The Middle East is an interesting destination with its seas of sand dunes, palm-fringed lakes, towering mountains, and gracious people. Bridging ancient and modern civilizations, it is home to some of the most significant cities in the world, including Cairo, Damascus, Jerusalem, and Istanbul. Accommodations range from five-star luxury lodgings such as the Jumeirah Emirates Towers in the center of Dubai's commercial district, to the Mardan Palace offering the finest Turkish hospitality in Antalya, Turkey, to budget accommodations like the East New Imperial in Old City Jerusalem and the St. George Hotel situated by Dubai Creek.
The Middle East is the birthplace of Christianity, Judaism, and Islam; thus, it is not surprising that it teems with religious, cultural, and historic treasures. For European flavor, visitors can travel to Turkey, the region's bridge to Europe. Guests can enjoy luxury offered by The Ritz-Carlton or the more affordable Prince Hotel, both in Istanbul. Outdoor enthusiasts may opt for the sunny beaches and ancient ruins of Cyprus and stay at the Louis Apollonia Beach Hotel five-star hotel in Limassol. Dubai and Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates are popular tourist destinations and feature numerous international chain hotels to suit every budget.
Visit Yemen for mountain trekking and fishing. Also becoming increasingly popular are diving and sailing in the Red and Arabian Seas. Travelers can indulge in the Taj Sheba Hotel and the Aden Hotel Movenpick. Affordable accommodations are available at the Arabia Felix and Golden Dar Tourist Hotel, both in Sanaa, Yemen.