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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 NZ$641
Reviewed on 23 Feb. 2020
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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

    Great views and great rooms. Looked to be the nicest location on the water compared to other hotels we saw. Morning breakfast was excellent with a ton of choices.

    Leonardo Beach Tel Aviv NZ$235
    Reviewed on 19 Feb. 2020
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    Leonardo Beach Tel Aviv

    Leonardo Beach Tel Aviv

    156 Hayarkon Street, Tel Aviv-Jaffa
       
      3.5 of 5
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      Great stay.

      Palace Downtown NZ$327
      Reviewed on 11 Mar. 2020
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      Palace Downtown

      Palace Downtown

      Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashed, Boulevard Downtown Dubai, Dubai
         
        4.7 of 5
        5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Absolutely the best hotel if you want a good view of the fountains and Burj Kalifa. Location can’t be beat. The service was the best I think we have had in any hotel anywhere! Wonderful experience. We will be back.

        Arabian Courtyard Hotel & Spa
        Reviewed on 8 Mar. 2020
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        Arabian Courtyard Hotel & Spa

        Arabian Courtyard Hotel & Spa

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

          Enjoyed our stay at the hotel. Great location in the old town of Dubai. Good selection at the breakfast buffet. Rooms are nice but could do with updating. We had an incident at check in where we were presented booking details including personal details of another guest, despite raising as a concern ...

          Herods Hotel Tel Aviv by the Beach NZ$265
          Reviewed on 23 May 2020
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          Herods Hotel Tel Aviv by the Beach

          Herods Hotel Tel Aviv by the Beach

          155 Hayarkon Street, Tel Aviv-Jaffa
             
            3.6 of 5
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            On the beach, great location, nice lobby, nice view from the room

            Four Points by Sheraton Bur Dubai
            Reviewed on 18 Feb. 2020
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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

              Location & room. The staff were very helpful always ready to help and understand your needs

              American Colony Hotel The Leading Hotels of the World
              Reviewed on 6 Mar. 2020
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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
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                Its an oasis in the middle of a hectic and alive part of Jerusalem, not a cheap oasis but definitely a good one. The food is fabulous, the room was unique and comfortable and the staff were exceptional. Didn't like that our room had absolutely no view.

                Grand Court Jerusalem
                Reviewed on 3 Jan. 2020
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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

                  Great location, great staff, amazing room, luxury style and free parking. Amazing breakfast

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