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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Go solo: the 20 best places to travel alone

Go solo: the 20 best places to travel alone

Solo travel can be one of the most rewarding ways to explore the world. Whether you'd rather spend it on a desert island or in a frenetic new city, here are th…

21 Dec 2016 • Rachel Mills camera_alt Gallery
Oman: a first-timer’s guide

Oman: a first-timer’s guide

Poised between the glitzy excess of the Emirates and the rigid conservatism of Saudi Arabia, Oman provides a winning introduction to the Middle East. Politica…

13 Dec 2016 • Andy Turner insert_drive_file Article
The other Emirate: an introduction to Ras Al Khaimah

The other Emirate: an introduction to Ras Al Khaimah

Mention Ras Al Khaimah to your friends and the response is likely to be along the lines of “Ras Al What?”. Most visitors travelling to the UAE head for hedo…

02 Dec 2016 • Lottie Gross insert_drive_file Article
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