Coined in 1902 by the American naval strategist, Alfred Thayer, The Middle East is a term used to describe a region along the axis of Western Asia and North-east Africa. The region consists of 18 countries including: the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Egypt, Jordan, Qatar and Bahrain.
The Middle East acts as a spiritual home to many religions including Islam, Judaism and Christianity, whilst the world’s earliest civilisations were located in the ancient areas of the Nile in Egypt. The Middle East has been unified multiple times by the likes of the Neo Assyrian Empire, the Roman Empire and the Byzantine Empire. Consequently, there have been countless cultural, sociological and historical implications for the area such as in the arts and its overwhelming architecture.
Emerging as one of the finest continents for luxury holidays, the Middle East offers a unique blend of pristine beaches and bustling city life.
The region has undergone a consistent level of economic growth, primarily in the UAE, since 2007, which shows through its continual investment in tourism, local infrastructure and luxury 5 star hotels and resorts. There are numerous wonders to see within the region such as the majesty of the Giza Pyramids, the jaw dropping Burj Khalifa in Dubai or the Al Ain Zoo and Aquarium which stretches out across 400 hectares.
Shopping is also a great past time for tourists. Cities such as Dubai mix a modern, accessible shopping mall experience alongside more traditional market stalls where you can experience the buzz of trade and bartering first hand.
The traditional cuisine of the Middle East is a diverse adventure for the taste buds. There is little emphasis on hot curries but, instead, an appreciation for lighter delicacies flavoured with local mints, honey, herbs and vegetables.