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Middle East Travel

The Middle East is a region that lies on the borders of Europe, Asia, and Africa. It’s actually a transcontinental region, in that certain countries that are part of the Middle East, such as Egypt, are in two continents at once.

The Middle East is in Asia, but also Africa in this instance.

Turkey is also a transcontinental country, so here, the Middle East stretches from Asia to Europe.

Travel in the Middle East is immensely rewarding. Highlights include Jordan, Egypt, Dubai, Istanbul, and Abu Dhabi. Many wonders of the world are to be found in the Middle East.

The Pyramids at Giza are widely considered to be the only remaining wonder of the ancient world. In fact, fragments of many of the wonders still exist today.

The definition of the Middle East has shifted over time, but the following countries are generally considered to be part of the Middle East.

  • Bahrain
  • Cyprus
  • Egypt
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Israel
  • Jordan
  • Kuwait
  • Lebanon
  • Oman
  • Palestine
  • Qatar
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Syria
  • Turkey
  • UAE
  • Yemen

When we read this list of countries that make up the Middle East, we realise how much more of the world we still have to see!

Of the Middle Eastern countries above, we only cover UAE, Turkey, and Egypt so far! Our Middle East travel blog is sadly lacking in destinations.

Browse our collection of posts relating to travel in the Middle East, below.

Where is Egypt Located?

Egypt is located in North Africa, the Middle East, and Asia, making its geography very interesting indeed. It is a transcontinental country and there aren’t very many of those. Likewise, the Middle East is a transcontinental region. Egypt borders Africa, the Mediterranian Sea, Asia, and the Red Sea, which opens onto The Arabian Sea and …

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What is Dubai Known For?

Most people would say Dubai is known for wealth, skyscrapers, luxury shopping, glitzy nightlife, and white-clad Arabs driving expensive cars on desert roads. Dubai is also known for being a jet-set holiday destination. There’s more to Dubai. You’ll find history, culture, a mixed bag of nationalities, workers, and ex-pats. Dubai is also known for heat, …

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Getting to Abu Simbel from Aswan (or Cairo)

Abu Simbel is one of the greatest, most spectacular monuments or temples in Egypt. Unfortunately, it’s difficult to get to. We’ve been twice, two ways, one for the annual sunrise on Rameses at the very back of the temple. Either way, it’s not an easy place to reach. It’s possible to fly directly to Abu …

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The Other Pyramids Near Cairo. Saqqara and Djoser, Ancient Memphis

Just a little south of Cairo is a tourist attraction that most tourists don’t see. That’s a great shame because this ancient necropolis on the west bank of the Nile turned out to be one of my favourites of our whole month in Egypt. Maybe it was partly because we hadn’t been here before ( …

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Places to Visit in Egypt

Best places to visit in Egypt include ancient sites, cities, museums, beaches, souks, fortresses, and oases. Egypt is full of wonders and is an affordable destination with great food, diving, and of course, sights to see. From July 1 st 2020, Egypt started to re-open. Beach areas and resorts opened first. International airlines began flying …

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Learning About Egypt, For Kids

Regular readers will know that we just spent almost a month in Egypt. Why? For fun, obviously and to please our kids who are fascinated by learning about Egypt. Suggested topics and interesting facts for kids to learn about Ancient Egypt include Ancient Egypt, the Sphinx and the Great Pyramid (allegedly the last of the …

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Danger, Dirt and Disappointment. Difficulties of Travelling in Egypt

Last week I posted this on the Facebook page. It was scary, too close for comfort and a very lucky escape. I thought we’d all handled it pretty well as we carried on enjoying our few days of luxury and comfort of the Red Sea coast. This just happened.we were not far from the Marriott, …

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