This week in Around the World with HOLR we are visiting Northern Europe. More specifically we will look at Saudi Arabia, Israel, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Jordan, and Turkey. The Middle East is rich in culture and stunning architecture and is mixed with historical spots and ultra-modern destinations.

Dubai – United Arab Emirates

 This ultra-modern city is brimming with beautiful monuments, swanky hotels, busy beaches, an amazing shopping scene and jaw-dropping architecture. Dubai is oozing with luxury and there is a reason it is one of the top travel destinations in the Middle East. The best time of year to travel here is between November and March and it is recommended to stay a minimum of 2-3 nights.

Tel Aviv – Israel

 From its natural charm, adventure and thrill, and leisure activities Tel Aviv has everything you are looking for on a memorable holiday. With its local markets and cafes, nightlife, museums, and beaches you will never be stumped to find entertainment. The ideal times to travel here are March-April and September-November.

Istanbul – Turkey

 Another top of the list spot for people travelling in the Middle East. Istanbul, a bright city oozing with a romantic and mystic vibe surely will not disappoint. Beautiful canal views, traditional monuments, tasty food, and grand hammams make Istanbul a desirable honeymoon spot. It is recommended to stay 5-6 days and between March-May and September-November.

Doha – Qatar

 Doha, located by the Persian Gulf is the capital city of Qatar. Famous for its heritage markets, amusement centres, museums, and monuments. Doha has been developing economically and socio-culturally making them one of the 7 new Wonder Cities of the world. BE sure to plan your trip between December and February.

Al Balad – Saudi Arabia

 A trip to the Middle East cannot be completed without visiting Al Balad, a historical area of Jeddah.  Nearly 1300 years old this city was the doorway for the Muslims to Mecca. It is a city buzzing with heritage and old-world charm.

Petra – Jordan

 Petra is a historic and archaeological city in Jordan. The area around Petra has had inhabitants since 7000 BC. Located in a basin surrounded by mountains forming the eastern flank of the Arrabah valley running from the Dead Sea to the Gulf of Agaba.  Petra has been named the “Rose City” due to its large number of tombs and temples carved into the pink sandstone cliffs. The best time of year to visit is between March to June.

Unlike last weeks Around the World with HOLR you will not be wanting to pack your warmest clothes to visit the Middle East!

Published by HOLR Magazine.

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