For those seeking a quick getaway, here are some amazing destinations in the Middle East that are perfect for a long weekend:
Beirut is a small city with a big heart. It’s one of the liveliest cities in the Middle East and there’s something happening every day of the week! For the food lovers, Beirut was voted the best International city for Food by Travel & Leisure magazine in 2016. It is also famous for having the craziest nightlife in the region, with parties lasting till sunrise.
To get to know Beirut the proper way, the best thing to do is get lost in the streets of Hamra, Gemmeyze, Mar Mikhael, Downtown among many others and you will come across the cutest cafes, restaurants, and hang out spots of the hip crowd. Another interesting thing about Beirut is the architecture. Get ready to see a strange mix of classical old Lebanese houses with ultra-modern high rise buildings all mixed into tiny overcrowded streets. Hotel recommendations: Four Seasons, O Monot Boutique Hotel, Radisson Blu Martinez.
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Salalah is one of the hidden gem destinations in the Middle East. Due to its unique weather climate, the area is known for its lush green nature, mountains, waterfalls and beaches. This makes it a perfect destination to relax on the beach or to go on some fun adventures such as hiking, horseback riding and exploring the natural landscapes with a local guide. Hotel recommendations: Hilton Resort, Rotana Resort.
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Dead Sea, Jordan
The Dead Sea is a great destination for a relaxing spa weekend. The high salt level in the water makes it very unique and lets you float effortlessly. The mud found along the shoreline is famous for its therapeutic properties. This is why many people can be seen covered in the black mud to enjoy the natural benefits. The resorts offer special spa experiences using the mud, where visitors can enjoy cures, treatments and detox programs. Hotel recommendations: Kempinski, Holiday Inn.
Ras Al Khaimah, UAE
Ras Al Khaimah is a great place for outdoor enthusiasts and is only a short one hour drive from Dubai. It’s famous for its beautiful beaches, mountains and even hot springs. There are several luxury resorts that offer weekend packages including beach activities, camping, fishing and golf. Hotel recommendations: Banyan Tree Al Wadi, Double Tree by Hilton.