Lying at the juncture of Eurasia, Africa, the Indian Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea, the Middle East has always been the epicenter of civilizations. It is the birthplace of Christianity, Islam, Judaism and other important minority religions like Zoroastrianism and the Baha’i Faith. It is also the region where man first learned to write. The rich history of the region is blatantly displayed throughout, with roadways dating back to the Roman times, ancient carved tombs hidden in the desert and ruins of great civilizations scattered everywhere. It’s a land that literally breathes history with some of the oldest continuously inhabited cities like Jerusalem, Cairo, Istanbul and Sana’a being a part of it. The 20th century saw a new clutch of cities gaining in importance because of the significant stocks of crude oil. Shiny new cities like Dubai and Abu Dhabi emerged which have become prime tourist hotspots in recent years.
The Middle East is not just about human history and progress but also has an intriguing wilderness, ranging from the snow-capped peaks of the mountains in Iran and Lebanon, to the scorching deserts of Wadi Rum and the Sahara and the waters of the mighty Euphrates and Nile. One of the most striking characteristics of the Middle East is the warm hospitality that comes so naturally to people here.

Top 11 Gay Friendly Hotels In Jerusalem

Top 11 Gay Friendly Hotels In Jerusalem

Magical, mystique, and integration of faiths abound in Jerusalem, Israel, one of the world’s most ancient cities. It lies around an hour southeast of the caltural capital Tel Aviv, and its Old City is holy to Muslims, Christians, and Jews alike. So, you can imagine how surprising it is to hear that Jerusalem is a…

11 Best Hotels in Tel Aviv

11 Best Hotels in Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv on the eastern Mediterranean coast is one of the world’s best beach destinations. The shimmering Israeli city means “Hill of Spring” in Hebrew. Aside from lip-smacking cuisine, it also boasts a melting-pot of a kaleidoscopic culture. Surprisingly, Tel Aviv is a perennial party playground with a nonstop nightlife. Also, its UNESCO heritage “White…

11 Best Hotel Pools In Dubai

11 Best Hotel Pools In Dubai

Best hotel pools in Dubai attract vacationers from all over the globe. And for a good reason. Be it the heat, or a number of things to do in the “city of gold,” hotels with a pool is an authentic form of escape on its own. Nothing beats the stress out, unlike taking a dip…

11 Best Hotels in Abu Dhabi

11 Best Hotels in Abu Dhabi

It’s hard to imagine that 40 years ago, Abu Dhabi was a fishing village in the Arabian desert. Today, the glitzy UAE capital is as glamorous as neighboring Dubai. In fact, its one of the 6 Neighbouring Cities You Must Visit While On Your Trip To Dubai. What’s more, Abu Dhabi has gained prominence as…

11 Best Hotels in Doha

11 Best Hotels in Doha

The capital of Qatar, Doha is one of the richest cities in the world. The gilded Middle Eastern city on the Persian Gulf puts a new spin on the word “luxury.” Think ostentatious shopping malls, cloud-touching architectural marvels, and grand cultural icons. However, its also known for traditional souqs, thrilling desert fun, and white-sand beaches.…

11 Best Hotels in Mecca

11 Best Hotels in Mecca

The sacred city of Mecca is Prophet Mohammed’s birthplace and the holiest city in Islam. ‘Makkah,’ as it’s usually spelled, is where Muslims arrive to perform the Hajj pilgrimage. What’s more, it also sees round-the-year pilgrims perform the Umrah pilgrimage. So, for those who live outside Saudi Arabia, Mecca is no less than a lifelong…

11 Best Hotels in Manama

11 Best Hotels in Manama

Sitting at the head of an enchanting archipelago in the Persian Gulf is Manama, the fascinating capital of the Kingdom of Bahrain. The coastal city’s charm lies in the fact that it doesn’t feature gauche commercialism as seen in other Gulf capitals. At the same time, Manama bears all hallmarks of modern Middle Eastern affluence.…

11 Best Hotels in Dubai

11 Best Hotels in Dubai

Dubai is ‘exotic desert glamour’ at its shimmering best. It’s hard to imagine that this ‘City of Gold’ overlooking the blue waters of the Persian Gulf is a former fishing village. Now, it is famous for its splendid shopping malls, scintillating souqs, culinary prowess, glitzy nightlife, and traditional splendor. The futuristic city is famous for…

11 Best Hotels in Amman

11 Best Hotels in Amman

The capital of Jordan Amman is one of the more modern Middle Eastern cities. While it has been somewhat overshadowed by Jordanian jewels Wadi Rum and Petra, exploring Amman gives you an insight into the country’s history. The city has everything from striking Roman ruins and international museums to leafy neighborhoods, coffeehouses, and souqs. Likewise,…

11 Best Hotels in Jerusalem

11 Best Hotels in Jerusalem

There cannot be enough said about Jerusalem, Israel‘s capital city, and one of the world’s holiest cities. Nestled in the Judaean Mountains between the Dead and Mediterranean Seas, the scarred spiritual city has seen destruction and resurrection beyond mortal belief, and still radiates enduring magnetism. One of The 11 Most Religious Cities in the World,…

Top 11 Gay Friendly Hotels In Tel Aviv

Top 11 Gay Friendly Hotels In Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv is often jokingly referred to as a ‘straight-friendly’ city because of the high population of gay people that live here. With an estimated 25% of the city’s population identifying themselves as gay, it is no wonder that the city was once touted as the gay capital of the world. Tel Aviv’s gay scene…

The 11 Most Beautiful Places In Jordan

The 11 Most Beautiful Places In Jordan

Barring a small 26km stretch of coastline to the south, the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan is a landlocked country with some of the most contentious nations at its borders. Despite the turbulence that surrounds it, Jordan has remained an oasis of calm and is one of the safest countries in the Middle East, Asia. Renowned…

The 11 Most Beautiful Places In Yemen

The 11 Most Beautiful Places In Yemen

One of the most embattled regions of the Middle East is the country of Yemen, located at the southern end of the Arabian Peninsula. From fighting an internal war against poverty and corruption to an al-Qaeda insurgency and Houthi rebellion, and a cholera epidemic, Yemen has endured a lot over the past few decades. However,…

Top 12 Things To Do In Tehran

Top 12 Things To Do In Tehran

Sitting at an elevation ranging from 1,712 meters to 2000 meters in the north, on the lower slopes of the Alborz Mountains, Tehran is the 9th highest capital city in the world. The wealth of cultural attractions in Iran‘s capital city is a huge draw for visitors to this part of the world. Over 250…

Top 7 Things To Do In Doha

Top 7 Things To Do In Doha

Doha is the capital of Qatar, a modern and rapidly developing city, located on the coast of the Persian Gulf in the Middle East. It is the richest country in the world per capita (according to Forbes) and considering the money being poured into construction, Doha looks like it is set to become one of…

Top 12 Things To Do In Jeddah

If one is ever fascinated by the lavish kingship of the Arabian Nights, Jeddah will represent you with the perfect modern version of the same. Jeddah is the largest urban center and commercial capital of Saudi Arabia. It is situated on the west coast of Arabia and happens to be the largest port on the…

Top 12 Things To Do In Aqaba

Top 12 Things To Do In Aqaba

Along the southernmost tip of the country of Jordan lie an exquisite and the country’s one and only coastal city, Aqaba. This happens to be a very important coastal city because of its strategic location between Asia and Africa. Aqaba has always been helpful to other countries with their trades, itself being such an important…

Top 12 Things To Do In Eilat

Top 12 Things To Do In Eilat

The beautiful Eilat is located in Israel and it happens to be the only Red Sea resort of the country which sits on the teensy stretch of the Red Sea shoreline, one of the most sought after tourist attractions of the country. This city is very popular throughout the continent for its sandy beaches and…

Top 10 Things To Do In Kuwait

Kuwait sits atop the world’s 6th largest oil reserves, has a thriving culture and a modernized society that is not as extremely religious as most of the Middle-Eastern counterparts. The attractions that it offers are some of the finest you will see in the Middle East. If you want to experience warm Arabic hospitality, this…

15 Photos That Will Make You Want To Visit Israel

15 Photos That Will Make You Want To Visit Israel

Just over 400 km (250 miles) long and 112 km (70 miles) wide at its widest point, Israel can be covered in a matter of hours, but we can assure you that you will want to stay for much longer. Home to some of the world’s most famous historic sites, gorgeous coastlines and rugged deserts, Israel…

Top 13 Things To Do In Iran

Top 13 Things To Do In Iran

Iran, an Islamic republic on the Persian Gulf is one of the world’s oldest continuous civilizations and Iranians are proud of their 5000 years of history, seeing themselves on par with Greece and Rome. Come and discover an unexpected beautiful land, ancient historical cities and unique cultural treasures, largely unseen by western eyes. Iran has…