Personally, the highlight of my Middle Eastern diving adventures to date has been our private desert, mountains and diving safari in Oman. Quite simply an epic trip.
Neill, Original Traveller
If there's one positive to come from the recent tension between the West and the Islamic world, it's a renewed fascination with the Middle East. While Africa can claim to be the cradle of mankind, the Fertile Crescent incorporating latter day Israel and Palestine, Jordan, Syria, Turkey, Iraq and Iran remains the place where sophisticated societies first evolved.
Why we think you’ll love it
- An often misunderstood region, the Middle East is endlessly fascinating, culturally unrivalled and home to some of the finest hotels anywhere in the world.
Our guide to holidays in Middle East
That the three great monotheistic world religions also sprung from the region only adds to a heady sense of cultural significance.
And what a lot's on offer. Aside from some of the most glorious Islamic architecture to be found anywhere, there are well-preserved Roman sites stretching the length of the Mediterranean Coast, shopaholic sating souqs, excellent luxury hotels and romantic riads, and yes, some lovely beaches as well. We've visited them all and believe strongly in the power of comparison that allows us - which city has the best souqs, Marrakech or Istanbul? Tough one, but Marrakech wins, and we can tell you about our favourite shops in the depths of those souqs. Which ancient city is more of a must-see? Petra in Jordan or Leptis Magna in Libya? If you had to choose, it has to be Petra, but both should feature on any wishlist of future travels.
Quite frankly no-one knows the Middle East and North Africa like we do, and we look forward to talking you through the best this wonderful region has to offer.
Did you know
- The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque holds the world record for the largest dome, boasting the world's largest chandelier
- Abu Dhabi is one of the wealthiest states in the world
- Emirates Palace houses 1,002 chandeliers, the heaviest of which weighs 2.5 tons