Middle East Guide
Salam from the middle east! A region spanning from the Arabian Peninsula to the Mediterranean Sea. It’s a land of culture and traditions, towering modern cities and ancient ruins coexisting in perfect harmony. Not to mention the friendly locals and the welcoming hospitality.
Things to Expect
Overview : Middle East
Health, Weather, and Safety Tips:
This is a diverse region with varying climates. During the summer months, temperatures can soar, so make sure to pack sunscreen, a hat, and lightweight, breathable clothing, and stay hydrated to avoid heatstroke and dehydration.
However, during the winter months, temperatures can drop significantly, especially in the desert regions, so keep that in mind and pack warm clothing and layers.
In terms of safety, the Middle East has had its fair share of political instability in recent years. However, it’s becoming more and more attractive, especially to young travelers.
Depending on the country you’re visiting, cities like Doha and Abu Dhabi are ranked the safest in the world. But if you’re going to a conflict zone like Afghanistan, make sure to have hotspot coverage and seek advice from your embassy.
Some of the most popular destinations in the Middle East include Dubai, UAE, a glitzy and modern city known for its luxury shopping and skyscrapers; Petra, Jordan, an ancient city carved into red rock cliffs; and Socotra, the extraordinary island near Yemen.
For those seeking a beach escape, the Red Sea resorts offer some of the world’s best snorkeling and diving opportunities.
Our travel and health insurance coverage applies to countries such as Afghanistan, Iraq, Palestine, as well as Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, and other countries.
Costs, Currency and Money tips:
The currency used in most countries in the Middle East is the local currency, such as the UAE Dirham or the Saudi Riyal. It’s a good idea to exchange some money at the airport upon arrival or withdraw cash from ATMs that are available in major cities. Credit cards are widely accepted in most tourist destinations, but rural areas may require cash on hand