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Middle East Travel Guides

Country guides

With its man-made islands, opulent hotels and iconic buildings, the United Arab Emirates has always been a show-stopping, headline-grabbing destinatio...
Kuwait consitutes a puzzling but intriguing mix of Western liberalism and strict Islam.
With a name meaning 'Two Seas' it is little wonder that Bahrain, an archipelago of 33 islands in the Gulf, defines itself in relation to the water tha...
Desert camel treks, luxury camping under the stars and 4-wheel drive wadi safaris through mighty canyons are some of the adventures awaiting the visit...
No other country in the world is as misunderstood as the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and perhaps no other country – rich with culture, heritage, and na...
Most travellers visit Jordan with its history in mind and understandably so - Jordan is steeped in stories from the distant past, with the majestic re...
The eyes of the world are on Qatar right now. In just forty years, this small Gulf state has been catapulted from one of the poorest countries in the...
Iran is a remarkable travel destination in myriad ways, and chief among these is the fact that preconceptions of a stern, inhospitable destination are...

City guides

After the previous decade’s highs and lows, Dubai is finally maturing into a more orderly city.
Amman, the capital of Jordan, is one of the oldest continually inhabited cities in the world; and despite being essentially a product of the 20th cent...
Abu Dhabi has always been a conservative city with a slow pace, traditional values and strong sense of heritage, but recently the capital has also dec...
It may be a cliché but Beirut indeed is a city of contrasts. Possessed of some of the friendliest locals on the planet, it was also, in 2012, the sce...
Fascinating, thought-provoking and more than a little bizarre, Doha combines desert landscapes with a futuristic skyline and more money than anywhere ...
Few cities inspire as much passion as Jerusalem (Yerushalayim in Hebrew, Al-Quds in Arabic), rooted deep in the past and revered by three major religi...
Muscat means 'safe anchorage', and the protected harbours of Old Muscat and Mutrah, ringed by serrated mountains and watched over by 17th-century fort...
At the cusp of the Gulf crescent, the tiny city state of Kuwait (Al Kuwayt) is wedged between powerful neighbours in a region defined by Islam and new...
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