10 Safest Places to Travel in the Middle East Today!

To many travelers from the west, as well as other parts around the world, the Middle East can seem to blur into one single entity. Without the first hand knowledge one receives from traveling to Middle East destinations and getting to know its diverse countries, customs and people, it can be difficult to see the Middle East as a part of the world that has many very unique separate cultures living extraordinarily different lives within one part of the globe.

United Arab Emirates

United Arab Emirates

Quite often it’s an area of the world that other travelers skip over entirely when planning trips abroad, purely out of the assumption that it’s not one of the safest places to be. That’s not to say that there aren’t any places you should steer clear from in the Middle East – for many people there are places you aren’t even allowed into if you tried. There are cities where political demonstrations have become heated and violent in recent years, and places where civil war has taken over entire countries. Here is where the facts begin to blur, and the entire geographical region starts to sound like a dangerous place to be.

It’s important to learn how to separate a distorted version of Middle Eastern cultures that is often portrayed in media, from the reality of Middle Eastern cultures – of which there is no one single culture. There are many, many different customs, beliefs, laws, social behaviours, geographic features, religions, political environments and so on, making each country – and regions within these countries – very different from one another.

Arm yourself with knowledge, do your research, and keep an open mind. Demystifying travel in the Middle East can be possibly one of the biggest favours you can do for yourself as a traveler, as it will open up doors to a whole new world of opportunities and adventures.

Ten Safest Places to Travel in the Middle East – Destination #1: Cyprus
Seeing millions of tourists per year, it’s no wonder that Cyprus has been one of the safest places in the Middle East to explore for so long. This island requires little more than a good pair of hiking boots or walking shoes in order to have a great vacation – there are so many different trails and sights to see among the mountains as well as walks through the popular tourist towns such as Agia Napa and Pafos. You’ll definitely want to hit up the north coast and check out some of the most stunning beaches you could imagine, and save enough energy to get a good look at the ruins of the medieval castles that can be found here.

Ten Safest Places to Travel in the Middle East – Destination #2: Oman
Oman is a country that has really been picking up speed in the tourism front. Previously overlooked, this country is enjoying an age of tourist activity like never before. People from all over the world are drawn to Oman’s incredible fortresses, authentic souks offering textiles and goods, historic villages and fantastic beaches where hundreds of sea turtles come to nest and pods of dolphins can be spotted from the shoreline. The desert is yours to explore, and the mountain range features hours of hiking adventures.

Ten Safest Places to Travel in the Middle East – Destination #3: Turkey
Turkey is definitely one of the least troublesome regions of the globe to see on holiday. This country’s identity is a unique blend of cultures both Middle Eastern and European, attracting extraordinary amounts of tourists annually, seeking out iconic Turkish experiences such as cruising the Bosphorus and enjoying authentic Turkish cuisine.

Ten Safest Places to Travel in the Middle East – Destination #4: Tel Aviv
The cosmopolitan city of Tel Aviv is a friendly, welcoming place that is truly enjoyable and best seen on foot or by bicycle. It’s proudly one of the most Wi-Fi accessible places in the middle east, always keeping you connected for business or leisure. There’s countless things to do in this diverse region of the Middle East, with its beautiful beaches, trendy cafés, wide range of architectural styles, friendly neighbourhoods, fun bars and interesting night life scene, fascinating museums, incredible art galleries, delicious cuisine and hospitable culture. Stroll the boulevards, take in the historic sites, participate in numerous events and have a ball at any number of festivals that happen in the city, particularly during the summer months when the weather is warmest and the city comes alive with activities and entertainment.

Ten Safest Places to Travel in the Middle East – Destination #5: Eilat
Another one of Israel’s tourist treasures, Eilat is widely considered to be an extremely safe Middle Eastern city. If you’re looking for a relaxing beach getaway, Eilat’s got your back. You won’t find a lot in the way of traditional Israeli culture here, as Eilat is definitely a tourist town and a place where people come from all over Israel and neighbouring regions of the Middle East to experience a beach holiday instead of day to day Israeli life. Europeans gather here to escape chilly winters, and people from all over the globe come to experience the crystal blue waters, to go snorkeling, diving and taking in the sights. There’s hiking and other tours, and it’s a perfect place for people of all ages. This family friendly resort town shouldn’t be overlooked when researching your next vacation destination.

Ten Safest Places to Travel in the Middle East – Destination #6: Amman
One of the top destinations in the Middle East is Jordan, and it’s also one of the safest. Despite the fact that Jordan is within close proximity to areas with recent conflict, this country is extremely secure. Take care to avoid the area closest to Syria and Iraq, keep a minimum of three kilometers from both borders. Amman is in fact a very modern and safe city to visit, boasting a wealth of historic sites such as the city’s enormous Roman Theatre and the Citadel. Not only is Amman a great place to visit in itself, it also acts as the perfect hub for seeing the other nearby attractions such as the ancient city of Petra, the Dead Sea and more.

Sunset at Aqaba

Sunset at Aqaba

Ten Safest Places to Travel in the Middle East – Destination #7:  Aqaba
Aqaba is another incredible Jordan holiday destination, one that has been widely considered a safe place to travel. It’s especially popular for its surfing, SCUBA diving and wind surfing opportunities, as the conditions here have ideal winds and particularly attractive underwater features. The resorts along the beaches attract tourists by the thousands, seeking out Aqaba’s relaxed and friendly holiday atmosphere. See the Aqaba Fort, the ancient church Ayla, Sherif al Hussein bin Ali mosque, the city’s aquarium or just soak up the sun and breathe the fresh sea air as you enjoy a tranquil beach holiday.

Ten Safest Places to Travel in the Middle East – Destination #8: Bahrain
Despite the fact that Bahrain is the geographically the smallest country to be found in the Middle East, you can still find a lot of fun things to see and do in this country. Spend an afternoon strolling through the famous Bab al Bahrain souk, situated in the centre of Bahrain’s capital city of Manama. Here you will be able to while away the hours perusing the many kiosks and shops offering locally made Bahrain handicrafts, spices, sweets, jewellery, and special teas, or enjoy a visit to one of the welcoming cafés. Partake in a local shisha café, a one of a kind Middle Eastern experience. Visitors to Bahrain should bring a good pair of walking shoes and embark on one of the trails, and discover the Bahrain National Museum, Al Khamis Mosque and Bahrain Fort. If it’s wildlife you’re looking for, look no further than the Al-Areen Wildlife Park and Reserve, or take the boat over to the Hawar Islands for the day.

Ten Safest Places to Travel in the Middle East – Destination #9: United Arab Emirates
Taking into account the United Arab Emirates great relations with the United States –  the two countries have forged close ties partly through an exchange of educational and cultural partnerships such as the Guggenheim Museum, and a number of American Universities opening campuses in the Emirates – it should really come as no surprise that the United Arab Emirates and Dubai in particular make this list of the Ten Safest Places to Travel in the Middle East. Owing to the Emirates modern infrastructure and high security, the nation draws plenty of tourists and is widely considered to be a safe place to travel. If you’re seeking the top Dubai must-see sites, make sure to check out the world’s tallest structure: Burj Khalifa which towers over the city at an enormous eight hundred and twenty eight metres and boasts one hundred and sixty floors with viewing areas.

Qatar souk

Qatar souk

Take in the nightly Dubai Fountain show in all its glory, see Burj al Arab – the hotel built on an island that was constructed out of the sea, and spend a day at the Dubai Mall. Go downhill skiing indoors, see the aquarium, and visit the Dubai Museum. There really is no shortage of unique and interesting things to do in Dubai, and it will take you plenty of visits to this interesting and safe part of the Middle East to see only a fraction of the sites there are to behold in the United Arab Emirates.

Ten Safest Places to Travel in the Middle East – Destination #10: Qatar
Gearing up to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup, Qatar is beginning to edge its way further into the field of view of many prospective Middle East tourists seeking out a safe and enjoyable holiday destination. Surrounded by many interesting attractions, a shimmering sea, this Middle Eastern country has long been considered a very safe area of the globe to visit, making it one of the best countries to consider for a Middle Eastern vacation destination. Explore the country’s many unique villages, historic sites, interesting museums and art galleries, or see the popular camel racing action, the traditional sport of the sheiks. See the Katara Cultural Village, explore the UNESCO World Heritage listed Al Zubarah Fort, jump on a jet ski and take a ride, or try your hand at kite surfing and take advantage of the wonderful stretches of beach and clear blue waters that Qatar has to offer. Once you’ve stepped foot in Qatar it’s easy to fall in love with its genuinely fascinating culture, its leisure activities and its history.

Understand the laws and expectations of each region you visit before you go, and respect the rules of each culture along your journey. No matter where your travels may take you, remember to plan ahead, always check up on recent safety reports on your travel destinations, use common sense, and have a wonderful time.

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