Planning to have a trip to the Middle East or you are looking for the top countries in the Middle East? Don’t worry anymore because you are just about to go through the top seven countries located in this region. First of all, Middle East is taken as a region that roughly covers majority of Western Asia and Egypt. The region has generally been a major focus of world affairs and more importantly the origin of several major religions in the world like Christianity, Islam and Judaism. Below is a list of top countries in the Middle East that you can opt to visit.

United Arab Emirates

The country is located in the southern end of the Arabian Peninsula and its neighbours include Oman to the east and Saudi Arabia to the south. The country is quite rich in oil reserves that are ranked seventh largest in the world and its economy worlds 19th highest in terms of GPD. The country also brags of its tourism sector as it continues to attract lots of travellers from across the globe. According to the World Economic Forums annual Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report 2013, the Country’s tourism sector was ranked as one of the world’s most sustainable sector. Its Capital Dubai is the centre of attraction and its beauty is quite unmatched.

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Iran

Officially the Islamic republic of Iran is a country located in Western Asia and the second largest nation in the Middle East and the 18th largest in the world. Iran brags of being a home to one of the world’s oldest civilizations that incorporates historical sites and places spread in every corner. The most adorable city here is Tehran that continues to attract many visitors from all walks of lives due its modernity and attractions like the National Museum that introduces you to Iran’s long history. Iran’s unique architecture that combines both Persian and Islamic styles gives it a stunning outlook. The country ancient sites portray the countries diversity in terms of religion and culture.

Saudi Arabia

It’s officially known as the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, is the largest Arab state in the western Asia and the Middle East. The nation is the only country with both a Red Sea coast and a Persian Gulf coast. The country brags of being the world’s dominant oil producer and exporter as well as controlling the world’s second largest hydrocarbon reserves making it as one of the world’s highest income economy.

Yemen

It’s also officially known as the Republic of Yemen, located in the Southwest Asia and the second largest country in Peninsula. The country’s territory includes more than 200 islands with Socotra being the largest one. It’s generally a developing country due to the civil wars that affected her over the years.

Syria

Officially the Syrian Arab Republic, it located in the Western Asia bordering Lebanon, turkey, Iraq, Jordan and Israel. Its capital Damascus is considered as one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world that still continues to attract lots of citizens. The country has both fertile plains and deserts without forgetting some of the high mountains in the region.

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Egypt

It’s a transcontinental country located both in Africa and Asia that makes it an Afro-Asiatic nation. The country is a home to a massive 86 million inhabitants making it the 15th most populous nation in the world. Majority of the inhabitants live along the Nile River where the only fertile land is found with rest of the land being covered by the Sahara desert. The country brags of having one of the oldest and longest histories of modern nation dating back to the tenth Millennium when it became one of the world’s first nation states. The country’s economy is one of the largest and diversified in the Middle East with heavy income from tourism, industry and services plus agriculture.

Bahrain

It’s an island country located close to the western shores of the Persian Gulf. It’s a kingdom in nature and syndicates both modern Arab culture and historical places. Her neighbors include Saudi Arabia that is connected to her to the west by King fahd causeway which was publicly opened on November 1986. The country is a common destination for tourist as it’s known to be housing one of the best tourist destinations in the world. Geographically, Bahrain maybe a small island country but its beauty is quite unmatched.

For those specifically visiting Bahrain need to be in possession of the Bahrain Visas which is available for application online, and visiting the other above countries located in the Middle East, all you will be required is to present yourself with their respective Visas.

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