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  • Five under-the-radar Middle Eastern cities you should visit now

    Five under-the-radar Middle Eastern cities you should visit now

    April 20th, 2018Sarah Reid
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    Travellers can’t seem to get enough of the Middle East. Recent reports highlight strong tourism growth in many of the region’s countries – and that’s despite continued unrest and the travel restrictions that have come with it. Flights served by Middle Eastern airlines and their international counterparts continue unabated, and the wider industry is taking note of the... Read more »

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  • Discovering Amman: why you should stay a while

    Discovering Amman: why you should stay a while

    April 18th, 2018Eleanor Ross
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    One of the world’s top adventure spots, tourists to Jordan tend to zip right through Amman and head straight to the mountains, Petra, or the fabulous burnt-orange desert in the south. But Jordan’s capital is well-worth devoting a long weekend to. It’s a vibrant, buzzing place to spend a few days, browsing through the fashionable... Read more »

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  • Middle East and North Africa: 10 spectacular sights off the beaten track

    Middle East and North Africa: 10 spectacular sights off the beaten track

    March 27th, 2018Gavin Thomas
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    The Middle East and North Africa have plenty of world-famous attractions – Petra and the Pyramids, the Valley of the Kings and the souks of Marrakesh, the minarets of Istanbul and the skyscrapers of Dubai – but there are so many other spectacular sights, a little further off the beaten track, which still receive only a... Read more »

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  • Is it safe to visit the Palestinian Territories?

    Is it safe to visit the Palestinian Territories?

    December 18th, 2017Lizzie Porter
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    The Palestinian Territories are a beautiful, storied place of rolling olive groves, ancient cities and welcoming, diverse communities. There had been renewed hope for tourism here. Visitor numbers increased by nearly two thirds in the first six months of 2017, with foreigners attracted by the alluring landscapes, Banksy artwork, and the chance to see one of... Read more »

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  • 9 reasons you shouldn’t overlook Western Iran

    9 reasons you shouldn’t overlook Western Iran

    August 28th, 2017Marco Ferrarese
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    Iran is no longer the scary and inaccessible place it is often made out to be. True, relations with the US are taut and the visa process for UK citizens travelling to Iran is long and complicated. But with the introduction of visas on arrival for most Europeans and Australians, travellers are starting to trickle to... Read more »

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  • Video: 5 reasons to hike the Jordan Trail

    Video: 5 reasons to hike the Jordan Trail

    June 23rd, 2017Colt St. George
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    Despite being a safe country with no shortage of breathtaking historical sites, friendly people and some of the world’s most stunning wilderness, Jordan is often overlooked by travellers. However a new thru-hiking route, the Jordan Trail, is attracting a wave of adventurers from around the globe. Here are five reasons you need to make the hike:... Read more »

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  • Rediscovering Jordan: why the time to go is now

    Rediscovering Jordan: why the time to go is now

    June 22nd, 2017Sarah Reid
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    It’s one of the world’s top adventure destinations – and one of our top 18 places to visit in 2018 – and yet, in recent years, tourists have been eschewing Jordan due to widespread unease about travelling in the region. But while the country has struggled to maintain its reputation as a safe oasis in more dangerous surrounds, it is still ranked... Read more »

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  • 6 things every family must do in Dubai

    6 things every family must do in Dubai

    June 15th, 2017Keith Drew
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    Dubai is the most spectacular playground on Earth. The desire to make everything bigger and brighter and better has created a city of superlatives – and for wide-eyed children and their even wider-eyed parents, it’s a destination that’s hard to beat. But unless you’re here for a month and have the budget of an Emirati... Read more »

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  • Burj Khalifa: is the world’s tallest building worth the hype?

    Burj Khalifa: is the world’s tallest building worth the hype?

    January 31st, 2017Lottie Gross
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    One of Dubai’s main attractions and currently the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa draws in hundreds of people daily to marvel at the views from its dizzying observation deck. But does it live up to the hype? Here’s everything you need to know before you plan a visit. The Burj by numbers As the... Read more »

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  • Oman: a first-timer’s guide

    Oman: a first-timer’s guide

    December 13th, 2016Andy Turner
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    Poised between the glitzy excess of the Emirates and the rigid conservatism of Saudi Arabia, Oman provides a winning introduction to the Middle East. Politically stable, and packing in a huge range of landscapes from rugged desert and turtle-nesting beaches to misty green mountains, you’ll find off-road adventures, winter sun and old-fashioned Arabian hospitality. Andy Turner introduces what... Read more »

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  • The other Emirate: an introduction to Ras Al Khaimah

    The other Emirate: an introduction to Ras Al Khaimah

    December 2nd, 2016Lottie Gross
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    Mention Ras Al Khaimah to your friends and the response is likely to be along the lines of “Ras Al What?”. Most visitors travelling to the UAE head for hedonistic hubs like Dubai and Abu Dhabi; few have heard of the country’s fourth-largest Emirate. In 2017, the Ras Al Khaimah tourism authority are on an... Read more »

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  • Away from the skyscrapers: how to find the “other” Dubai

    Away from the skyscrapers: how to find the “other” Dubai

    November 22nd, 2016Lottie Gross
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    It’s big, brash and lays claim to so many world records it might even have the world record for the number of world records. But beyond the superlatives, skyscrapers and inexplicably squeaky-clean streets, there’s far more to Dubai than meets the eye. On its surface, the city looks like an ultra-modern adults’ adventure playground with... Read more »

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