Middle East

The Middle East is one region you simply cannot understand or know until you've visited. Travelers' preconceived notions are famous for vanishing here. Known for its hospitality, the Middle East welcomes, entices and enthralls those who want to look past the headlines to see the region for themselves. Many of the world's first great cities are ... Read more
here. A few are now fascinating ruins like Petra in Jordan and Palmyra in Syria, but many are still thriving after thousands of years -- Jerusalem, Damascus, Jericho, Beirut. New cities captivate travelers in an entirely different way -- from manmade luxury islands and gilded hotels in Dubai to nightlife and restaurants in Tel Aviv. Outdoor pursuits might have you swimming through coral reef-tinged archipelagos in the Persian Gulf to joining a camel safari through Bedouin lands. Come hungry, as most countries in the Middle East offer some of the most flavorful (and healthy) cuisines in the world. Fragrant spices and fresh ingredients have made Middle Eastern dishes known around the world, including baba ghanouj, hummus, shawarma and kebab.

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The general climate of the Middle East can be summed up with three words: hot and dry. Winters are more mild, but in the summer, temperatures can rise to a scorching 120 (49) in certain areas. June and July is ... Read more
also when the shamal winds pick up steam, whipping up large sandstorms. That being said, areas like the highlands of Turkey and Iran and the mountainous regions of Saudi Arabia have less extreme summer temperatures and cold winters. In general, visitors travel to the Middle East in the spring when temperatures are more pleasant (and crowds are thinner), though June can also be perfect Turquoise Coast beach weather.

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