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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26 awe-inspiring architectural wonders

26 awe-inspiring architectural wonders

From ancient temples to hyper-modern skyscrapers, these are just a few of the world's most incredible architectural wonders. Whether you're looking to wander l…

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Burj Khalifa: is the world’s tallest building worth the hype?

Burj Khalifa: is the world’s tallest building worth the hype?

One of Dubai’s main attractions and currently the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa draws in hundreds of people daily to marvel at the views from i…

31 Jan 2017 • Lottie Gross insert_drive_file Article
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
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