Warm welcomes await in the Middle East, a troubled but tantalising region that nurtured the world’s earliest civilizations and gave rise to three of its great religions. Our map of the Middle East will help you plan your journey.

Tapering minarets pierce the sky in sprawling metropolises like Tehran, where the days are punctuated by the evocative call to prayer. Get lost in frenetic bazaars or watch as life unfolds over strong coffee and wisps of cigarette smoke at street-side cafés. The chaos is contagious. It’s a different story among the wind-sculpted deserts of Oman and the United Arab Emirates, where star-speckled skies twinkle to life at sunset.

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9 reasons you shouldn't overlook Western Iran

9 reasons you shouldn't overlook Western Iran

Iran is no longer the scary and inaccessible place it is often made out to be. True, relations with the US are taut and the visa process for UK citizens travel…

28 Aug 2017 • Marco Ferrarese insert_drive_file Article
Rediscovering Jordan: why the time to go is now

Rediscovering Jordan: why the time to go is now

It’s one of the world’s top adventure destinations yet, in recent years, tourists have been eschewing Jordan due to widespread unease about travelling in …

22 Jun 2017 • Sarah Reid insert_drive_file Article
6 things every family must do in Dubai

6 things every family must do in Dubai

Dubai is the most spectacular playground on Earth. The desire to make everything bigger and brighter and better has created a city of superlatives – and for w…

15 Jun 2017 • Keith Drew insert_drive_file Article
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