Positioned very much at the centre of many global travel routes, the Middle East offers both fantastic stop-over and short break opportunities but also are astounding destinations in their own right. Whatever option you choose, with Charitable Travel you’ll be sure of adding some eastern spice to your trip! This region which comprises the mainstream leisure destinations of the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Israel and Jordan is reputed for its palatial hotels, amazing beaches, desert landscapes, cultural encounters and stunning buildings, both ancient and ultramodern. Whichever destination and holiday style you choose with Charitable Travel, you’ll be certain of a memorable and inspiring stay as well as sunshine all year round.
Dubai is the starting point for many Middle East adventures. Once just a quiet Bedouin village, oil wealth has transformed this city into a futuristic megalopolis with fabulous sumptuous hotels, thrilling water parks, lavish shopping malls, luxury yacht harbours and of course the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, where superfast elevators whisk you in 60 seconds up to jaw-dropping views from its observation deck. Beyond all the exciting modern development there’s also so much traditional Bedouin culture and experiences to enjoy too: take a traditional Abra ferry across the Dubai Creek to see the glistening gold market, visit the National Museum for its old-style souks and wind towers, or head out into the surrounding desert for an unforgettable dune buggy ride. Elsewhere in the United Arab Emirates neighbouring Abu Dhabi has an even more futuristic skyline but here you’ll also find astounding desert resorts set in a sea of high sand dunes, or if a traditional beach break appeals why not try one of the family-friendly resorts and gently sloping beaches at Fujairah or Ras al Khaimah.
If you’re looking for one of the most traditional and cultural Middle East destinations then Oman will not disappoint. Its long history and seafaring trade have endowed this country with extraordinary forts and architecture as well as the most fascinating Arabian bazaar at Mutrah Souq where you’ll find all-imaginable spices to buy as well as traditional frankincense which you’ll see being harvested from Boswellia trees you travel around the dramatic landscapes of this exciting country.
At the heart of the Middle East, travellers are drawn to Israel for its holy sites and archaeological wonders, starting with a visit to the Old City in Jerusalem with its Wailing Wall and shimmering Dome of the Rock shrine. Biblical towns and landscapes are all around in Israel and visitors will not want to miss a visit to the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, climbing up to a Crusader castle in Caesarea or serenely floating in the salt waters of the Dead Sea. Neighbouring Jordan equally impresses with its ancient heritage, Roman ruins and Crusader bastions but also is the location of rose-coloured Petra, a city hewn from solid rock and whose Treasury facade is best seen bathed in the light of sunrise or sunset. You’ll also be able to relax after your desert adventures with glorious diving or snorkelling at the country’s Red Sea coastline.
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