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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!