An increasingly popular region for luxury travellers, these countries have traditionally kept their treasures to themselves.
Today, in the more progressive Middle Eastern countries enjoy the sheer extravagance of millionaires' playgrounds where each tries to outdo the other.
There is a wealth of natural beauty and historical sites, too, in the region.
The Dead Sea is a rich source of skin-beautifying clay and the beaches of Israel are Mediterranean in feel and climate.
For a hefty dose of culture look no further than the cave dwellings of Petra, carved out of rose-hued rock, and the sacred cities of Jerusalem, Damascus and Mecca.
Featured Destination: Hurghada
The Egyptian playground of Hurghada mixes up the classic with the modern. There are golden sands, manicured golf greens, resort style hotels and plenty of dazzling nightlife, and you're never far from a culture shot.more »
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