Middle East

A diverse region sitting at the juncture of Europe, Asia and Africa, with ancient history, fascinating culture and amazing traditions.

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Often looked at with a kind of restraint, the Middle East is a complicated land that unfolds its mysteries layer by layer. Cradle of some of the oldest and most fascinating civilisations worldwide, such as the Egyptians, the Persians or the Arabs, this region has witnessed first cities being built, the birth of some of the world's major religions, Christianity, Judaism and Islam, the appearance of handwriting, the construction of the pyramids and many other huge steps that impacted the history and evolution of the whole humanity. We simply could not imagine world today without the tremendous contributions that the Middle East has made over millennia.

Sensorial Experience

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The cultural richness of the Middle East is absolutely overwhelming, so you should never be short of places to see of things to do. For a city-break, you can choose anything from Istanbul to Jerusalem, Cairo, Dubai, Abu Dhabi or Beirut, just to name a few. Enter a mosque to connect with the local spirit and admire some exquisite local architecture, go on a safari in the Sahara desert, explore the renowned archaeological site at Petra, let your body float on the saline water of the Dead Sea, get a breathtaking panoramic view of Dubai from the top of Burj-Khalifa, marvel at the pyramids, hop in a hot air balloon in Cappadocia, there is simply no end to end when it comes to exciting things in the area.

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Dominated by religious influences, Middle Eastern music is a mix of Turkish, Arabic and Persian rhythms, among others, all recognised as a single great tradition because of the unifying element of Islam. Essential for any musical performance are the string instruments, such as the oud, the harp or the violin. The most prominent Middle Eastern figure on the international scene is Lydia Canaan, a singer who combined rock with Lebanese traditional rhythms.

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Be it their lovely dates or figs, fresh mint or parsley, strong oregano or thyme, a sweet or dark oriental perfume with intense notes of sandalwood, Middle Eastern aromas are diverse, powerful, overwhelming, in accord with the local cultural opulence.

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Middle Eastern cuisine is to be thanked for when it comes to many of our culinary delights: hummus, pita, falafel, kebab, shawarma, baklava, stuffed vegetables, as well as the incredibly aromatic Turkish coffee. Regional favourite spices range from cinnamon to coriander, black pepper and cloves. It is all about enjoying your food, feeling good, and, in the end, having a complete culinary experience that will fill your belly.

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Risky, adventurous, mysterious, ever-changing, surprising, a living encyclopaedia full of lessons to be learned, the Middle East is one of those destinations that each and every traveller has to reach in order to discover more about himself, first of all, and then about the history and cultural evolution of humankind throughout the ages. A place like this will wake up your adventurous spirit and make you feel alive again.

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