The travel industry in the Middle East has taken a hammering over the past few years, but this incredible, complicated land is home to some of the most hospital people in the world. This is where humans first learned to write and built cities. It’s where Islam, Christianity, and Judaism all arose. If you love history, you’ll love the Middle East.

Along with bustling cities, the Middle East is full of mighty rivers, mightier deserts, and of course, the red sea. Here, you’ll find green landscapes and even snow-capped mountains.

Flights to Israel and other Middle Eastern countries leave daily, and the region has never been easier, or more accessible for tourists both young and old.

Here are just a few reasons why you should travel to the Middle East:

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History
History here dates back to the early days of human civilisation. When you consider the geographic position of the Middle East, it’s easy to see how this region has experienced so much turmoil. With Europe to the north, Africa to the south, Asia to the east, and the Mediterranean to the west, many armies saw it as a strategic area ready to be conquered.

The Middle East then became a crossroads of culture. This history is evident when you visit some of the incredible ancient sites in the region.

Spirituality
Regardless of how religious you are, it’s spiritual and disarming experience to visit places like the Western Wall. In Israel, it’s almost like you’re stepping back to biblical times. You can walk where Moses walked on Mt Sinai, see Bethlehem in the West Bank, and even see where many people believe Jesus was originally buried before he rose.

Food
Visiting the land of pita, dates, cumin, turmeric, tabbouleh, and hummus is a party in your mouth. If you’re a foodie (or you just like to eat) you’ll love the delicious dishes here. Many of the guided tours will even allow you to experience a homemade meal with the locals- an incredible experience.

Of course, any trip to the Middle East should involve some of the many markets, where the spices are sure to delight your senses. You can see delicious food made right in front of you, and smell the street food prepared before your eyes.

The huge variety of flavors and languages highlights just how many people and cultures call the Middle East home.

The People
Visiting the Middle East allows you to break down perceived barriers that many people have formed based on news reports. Most of the people in the Middle East are friendly, and are pleased to meet travellers who are experiencing their country- don’t be surprised if perfect strangers invite you back to their homes.