Middle East Car Hire
Your concise guide to renting car in the Middle east, from Dubai to Tel Aviv, Egypt to Jordan and everywhere in between
The Middle East is a large oil producing region which is mostly made up of desert landscape and surrounded by many different seas. Countries which make up the Middle East are Syria, Israel, the Palestinian Territories, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt (part of Africa but culturally similar to the rest of the region), Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Iraq, Iran, the United Arab Emirates, Yemen, Oman and part of Turkey.
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One of the great trips you can take courtesy of car hire Middle East is from Cairo, the capital of Egypt to Istanbul in Turkey. However, before you contemplate such a journey you should contact the relevant foreign offices and keep abreast of the volatile political situation in the region. Cairo is one of the world’s largest cities with 25 million inhabitants and home to the incredible Pyramids and the Sphinx.
The three huge pyramids at Giza will blow you away; just make sure not to give your ticket to anyone pretending to be a tour guide.
When in Cairo visit the amazing Egyptian museum and see the golden sarcophagi of King Tutankhamen among the range of other archaeological and historic delights.
The fantastic monuments of Old Cairo
such as the Citadel and the Hassan Sultan Mosque also have to be seen to be believed.
Having dinner on one of the Nile Boats is also a great way to see the city skyline and get a sense for the scale of Cairo. From Egypt you will cross to Jordan
and Amman is the capital of this kingdom.
Jordan is perhaps best known for the city carved into the rock at Petra which is one of the region’s most astonishing sights. Within Jordan you can also make journey to see the Dead Sea, the saltiest sea in the world and the lowest point on earth.
From the northern part of the Dead Sea you can drive to Tel Aviv
, Israel’s capital city. This city by the Mediterranean Sea is incredibly cosmopolitan and still growing fast with nightlife comparable to any other major city in the world. Currently it is not possible to travel from Israel to Syria but if you can get to capital city of Damascus it is well worth visiting as one of the world’s oldest cities. Damascus international airport is a good place to start you exploration of the country.
From one gigantic city to another, the final stop on this journey which started from Cairo is Istanbul. Straddling the Bosphorus Straits Istanbul has around 12 million inhabitants and contains architecture from the Roman, Ottoman and the Byzantine era. Arriving in Istanbul by plane you will fly into the Istanbul Ataturk airport which is about 20 kilometres outside of the city centre. The term Middle East is more political than anything else and signifies that the region splits up Europe and the Far East.