Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Why the Middle East is your next best destination abroad

The Middle East is not all desert and camels – there are actually some places in the Middle East that you should opt to visit at least once. Some are historic while others are fairly new attractions. Still, if you plan to roam the Middle East these attractions may be worth your while.

Kuwait is developing by leaps and bounds and one proof of this is the Kuwait Towers in the Sharq District of Kuwait City itself. It has a fancy rotating restaurant at the top where you can get a meal while taking in the views of the city. Previous visitors recommend visiting at sunset if possible because you get to see how the fading sunlight changes perspectives of the city. (Some hours are set aside for women visitors only though).

If you manage to make it to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, you may be surprised to know that they have their own dolphin habitat called Dolphin Bay. Part of the attraction of Dolphin Bay is being able to swim with the dolphins themselves up close – you can choose between the shallow waters or the deep part where scuba diving is allowed. If you pay for your Dolphin Bay visit, you can also go to the adjacent Aquaventure Waterpark as part of your entrance privileges.

Also in Dubai is the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve where you will get to see wildlife endemic to the desert region itself. It features more than 120 birds, as well as reptiles and mammals that make the desert area their home. The Arabian Onyx may be one of the more famous of these wildlife attractions. Definitely worth visiting to upgrade your knowledge of what desert wildlife is. Be sure to visit the capital of the UAE also, Abu Dhabi has some incredible attractions such as the Emirates Palace and the Grand Mosque.

Of course, the old city of Jerusalem in Israel is probably another must-see when you are in the Middle East. Jews will probably want to make this city their first stop because the history of the Jews as a race is intertwined with the history of Jerusalem itself. If you have seen the movie Schindler’s List, you may be glad to know that you can pay a visit to Oskar Schindler’s grave as well here in Jerusalem. Other attractions are the Mount of Olives, the Jewish Quarter, and Mount Zion where King David is believed to have been buried after his death.

Jews will also want to get a close-up view or walk alongside the Wailing Wall in Israel. History states that this Wall was once part of the temple built under King Herod’s reign. Although the temple itself was destroyed six years after it was built, the Wall still stands and gathers faithful Jews from all over Israel and the world to its foundations. You may be curious about the tiny bits of paper that are fit into cracks within the wall – these papers contain written prayers from the faithful who put them into the Wall as part of their beliefs.

As you can see, the Middle East is really rich in history and you will probably find yourself overwhelmed by the sheer number of attractions you can opt to visit. These five will do when you are just starting out though – you can decide what others to visit afterwards.

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