Middle East Travel Guide

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Turkey

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United Arab Emirates

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Israel

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Saudi Arabia

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Jordan

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Oman

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Iran

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Lebanon

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Qatar

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Bahrain

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Georgia

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Syria

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Iraq

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Kuwait

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Yemen

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Palestine

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Armenia

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Azerbaijan

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Istanbul

See all 7928 Istanbul Tips
  • Topkapi Palace

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Istanbul Things to Do

    The long lines to enter the palace are only beaten by the even longer lines to enter the harem. Of course everybody dreams with that visit, and no one gets disappointed. The palace is fabulous, and the rich collection in display increases its appeal. To compose the perfect ensemble, the sights provided by its splendid locations are gorgeous....

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  • Four Seasons Istanbul

    Istanbul Hotels

    Housed in a former Ottoman prison, The Four Seasons in Sultanahmet is anything but. It is the...

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  • Fish Sandwiches- Eminonu

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Istanbul Restaurants

    One day at around lunch time we decied to have a fish sandwich (Balik ekmek) at the Eminönü pier near the Galata Bridge. At the stall "Tarihi Eminönü Balik Ekmek" the fish (mackerel) is directly grilled on the boat and then put in a half-bread together with some salad and onions. It costs 5 TYR. In front of the boat you can take a seat at one of...

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Dubai

See all 2737 Dubai Tips
  • Burj Khalifa

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Dubai Things to Do

    I had to get a ticket to the Burj Khalifa open-air observatory on level 124. At 828m it is the tallest man-made structure to date. However you would not be that high on the public observatory. Advance purchase tickets online cost 100 AED plus 5 AED fee, walk-in fees are 400 AED! You must have photo ID to collect your prepaid tickets. The building...

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  • Grosvenor House West Marina Beach By Le...

    Dubai Hotels

    Probably the best hotel I have ever stayed in. Service was amazing including your own personal...

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  • Burjuman Food Court

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Dubai Restaurants

    Yes, we all know the the Bur Juman Mall is a luxe mall and has expensive restaurants too. however, like in any malls, it also have a food court where you can buy budget meals too! so if you are staying in any of the Apartment Hotels in Bur Dubai just a stone's throw away in Bur Juman Center and don't want to cross the street to Al Karama District...

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Tel Aviv-Yafo

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Jerusalem

See all 1929 Jerusalem Tips
  • Wailing Wall - Western Wall

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Jerusalem Things to Do

    Western Wall is one of the must see attractions in the Old City and by far the holiest spot for Judaism outside Mount Temple. Located in Jewish Quarter it’s part of the retaining wall that surrounded the Second Temple(built in 538BC and destroyed by Romans in 70AD) so this is the closest place that Jews are allowed to pray to where the holiest site...

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  • The King David Jerusalem

    Jerusalem Hotels

    Without doubt, the King David Hotel is the most famous and prestigious hotels in Israel and possibly...

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  • Bus or Taxi

    Jerusalem Transportation

    as major part of the Visitors to Jerusalem are the Various Christian Pilgrims around the world who day multi-day tours in Groups, the preferred transportation is the big tour buses and large private vans that take the pilgrims around the biblical sites around Jerusalem, but since the Roads are Narrow in the Mount of Olives area and in the Old City,...

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Jiddah

See all 716 Jiddah Tips
  • Old City

    Jiddah Things to Do

    One of the largest in Old Jeddah, Hanafi Mosque was built while the city was still part of the Ottoman Empire (I've seen conflicting reports, one dates it to 1824 AD and the other to 1902 AD). Although painted white and lacks a dome, this mosque is very Ottoman in style, particularly its minaret, which is thin and pencil-shaped with geometric...

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  • InterContinental Hotel Jeddah

    Jiddah Hotels

    I don't normally look to stay at the Intercontinental when I'm visiting a new city, but the hotel...

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  • Al Baik

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Jiddah Restaurants

    Albaik the best chicken and sea food quick service restaurant in the world.... Guys check it out i was searching around for their website and i actually found the original website for ALBAIk not the eqyptian one ... click on to find out more about them ... www.albaik.com Miss it soo much .... Albaik normal chicken Albaik nuggets and the shrimps...

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Marmaris

See all 633 Marmaris Tips
  • Icmeler beach

    4 out of 5 stars

    Marmaris Things to Do

    Marmaris is nice but unfortunately is not the best beach... If you like to spend more time on the beach I recommend to go Icmeler Beach. Its very easy just pick the Orange MiniBus (Dolmush) till the last stop where is exactly where the beautiful Beach starts!... Its also nice to walk around icmeler which is smaller than Marmaris. On the way back...

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  • Club Likya Apartments

    Marmaris Hotels

    Great hotel & staff,unfortunately when we were there in August 2011 the place was overrun with...

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  • Taj Mahal

    4 out of 5 stars

    Marmaris Restaurants

    Ordered Lamb Madras along with starter which was not bad,not a lot but what do you expect for four pounds!!Main Course arrived after my wifes which looked good and according to her was lovelyMy own one came cold and did not look good it was as if the lamb was out of a tin sent it back infairness a replacement was served If I do revisit I will...

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Riyadh

See all 524 Riyadh Tips
  • Diplomatic Quarter

    Riyadh Things to Do

    Sahat al-Kindi (Kindi Plaza) would not, under normal circumstances, be a hotspot of anything other than the teenage boredom, angst and melancholy that is usually associated with suburban malls. This, however, is Saudi Arabia, and Sahat al-Kindi is located in the Diplomatic Quarter, where the religious police or Muttawa3 are far fewer in number than...

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  • InterContinental Riyadh

    Riyadh Hotels

    Stayed only for a day But good restarant

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  • Ministry of Finance

    Riyadh Off The Beaten Path

    Similar to my write-up on Saudi Post, I decided to snap a few shots of the Ministry of Finance because of its architectural features, rather than out of any inherent interest in the workings of this government institution. The Ministry’s building features that same horrendous oil-boom architecture that is so common throughout the central area of...

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Abu Dhabi

See all 480 Abu Dhabi Tips
  • Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

    Abu Dhabi Things to Do

    A must see in Abu Dhabi. The world's 8th largest mosque, officially opened in 2007. There are free tours available at 10am, 11am and 5pm except Friday morning (reserved for worshippers), however entry is free and open to everyone (groups less than 8) outside of these times (generally 9am - 10pm). You will need appropriate dress and women can...

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  • Emirates Palace

    Abu Dhabi Hotels

    this is a wonderful hotel, living like royalty! 1.3 km pvt beach, beautiful gardens, massages, tea...

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  • The Corniche

    Abu Dhabi Things to Do

    This is a great place for a stroll. Its an impressive eight kilometres of manicured waterfront that includes children’s play areas, separate cycle and pedestrian pathways, cafés and restaurants, and the beach. The city provides a great backdrop.The beach stretch's along Corniche Road from near the Hilton Hotel to beyond Al Khaleej Al Arabi Street,...

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Amman

See all 762 Amman Tips
  • Citadel

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Amman Things to Do

    Given that Amman spreads itself over so many hills (19 now, 7 for centuries before that) it's not really obvious why this particular one should have been chosen as the location for the city[s most ancient structures. It isn't any higher than the hills immediately surrounding it and, as far as I could see, there nothing particularly special about...

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  • Four Seasons Hotel Amman

    Amman Hotels

    The Four Seasons Hotel in Amman is definitely fit for a king (or queen). An Arab sheikh would like...

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  • Blue Fig

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Amman Restaurants

    As described by the founders of this place, this restaurant is about fusion of music, food and culture. The food is great, the ambiance is exceptional, and the restaurant features a country and an artist each month. Besides, there is a cool bar on the 2nd floor This place is open all day serving breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as a simple cup...

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Muscat

See all 444 Muscat Tips
  • Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque

    Muscat Things to Do

    If you take the Expressway from the airport towards the city you'll travel past the Grand Mosque completed in 2001,for the 30th year as Head of State for his Majesty the Sultan Qaboos. It should definitely be on every Muscat visitors itinerary because, to me, it is a wonderful building, set in peaceful contemplative gardens. The scale of it is...

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  • InterContinental Al Bustan Palace Muscat

    Muscat Hotels

    If you have a chance to visit this prestigious hôtel , you will not regret it. Outstanding...

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  • Visit the Natural History Museum

    Muscat Things to Do

    Given my interest in all things to do with the natural world a short visit to the Natural History Museum in Muscat seemed a sensible and interesting thing to do. I'd been told the Museum was not large but well worth a visit so I detoured and stopped by. I was very glad I did.The exhibits are very well presented; in an interesting and informative...

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Doha

See all 579 Doha Tips
  • Markets

    Doha Things to Do

    A market dating at least a century back, recently been restored to its original glory. A spot not to be missed. Souk will travel you to another era. Thousands of people frequent this market to purchase mostly traditional goods, spices, perfumes, wool products and end out at one of the beautiful restaurants and café bars. Lately it has become a...

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  • Four Seasons Hotel

    Doha Hotels

    We came to the Four Seasons on our previous trip but this stay in December was really a treat! It...

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  • Hiring a Taxi

    Doha Things to Do

    Hiring Taxis are a pathetic situation in Qatar.To book a legal taxi: Tel: (+974) 4458 8888Usually when you need them in Doha you cannot find them, and if you find them they are already hired! They usually stand outside big Malls but then again you need to wait because there are long queues waiting.You can recognize the legal taxis from their color,...

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Bodrum

See all 710 Bodrum Tips
  • St. Peter Castle

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Bodrum Things to Do

    Bodrum Castle (Bodrum Kalesi), located in southwest Turkey in the city of Bodrum, was built by the Knights Hospitaller starting in 1402 as the Castle of St. Peter. Sir Thomas Docwra was one time captain of the castle. In 1522 when faced by attack from Sultan Suleiyman, the Grand Master of the Hospitallers ordered the Castle to be repaired. In...

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  • El Vino Hotel

    Bodrum Hotels

    This small property is both central (10 min walk to the bazaar and waterfront) and secluded and...

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  • Seafood

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Bodrum Restaurants

    The Bodrum Fener Restaurant is located in Bodrum Milta Yacht Club. Me and my family went there in summer 2011. Its view was good. But it had an awful service. The waitresses didn't interested in us. We had to wait for 30 minutes just for a waitress come near us but at last we left the restaurant. No one apologized from us for being waited. I will...

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Antalya

See all 736 Antalya Tips
  • Kaleici - Old Town

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Antalya Things to Do

    The architecture in Kaleiçi is amazing; at every corner on every street you will find an old building worth to take a picture. Many of these building are renovated and are run as boutique hotels. In the evening you can enjoy nightlife at one of the several restaurants and bars, even some with live music. We stayed at Hotel Alp Pasha. When we...

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  • Welcome Barut Hotels Lara Spa

    Antalya Hotels

    This was our first time in Turkey and first time in an all-inclusive hotel. i have to say - we all...

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  • Beautiful old town

    Antalya Things to Do

    The architecture in Kaleiçi is amazing; at every corner on every street you will find an old building worth to take a picture. Many of these building are renovated and are run as boutique hotels. In the evening you can enjoy nightlife at one of the several restaurants and bars, even some with live music.We stayed at Hotel Alp Pasha. When we arrived...

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Petra

See all 1021 Petra Tips
  • Treasury - Al Khazneh

    5 out of 5 stars

    Petra Things to Do

    The structure now called the 'treasury' is the first part of Petra's city centre which visitors saw. As they finally reached the end of the Siq, itself always in shade, its twists and turns slowly revealed the sunlit facade of the 'treasury'. It must have been a completely unexpected and awe-inspiring sight....and that is exactly what it was...

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  • El Rashid Hotel

    Petra Hotels

    I was moved to this hotel in Wadi Musa, after the hotel I booked did not have a room available. The...

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  • Petra Kitchen

    5 out of 5 stars

    Petra Restaurants

    Once you tried arabic food, you will be suprised how tasty they are! For sure you want to know how to cook them. Here's the cooking course for you. You will be provided aprons and a pair of plastc gloves. After greetings and introduction of menu to cook the evening, go to the table you want. The menu the evening I joined was - Lentil Soup - Baba...

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Eilat

See all 386 Eilat Tips
  • Underwater Observatory Marin Park

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Eilat Things to Do

    Wanted to show some photos of this wonderful spot in Eilat, but my photos did not come out in a presentable form. The photo here I found on the internet at http://www.israeltripplanner.com/eilat/eilat-attractions/underwater-observatory-marine-park But I will direct you to their website - http://www.coralworld.com/eilat/eng/. This is one of the...

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  • Dan Panorama Eilat

    Eilat Hotels

    The Dan Hotel in Eilat is probably one of the best hotel of the city. While being there for the...

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  • The Red Sea Star

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Eilat Restaurants

    First, no one was at the door to greet us...we had to find our own way to the tables (3 stair levels down). No body was in the restaurant (first tip we should have taken to walk out). We ordered tap water (tourists aren't made of money..tap water = free)...but they didn't have tap water (how?!)...so they MADE us buy mineral water. Everything we...

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