Latest Middle East Headlines
27 Nov, 2012, 12:03|
Dining in Dubai: restaurants with a view
Of all the United Arab Emirates, Dubai has by far the most extravagant facilities. Monica Martinez discovers a range of stunning restaurants, amid the clouds and amongst the fish.
31 Oct, 2012, 10:32|
A journey to Nizwa, Oman’s ancient capital
A thousand years ago the sultanate of Oman was a world power, with colonies across the Indian Ocean and Africa. Habeeb Saloum searches for a glimpse of past power in it’s historic capital but has to be content with a nice cup of tea.
18 Oct, 2012, 09:48|
Plane-crash in Baluchistan
Nancy R Wilson
In 1930 Mary Bruce became the first person to fly from the UK to Japan. But she nearly didn’t make it, when an oil leak over the Gulf of Oman brings her biplane tumbling down into an Iranian desert. Biographer Nancy Wilson describes how the ‘Queen of Speed’ was slowed.
17 Apr, 2012, 15:49|
Mountaineering in Iraqi Kurdistan
Not many trekking expeditions head off into the wilds of Iraq. But when Levison Wood heads off into the snow-covered peaks of the Zagros Mountains he finds a warm welcome amongst the mountain Kurds.
5 Apr, 2012, 12:47|
Awash with cash: daily life in Doha
Jason Smart does a three-year stint in Qatar. As a westerner he’s sheltered from the worst aspects of life in the Gulf but even oil dollars can’t make Doha better than dull.
16 Mar, 2012, 13:30|
Return of a native for Christmas in Beirut
After 44 years away, Jackie Abramian’s husband decides to return to his birthplace to celebrate winter. In Lebanon, she finds, they do this with style.
10 Feb, 2012, 16:23|
Syria’s last tourist is a Brit on a jaunt
Troubled times in Syria don’t stop Nick Redmayne’s drive to Jordan. He finds a warm welcome – but with undercurrents of worry – as he passes through Aleppo.
7 Oct, 2011, 12:07|
Ten days, three people, one trail: Shvil Y’Israel
Whatever the problems of the Middle East, it’s still possible to walk right the way across one country. Sara DeGregoria hikes the National Trail from one side of Israel to the other.
28 Sep, 2011, 12:23|
Libya’s last tourist
Pre-revolution and Libya was an attainable – if expensive – tourist destination. As European bombers fly in, Tom Coote finds himself on one of the last passenger flights out of Tripoli.
11 Aug, 2011, 18:26|
Driving across the ‘Axis of Evil’
Western governments demonise Iran. But Roy Locock, rounding the world in an elderly MG Midget, is met by friendly hospitality. This account is excerpted from his book ‘Not in That Car’.
11 Aug, 2011, 15:14|
Medinet Habu: the mortuary temple of Ramses III
Sussex Egyptologist Jane Akshar has lived in Luxor for the last eight years. Here she introduces one of her favourite temples, off the beaten track amongst Egypt’s ancient ruins.
20 Jun, 2011, 09:57|
Beirut: the Paris of the Middle East
Helena Frith Powell
Lebanon has something of a reputation: for civil war and hostage-taking. Undeterred Helena Frith Powell decides to visit – and takes her young family.
16 Jun, 2011, 15:47|
Travel in the land of the Pharaohs
The ‘Arab Spring’ has all but strangled tourism to Egypt. World-famous icons of the ancient world are all but deserted. Mike Jones says that now is a great time to visit.
18 May, 2011, 19:10|
Syria 2011: stay away or visit?
Late April 2011 and government warnings are out in force. Stay away from Syria, they say. But with more than 80 years experience of travel Dorothy Conlon is quite old enough to form her own opinion: she visits Jordan and Syria and lives, quite easily, to tell the tale.
20 Apr, 2011, 15:17|
Sharm el Sheikh Holiday Destination Guide
It’s ironic that the Middle Eastern revolutions were inspired by the desire for more jobs but as tourists stay away they’re resulted in less jobs. Iain Miller outlines some very compelling reasons to escape to Egypt for a beach break.
20 Apr, 2011, 14:50|
In Israel and Jordan
James Sinclair spends some time in the fragile heart of Israel and then breaks out to explore the highlights of Jordan. This earns him a thorough search when he comes to fly home.
25 Feb, 2011, 14:54|
No revolution on Lebanon’s ski pistes
Not all the Middle East is in a state of insurrection. Alanna Allen finds there’s not a dictator in sight at the Mount Lebanon resort of Farya Mzaar – and the skiing is superb.
8 Feb, 2011, 13:14|
Pampered pooches in Arab lands
Michele La Morte-Shbat
Saudi Arabia and Qatar are not places you’d expect to be friendly to dogs. But when Michele La Morte-Shbat goes to live in the Middle East there’s no way she’s leaving her two miniature poodles. At their first experience of lapdog life, surprised locals are soon smitten.
6 Aug, 2010, 11:57|
Muddling through Marrakech
On her first day in Morocco, Tara Donaldson is momentarily taken aback by the speed and determination with which the locals seek to part her from her freshly-changed dollars.
11 May, 2010, 13:28|
Ignore the hype: Dubai is dull
Oblivious to Israeli assassination squads tramping through his hotel, Anthony Toole finds a single-night stopover in the Middle East’s holiday hotspot is quite long enough.
2 Apr, 2010, 21:44|
Jordan: ancient treasures and bus terminals
Most travellers to Jordan travel on tours – and miss half the experience. Sam Harris gets about by bus but still catches the highlight sights.
4 Nov, 2009, 13:43|
Escaping Dubai’s dog day summer: into Oman
Even the brochure writers struggle to sell Dubai, in the summer, as a good place to be. Expat worker Allen Rindfleisch escapes the suffocating heat to drive across the border into the deserts of Oman.
6 Sep, 2009, 23:48|
Big lessons from the world’s smallest school
Three students, no problems. Chris Barrett finds an enterprising ex-soldier running the world’s smallest school, dedicated to bringing the light of knowledge to a fishing village in Iran.
28 Aug, 2009, 09:29|
Jordan: ancient culture and modern art
In 2009 Jordan celebrates a hundred years of statehood. This seems rather modest, as its historical roots reach back for millennia. Jacqueline Beach reports on Amman, ancient and modern.
17 Jul, 2009, 13:30|
Max Le Grand
Max le Grand takes a tour of pre-election Iran, and finds a welcoming country where the secrets in the past continue, hidden, to underpin life in the present day. Axis of Evil? We think not.
17 Oct, 2007, 23:21|
A challenging encounter with Iran
Sezgi Yalýn finds her meeting with Esfahān, a spirited and insightful Iranian woman, is a highlight of her time in Iran. The fulcrum of America’s ‘Axis of Evil’ clearly has hidden depths.
15 Sep, 2007, 14:02|
Wild nights in the Syrian desert
Marika Hill camps out at a Syrian beauty spot, and meets with the nomads who call this desert home.
5 Jun, 2007, 10:48|
Iran’s call to prayer seems louder in Yazd
The provincial town of Yazd proves less relaxing than expected to Manfred Elian, as he tries to doze next to one of Iran’s loudest muezzins.
21 Jan, 2007, 19:06|
Greetings from Hizbollah country
Between bombs, David Brown strolls from Israel to Lebanon. In the Middle East’s most cosmopolitan society he finds plenty of signs of war but also a determination to survive.
8 Dec, 2006, 10:45|
Saudi Arabia: a 1980’s insight
This expat’s view of the Kingdom in the ’80’s by Glenn Standish shows there’s no copy too old for the pages of Travelmag! Still, we don’t get much from this part of the world so here it is..
26 Mar, 2006, 10:19|
Finding Hurghada’s Red Sea soul
While most visitors concentrate on suntans and dive-sites, David Kingsley finds a whole new dimension to Egypt’s top beach resort.
26 Mar, 2006, 10:13|
A time of tension in Israel’s election
Palestine’s future hangs in the balance as Israel goes to the polls. Jack Shenker reports from the prime flashpoint of the Middle East.
19 Dec, 2005, 09:07|
Depressed by Dubai
The economic miracle that has transformed the United Arab Emirate of Dubai strikes a hollow chord with Gareth Platt, who finds little to love about an oasis of bling.
19 Dec, 2005, 07:51|
An invite too far in modern Marrakesh
Morocco in Ramadan and American Barbara Foster finds herself watching a holiday friendship slide into financial exploitation – and as darkness falls on the Marrakesh suburbs it looks, for a moment, as if there’s worse to come.
9 Nov, 2005, 20:28|
Syria, a land older than history
Syria’s ancient deserts and scarcely more youthful ruins enthrall Habeeb Salloum as he tours the country and discovers the ancient tomb of Mari.