The question, “Where do you want to study abroad?” or “Where do you want to travel to?” comes up a lot in college, and with so many places out there, it can be a hard question to answer. London, Paris, and a lot of European cities are commonly the answer, but unfortunately on rare occasion do I hear someone wants to travel to or live in a Middle Eastern country.
That’s just the way it is here right now, thanks to all the news of ISIS killing hostages, war crimes, and other political propaganda that floods our news feeds. Don’t get me wrong, there are dangerous places that are not recommended for tourists or some that are even illegal to travel to, but that’s not the case for all countries and cities in the area. Here’s a list of places the internet and I agree would be amazing to travel to and that everyone should experience.
Cairo, Egypt- While it’s still in a bit of political turmoil, the nation’s capital is home to breathtaking architecture resembling Paris and tons of attractions filling the city. The Khan El Khalili bazaar not only looks amazing, but smells good to, as it hopes to get any tourist and citizen to grab a bite there and buy lots of goods. There’s also the Egyptian Museum which holds some of Egypts most prized artifacts dating back to mummification and the Pharoahs. Above all else though, is the Giza pyramids which can be seen from almost all the city, and is considered the finish line for tourists seeing Cairo.
If you want to visit the only city in the world that is located in two continents, than you have to visit Istanbul, Turkey, which is touching both Europe and Asia. This city that used to be Constantinople has the look of many cultures, including even a North African feel. This is the city where East meets West, and has so many cool places for you to see, including the famous Hagia Sophia church, and the Blue Mosque, the most famous mosque in the world. Feeling adventurous? See if you can climb the Galata Tower while you’re there.
Petra, Jordan is also on the list if you want to see a place that’s more desert than others. The place looks ancient and magical, and you get to see lots of structures and temples sculpted by ancient desert tribes hundreds to thousands of years ago.
Last but not least is Dubai, which is personally where I want to go the most. It’s considered the Las vegas of the Middle East, and has worked hard to have the tallest building, one of the largest shopping malls and some of the most luxurious hotels in the world. South Asians only populate the place by 50%, with the rest of it’s occupants from somewhere else in the world. You’ll likely hear more English or some other language than the native Arabic. When you’re there, you’ll want to see Burj Khalifa (world’s tallest building, Dubai Mall (world’s largest mall, with a giant aquarium also), and the Miracle Garden (world’s largest garden, with 45 million flowers).
Those are my picks for best places to go, which places are you most interested in seeing?