For millennia, the region has enthralled visitors and ancient civilisations have come and gone. Crusaders, invaders, explorers and philosophers have all left their mark on these desert lands and the legacy is observed in the extraordinary monuments and diverse cultures which remain today. From the colourful souks of Morocco to Egypt's mysterious pyramids, the Biblical sites of Israel and the ancient attractions of Jordan, the forts of Oman and the glittering metropolis of the United Arab Emirates - all are destinations that dazzle and dwarf the modern-day traveller.
Morocco is a gateway to Africa and a country of dizzying diversity. Here you'll find epic mountain ranges, ancient cities, sweeping deserts – and warm hospitality. Egypt welcomes you with its mighty Nile and magnificent monuments, the beguiling desert and lush delta, and with its long past and welcoming, story-loving people. A safe haven in a region of conflict, Jordan has delighted visitors for centuries with its World Heritage Sites, friendly towns and inspiring desert landscapes. For most people, the United Arab Emirates means just one place: Dubai, the sci-fi-esque city of iconic skyscrapers, palm-shaped islands, city-sized malls, indoor ski slopes and palatial beach resorts. But beyond the glitter awaits a diverse mosaic of six more emirates, each with its own character and allure.