Dubai has been on the radar of travellers for many years now. We’ve been there too many times and explored its various wonders. This season if you are planning a trip to the region again, try destinations in the Middle East that are largely unknown. They offer a side of the Middle East that you may not have known even existed. The best places to begin this exploration with are Oman, Fujairah, and Jordan.

What’s Exciting:

In Oman, the Western Hajar Mountains and Salalah offer travellers untouched beauty. The Western Hajar Mountains are ideal for adventurists looking to go up the rugged mountains after exploring the historic towns. Salalah, on the other hand, offers a combination of tombs, ruins and beaches ideal for various water sports.

Fujairah has much to offer through its many wadis and forts that have been turned into museums.

Jordan’s Umm Qais is a discreet region known for its gorgeous ruins and panoramic views. This place will enthrall you like Jordan has never before.

Read on to find out where exactly to go.

 

Located in the Southern part of Oman, the colourful Salalah is largely unexplored and ideal for those looking for a novel Middle-Eastern experience. Explore its tombs, ruins, and the rustic country steeped in history, legends, and myths. At the same time, enjoy its modern side by heading to the beaches for scuba diving, snorkelling, jetskiing, and diving.The Middle East is all about its various manmade wonders. One of those is the gorgeous waterfall in the Dubai Mall. However, at Wareea valley traveller's can experience the beauty of natural waterfalls all year round. The most magnificent of the lot is the Masafi waterfalls, which flows into Fujairah’s beautiful Siji valley. Rising over 2,000 metres above the surrounding countryside, the Western Hajar mountains form Oman’s geological backbone. The rugged mountains are ideal for driving around to take in the untouched beauty of the historic old mud, brick towns and date plantations. If you are in the mood for a sweat-inducing, stamina-testing hike; then head to the Bahla fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and Jabrin Castle.Away from much of Jordan’s  regular tourist hubs, Umm Qais is discreetly tucked away in the South of Amman. While the region is known for its beautiful ruins and panoramic views of the countryside, its seascapes will enthrall you for sure. Take a geography quiz and try to spot  Israel, the sea of Galilee, and Golan Heights from here. While wadi-bashing is common in Wadi Siji, Wadi Saham and Wadi Mai; it is Wadi Ham that is gaining popularity for being the longest valley with stunning mountain routes. Running over staggering 30 kilometres, go here to capture the surreal valley filled with towering stony promontories and sandy beds.In the bygone era, the people of UAE headed to Ras Al Khaimah’s Nakheel area to spend their summers. Today, luxury resorts grace the region. While you may be tempted to just sit back and relax by the long beaches here, take time out to explore the Khatt area and its hot water springs. Also see the old forts and castles such as Fort Dhaya, or visit traditional houses and villages and meet the locals.Least populous of the seven Emirates, Umm Al Quwain has many treasures waiting to be explored like the spectacular fort located at the entrance to the old town overlooking the sea. If you are curious to discover the ancient emirates, visit the museum to see local artefacts and a collection of weapons used by the rulers of the Emirate.The Emirate of Fujairah includes some of the most important museums in the United Arab Emirates. These museums record the ancestral history and heritage of the region. One such museum is the Al Hail fortress, also regarded as the most dramatic and strongest in the region. Built with gravel, clay, wood, and palm leaves, you can note its unique defensive construction or visit for the panoramic views it affords.