For the first-time travellers to the Middle East, the first surprise is the region’s diversity. With the planet's most hospitable people and open hearted acceptance for all makes the Middle East a grand epic of cradle of beautiful civilisations. History as we know here is not bookish and which can be easily accessed or read but is carved very artistically in the stones, tombs and temples of Petra to Persepolis which litter the region, from the flagstones of old Roman roads to the building blocks of Ancient Egypt. It is here, where the humankind first built cities and learned to write, and it was from here that Judaism, Christianity and Islam all arose to prominence. No matter where you are the past mirrors the presents and can be felt throughout because unlike anywhere on this planet earth; History here is heart and soul of the land.
The Middle East’s cities are rich with historical artefacts and stories. Cities like Jerusalem, Beirut, Cairo, İstanbul, Esfahan are among the oldest inhabited cities on earth, these ancient-modern metropolises are places to experience the holistic old-new historical essence of a region. It is in the Middle East's cities, too, that you experience the stirring, aspirational architecture that so distinguishes the three great monotheistic faiths. There they sit still alongside the more enchanting charms of bazaars and coffee shops that seem to embody all the mystery and storytelling magic of a land. Beyond the city limits, the Middle East is a land of mighty rivers (the Nile, Euphrates), even mightier deserts (the Sahara and peerless Wadi Rum) and green landscapes of exceptional beauty. Today a world heritage site the spectacular sandstone city of Petra built in the 3rd century BC by the Nabataeans, who carved palaces, temples, tombs, storerooms and stables from the soft stone cliffs draws a heavy crowd and generates a unprecedented tourism revenue. So if planning a visit to The middle east just go for it!