Middle East means war even up to this day. While it is true that some countries in the region have been at war with each other for so long, majority of them remain civil.

The Middle East is the birthplace of three leading religions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. The differences in beliefs led to frequent fighting between nations in the past.

In spite of bad publicity, tourism is booming in the Middle East. Some sights are too famous they need no introduction at all-the Pyramids of Giza, the ruins of Petra and Jerash, the Burj Al Arab in Dubai.

Arabs are a warm people. They are no stranger to people of other races. For thousands of years Arabs have been dealing with both Eastern and Western cultures. This goes back to Biblical times. This is part of the lore that lures tourists into coming.

You have to understand their religion if you want to know them more. Majority of Arabs are conservative. Their women wear clothing that should cover their entire body including a part of their face. Their men wear long-sleeved one piece dresses called "dishdashah".Arab couples do not show mutual affection in public nor do they argue in public. Any unlikely conflict is avoided between people. This is a practice called "saving face". Moreover, Arabs take pride in keeping their word of honor. Sometimes they protect their women to a fault.

Arab Nations weather the ongoing global financial crisis fairly well. Luxury hotels keep on rising in the Gulf States. Today many of the world's fast rising economies are within the region. Some degree of liberalism has swept in along with progress.