Top six tourist destinations in the Middle East

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The Middle East is fast emerging as a global travel destination. According to the United Nation World Travel Organization (UNWTO), the number of travellers to the region doubled from 24 million to 60 million between 2000-2010.

Despite the political instability in the region, despite tensions and conflict, the Middle East continues to intrigue the travellers. And why would it not? Meltwater’s latest report, based on the World Travel Market exhibition, is a testimony to the growth in tourism.

Interestingly, Qatar tops the list as the most preferred destination followed by Dubai. Abu Dhabi and  Jordan give each other close competition while Egypt and Oman are fast catching up.


What if we tell you that you were to fetch a luxury yacht that ferries you through pristine waters to reach a breathtaking island. If you can afford it, you have a private helicopter pad for a bird’s eye view at the Banana Island Resort Doha by Anantara. That is Qatar for you.

Anantara Banana Island Resort Doha

Now if you were to check into “world’s only 7-star hotel” which is nested in the third tallest hotel in the world? What are we talking about? Absolutely right! That is indeed the Burj Al Arab that stands tall mimicking the sail of a ship.

Burj al Arab
Photo-Daniel Cheong

We are sure you did catch all the Formula One Grand Prix excitement at the Yas Marina in Abu Dhabi. It is indeed a destination in itself when the race of the desert is on.

Yas Marina Abu Dhabi

Jordan’s dead Sea area has become a major center for health research and treatment. You would have heard about the famous mud bath at the dead sea among the various other reasons to visit Jordan.

Dead Sea Jordan

Apart from the pyramids, Egypt has some amazing beaches on the Mediterranean and the Red Sea that extend to over 3,000 km. If history is your calling, you know where to head next.


For those of you seeking a tryst with the modern face of Arabia with a reflection of its rich history and culture, Oman is the destination. And it indeed is picking up fast as a tourist destination to catch its other Middle Eastern cousins.


Over to you – Which are your favorite destinations in the Middle East? Let us know in the comments!

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  1. Apart from mentioned tourist destinations in Middle East, recently Iran is back into tourism business. It’s a great country and has tremendous tourism potentiality right from North Iran to Southern Iran and Iraninan islands on Persian Gulf, like Kish & Qeshm. New luxury hotel projects are coming up and hopefully post-sanction scenerio will be excellent and super encouraging for further development in tourism business.

  2. Musandam is the most beautiful Island in Oman. It has much more to serve you. You will love the traditional Omani dhow cruise, can watch live dolphins, go for snorkeling and swimming, visit Musandam fjors and have a view of small fishing villages and mighty Al-Hajar mountains. If you keep traveling in the open sea after Kumzar you will be able to have a view of Straits Of Hormuz, know as the busiest place for cruise ships.

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