Travellers often avoid visiting the Middle East because of the continuous political unrest, travel advisories and news about terrorism. But not all countries in the Middle East are unsafe. In fact, some countries here are safer than your home.
The Middle East actually have it all. Beautiful landscapes, white sandy beaches, and rich in cultures and traditions. If you wish to have a luxury Middle East Holidays, look no further as we have compiled the best countries to visit in this enormous piece of territory.
Istanbul is a country rich in culture, food and history. Just look at its beautiful mosques such as the Blue Mosque (Sultan Ahmed) and Aya Sofya that was once a Greek Orthodox church as proofs.
If you love spices and Turkish delights, visit the Spice Bazaar. If you want to find quality rugs and landers, head to Grand Bazaar. The place where to find modern-day Istanbul is at the Nisantasi and Kadikoy. Truly, there are a lot to do in Istanbul aside from tasting Turkish coffee and the best baklava.
Muscat and Nizwa, Oman
If you want to find authentic Arabia, then experience the true charm of Oman. Muscat is a combination of modernity and mystery as the city never wants to compromise its heritage. Muscat is also rich with stunning beaches and low-rise skyline.
Visit the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque and the Royal Opera House, and finish the day by tasting some of their grilled meats. Once done in Muscat, visit Nizwa where you will find the Al Hajar Mountains, the 17th-century Nizwa Fort and Nizwa Souk.
Places, where you can enjoy your tour, are the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Louvre art museum, Corniche, or just enjoy the city-to-desert Jeep safari. Don’t forget Abu Dhabi’s luxurious hotels such as St Regis, Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, The Ritz-Carlton and Yas Viceroy.
Visit Doha and feel that culture and luxury can live side by side. Once there, you will easily find traditional markets and souks can co-exist in big shopping malls. And, old Qatari architecture can be in the middle of modern skyscrapers.
Once in the country, go to the city’s Souq Waqif, which is a labyrinth of market stalls. You can also visit the Museum of Islamic Art and din in The Pearl for some authentic Doha delicacies.
Abu Dhabi, UAE
Abu Dhabi is considered a top contender for Dubai when it comes to giving travellers the glitzy fun of getting that luxury Middle East Holidays. Visit the country and you will find classy hotels, year-round sunshine, luxurious dining and drinking spots, world-class attractions, and sophisticated architecture.