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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Is it safe to visit the Palestinian Territories?

Is it safe to visit the Palestinian Territories?

The Palestinian Territories are a beautiful, storied place of rolling olive groves, ancient cities and welcoming, diverse communities. There had been renewed…

18 Dec 2017 • Lizzie Porter insert_drive_file Article
Video: 5 reasons to hike the Jordan Trail

Video: 5 reasons to hike the Jordan Trail

Despite being a safe country with no shortage of breathtaking historical sites, friendly people and some of the world's most stunning wilderness, Jordan is ofte…

06 Dec 2017 • Colt St. George videocam Video
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
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