The sands and wilds of the Middle East hide a number of natural wonders. Perhaps best-known is the Dead Sea in Israel, Palestine and Jordan, which lies more than 400 metres below sea level.
Elsewhere, Wadi Rum in Jordan is a surreal desert landscape with huge mountains looming out of the sand. The Jeita Cave Grotto in Lebanon extend for more than 5 miles underground and include one of the biggest stalactites in the world and a huge subterranean hall, whilst Oman's Musandam Fjords are sometimes likened to a desert Norway but were formed tectonically rather than by glacial erosion.
Rub' al Khali, also known as the Empty Quarter in Saudi Arabia is one of the largest deserts in the world whilst the Al Wahbah Crater is a vast depression that makes you catch your breath and the Jabal Qarah Caves are also spectacular.
The Bu Tinah Island Archipelago in Abu Dhabi is a mix of reefs and mangroves that is home to a wealth of wildlife, whilst far away from the mainland but belonging to Yemen, Socotra Island has unique flora and fauna such as the red-sapped dragon's blood tree.
These are just a handful of the options available though. You can also tailor-make your natural world holiday in the Middle East by adding a city stay or other excursion; talk to a destination specialist to see what we can do for you.
Our top itineraries for Middle East Natural World Holidays
Sample Oman's incredible culture on this tailor-made tour, visiting Nizwa, capital of the interior and birthplace of Islam in Oman, and Muscat, the capital with its bustling souq (market) and sparkling gulf. Stay at Alila Jabal Akhdar and Shangri-La Muscat (al Bandar) during this tour.
Discover Jordan's highlights in only seven-days on this compact tailor-made tour of this stunning country. Experience the whole range of sights that Jordan has to offer, from the ancient city of Petra, to the beautiful Byzantine mosaics of Madaba, and the biblical landmark of Mount Nebo.
Combine palm-studded beaches, duty-free shopping and stays in some of the world's most opulent hotels with desert resorts that seem plucked from the Middle Eastern folk tales of The Arabian Nights.