While it is true that the Middle-East does not have the same kind of level of intrigue for some people as perhaps South America or South East Asia, if you pick your adventures carefully then your visit to this part of the world will certainly give you a handful of unbeatable memories!
I am going to look at 5 of the very best magnificent experiences you can have in the Arab World, some of which you cannot get close to replicating anywhere else on the planet! So let’s count up from 5-1:
5. A camel ride around the Pyramids of Giza is a brilliant way to spend a lazy hour in the morning or evening. Not many people get to see the Pyramids up close, and even less people get to see them while riding on the back of a camel!
4. Drinking tea up in the Burj al Arab brings new meaning to the term “HIGH-tea”! Dubai’s most famous building (and the only 7 star hotel in the world) offers you the chance to indulge in their teahouse near the top of the Burj. Also available if tea isn’t your thing are cocktail packages in the bar. Strict dress code applies.
Read about the High Tea Experience at the Burj.
3. A guided tour of Petra in Jordan must be the ultimate way to see these archaeological wonders. Avoid the main crowds, and let you guide show you unobstructed views of the site from angles you hadn’t even dreamed of!
2. Paragliding through the Musandam Peninsula in Oman is a true highlight of the Arab World. Nowhere else in the region can you do such a thing with such an impressive backdrop. Only 20 minutes drive from Muscat, you could even take in the aerial views over Zighy Bay and the Arabian Gulf while your other half gets pampered in the luxury hotel spas around here! The paragliding adventure is only available from the Six Senses Zighy Bay Resort.
1. A desert safari in Qatar is the perfect opportunity to see some prevalent desert wildlife, including of course the national animal of Qatar, the Oryx. While Dubai and Abu Dhabi also have well-structured desert safaris available, I find they are too touristy nowadays. Qatar offers much the same thing, yet in a much more authentic setting, and with all the typical Qatari expertise you may expect. Khor al Udeid is a fantastic getaway seemingly in the middle of nowhere, yet not too far away from Doha. There is a huge lake here (also known as an inland sea) that borders Saudi Arabia, and plenty of camels and other small mammals at which to marvel in order to keep you occupied. A lovely setting for a romantic dinner on the sand, or for the more adventurous a great chance to do some dune-bashing in a 4X drive jeep!
Thanks for reading, and please check out more entries in my Top 5 Lists every Wednesday!