Ultimate Middle East Travel Guide

The Middle East is one of the most notorious regions to visit on the planet. It gets a bad rap due to sensationalized media but the reality is that much of the reason is safe for travel. It’s a region that provides fascinating culture, history and food to experience. The goal of our Middle East travel guide is to show you exactly why.

Geographically, the Middle East is comprised of 3 distinct regions broken down into North Africa, Western Asia and the Arabian Peninsula. This area covers a total of 20 countries.

North Africa includes the countries of Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya and Egypt.

Western Asia includes the countries of Turkey, Kuwait, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Israel and Palestine.

The Arabian Peninsula includes the countries of Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Oman, Bahrain and Yemen.

We’ve spent just over two months traveling in the countries of Morocco, Egypt and Jordan during our Middle East travels. We have seen the very best they have to offer and have a good pulse on what it’s like to actually travel there.



Middle East Travel: Quick Tips

Do you need a visa? Generally, US citizens will require a visa to travel within the Middle East. This can be as simple as a free visa on arrival in UAE, Turkey and Morocco, a paid visa on arrival in Egypt and Jordan to a costly received in advance visa for places like Iran.  Be sure to check requirements prior to travel.

  • Currency: Varies by country, credit cards are widely accepted.
  • Climate: Arid and dry desert with two distinct seasons, summer and winter.
  • Primary Religion: Muslim
  • Local Languages: Arabic is the predominant language throughout the region. English is widely spoken in areas frequented by tourists.
  • Etiquette Tips: Treat locals with respect. Dress according to local customs.
  • WIFI: Available in most, if not all, accommodation throughout the state. Many restaurants and tourist offices offer free WIFI too.
  • SIM Cards: If you have an unlocked phone, it is possible to pick up a local SIM card at most Middle East airports on arrival. This will enable you to have data like you would at home. Another alternative is a universal SIM card that works in multiple countries.
  • Travel Insurance: With all travel, we highly recommend you take out a travel insurance policy when you book your trip. This will cover your trip in case of any unforeseen events happen.