Last updated on February 20th, 2017 at 06:57 am
There is ongoing political unrest and terrorism of the region, which makes it more difficult to travel safely. It is important to understand cultural tradition and current issues while in the Middle East.
The Middle East has an extreme mix of religions and ethnicities. Most countries of the Middle East have a Muslim majority and have legal systems influenced by Islamic Law.
Given its location in between Western and Eastern worlds, the region maintains culturally distinct.
Consider safety and priorities when planning a visit to the Middle East. Iran is a safer destination, with a friendly and generous culture. Tehran has many interesting museums, parks and incredible cuisine. The Nile and Pyramids of Egypt are some of the greatest wonders of the world, and experiencing Egyptian history firsthand is fascinating.
Dubai and the United Arab Emirates are considered some of the safest destinations in the region, boasting the tallest building in the world, as well as extravagant shopping and luxurious resorts. Jordan has top security and contains Petra, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. It has remained relatively peaceful, and has a strong culture of hospitality.
On the other hand, there has been war and/or escalating conflict and danger in countries Libya, Iraq, Turkey and several areas of the Middle East. Israel and Palestine have the highest level of religious and political tensions, along with hostile relations with its neighbors and many security issues.
Though the Middle East is a region with questionable security and potential risks, there is a lot to offer in terms of culture and history.
There is Mediterranean and African-influenced cuisine, with many flatbreads, kebabs, and meat and rice dishes. The ancient towers, bustling modern metropolises, fascinating archaeological sites, and historical relics in the Middle East make the region a desirable destination for those who are able to plan a safe and enriching visit.