The Middle East is the common name refering to the region centered on Western Asia, including the Arabian Peninsular and commonly includes Egypt in North Africa. Arabs, Azeris, Kurds, Persians, and Turks constitute the largest ethnic groups in the region by population. The Middle East is believed to be the location of human's first permanent settlements along the banks of the Tigris and Euphrates River in the Fertile Crescent. Several major religions have their origins in the Middle East, including Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.
The Middle East generally has a hot, arid climate, ideally suited to long days of exploration by the intrepid traveller, however the Middle East also suffers from a history, and currently, of unrest making travel in these regions difficult. The vast reserves of crude oil of the region has created uber modern centers such as in the U.A.E. which juxtaposes many traditional settlements that are still widespread. Despite it being a strategically, politically, culturally and religiously sensitive region it also offers unique and intrepid experiences for the courageous traveller.
Iranian Days and Nights
With a long and rich history stretching back to before the Persian Empire, Iran, an Islamic Republic since the 1979 revolution, has largely been cut off from the west and to travellers. Despite... Read more >>
Israel and the West Bank
Israel is a small yet diverse country which has controlled the West Bank and Golan Heights since the six-day war in 1967. Originally, Israel was established as a state for the Jewish people... Read more >>
The Kingdom of Jordan
Jordan, located on the banks of the Jordan River (and the saline Dead Sea) has a history of welcoming visitors, from the camel caravans that meandered along the Kings Way, refugees... Read more >>
Located near the strategically important Gulf of Oman - with two exclaves separated from it by the United Arab Emirates (the Musandam Peninsula and Madha) Oman was for a long time... Read more >>
It is not advisable that you visit Syria while the Civil War, that begun after the protests and uprising against the Assad regime turned violent in 2011, continues to rage on. The following are... Read more >>
Turkey offers a wealth of destination varieties to travellers: from dome-and-minaret filled skyline of Istanbul to Roman ruins along the western and southern coasts, from heavily indendated... Read more >>
United Arab Emirates
The United Arab Emirates, often referred to as the U.A.E, is a federation of seven emirates, which includes the modern and dynamic Abu Dhabi and Dubai emirates. If ever a city was... Read more >>