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The Middle East is often considered the birthplace of modern civilization. Religious histories in the Torah, Bible and Koran identify the region as the origin for Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Archeologists have identified remains of some of mankind’s earliest ancestors in the valley of the Euphrates River. Visit the subcontinent to explore its historic past and appreciate its modern cities.
Israel draws not only people of the Jewish faith, but also others interested in seeing the ancient town of Jerusalem and the bustling city of Tel Aviv. In Old Jerusalem, make a pilgrimage to the holy Western Wall, where modern Jews remember the sorrows of their ancestors. Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Memorial has extensive information and lists of victims of the historic travesty. From Tel Aviv arrange a daytrip to Bethlehem in Palestine’s West Bank and relive the story of Mary giving birth to Jesus in a stable.
The United Arab Emirates is a collection of Arab emirates in a small, but wealthy country. See the amazing Sheikh Zayad Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi, an impressive palace of white domes and beautiful mosaics. This modern wonder welcomes people of any faith. In Dubai, visit one of the world’s tallest and most impressive buildings, the Burj Khalifa, rising more than 160 stories skyward. Select a good spot to watch its amazing fountains choreographed with music and lights. The country constantly invests its wealth in infrastructure and cultural sites, so you are likely to find new attractions if you visit year after year.
Jordan has one of the world’s most fascinating archaeological locations. Petra World Heritage Site reveals a prehistoric city with Greek columns carved into giant rock faces. Travel to the Dead Sea and float in the highly saturated saltwater.
Explore the gold souks and camel markets of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Observe faithful Islamists practicing daily prayers throughout the country, always facing toward Mecca. If you are Muslim, visit the city of Mecca, the birthplace of Muhammad and Islam’s holiest city.
Although it is located on the African continent, Egypt is considered part of the Middle East. The country has one of the longest rivers in the world, the Nile. Visit the Pyramids and Sphinx, ancient wonders built over 4,500 years ago, long before the advent of modern construction equipment. Scientists still debate how ancient builders accomplished the difficult tasks of creating these impressive buildings with human labor. Find resorts and dive sites on Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula.
While travel in several countries in the Middle East is at times not advised, most areas offer safe opportunities for very memorable experiences. Check the U.S. Department of State website for current travel advisories. Create your trip to this inspiring region to explore the anthropological and religious roots of much of the modern world.
The beachfront Hilton Tel Aviv sits on the edge of Independence Park, a 30-minute drive from Ben Gurion Airport. Guests can walk 10 minutes to Dizengoff Street’s shops or 15 minutes to Tel Aviv Port’s lively bars and restaurants. It's a 15-minute cab ride to the cobblestoned streets of Old Jaffa.
A 10-minute drive from Dov Hoz Airport, Leonardo Hotel Basel Tel Aviv stands across the road from the beach and Tel Aviv Marina. It's a 10-minute walk to Dizengoff Street, an iconic thoroughfare lined with boutiques, bars, and the Bauhaus Center, where guests can book a walking tour of the city.
Located in the heart of Tel Aviv, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Gordon Gallery, Gordon Beach, and Dizengoff Centre. Frishman Beach and Habima Theatre are also within 1 mi (2 km).
Overlooking Burj Khalifa Lake, Palace Downtown is next to bustling Souk Al Bahar. Dominating the skyline from across the lake is Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building. Guests can walk 5 minutes to the restaurants and shops at The Dubai Mall, and drive 20 minutes to Jumeirah Beach.
Arabic-themed 10-story hotel situated in downtown Al Fahidi historical area opposite Dubai Museum and the Ruler’s Court. Surrounding points of interests are Meena Bazar, Gold Souk, textile market, Bastakiya heritage area, as well as consulates and embassies. Al Fahidi Metro and Al Ghubaiba Metro stations are within walking distance.
Guests need only step outside the front door of Herods Hotel Tel Aviv by the Beach to sunbathe on the sand and swim in the Mediterranean Sea. The port is a 10-minute drive, and it's 20 minutes to the Jaffa, the city's Old Town. Carmel Market is even closer - great for local food and art.
The hotel is a short stroll away from a major shopping district, which includes the historical Gold & Spice Souk, Meena Bazaar and Burjuman Shopping Mall.
This historic boutique hotel, formerly a Pasha's Palace, is housed in a classically Ottoman building in the center of Jerusalem, one kilometer from the Old City and the Rockefeller Museum.