Have you ever visited the Middle East?
Here are the best destinations in the Middle East that you can not miss in 2019. All these destinations have in common their cultural richness, the beauty of their architecture and their delicious cuisine.
The Middle East region is made up of a large number of countries, each with its own history, culture and, often, its own languages and religious practices. Each community in the Middle East has its own norms and customs. It’s very important that you are informed about the peculiarities of each destination before your trip.
Top 5 Middle East Destinations you must visit in 2019
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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
The elegant and modern capital of the United Arab Emirates presents a fascinating mixture of tradition and modernity. Taxis are a safe and a reliable way to get to the most important monuments and tourist attractions.
Visiting the great Sheikh Zayed mosque is a must if you visit Abu Dhabi. In fact, I would say that if you visit the UAE, you can’t miss this amazing mosque. It is the largest mosque in the country with capacity for more than 40,000 people.
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Jordan is one of the most beautiful countries I ever visited, and Amman, its capital, is a must.
One of the most touristic attractions of Amman is its Citadel. A historic enclave where numerous Roman and Byzantine ruins have been found. Also, being located on top of a mountain, you will have magnificent views of Amman.
In the fruit market you can discover the daily life of the Jordanians and try some of their most delicious fruits and vegetables. In the spice market you will go crazy with the smell and colors! Cardamom, curry, myrrh…
Explore the mosque of King Hussein Bin Talal, the largest in the country; and the mosque of King Abdullah, one of the best known in the capital.
Beirut is the capital of Lebanon, a city that has suffered one of the most lasting contemporary wars of the 21st century.
Do you know that Beirut is considered one of the most liberal cities in the entire Middle East and one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world?
What I like the most about Beirut is its deep and rich history full of contrasts. There are dozens of districts extremely different from each other. You must visit the hipster district of Gemmayzeh, areas of Hezbollah like Bourj al-Barajneh, the student district of Hamra, former Palestinian refugee camps, Christian areas and much, much more!
Manama, Bahrain’s capital
Bahrain is a small country (actually, one of the smallest in the world), located in the Persian Gulf, between Qatar and Saudi Arabia.
In Manama, its capital, everything is possible. There is a large community of Western expatriates, usually found in Adliya, an area full of bars and street art that makes you forget that you are in a conservative country. Bahrain is the most surreal destination to travel in the Middle East.
Muscat, largest city in Oman
Until recently, Oman has been virtually unknown to the tourist world. In recent years however, Oman has invested in tourism and it was really worth it!
If you travel to Muscat, its capital, I recommend you to visit the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, the Royal Opera House, Corniche Mutrah, the Mutrah Souq and Al Alam Palace. Muscat will surprise you!
How to travel to the Middle East
You can get to all of these Middle East destinations by flying Saudi Arabian Airlines (SAUDIA), the third largest airline in the Middle East founded in 1945.
Its main operational base is at King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah, and Saudi Arabian Airlines flies to top destinations in the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Europe and North America.
Hope you liked this Middle East destination guide and will be useful for your next trip!