There is no doubt the Middle East certainly has its share of instability, but life resumes as normal and there is so much more than meets the eye in the area referred to as the Cradle of Civilisation. Every part of this region dates back to the beginning of man and the result is today's richness in culture, passion and kinship. To get you going, listed are ten awesome things about the Middle East.
Some countries' governments don't seem that keen on backpackers, while others are opening up and becoming more accessible for intrepid budget travelers. Tom Coote reveals five places that - because they are inexpensive and still relatively undiscovered by mass tourism - may be the next big destinations for backpackers.
The Basics Country: Oman Where is it?: Oman is in the Middle East, bordering the Arabian Sea, Gulf of Oman, and Persian Gulf, between Yemen and UAE. Why do people go here?: Few tourists visit Oman – it has been closed off and quiet to the rest of the world for years. This hidden country [...]