The Enigma of the Middle East

Comprised of over 20 diverse countries, the Middle East is a utopia for those who love to luxuriate in shopping, fine dining, culture, history and superb holiday experience. The Middle East is stationed, between eastern and the western parts of the world and is an enigma that serves as the ‘key foundation’ of the world’s three doctrines. From natural sites to historic-marvels, the Middle Eastern world is packed, with exceptional landscapes with its heritage fording Arabian deserts and Israel coastlines. Not only is this side of the Earth home to the world’s most magnificent deserts, but also, countless spice bazaars topped by the warm hospitality of the nomadic Arabs. Most-utmost Middle Eastern countries are a component of the Arab world. Encompassing the territories of Bahrain, Cyprus, Egypt, Iraq, Iran, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Sudan, Tunisia, Turkey, and Yemen.

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Each multicultural city takes you on a walkthrough where you discover architectural grandeur, pristine beaches and culture aplenty. Each destination presents fabulous possibilities incorporating a blend of antiquity and novelty. In the Middle East, you can explore ancient relics and experience modernism set beside an exceptional backdrop. Or soak in the sun, get tanned on the beach, go surfing, or sip a cocktail by the poolside. The Middle East may thrive with a hot climate, however, its vast reserves of crude oil, exceedingly, benefit the economy. Irrespective, of its dry weather – there’s a long list of things to do and see in the Middle East.

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Bordered by Jordan, Iraq, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, UAE, Oman, Yemen, Egypt, and Israel, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, is the most extensive sovereign state of Western Asia. It was established, by Ibn Saud in 1932. It is also the 2nd-largest in Arab, 5th-largest in Asia, and 12th-largest in the world. Generally, it is described, as the land of the 2 Holy Mosques – Al-Masjid al-Haram in Mecca and Al-Masjid an-Nabawi in Medina. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is also the only nation engulfed, by both the Red Sea, as well as, the Persian Gulf coast. Although, Saudi Arabia is often celebrated, for its ancient cultures and civilizations. Here, you can discover some of the prehistoric remnants of the earliest traces of civilization. Modern-day Saudi Arabia comprises of 4 classified precincts, namely Hejaz, Najd, Al-Ahsa, and Asir. Ibn Saud unified, these 4-provinces into an indivisible-state through a string of triumphs. Starting with, Riyadh, his ancestral family home. Ever since then, Saudi Arabia has been an independent monarchy, administered along Islamist lines.

Turkey

The Republic of Turkey is a cross-country located in Western Asia, with a small portion in Southeastern Europe. Istanbul, which bestrides Asia and Europe, is Turkey’s largest city and is celebrated as one of Europe’s most-prominent art capital. Ankara is the capital. You will notice a vast influence of Byzantine and Ottoman culture in Turkey, as at several times in its history, it has been occupied, by several civilisations. To get a taste of Turkish culture, you must consider buying Bilgeoğlu Baklava, handmade Turkish carpets, coffee, hand-painted Iznik Ceramics, and its variety of Turkish desserts. Furthermore, Turkey is permeated, with cultural heritage and houses the world’s oldest and biggest malls. Apart from being the centre of the world, Turkey is also home to Christendom’s significant sites and temples from the hunter-gatherer era. They say it’s here that the first seeds of agriculture, were sown. Even today, new varieties of plants are ‘discovered’ every few days. Manmade-wonders aside, Turkey has also gifted us tulips, coffee, cherries and Santa Claus. Saint Nicholas wasn’t born in the North Pole. He was born in Patara.

United Arab Emirates

The United Arab Emirates occasionally referred to as the Emirates, is a Middle Eastern country, bordered by Iran, Oman, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia. It’s referred to as the home of the Magan people by the Sumerians. Records of Emirates been occupied dates back to thousands of years. The stone tools from Sharjah acknowledge a colony of Africans from nearly 1300 centuries ago. Whereas, the trade of copper in the Hajar mountains, dates back to 3,000 BC. This sovereign is an alliance of 7 emirates including Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Dubai, Fujairah, Ras Al Khaimah, Sharjah and Umm Al Quwain. Each emirate is administered, by a monarch wherein, one ruler serves as the President of the country. Emirati traditions are based on Arabian culture and are inspired by India, Persia, and East Africa. The most visible influence is that of Persia. While here, do try out the local cuisine – a variety of rice, seafood and meat dishes. And finish your meal with Arabic coffee and Lugaimat, a popular Emirati dessert.

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    Veidehi Gite is a multi-award-winning luxury travel and lifestyle blogger who documents her experiences through Krazy Butterfly, a mindful journal for curious travellers. She enjoys travelling and photographing anything new and interesting. Read her articles to get inspired, to take on that trip you have been planning for a while.

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