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Middle East TripMarks
Text by Heather Morgan Shott

Bahrain    Dubai    Egypt   Iran   Iraq     Israel    Jordan    Kuwait

Lebanon   
 Oman    Qatar    Saudi Arabia    Syria    United Arab Emirates

Yemen



Bahrain

Official Tourism Sites
 
Bahrain Tourism Information on Bahrain's travel agents, accommodations, car rentals, restaurants, clubs, and more.

Embassy of the Kingdom of Bahrain Entry requirements, local history, geography, the people, and more.

Gulf Air Flights, schedules, deals, and more from Bahrain's main airline.

Other Sites We Love

Bahrain Network  Information on top attractions, including the Gold Souk, Al-Khamis Mosque, Siyadi House, the Oil Museum, and Bahrain Fort.
 
Restaurants.com Information on restaurants in Adliya and Manama, with ratings on food, service, and ambience.
 
Bahrain Arts Society Contemporary local art by Bahraini artists.
 
BahrainGuide.org Where to shop in Bahrain, from malls to markets.
 
WorldTravelGate.net Discusses the lifestyle of the Bahraini people and cultural sites in the capital, including the Bahrain National Museum, the Muharraq Museum, and the Heritage Centre in Manama.

Gulf Daily News Breaking news and current events in the Gulf region.
 
NewArabia.net Photographs of Bahrain's buildings, landscapes, and more.
 
Country Reports Features information on Bahrain's history, geography, industries, foreign relations, and politics.


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Dubai 

Official Tourism Sites
 
Dubai Tourism Information on Dubai's attractions, landmarks, entertainment, shopping, and events.
 
United Arab Emirates Entry requirements, local accommodations, foods, sports, and travel tips.
 
Air Emirates Flight schedules, deals, and more from the United Arab Emirates' official airline.

Other Sites We Love

Dubai Top Ten Selected picks of the top beaches, parks, shops, bars, and more in UAE's capital.

Dubai City Guide Information on top Dubai attractions, including Jumairah Mosque, Ibn Battuta Mall, Knowledge Village, Souk Madinat Jumeirah, and the Dubai Zoo.

Data Dubai Listings of must-see museums, including the Dubai Museum, the Juma Al Majid Cultural and Heritage Trust, Majlis Al Ghoraifa, and the Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum House.

UAE Interact Information on traditional Dubai, including fishing, boating, camels, and more.

World Travel Guide Features a video of a safari across the desert of Dubai.

Dubai-Eating Listings of Dubai restaurants by category.

wcities Dubai festivals and events, including the Dubai International Film Festival, the Dubai Shopping Festival, and Ramadan.

10best.com Visitors rate the best shopping centers in Dubai.

Khaleej Times Global and local news, as well as current events in the United Arab Emirates.

South Travels Information on Dubai hotels with spas, including the Ajman Kempinski Hotel & Resort, the Ritz-Carlton Hotel & Resort Dubai, and Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort & Spa Dubai.


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Egypt

Official Tourism Sites


Egyptian Tourist Authority Introduction to destinations, accommodations, cruises, tour operators, and more in Egypt.

Embassy of Egypt Entry requirements for Egypt and information on Egyptian history and culture.

Egypt Air Flight schedules, deals, and more from Egypt's national carrier.

Other Sites We Like

PBS A virtual tour of the Pyramids, including their history, how they were built, and more.
 
Egyptian Museum Information on exhibitions at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, which holds one of the greatest collection of Egyptian antiquities; includes video clips.
 
Tour Egypt Overview of the cultures and customs of the Egyptian people, and etiquette tips for foreign travelers.
 
Ancient-Egypt.org Introduction to ancient Egyptian history, monuments, language, and more.

Egypt Voyager Helpful information about accommodations, destinations, and travel tips for Egypt.

Egypt Daily News
Egyptian and international news from this Egypt-based English-language website.


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Iran

Official Tourism Sites

Iran Travel & Tourism Guide Entry requirements for Iran, information on attractions and accommodations, travel tips, and more.

U.S. Department of State Information on Iran, including current U.S.-Iran issues, country profile, and more.

Iran Air Reservations and timetables for Iran's national airline.

Other Sites We Like

Iran Online Recipes for Persian stews, desserts, and other classic Iranian dishes.

Iranian Cultural & Information Center Information on Persian music, literature, cuisine, art, peoples, and more.

Culture of Iran Overview of Iran, including its traditions, political events, and ethnicities.

Dejkam.com Photographs and wallpaper of Iran, and downloadable Iranian music.

Tehran Times News from Iran's English-language newspaper.


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Iraq

Official Tourism Site

Embassy of the Republic of Iraq Entry requirements for Iraq, Iraq's geography, current issues, and more.

U.S. Department of State Updated warnings for travel to Iraq for U.S. citizens.

Other Sites We Like

Roads to Iraq Information on Iraqi culture and history.

arab.net Overview of three major Iraqi cities: Baghdad, Basra, and Mosul.

Iraq Slogger Dispatches on and analyses of current events in Iraq from international journalists.

Electric Iraq Articles on art, music, and culture in Iraq.


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Israel 

Official Tourism Sites

Israel Ministry of Tourism Information on Israeli culture, tour operators, and shopping.

Embassy of Israel Click on Consular services for entry requirements; local news, and current events.

Israir Airlines Flight schedules, deals, vacation packages, and more from Israel's newest airline.

Other Sites We Love


ilMuseums.com Museums and exhibitions throughout Israel.
 
Israel Art Guide Israeli artists, exhibitions, art galleries, and more.
 
Trekker.co.il Information on Israeli sites, including such holy sites as the Mount of Olives and the Wailing Wall.
 
IsraelNationalNews.com Israeli radio broadcasts, political commentary, breaking news, and current events.
 
Israel Nature and National Parks Information on more than 50 Israeli national
parks and reserves, including Kursi National Park, Zippori National Park, Ashkelon National Park, and Tel Arad National Park.
 
Israelimages Photographs of Israeli people, landscapes, wildlife, and more.


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Jordan 

Official Tourism Sites

Visit Jordan Information on Jordanian tour operators, attractions, history, culture, and more.

Embassy of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan Entry requirements for Jordan, Jordanian news, frequently asked questions, and more.

Royal Jordanian Airline Flight schedules from Jordan's national airline.

Ancient Holy Land Overview of Jordan's holy sites, including the Dead Sea plains and the Shrine of the Prophet Haroun.

Office of King Hussein Overview of the people of Jordan, including the Bedouins, Palestinians, and Circassians.

Other Sites We Like

Nabataea.net Photographs of and information about the ancient Nabataean city of Petra.

Guide2Jordan.com Information on the Jordan Museum of Popular Tradition, the Jordan Folklore Museum, and other sights.

Panorama Productions Photographs of Jordan's places and people.

Jordan-Art.nl Paintings by two artists from Jordan, Kassim Al-Refai and Khaled Atieh.

Jordan Times Jordanian news and current events from Jordan's leading English-language newspaper.


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Kuwait
 
Official Tourism Sites

Kuwait Information Office Includes a country profile, entry requirements, current issues, attractions, and more.

Kuwait Airways Flights, schedules, and news from Kuwait's official airline.

Other Sites We Love

Countries Quest Information on the people of Kuwait, including their language, religion, and cultural beliefs.

SouthTravels Hotels and resorts in Kuwait.

United World Information on Kuwaiti traditions, sports, crafts, wilderness areas, and more.

Arabian Wildlife Reports on the consequences of the Gulf War on local wildlife; information on Kuwait's desert environment.

InfoPlease.com Information on Kuwait's political leaders, conflicts, and more. 


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Lebanon 

Official Tourism Sites

Lebanon Tourist Office Guide to Lebanon's cities, attractions, accommodations, events, and more.

Embassy of Lebanon Entry requirements for Lebanon and introduction to Lebanon's economy, history, culture, and more.

Middle East Airlines Flight schedules from Lebanon's national airline.

Other Sites We Like

Downtown Beirut Photographs of and information about Beirut's attractions, museums, and more.

Arab.net Overview of traditional foods and drinks in Lebanon.

Ski Lebanon Guide to Lebanon's ski resorts; webcams of ski areas, photographs, tips, and more.

Lebanese Blogger Forum English and Arabic blogs written by contributors with personal ties to Lebanon.

Daily Star News and current events in Lebanon from a leading Lebanon-based English-language newspaper.



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Oman


Official Tourism Sites

Oman Ministry of Tourism Omani attractions, events, shopping, hotels, restaurants, tour operators, and more.

Oman Air Flight schedules, vacation packages, and more from Oman's official airline.

Omanet.om Museums in Oman, including the Omani Museum, the National Museum, the Children's Museum, and the Natural History Museum.

Other Sites We Love

Destination Oman Oman's attractions, from the capital of Muscat and Sohar to Nizwa and Salalah.

CountriesQuest.com Oman's ethnic groups, culture, language, and religion.

Arab.net A historical overview of Oman, with information on transportation, the government, geography, and more.

World 66 Things to see and do in Muscat, Oman's capital.

Responsible Travel Information on conservation efforts for the Arabian leopard in Oman.

Oman Daily Observer Largest English-language daily in Oman, includes breaking news and current events in Oman.



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Qatar
 
Official Tourism Sites

Qatar Tourism Authority Qatar tour operators, hotels, photographs, events, and news.

Embassy of the State of Qatar Entry requirements, Qatar history, culture, and politics.

Qatar Airways Flight schedules, deals, and more from Qatar's official airline.

Other Sites We Love

Destination Doha  Top attractions in and around Doha, Qatar's capital, including Al Bida Park, Al Wakrah, the Palm Tree Island, and the zoo.
 
Qatar Info Information on local attractions, including the Qatar National Museum, Ethnographical Museum, and Doha Fort.
 
Qatar Music MP3 files of jazz and blues music from Qatar as well as event listings.
 
World InfoZone Qatar's environment, food, architecture, and more; includes photographs.

The Peninsula Qatar news and current events from one of Qatar's daily English-language newspapers.
 
Qatar Photographs Photographs of Qatar's people, landscapes, buildings, and more.

Explore Qatar Where to shop in Qatar, from malls to souqs.


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Saudi Arabia

 
Official Tourism Sites
                               
Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia Entry requirements, Saudi Arabia news, and more.

Saudi Arabian Airlines Flight schedules and deals from Saudi Arabia's national airline.

Other Sites We Love
 
Saudi Arabia Information Page Overview of the cities of Saudi Arabia, with photographs.

Sacred Destinations Travel Guide
Articles and photographs of sacred Saudi Arabia sites, including Al-Masjid al-Haram, the Floating Mosque of Jeddah, and the Nabatean Tombs of Madain Sahreha.

World Travel Guide Top Saudi attractions, including Mecca, the Mountain of Light, the Plain of Arafat, and the House of Abdullah Bin Abdul Muttalib.

Arabian Wildlife Turtle-watching, diving, caving, fossil hunting, and more in Saudi Arabia
 
Explore Saudi Arabia Traditional dishes, drinks, and desserts, and tips on dining etiquette

Tour Saudi Arabia Photographs of the faces and places of Saudi Arabia.
 
Saudi Times News and current events in Saudi Arabia and other Arab nations.


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Syria

Official Tourism Sites

Ministry of Tourism Syria Guide to Syria's attractions, regions, accommodations, art, culture, shopping, and more.

Embassy of Syria Entry requirements for Syria, news, airline information, and related links.

Syrian Air Flight schedules from Syria's official airline.

Other Sites We Like

Syria Gate Listing of attractions in Damascus, including the Umayyad Mosque and the Tekkiye Mosque Complex.

Damascus Online Overview of the history of Syria's capital, plus maps, photographs, and nuts-and-bolts travel information.

Café-Syria.com Profile of Syria's artisanal traditions, including architecture, embroidery, and ceramics.

Travel Journals Photographs of ancient Syrian sites, Syrian landscapes, and more by travelers and locals.

Arab.net Introduction to Syria's geography, history, cities, transportation options, and more.

Syrian Arab News Agency Syria news, weather, tourism information, and more from the Syrian government's perspective.


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United Arab Emirates

Official Tourism Sites

UAE Travel Guide to UAE attractions, accommodations, dining, activities, shopping, travel tips, and more.

Government of Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing Information on Dubai tour operators, safari companies, events, and more.

Embassy of the United Arab Emirates Entry requirements for the UAE and information on its history, geography, and sights.

Air Emirates Flight schedules, special offers, and a travel guide to Dubai from the official airline of the United Arab Emirates.

Other Sites We Like

The Emirates Network Introduction to what it's like to live in the modern UAE, with useful information on local media, sports, events, and more.

UAE Interact A virtual museum guide to art and artifact collections and exhibitions throughout the United Arab Emirates.

indexUAE Listing of museums in the United Arab Emirates, with links to their official websites.

Gulf News News and current events in the United Arab Emirates from a Dubai-based newspaper.

Emirates Today Local and international news from an English-language e-newpaper.

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Yemen

Official Tourism Site

Yemen Tourism Promotion Board Information on hotels, tour operators, airlines, and attractions.

Embassy of the Republic of Yemen Entry requirements, Yemeni national holidays, and news,.

Yemenia Airways
Flight schedules and more from the official air carrier of Yemen.

Other Sites We Love

Arab.net Overview of Yemen's tribes, religions, culture, and more.

World 66 A historical overview of Yemen, including its rulers, political parties, and system of government.

Foto Search More than 60 photographs of Yemen.
 
Yemen Times The customs and traditions of weddings in Yemen.
 
Arabian Wildlife Information on Yemen's wildlife, beaches, and more.
 
Al-bab.com Art, architecture, poetry, music, and theater in Yemen.


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