The Middle East forms a buffer zone between Europe, Asia and Africa and is a fascinating blend of old and new, mixing traditional cultures with hyper-modern architecture. The Middle East offers you a taste of eastern mystique, camel safaris in the desert, and the incredible construction projects of Dubai. Travel to the Middle East with KILROY travels!
Situated, as it is, between Asia, Africa and Europe, the Middle East is a real blend of cultures, religions and lifestyles. A trip to the Middle East is guaranteed to bombard your senses with fascinating colours, smells, sounds and tastes.
From the beaches, shopping festivals, golf courses and luxury hotels of Dubai to the meandering bazaars and markets of Syria and Oman, it's difficult to know where to begin. The Middle East is home to some of the world's oldest cities and buildings, and yet is also home to some of the most ultra modern. If you travel to the Middle East, chances are good you'll see some of it all.
Indiana Jones or beach bum?
If you're looking for a real Indiana Jones experience, then look no further than the ancient city of Petra in Jordan. Listed in 2007 as one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World it is a completely overwhelming experience. How about an afternoon camel ride through the desert to watch a genuine camel race? An age-old sport that is experiencing something of a comeback in the United Arab Emirates.
If you're into sun, sand and relaxation, it's not hard to find a good, unspoilt beach as you travel around the Middle East. When you get tired of lazing about, you can slip into the Red Sea for some world-class snorkelling or SCUBA diving, where colourful fish and corals stretch as far as the eye can see.
One should not forget the historical Jerusalem in Israel, exciting Beirut in Lebanon or Syria's fascinating capital Damascus.
Stopovers in the Middle East
Several cities in the Middle East are building a good reputation as stopover cities on trips to Southeast Asia and Oceania. Cities like Abu Dhabi, Doha, and Dubai offer lots of adventures and great shopping if you have some extra days to spare or just want to break up the long trip abroad. Experience some of the world's most impressive architecture and construction projects: The amazing Burj Khalifa tower, which rises 828 metres above Dubai, where you also find the Palm islands, the World islands. Abu Dhabi has its own huge projects as most of the Yas Island is being turned into visitor heaven with museums and amusement parks - it even has its own Formula 1 track.
Travelling to and around the Middle East
KILROY can offer great prices on flights to many destinations in the Middle East. Youths and students can also enjoy the benefits of special discounts and flexible tickets that, for a small additional fee, allow changes to the route or travel dates whilst en route.
Some countries in the Middle East are not easy to travel around as an independent traveller. We therefore strongly recommend one of the many adventure tours, which you can book with KILROY before you leave.
On these tours you're guaranteed to meet other like-minded (and aged) travellers, and make new friends along the way, whilst all the time having the peace of mind of that you are travelling with an experienced local guide who will show you all the best places. It's also reassuring to know that most of the cost of the trip is paid in advance and that there will be only a few small additional costs en route. Above all many of these trips go to places far from the well-beaten tourist paths!
We particularly recommend taking a jeep safari in the Wadi Rum desert in Jordan - guaranteed to be an unforgettable experience.
If you want to travel to a number of countries then KILROY can help with booking local flights or finding you a ticket with a number of permitted stops en-route.
Accommodation in the Middle East
KILROY knows all the good backpacker hostels in the region as well as some of the more stylish hotels where you can live in luxury with it costing a fortune. The United Arab Emirates is particularly well endowed with luxury hotels!
Even though it is generally not a problem to find accommodation, we would, as a minimum, recommend booking at least the first couple of nights accommodation before you leave home. In this way you avoid all the hassle of finding somewhere to stay when you arrive tired and exhausted after a long flight.
Price levels in the Middle East
The Middle East is generally relatively cheap when it comes to accommodation, restaurants and cafes. If you are on a tight budget it is possible live on as little as €20-25 a day including food, transport and accommodation in the cheaper countries.
Education and study tours to the Middle East
Did you know that KILROY can also help organise your study tour to the Middle East? Read on to learn more about how we can plan your study trip with the right academic content and interesting study visits in the city of your choice.