Rising from Arabia's desert sand, the cities of the Middle East gleam in the hot sun, towering testaments to the ingenuity of the designers and builders of the vast skyscrapers that mark the horizon. Dig beneath the surface and you'll disco.
Close to Aqaba, your emergence from the gorge that leads into the ancient rose-red city of Petra, many of its buildings carved into the solid cliff face, is a moment you’ll always remember. That may also be true of an ascent of Dubai’s ultra modern Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building. You could follow the Frankincense trail in Oman. Middle East cruises also open up the possibility of reaching the awe-inspiring pyramids at Giza in Egypt, or even the incredible temple complexes of Luxor and Karnak.