Middle East

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Israel

Best places to visit in the Middle East

There is something about the Middle East which has long captured my imagination. A mysterious region of deserts, mosques and camels, the region confuses and delights in equal measures. Often misunderstood by the rest of the world, it is one of my favourite regions to...

The man in the corner shop: A meeting in old Jerusalem

I was in Jerusalem, Israel. It was my last day in the city, and I had an afternoon to myself to spend as I pleased. It was inevitable that I would be drawn back to the old city, which had so captivated me on my first visit a few days earlier. The old city is a place...

Jordan

Best places to visit in the Middle East

There is something about the Middle East which has long captured my imagination. A mysterious region of deserts, mosques and camels, the region confuses and delights in equal measures. Often misunderstood by the rest of the world, it is one of my favourite regions to...

Dead Sea, Jordan: What is it really like?

We’ve all see the TV footage. A presenter floats, feet pointing skyward, on a vivid blue sea. Cold drink in hand, barren hills in the background, they deliver a perfectly composed piece to camera while the buoyancy of the Dead Sea holds them steady on the surface of...

Jordan desert tours: Qasr Azraq & the Jordan desert castles

As often happens when you're me, I found myself in the Jordanian capital, Amman, one Sunday in September with nothing to do. I have a tendency to do this; I book group tours which start on, let's say, a Monday, and rather than waste a weekend at home when I could be...

Oman

Best places to visit in the Middle East

There is something about the Middle East which has long captured my imagination. A mysterious region of deserts, mosques and camels, the region confuses and delights in equal measures. Often misunderstood by the rest of the world, it is one of my favourite regions to...

Nizwa Souq: The magic of Oman

I am a huge fan of the Middle East. The exotic desert landscapes, the mysterious and timeless style of the local people, the sound of the call to prayer, the spices of the market... all of them stick in my consciousness like a memory I want to cling to forever....

Palestine

The perfect Bethlehem visit: Church of the Nativity and more

Growing up in the UK, I was raised a Christian. Going to church was just part of the routine of our Sundays, and school assemblies still included hymns and prayers. So it wasn't surprising that, as a child, Biblical place names were often more familiar to me than...

Turkey

Best places to visit in the Middle East

There is something about the Middle East which has long captured my imagination. A mysterious region of deserts, mosques and camels, the region confuses and delights in equal measures. Often misunderstood by the rest of the world, it is one of my favourite regions to...

Istanbul layover? See the city highlights on a transit visit

Istanbul is a major hub for reasonably-priced flights from Europe to the Middle East and further afield, but it is better known as a fascinating city in its own right. Got a layover in Istanbul? Here’s how to make the most of your time and experience a little of the...