Jordan is generally considered one of the best places to visit in the Middle East. Here you’ll be able to visit the Unesco site Petra, one of the new Seven Wonders of the World. The most photographed site in Jordan, as soon as you step through the narrow Siq Valley, where the massive pillars gradually rise into view, you’ll know you’re in an extraordinary place. Other highlights include floating in the Dead Sea, diving the warm waters at Aqaba, relaxing in natural hot springs that sit underneath a waterfall and exploring the world’s lowest altitude nature reserve at Mujib Biosphere Reserve.
Dubai is a safe, wealthy modern city in the United Arab Emirates. It’s home to one of the tallest buildings on Earth at more than 2,716 feet high, and it arguably offers the best shopping centers in the world too. At its foot lies on Dubai Fountain, with jets and lights choreographed to music, which puts on an impressive nightly dance show with the water erupting up to nearly 460 feet. On artificial islands just offshore is Atlantis, the Palm, a resort with water and marine-animal parks.
Dubai metro stops at all the major malls. In the center of the famous Dubai Mall, there’s an underwater zoo and aquarium where you can dive with sharks and stingrays. Know more about the country by visiting the Dubai Museum, where history meets modern technology in an underground fort showcasing the transition from village life to the modern empire.