That land often interpreted in a single set, only seen as the land of the seas of the largest and most beautiful dunes, bazaars of spices with the smell of incense and the warm welcome of the Bedouins.
On the other hand, on many occasions, the media seems to enjoy the fact of only showing the disasters and all the bad things that happen in the Middle East, influencing the perception of the people to such an extent that the whole region is considered a dangerous place to travel, as if it were a single country.
But you know what? The Middle East is a huge region composed of 14 countries with large differences and bounded by borders. Visit the relevant website before you set out to conquer the world!
Which countries make up the Middle East?
Egypt, Israel, Palestine, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman, Yemen, Iran
After spending 3 years living and traveling in the region, I compiled a list of the 20 Best places to do tourism in the Middle East.
Said choice is based on the level of security, historical importance and natural beauty. My goal is not only to show you how safe it is to do tourism in the Middle East, but I would also like you to see the great contrast, both natural and cultural, that exists between the different countries, as well as the relevant role you had for the development of the World history.
The Statue of Ramses II, in the Temple of Luxor
Salalah – Coconuts, Pineapples and Tropical Rain
Country – Oman
What if I told you that, in the Persian Gulf, there is a place where it rains and is full of green meadows and the locals sell coconuts and pineapples?
The aforementioned place is called Salalah, a city located in the south of Oman, very close to the border with Yemen. Salalah, and the Dhofar region, is an area that every year undergoes a peculiar period of rain and monsoon. This meteorological effect is called Khareef and occurs from July to September.
Salalah Turns Green during the Khareef Era
Bethlehem – To See the Wall that Separates Palestine from Israel
Country – Palestine
Bethlehem is the birthplace of the baby Jesus. However, unless you are a Christian fanatic, the most interesting thing about Bethlehem is to see closely the consequences of the Israeli occupation, since after the intifada of 2001, Israel built a piece of wall 8 meters with the intention isolate the West Bank of Israel.
The wall literally passes through the center of Bethlehem and is covered in pro-Israeli graffiti, including graffiti of the famous Banksy, which is that of the white dove.
For more information, read my travel guide to Palestine
The Separation Wall of Bethlehem
Qeshm Island – The Most Authentic Gulf Culture
Country – Iran
Located in the Persian Gulf, in the middle of the Strait of Hormuz, just between Oman and Iran, Qeshm is an island with amazing geological formations, as well as a rich wildlife.
This is the reason why many travelers visit the island, but in my opinion, the most interesting is the opportunity to delve into the local culture, and that Qeshm is the only place that has preserved the traditional culture of the Persian Gulf, a culture that is practically already disappearing in the monarchies of the Gulf, with the exception of some specific places in Oman.