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Middle East Holiday

Visit the birthplaces of several modern religions, with diverse areas of fascinating history and geography.

The Middle East is often considered the birthplace of modern civilization. Religious histories in the Torah, Bible and Koran identify the region as the origin for Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Archeologists have identified remains of some of mankind’s earliest ancestors in the valley of the Euphrates River. Visit the subcontinent to explore its historic past and appreciate its modern cities.

Israel draws not only people of the Jewish faith, but also others interested in seeing the ancient town of Jerusalem and the bustling city of Tel Aviv. In Old Jerusalem, make a pilgrimage to the holy Western Wall, where modern Jews remember the sorrows of their ancestors. Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Memorial has extensive information and lists of victims of the historic travesty. From Tel Aviv arrange a daytrip to Bethlehem in Palestine’s West Bank and relive the story of Mary giving birth to Jesus in a stable.

The United Arab Emirates is a collection of Arab emirates in a small, but wealthy country. See the amazing Sheikh Zayad Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi, an impressive palace of white domes and beautiful mosaics. This modern wonder welcomes people of any faith. In Dubai, visit one of the world’s tallest and most impressive buildings, the Burj Khalifa, rising more than 160 stories skyward. Select a good spot to watch its amazing fountains choreographed with music and lights. The country constantly invests its wealth in infrastructure and cultural sites, so you are likely to find new attractions if you visit year after year.

Jordan has one of the world’s most fascinating archaeological locations. Petra World Heritage Site reveals a prehistoric city with Greek columns carved into giant rock faces. Travel to the Dead Sea and float in the highly saturated saltwater.

Explore the gold souks and camel markets of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Observe faithful Islamists practicing daily prayers throughout the country, always facing toward Mecca. If you are Muslim, visit the city of Mecca, the birthplace of Muhammad and Islam’s holiest city.

Although it is located on the African continent, Egypt is considered part of the Middle East. The country has one of the longest rivers in the world, the Nile. Visit the Pyramids and Sphinx, ancient wonders built over 4,500 years ago, long before the advent of modern construction equipment. Scientists still debate how ancient builders accomplished the difficult tasks of creating these impressive buildings with human labor. Find resorts and dive sites on Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula.

While travel in several countries in the Middle East is at times not advised, most areas offer safe opportunities for very memorable experiences. Check the U.S. Department of State website for current travel advisories. Create your trip to this inspiring region to explore the anthropological and religious roots of much of the modern world.


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Hilton Tel Aviv AU$576
Reviewed on 25 Aug. 2019
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Hilton Tel Aviv

Hilton Tel Aviv

205 HaYarkon Street, Independence Park, Tel Aviv-Jaffa
     
    4.2 of 5
    0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Very good location. Service is outstanding. Good restaurants. Recommending a dinner at the Japanese restaurant.

    Leonardo Beach Tel Aviv AU$218
    Reviewed on 20 Jul. 2019
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    Leonardo Beach Tel Aviv

    Leonardo Beach Tel Aviv

    156 Hayarkon Street, Tel Aviv-Jaffa
       
      3.5 of 5
      0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      There were some bugs. Both my daughter and I got bites.

      Palace Downtown AU$635
      Reviewed on 18 Nov. 2019
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      Palace Downtown

      Palace Downtown

      Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, Downtown Dubai ,PO Box 9770, Dubai
         
        4.7 of 5
        5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Great location to the Burj Khalifa, the mall, souk, and fountains

        Arabian Courtyard Hotel & Spa AU$126
        Reviewed on 6 Dec. 2019
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        Arabian Courtyard Hotel & Spa

        Arabian Courtyard Hotel & Spa

        Al Fahidi Street, Bur Dubai, Dubai
           
          4.3 of 5
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          The staff were all super kind and provided excellent service.

          Herods Hotel Tel Aviv by the Beach AU$350
          Reviewed on 20 Oct. 2019
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          Herods Hotel Tel Aviv by the Beach

          Herods Hotel Tel Aviv by the Beach

          155 Hayarkon Street, Tel Aviv-Jaffa
             
            3.5 of 5
            0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            The staff were very nice. Great service overall.. If you have a stroller you don't have access to the board walk and the beach from the hotel directly ... You need to go out and do a small circle .. Parking space is small so everyone park in the nearby parking but again no direct excess with a stroller ...

            Four Points by Sheraton Bur Dubai AU$102
            Reviewed on 31 Oct. 2019
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            Four Points by Sheraton Bur Dubai

            Four Points by Sheraton Bur Dubai

            Khalid Bin Walid Street, Dubai
               
              4.2 of 5
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Central Location and near to Metro. Nearby a lot of tourist attractions and markets.

              American Colony Hotel The Leading Hotels of the World AU$375
              Reviewed on 21 Nov. 2019
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              American Colony Hotel The Leading Hotels of the World

              American Colony Hotel The Leading Hotels of the World

              1 Louis Vincent Street, Jerusalem
                 
                4.6 of 5
                5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                The hotels public areas are so comfortable and welcoming. For my husband and I it was very much a treat at the price we paid so the room was disappointing as it only had a flat roof outside which looked like an access area and not as special as we had hoped. We would not pay a lot of money in the ...

                Grand Court Jerusalem AU$211
                Reviewed on 3 Sep. 2019
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                Grand Court Jerusalem

                Grand Court Jerusalem

                15 Saint George St, Jerusalem
                   
                  3.9 of 5
                  4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Good location and helpful personnel

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