FROM DUBAI’S GLITTERING MALLS TO THE SOUKS OF SIDON
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The Maldives: a perfect remote escape
Many travelers combine an exciting trip to the Middle East with a secluded relaxing getaway to one of the 26 islands and their coral reefs that make up the Maldives archipelago. There is something exquisitely romantic and enthralling about visiting a tropical island that you can only reach via speedboat or seaplane. Although home to just over half a million people the Maldives has its own unique culture and traditions, heavily influenced by various peoples from around the Indian Ocean. The Maldives has one of the most delicate environments anywhere on the planet and the country’s economy depends heavily on the health of its reefs and valuable marine ecosystem. Imagine yourself escaping the world in your own overwater villa.
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Travelicious founder and Travel + Leisure A-List Travel Agent Amalia Lazarov grew up in the Middle East and the hospitality, customs, culture and language are part of her DNA. With her team in New York and the United Kingdom, she crafts transformative luxury East-meets-West itineraries for the 21st century, from ancient trade routes to the hottest new destinations.
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Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi
W Hotel, Doha
Beirut is often described as the Paris of the Middle East, perfectly poised between the mountains and the sea. Stroll seaside boulevards on the Corniche, relax in a shaded cafe or marvel at the limestone formations at Jeita Grotto or visit Chateau Ksara, a 1857 winery founded by Jesuit priests. While relics of war still remain, the riches of the Mediterranean coastal cities like Byblos (which gave the bible its name), diving and snorkeling amongst Phoenician ruins or hiking amid the olive and almond groves of Chouf, offer a haven of peace.
One of the most diverse, beloved and popular vacation destinations of recent years. And it is easy to see why. Just 2 hours from London, you can experience so much, from the sunny South Dalmatian islands of the Adriatic Sea to Dubrovnik:
- UNESCO World Heritage
- Nature & wildlife
- Yachting, beaches & islands
- Michelin dining
- Luxury hotels & resorts
- Adventure, hiking & biking
- Game of Thrones locales
World-class shopping, dining and entertainment, beautiful beaches, mysterious deserts and culturally-rich heritage sites, Dubai is a must-see holiday destination, with something for everyone. From luxurious spas and nightlife to adventures for foodies and families, this eclectic city has activities and places to suit all tastes. Ascend the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world and a global icon. Once a bustling port on the trade route between Mesopotamia and the Indus Valley, follow the story at the Saruq Al-Hadid Museum or traverse Sheikh Zayed Road to discover the startling architectural masterpieces such as the Dubai Opera house.
From the wonders of antiquity to fine cotton linen, Egypt is a country you must visit at least once in your life (bring the kids!) There is nothing quite like pulling open the drapes of your hotel window and being greeted by the last remaining ancient wonder of the world; the Great Pyramids. Explore the bustling labyrinth of Cairo’s Medieval quarter, punctuated with Coptic churches, tiled gates and centuries-old bazaars bursting with treasures. Enjoy world-class cuisine while listening to the haunting muezzin call to prayer from minarets at dusk. Travel down the Nile in style aboard a luxury boat like Cleopatra.
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: an up & coming destination
Saudi Arabia’s rich heritage and traditions have been shaped by its position as a historic trade hub and the birthplace of Islam. In recent years, the Kingdom has undergone a significant cultural transformation, evolving century-old customs to fit the contemporary world we live in today. From red-hued mountains to azure desert lakes, all the way to ancient sites that trace the history of mankind, Saudi Arabia is a destination like no other.
Azerbaijan is located in the southern part of the Caucasus, between Southwest Asia and Southeastern Europe. It shares a border with Russia, Georgia, Armenia, Iran and its exclave with Turkey. The first Islamic country ever to declare itself a democratic secular Republic (in 1918), there are many reasons to visit. Discover Baku’s UNESCO-protected medieval core, brimming with history and architecture, including the mysterious Maiden Tower. Visit artists’ workshops, craft stalls and traditional restaurants. Travel to the Red Settlement to experience the world’s last surviving Jewish shtetl; the northern mountains & sea or the southern gateway to the subtropics.
A small country nestled between the Anatolian Peninsula and the Caspian Sea. A land of mysticism and culture at the crossroads of Europe and Asia that will capture your imagination. Highlights include: Mt. Aragats, a stratovolcano offering alpine hiking or relaxed sightseeing. Karahunj Observatory is known as the “Armenian Stonehenge,” Armenia also boasts three UNESCO world heritage sites. It’s vineyards are considered birthplace of wine-making; according to the Bible, Noah planted a grape vine at the foot of Mount Ararat after the flood. This is a country where you can actually visit a 6,100 year old winery!
Uzbekistan is a secret gem for active tourism and memorable holidays. Bukhara is a capital of Islamic culture, with centuries-old traditions. One saying goes: “In all Muslim cities light descends from heaven, but only in Bukhara does it rise to the sky”. Behold the golden sands of the Kyzylkum Desert and the storied city of Samarkand in the Zerafshan River valley, a center of world culture for over two and a half millennia. Stroll through domed-roofed bazaars and tree-lined plazas or wonder at the ornate craftsmanship of minarets that stunned even Genghis Khan with their beauty. Not yet overrun with tourists, Bukhara is a must-see in Central Asia, and Uzbek national cuisine is one of the richest in the East.
Jordan is rich in archeological wonders, but few sites in the world can rival the Nabataean city of Petra, carved out of the rose-red rock cliffs. Experience Bedoin camps or the mosaic of biblical history that dates back to the times of Genesis. A bridge between east and west, sea and desert, Old and New Testaments, the holy land east of the Jordan River links the lives of Abraham, Moses, David, Ruth, Elijah, John the Baptist, Jesus and the Apostle Paul and remnants of their lives are everywhere. Head east of Amman and visit Desert Castles, showcasing beautiful examples of early Islamic art and architecture. Enjoy evenings of organic wine tasting or a walk through the colorful Souq filled with local culinary delights, and meet the people, the heart and soul of the country.
Israel: the world’s first tourist destination
In the last few years, Israel has made history, achieving both new heights in incoming tourism and diversifying the experiences of visitors. In addition to pilgrimages to holy places like the Dome of the Rock and the Wailing Wall, and family trips to celebrate a Bar/Bat Mitzvah, Israel offers many less-known wonders. In Jerusalem, stroll Wohl Rose Garden and marvel at the nocturnal light show screened on the Tower of David’s walls. Explore Tel Aviv’s galleries and museums, or sight “sea” with a swim in the Sea of Galilee, scuba diving in the Red Sea, a salty soak in the Dead Sea, or wind surfing off Beit Yanai Beach. A fantastic destination for foodies and a true heaven for vegans. You will want to return again and again to this gem of a country. Our Hebrew, English and Arabic-speaking advisors will make sure that you have the best guides and drivers, personally vetted by us.
Home to some of the most spectacular hotels, resorts, cuisines and culture in the world, Turkey has served as a gateway between East and West for centuries. The exotic influence of trade and conquests is visible all around you. Travel by private boat down the Bosphorus to marvel at the many sights, visit the spice markets and elegant Byzantine churches that sit side-by-side with the ornate domes and spired minarets of mosques in the heart of Istanbul. For spectacular cityscape views, head to the top of the observation tower, Galata.
Destined to beguile you with its souks and bazaars and the majestic serenity of the Atlas Mountains. Be sure to leave space in your bag for hand-knotted rugs, gorgeous ceramics & mosaics, or mashrabiyya woodwork. Shed the dust of the day with a scented-oil massage in a private Hammam. At dusk, head to cozy bar in Marrakech’s central plaza, Djemaa el-Fna to watch the spectacle of food and entertainment. Then return to the luxury of legendary 5-star hotels like the Four Seasons Resort Marrakech or Kasbah Tamadot.
Qatar: land of art & culture
From traditional Islamic craft and historical objects to contemporary art, Qatar is the fast becoming a center of high art and high living. Visit some of the world’s most exciting museums, designed to be both immersive and experiential. For example, Qatar’s north-west coast is home to the immaculately restored Al Zubarah Fort and surrounding archaeological works, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Mathaf Museum, designed by the acclaimed French architect Jean-François Bodin and located in Doha’s Education City, the institution hosts modern art exhibits and programs offering an Arab perspective on contemporary art, containing a collection of more than 6,000 works, spanning the 1840s to the present day.
Aside from Israel, the majority of countries in the Middle East practice Islam, and adhere to its laws, customs and values. We encourage travel as a way to share perspectives, learn about each other and engage in a rich cultural exchange. Visit these ancient lands and enjoy what is unique about each country’s and tourism experience while respecting and following appropriate guidelines, including:
Mosques are the Muslim houses of worship and therefore should be treated with respect.
The Islamic religion forbid the sale, purchase and consumption of alcoholic beverages and drugs.
Men and women must dress in modest attire in public places in accordance with local customs and traditions.