Middle East is special, exotic, and different from the rest of the world. It has a long history, tradition, and different culture too. There are many beautiful places in Middle East to see at least once in a lifetime. The experience you will get there, can’t be found anywhere else.
Some people want to travel there and to spend a vacation, some people want to move there (for good or for a year). Beautiful deserts, big markets with spices and jewelry, Bedouins, women with scarfs and beautiful eyes, delicious food… the list is endless.
18 countries are part of the Middle East: Yemen, Syria, Bahrain, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, KSA, Oman, Palestine, Israel, Egypt, Lebanon, Cyprus, Northern Cyprus, Turkey, UAE and Qatar, and all of them are different and unique.
Beautiful places in Middle East to visit
You don’t have to move overseas to get experience and to see something new. Traveling to the Middle East is also possible. Some of the countries are not included in the list because of the security reasons, such as Syria. Due to these security threats, we have decided that there’s no point in going over these countries too.
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Dubai is different from all other cities in the Arab countries. This vacation paradise is better to visit during the winter months because the summer is VERY hot. Some of the tallest buildings in the world are located here as well as luxurious hotels and restaurants. It offers a lot of attractions to tourists, big shopping malls, aqua parks, beaches, nightclubs, amazing food, deserts, etc.
Capital of Qatar and also a major city here has many attractions for all people around the world. Golf, shopping, desert activities, a beautiful sea, etc. While you are in Doha, visit the museum of Islamic art, Souq Waqif (old market), The Pearl-Qatar, Doha Corniche, and Katara Cultural Village.
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
KSA is the biggest country in the Middle East and there are many places to see. You can’t visit everything in a couple of days while you are in this area. The best way to see and visit all of the things is to have a month or two for visiting Arab countries, and you can store your belongings in Jeddah for that period.
All Muslims in the world are coming here to visit Mecca and Medina (Kaaba – saint place), but these two cities are not the only thing to visit here. Riyadh, the capital, is a cultural and business center. It is micxof Arab tradition and modern western culture. It has a long history, after all, it is a country where Islam was born.
Pyramids are only one part of Cairo and its heritage. Archaeological spots are everywhere, not only in Cairo, and that is why it is so hard to pick just one city in Egypt to visit. The prehistoric building, modern shopping malls, nightclubs, cruising, enjoying the beach and the sea view, delicious food, etc. While visiting all of these beautiful places in Middle East, you will have an opportunity to learn a lot about very distant history, which is something you can’t in the USA.
Jerusalem, the heart of all three major religions. The Dome of the Rock is the main attraction here. But it is not just a holy place, the architecture of it is stunning and breathtaking, even if you are not religious, it is worth visiting it.
Dead Sea (the saltiest sea in the world) is another place to visit in the Middle East – it is bordered by Israel, Palestine, and Jordan.
The capital of Lebanon, Beirut is a mix of old and traditional and modern. Ancient monuments and architecture are unique and special. Beside this old side of the city, it also offers modern nightclubs, trendy bars, beautiful beaches on the Mediterranean Sea, and many restaurants and hotels.
Istanbul is located on two continents, Europe and Asia – the only part of the Middle East in Europe. It is a large city, with many monuments and museums. It is not a capital, but it was for a long period of time. Visit Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque, take a cruise on Bosporus. You will need a lot of time to visit everything in Istanbul.
Moving to the Middle East
If you want to explore more (and one vacation is definitely not enough to visit everything), you should move there for a longer period of time. Also, foreigners can work here, so search for job opportunities and see what’s on the market. To move to the Middle East from the USA, you will need help from the international moving company. If you don’t know where to look, start by searching on fourwinds-ksa.com.
Plan your relocation in advance, long-distance moves are not easy (physically and mentally). If you have a job opportunity to work in some of the countries of the Middle East, take it and be open for new things. This way, you will have more time to visit all the beautiful places in Middle East, to meet different people, and to see things that tourists can’t. For example, explore Kuwait real estate and invest in a property. Or start a new business there and be your own boss.
Visiting all these beautiful places in Middle East is an opportunity that has no price. It is a totally new world, often unfamiliar to foreigners. Be prepared for the weather. Sunglasses, sunscreen, proper clothing (some of the countries don’t allow shorts and revealing clothes), drink enough water to stay hydrated, and eat healthy food.