The Middle East is a world region in Western Asia and North-eastern Africa. The term was created by British military strategists in the 19th century, and definitions of the Middle East vary; it is not simply a geographical term, but also a political one, connoting that it separates Europe (“the West”) from the Far East, and the traditional trade route of choice between these two extremes.
Countries and territories
Bahrain, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Palestinian Territories, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Yemen
Destinations in Middle East
- Dead Sea — the water is far too salinated for marine inhabitation – hence the name – and it keeps you afloat
- Empty Quarter — the name Empty Quarter explains pretty well what it is.. a vast, inhospitable, empty desert
- Madain Saleh — a Nabataean city hewed out of rock in the same style as Jordan’s far more famous Petra
- Palmyra — stunning ruins and a lush oasis adjacent to the city
- Persepolis — the ceremonial capital of the Persian Empire during the Achaemenid dynasty today know as Iran , close to modern Shiraz
- Petra — one of the ‘New Seven Wonders’, Petra is the breathtaking capital of the Nabataean kingdom from around the 6th century BC
- Samarra — archaeological and Shi’a holy sites, including the tombs of several Shi’a Imams in Iraq
- Sea of Galilee — known for its Gospel associations with the life and ministry of Jesus Christ, thus a pilgrimage destination for Christians and also to Jews
- Shibam — known as ‘Manhattan of the Desert’, a unique, sixteenth century, mud-built, high rise apartment buildings complex
- Herodium – King Herod’s biggest palaces and fortress that built on a hill in the Judean Desert in the West Bank
- Masada – Mountaintop fortress over the Dead Sea built as one of King Herod’s palaces and later a fortress in the Jewish revolt, the Roman Ramp and Camps below Masada are also still exist
- Jerash – the largest well preserved Decapolis Greco-Roman city
- St. Catherine Monastery – big walled monastery near Mount Sinai
- Baalbek – Ancient city with huge Roman Temples
- Caesarea – huge Roman city which built in the herodian period, and exist until the Crusader period.
- Wadi Rum – amazing natural and cultural landscapes.
- Krak des Chevaliers the most well preserved Crusader fortress in the world.
- Ur – one of world’s most ancient cities
- Qadisha Valley – valley with many Christian monasteries, many of them are ancient ones.
- Armenian Monastic Ensembles of Iran
Attractions in Middle East
- Visit the tallest building in the world – Dubai
- Petra – just south of the capital – Amman
- Caves,ruins and Beaches – Lebanon
- Pyramids,Museums and Beaches – Egypt
- Doha fort,museum of Islamic Art,Doha Zoo and more – Doha
- Museums,forts and Grand Prix – Manama
- Camel races,museums and Kuwait tower – Kuwait
- Holy places, archaeology, many cultures, war stories, – Israel
- Byzantine and Ottoman Relics in Istanbul – Turkey