Here’s Why You Should Visit The Beautiful Middle East in 2018


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It’s a sad truth that the Middle East has made the headlines for more bad than good news. But before you dismiss the region as too dangerous to explore, hear us out.

Where in the world is safe?

We’d tell you to #yolo and wing it all, but the truth is that danger lurks in every country. The Middle East really doesn’t deserve the bad rep it’s gets! In fact, it has some of the safest places for tourists. For instance, the United Arab Emirates was named the second safest country in the world in 2017, only losing to Finland. Other cities that are extraordinarily welcoming to visitors include Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

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Pictured: Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi

That said…

No traveller should ever take safety for granted. Always be vigilant! Female travellers should avoid travelling alone and dress modestly. If it is your first time visiting, we recommend you hire an experienced local guide and avoid dangerous districts and areas.

Now that all that is out of the way, here are our top 3 reasons to visit the Middle East!

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Pictured: Desert and rock mountain in Oman

#1 Religion & Spirituality

Israel is one of the oldest cities in the world, and is a historically significant place for many faiths like Christianity, Judaism, and Islam. One iconic religious landmark is the Western Wall in Jerusalem, considered the holiest place for the Jews to pray. It is the last remnant of the Holy Temple, and is hence also known as the Wailing Wall where believers mourn the loss of their temples.

There are countless other sites steeped in ancient history; so even if you’re not of the same faith, it’s still extremely intriguing to learn about the history and how its evolved to what it is today.

Note: If you plan to visit religious sites, please take note of your attire. Men should avoid shorts and cover their head. Women should cover their legs, chest, and shoulders. Long skirts are recommended. Some institutions require covering your hair as well, so if you can, have a headscarf with you.
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Pictured: Spice market in Jerusalem

#2 It’s a Spice Adventure

There’s no denying that Singaporeans are a bunch of foodies. We go wherever the food’s good! And the Middle East definitely qualifies. It’s the homeland of hummus (chick pea spread), manakeesh (a pizza of sort), and halloumi (goat-sheep milk cheese)!

There are many markets that sell spices like cumin, turmeric, and more. It’s a delightful experience to stroll these streets: The air is filled with the wafts of not just the smell of local spices, but freshly prepared street food as well.

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Pictured: Sharjah Art Museum

#3 Contrasting Art and Culture

When you think of the Middle East, what comes to mind?
Pristine deserts, woven carpets, and the likes? Perhaps, but that is but the tip of the iceberg.

The art and culture of the people is intriguing, even for those “not normally into art”. (Let’s be real–how many of us are history and/or art buffs? Probably just a handful.) You’ll get a glimpse into the region’s colourful history with the ancient temples and traditional markets, but also enjoy modern malls and city skylines.

Best of all, the Middle East is not overcrowded and commercialized, which helps it maintain its rustic charm. It also helps that the people are extraordinarily warm and welcoming.

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The Dubai city skyline at sunset.

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