Middle East

Explore Egypt’s Saharan Wild Western Desert

It's not a pretty sight. The stark landscape of Egypt's desert burns my retinas, forcing me to squint as I scan the quivering, molten, 40°C scene before me. Besides my two friends, our jeep driver, there's not a soul around, nor is there a signal that life could survive here - even if it wanted to. Instead, ochre sands meet dark smatterings of iron ore from the region's volcanic rock formations. It's a surreal corner of the earth almost entirely untouched by mankind.

3 of Jordan’s Best Tourist Destinations

A holiday to Jardon isn’t complete until you complete the Golden Triangle – Aqaba, Wadi Rum and Petra.  With all offering their distinct features: The seaside city of Aqaba is Jordan’s coastal gateway with historic sites on our doorstep, Wadi Rum – the valley of the moon offers glittering skies, undulating dunes and peace of mind, and Petra’s rich ancient past is an archaeological adventure.  Using the seaside city of Aqaba as your base, Petra is just a short drive away. And situated near the desert highway, only a minor detour between both Amman and Aqaba, lies Wadi Rum.

Six Incredible Adventures in Oman

With craggy mountains, rippling cream-coloured dunes and a shimmering coastline, Oman is an extraordinary natural playground fit for a modern-day Lawrence of Arabia. Here are six of the best adventures you can have on a trip to this corner of the Arabian Peninsula.

Party all Night in the World's Sexiest City - Beirut, Lebanon

"Drive it like you stole it," reads the slogan on the barman's t-shirt, a message that seems to sum up Beirut's chaotic driving culture, where traffic lights are ignored and seatbelts are for wimps.  Traffic-choked it might be but the multi-laned highways are loaded with flashy and retro rides: think Ferraris, Lamborghinis, 1960s Cadillac's and Chevys.

Jordan: Some Like it Hot

Chances are when you think of Jordan, you're more likely to imagine deserts and ancient monuments than canyoning in a river valley in the world's lowest nature reserve.  But while star destination like Petra deservedly takes the spotlight, Jordan has more than a few surprising attractions which are still off the beaten tourist track. Now with budget flights to the country's capital Amman, it's easier and cheaper than ever to discover the country. 

Ras Al Khaimah, Your Arabian Adventure Awaits

Pristine Coastlines, A terracotta-coloured desert and the dramatic, awe-inspiring vistas of the Hajar mountains - when you visit Ras Al Khaimah you can soak up the sunshine against spectacular backdrops almost all year round. So wether you’re looking for a holiday with thrills, somewhere to chill, a place to connect with nature, or a break that’s great for the whole family, Ras Al Khaimah is full of surprises to be discovered.

Between The Desert And The Sea, Eilat

Sheltered by mountains of red sandstone, surrounded by the Negev Desert to the north and bordered by the Red Sea to the south, the Israeli city of Eilat is enviably placed. "Eilat is unique," says Ben Julius, founder of Tourist Israel, an online travel organisation that helps visitor plan their explorations of the country.

Explore Quintessential Doha, Qatar

Whether you’re visiting on a 72-hour stopover or for a week in the year-round Arabian sun, the Qatari capital of Doha is the perfect place to discover vibrant culture and effortless luxury all in one place.  Whether you’re the kind of traveller who wants to dive deep into the culture of a new country, or you just fancy kicking back for a couple of days at the beginning or end of a longer break, Qatar has it all.

See Another Side of Dubai

Thought Dubai only catered to the rich and famous? This United Arab Emirates city might court visitors with expensive tastes, but beyond the skyscrapers and Western brands is a desert destination with enough cultural and hip hotspots for a bragworthy weekender that surprisingly - won't break the bank.  So if you're longing to escape the cold, here is an alternative plan for a two-day short break in this Middle Eastern playground.

Explore Dubai's Water Worlds

Upon first inspection, Dubai lives up to its reputation as a millionaires’ playground; it is chock-full of business folk impeccably turned out in Arab thawbs or designer labels, driving huge cars from one gleaming, gargantuan mall to the next. But while this futuristic city in the middle of the desert is great fun for those with money, it is also ideally set up for kids.

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