The following list encompasses the best places to visit in the Middle East. The choices are based on a range of factors including historical significance, ease of access, safety and stability in the region as well as notable man-made creations.
Best Places to Visit in the Middle East
So What Countries Make up the Middle East?
For the purposes of this list, the Middle East includes Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Iran, Jordan, Israel, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Palestine, Syria, Yemen, Qatar, Saudia Arabia, Turkey, Cyprus, United Arab Emirates.
Some Countries do not have items on this list due to safety concerns for foreigners or limited access.
What are the Best Places to Visit in the Middle East
Visit the Nabatean Capital of Petra
Petra is often at the top of the best places in the world to visit so it is a no brainer to have it on the top of the best places to visit in the Middle East. This archaeological marvel stod hidden for hundreds of years and since its discovery, it has been attracting those who wish to marvel at its ancient grandeur. My Petra guide has everything you need to know about visiting this UNESCO site, from where to eat to where to stay and how to best spend your time at the site.
Petra is open year round and costs JD50 (USD 71) for a one day visit. Multi day visits are heavily discounted and it can be bought in conjunction with the Jordan pass.
Snorkel in Dahab
The Red Sea is known for some of the world’s best snorkelling. While it can be done in Aqaba and Sharm el Sheikh, Dahab is where the hardcore divers and snorkellers go.
The Holiest Place in the World Jerusalem’s Old City
Explore Jerusalem’s Old City on foot as the twisting streets give a glimpse into its past. There is a strange vibe in the Old City, where believers in Christianity, Judiasm and Islam all come to take in the birthplace of their religions. Save time to browse in the shops for souvenirs.
Pyramids of Giza
With thousands of years of history, onlookers love to marvel at the Pyramids of Giza. These immense tombs are not only a mathematical marvel but have stood for thousands of years. Plenty of theories exist as to their creation, drawing millions of visitors to Egypt every year.
Luxor’s Valley of the Kings
The city of Luxor makes up one of the most amazing open air museum in the world. Whther it is the valley of the kinds, the temples of Karnak, Hapshepsut’s buriel temple and more, this place needs more than a few days to explore all of its many sights. Ensure you take a hot air balloon over the nile and see the city from above!
Visit the Lowest Point on Earth the Dead Sea
Whether for health benefits of the mineral rich water and mud, or the bucketlist of visiting, the Dead Sea is a unique experience to be had in Jordan or Israel.
Party in Tel Aviv
Seek out the best Roman ruins in Jerash and Baalbek
Marvel at Dubai
Straddle continents in Istanbul
Balloon in Cappadocia
Sheikh Zayed Mosque Abu Dhabi