Warm welcomes await in the Middle East, a troubled but tantalising region that nurtured the world’s earliest civilizations and gave rise to three of its great religions. Our map of the Middle East will help you plan your journey.

Tapering minarets pierce the sky in sprawling metropolises like Tehran, where the days are punctuated by the evocative call to prayer. Get lost in frenetic bazaars or watch as life unfolds over strong coffee and wisps of cigarette smoke at street-side cafés. The chaos is contagious. It’s a different story among the wind-sculpted deserts of Oman and the United Arab Emirates, where star-speckled skies twinkle to life at sunset.

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The Musandam Peninsula: Oman’s final frontier

The Musandam Peninsula: Oman’s final frontier

There’s something of the Wild West about Khasab, the dusty capital of Oman’s Musandam Peninsula. One hundred kilometres of the United Arab Emirates separate…

12 Sep 2018 • Daniel Stables local_activity Special feature
Five under-the-radar Middle Eastern cities you should visit now

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

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 despi…

20 Apr 2018 • Sarah Reid
Discovering Amman: why you should stay a while

Discovering Amman: why you should stay a while

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-or…

16 Apr 2018 • Eleanor Ross insert_drive_file Article
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