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Middle East

The Middle East is an intoxicating combination of ancient history, proud traditions and dramatic landscapes that makes for a fascinating travel destination.

The Middle East just oozes history and tradition. It is not something hidden away in museums, but very much part of everyday life. Atmospheric historical districts, ancient but still ornate places of worship and grand palaces can be found throughout the region.

The enormous Pyramids of Giza in Egypt, the intricate carvings of Petra in Jordan, and the curving lines of the Blue Mosque in Turkey show the true skill and devotion of history’s craftsmen.

Perhaps they were inspired by the breathtaking natural treasures of the Middle East. The landscapes range from dry desert lands through to scenic fertile regions and even snowy peaks in the winter months. The soaring desert creations of Wadi Rum in Jordan, the strange “fairy chimneys” of Cappadocia in Turkey, and the salty expanse of the Dead Sea are real highlights.

The Mediterranean coasts of Turkey, Cyprus and Lebanon offer great beach escapes while the coral and fish-filled waters of the Red Sea amaze underwater explorers.

Spiritual and religious sites play a big part in historical and modern day life. Especially Israel and Saudi Arabia receive many pilgrims to their holy sites each year, adding to the throngs of local worshippers. The many mosques, churches and temples are fascinating to explore with their ornate interiors that instantly make you forget about the chaotic world outside.

The Middle East isn’t all just about history. Its modern and busy cities cater to 21st-century demands with ease. Cities such as Istanbul in Turkey, Beirut in Lebanon, and Isfahan in Iran are great cultural and culinary destinations with vibrant populations.

Dubai in the United Arab Emirates is all about bling, from its shining skyscrapers to its luxury cars. Doha in Qatar and Tel Aviv in Israel are trendy and fascinating to explore.

To really blend in, take a seat in a café and order a fresh pastry to go with your small glass of sweet tea or strong coffee. Before long, you’ll be chatting with the locals, who are known to be among the most hospitable people on Earth.


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Hilton Tel Aviv ¥42,812
Reviewed on Aug 25, 2019
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Hilton Tel Aviv

Hilton Tel Aviv

205 HaYarkon Street, Independence Park, Tel Aviv
     
    4.2 of 5
    0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Very good location. Service is outstanding. Good restaurants. Recommending a dinner at the Japanese restaurant.

    Leonardo Beach Tel Aviv ¥16,155
    Reviewed on Jul 20, 2019
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    Leonardo Beach Tel Aviv

    Leonardo Beach Tel Aviv

    156 Hayarkon Street, Tel Aviv
       
      3.5 of 5
      0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      There were some bugs. Both my daughter and I got bites.

      Palace Downtown ¥38,389
      Reviewed on Dec 10, 2019
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      Palace Downtown

      Palace Downtown

      Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, Downtown Dubai ,PO Box 9770, Dubai
         
        4.7 of 5
        5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        After a long flight all I wanted was to relax and get a good sleep. They made sure my check in was smooth and fast, I honestly felt like royalty for a month while I was here on business. I will always want to come back to this location, staff was more than delightful and friendly.

        Arabian Courtyard Hotel & Spa ¥7,660
        Reviewed on Dec 6, 2019
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        Arabian Courtyard Hotel & Spa

        Arabian Courtyard Hotel & Spa

        Al Fahidi Street, Bur Dubai, Dubai
           
          4.3 of 5
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          The staff were all super kind and provided excellent service.

          Herods Hotel Tel Aviv by the Beach ¥25,898
          Reviewed on Oct 20, 2019
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          Herods Hotel Tel Aviv by the Beach

          Herods Hotel Tel Aviv by the Beach

          155 Hayarkon Street, Tel Aviv
             
            3.5 of 5
            0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            The staff were very nice. Great service overall.. If you have a stroller you don't have access to the board walk and the beach from the hotel directly ... You need to go out and do a small circle .. Parking space is small so everyone park in the nearby parking but again no direct excess with a stroller ...

            Four Points by Sheraton Bur Dubai ¥6,168
            Reviewed on Oct 31, 2019
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            Four Points by Sheraton Bur Dubai

            Four Points by Sheraton Bur Dubai

            Khalid Bin Walid Street, Dubai
               
              4.2 of 5
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Central Location and near to Metro. Nearby a lot of tourist attractions and markets.

              American Colony Hotel The Leading Hotels of the World ¥29,294
              Reviewed on Nov 21, 2019
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              American Colony Hotel The Leading Hotels of the World

              American Colony Hotel The Leading Hotels of the World

              1 Louis Vincent Street, Jerusalem
                 
                4.6 of 5
                5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                The hotels public areas are so comfortable and welcoming. For my husband and I it was very much a treat at the price we paid so the room was disappointing as it only had a flat roof outside which looked like an access area and not as special as we had hoped. We would not pay a lot of money in the ...

                Grand Court Jerusalem ¥15,164
                Reviewed on Sep 3, 2019
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                Grand Court Jerusalem

                Grand Court Jerusalem

                15 Saint George St, Jerusalem
                   
                  3.9 of 5
                  4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Good location and helpful personnel

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