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Middle East Trips
Why Middle East?
Ancient and sacred, enchanting and complex; there’s no greater story than that of the Middle East.
One of the cradles of civilisation, this region saw the birth of many of the world’s greatest achievements, from the wheel to Western religion. Everywhere you turn in the Middle East, you’ll see traces of empires past: the Rose City of Petra, the pyramids of Giza, the ruins of Persepolis. What of the landscapes? From desert to mountain, coastline to valley, the Middle East is expansive and varied. And the cities of today? Head to Beirut and Tel Aviv for vibrant, party-loving vibes; Istanbul for an ancient east-meets-west experience; Alexandria for historical Mediterranean charm.
The people, too, are renowned for their hospitality: it’s not uncommon to be invited into a family home and share a meal with a stranger. You’ll find that religion plays an important role in civil life in the Islamic countries in the region, with the working week organised around sacred observances and shops closed on Fridays. And in Israel, where the national religion is Judaism, you’ll see that shops are closed on Saturday in accordance with the Jewish Sabbath.
Wherever you go, rest assured: the Middle East is a region of unexpected surprises, and one that we think you’ll keep returning to.
Middle East Facts
From cuisine to landscapes, here are a few things you should know about the Middle East
The Middle East’s population is over 411 million people, with an area spanning Turkey, Lebanon, Iran and the Gulf countries. Iran boasts the largest population, with 82 million people, whilst the least populated is Bahrain, with 1.3 million people.
Mesopotamia (now Iraq, Syria and Turkey) was an ancient kingdom from which several world-changing inventions originated. The wheel, agriculture, the written word and mathematics are just a few examples.
The Middle Eastern diet typically consists of rice, olive oil, lamb, dried fruits and plenty of vegetables. You’ll see that classic dishes are shared across borders, to the extent that the ‘hummus wars’ are a real phenomenon.
The major innovations of the Middle East owed a great deal to the region’s landscape: the Fertile Crescent, which runs from Israel to Iran, is a lush and fruitful terrain which allowed agriculture to flourish.
Travel to the Middle East, and you’ll find sand cats, oryx (a type of antelope), gazelles and the beautiful desert lynx all native here. You might also encounter Arabian species of leopard, red fox, wild cats and jackals.
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