyline.
Barbar Temple, Bahrain
The Barbar complex consists of three successive temples built over five stages; its ruins date back to the 2nd and 3rd millennium BC. They were built on platforms, organized around a courtyard and thought to have been constructed to worship pagan deities that predate Islam. It is a fascinating reminder of the history of the region, as well as a testament to Arabian architecture.
Qalat al Bahrain, Bahrain
Known as Dilmun in ancient times, Bahrain’s rich trading history is reflected in numerous archaeological digs around the island. The Qalat al-Bahrain site (Bahrain Fort) is among the most exciting of them and is registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The fort is located atop an impressive artificial hill that had been built while enduring over 4,000 years of continuous occupation. It is also the site of the former capital of Dilmun and is one of the most prolific archaeological digs in the Arabian Gulf.
House of Mirrors, Kuwait
In the suburbs of Kuwait City’s Qadisiya, you can find a miniature museum where every detail is meticulously made from thousands of broken mirrors (see above). The widow of well-known artist Khalifa al Quattan, Lidia al-Qattan is the creator of this spectacle. It is an entire house adorned with heroic scenes called Room of the Universe, the Basin of the Sharks, and many other unique aspects.
Dubai Mall, UAE
Skirting the Burj Khalifa in downtown Dubai is every shopper’s paradise. The massive Dubai Mall is the largest shopping center in the world. It consists of more than one thousand stores and more than 160 food and beverage venders.
Even if you aren’t interested in shopping, a visit to this immense retail center can still be a thrill. The Dubai Mall also contains numerous entertainment facilities, such as an ice rink, a movie theater, and several kid-friendly attractions. The most prominent is the Dubai Aquarium. This complex sits at the heart of the Dubai Mall and houses more than 33,000 underwater creatures in one of the world’s largest tanks.
Sports and recreation, Saudi Arabia
Camel riding, race car driving, and riding quads in the desert is a huge attraction for expatriates and tourists alike. Some of the best activities can be found near the area of Thumamah Park. But if you long for some refreshing fun, the Obhir Creek, north of Jeddah, is worth checking out with its numerous water sports; these include activities such as snorkelling, fishing, water skiing and sailing.
In the 50 degree Celsius summer heat, Oman’s southern city of Salalah is a welcome respite for many visitors. From here you can make a day trip to the lost city of Ubar; Ubar disappeared from maps and was thought to only exist in legend from 3000 BC. But in 1992 using remote satellite sensing, Ubar was found, featuring a developed desert settlement with an octagonal fortress and eight towers. It is a site still being excavated. For archaeological and history boffins, this is a gem.
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