5 Must Do Experiences in the Middle East

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When I think of the Middle East I think of an Arabian adventure – red sand, baron deserts, riding on a camel and possibly staying so long that I see a mirage. Yes, I’m a dreamer. But my time in the Arabian Peninsula really was this dreamy. Here are my 5 Must Do Experiences in the Middle East should you wish to join me in living out our dreams of living a real-life Aladdin experience.


Dune Bashing

Lets start with an all-time favourite: visiting and experiencing the desert dunes. There are a range of companies offering these tours throughout the day or more popularly in the evenings for a “Dinner in the Dunes” experience, however be sure to know that the quality of tours differs drastically depending on who you book with.

For a regular tour: Arabian Adventures (Price: $120 pp).

For a luxury tour: Platinum Heritage Safari (Price: $140-$360 pp).

Camel ride
Camel Ride

There’s something romantic about riding camel’s back throughout the Arabian desert – that is, of course, until you go to dismount. Camel rides are bound to be an option on your desert safari in the dunes, so fear not – you will have the chance to ride desert-style!

  Its the journey that matters in the end

Souk Shopping

If you like shopping, you will love souk shopping. For a great range of Arabic sweets, spices, handicrafts and souvenirs to take home, be sure to visit some of the great souks of the Middle East. Dubai is home to the iconic gold souk – a must see for any visitor to the city, or if you find yourself in Muscat, you may even come across a genie in a bottle!

  Arabian sweets

An Arabic Feast

One of the first things I think of when I consider the Middle East is the food. Oh. My. Goodness. THE FOOD. Be sure to try an Arabic Feast by ordering a platter of food to share – from hummus to babaganoush, through to fattoush salad and everything in between. Let the Arabic flavours entice you and try a little bit of everything!

  abu dhabi grand mosque

Visit a Mosque

No place could be better to observe and understand Islamic culture than inside one of the Grand Mosques. If you find yourself in Abu Dhabi, the Sheikh Zayad Mosque is an absolute must-see. Don’t miss it! Another great Mosque to see in the region is the Grand Mosque of Muscat, home to some of the most impressive chandeliers you could view the world over.

Brooke Saward

Brooke founded World of Wanderlust as a place to share inspiration from her travels and to inspire others to see our world. She now divides her time between adventures abroad and adventures in the kitchen!



  1. admin@6th.com.au'

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    January 19, 2016

    I like Dune Bashing the most this is really very amazing

  2. luke@wildarabia.me'

    Wild Arabia

    May 12, 2015

    Glad you enjoyed your time in the Middle East Brooke! Beautiful photo’s too!

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    Varun Shenoy

    April 11, 2015

    Hey Brooke!
    It’s always good to see and hear what the author of World of Wanderlust has to say. You don’t disappoint me really! Your tips and opinions are so close to fun and also reasonable. I’m planning to leave for South Africa in a few months (my papers are in process) and I would really like to hear from you anything on the place I’ve wanted to visit since the 2010 FIFA WORLD CUP.

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    March 31, 2015

    Hi Brooke !
    I follow your blog every day and I travel solo about 5 times a year. I’m planning on going to Abu dhabi next week for 4 days.. what do you think as a solo girl ? Is it “safe” enough you think ?
    Thanks a lot and continue what you do, so inspiring !

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    March 9, 2015

    Oh god, I’ve ALWAYS wanted to ride a camel! It always reminded me of Egypt (even though I’ve never been there) 😀


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    Brooke Saward

    March 6, 2015

    Hi Isa! You will love Morocco! Check out the posts from my time in Marrakech by going to the “Destinations – Africa” tab of the website or using the search tab in the right hand sidebar 🙂 have a great time!

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    Isa // belle + compass

    March 6, 2015

    I’m planning on going to Morocco in the spring – do you have more specific tips on where to do those things there by any chance? 🙂

    belle + compass

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    March 4, 2015

    Susanna, mine too! 😀 😀


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    March 3, 2015

    I’ve never been to the Middle East, but the food is already my favorite. I look for it everywhere I go. I always dream of exploring the desert by camel and feasting on Baba Ganoush and Shawarma!

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    March 3, 2015

    I can’t wait to go play in the dunes!

    Characters & Carry-ons

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    March 2, 2015

    These look pretty amazing.

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    March 2, 2015

    That shot of a mosque is really something. Not a lot of people think of the Middle East as a destination. But it seems that it is worth looking forward to.

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    Jake Ryan

    March 1, 2015

    These all look incredible 😀


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    March 1, 2015

    I love that you did this trip Brooke, I don’t think I would have ever considered going to some of these places before seeing these blogs (because of the safety element), but now they are at the top of my bucket list! Stay safe! xx

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    March 1, 2015

    beautiful pictures, you’re makin me want to go, what lovely things you get to do
    new post : http://thewanderlusthasgotme.blogspot.co.uk/2015/02/a-day-in-funchal.html

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    S. J. Pajonas

    March 1, 2015

    Those dunes! The food! The mosques! You’ve pretty much convinced me 🙂

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    March 1, 2015

    I live in the Middle East (Bahrain to be specific). It’s wonderful living here. For visitors, I would also recommend lots of water sports and also beaches. It’s fun and it’s almost always sunny.


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    February 28, 2015

    All these things look super fun. I would really love to go there one day!

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    February 28, 2015

    These are stunning photos, I just want to fall into them. One day I will visit!

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    Clipping Path Outsource

    February 28, 2015

    In an Arabic tur I think Camel Ride is most amazing.


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    Michelle | Lights Camera Travel

    February 28, 2015

    Great starter list to entice people Brooke! You have me hooked!


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    February 28, 2015

    The middle east looks like a fascinating place, would love the visit here someday and get to do some of these activities. Thanks for sharing! 🙂


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    February 28, 2015

    Everything looks so amazing! I always saw the middle as unattainable place to travel to . Its been a dream to visit a souk :p


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    Christina - Cavaforlunch.com

    February 28, 2015

    How cool! I definitely need to travel there – looks like such an amazing experience, Brooke! I love the new design, by the way, its much easier to find your posts now. Wish you the best. x

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    Emma @ Travels on Tour

    February 28, 2015

    The Grand Mosque is so pretty!

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    February 28, 2015

    Love these suggestions cause it’s exactly what I would suggest to anyone that asked! Been to Sheikh Zayed a few times. In awe of its beauty!


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    February 28, 2015

    All great suggestions! Now I’m intrigued, what happens when you dismount a camel?

    Andrea | http://nomoneywilltravel.com

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    February 28, 2015

    This would totally be my must do list! One day…..

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    Marie @ Marie Away

    February 28, 2015

    All great choices, can’t pick one! I love the idea of Dune Bashing. Such a beautiful and mystical place. Can’t wait to hear more about it!


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    Brooke Saward

    February 28, 2015

    Keep dreaming – one day those dreams come true, trust me I’ve been there! 🙂 🙂

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    Brooke Saward

    February 28, 2015

    Its so much fun hey! were there people being sick on your tour? There weren’t on mine but some in other vehicles — crazy!!

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    Brittany Stopa

    February 28, 2015

    I agree! I just wrote about dune-bashing in the Arabian Desert…an absolute must-do activity!!

  33. sabrina@color-castles.com'


    February 28, 2015

    Wow, I dream of doing all of these things once. 🙂
    Especially visiting a Mosque, eating authentic arabic food and see any kind of desert in real life. Haha. Someday it’ll come true! 🙂

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