The Red Sea

A global 200 ecoregion, the Red Sea is an inlet of the Indian Ocean, located between Africa and Asia. Having played a crucial navigational role since ancient times, its coastline is now a popular tourist attraction where nature and archaeological monuments feature in abundance.
Home to some of the world’s warmest and saltiest seawater, the Red Sea is a remarkable body of water. Where technicolour coral reef displays draw divers from

around the world to view its thriving biodiversity, and luxury resorts line its shores.

Of course, its part to play in biblical history excites and intrigues intrepid explorers, who flock to witness its powerful, divine properties.

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Al Wajh – Saudi Arabia

Located in the Tabuk Province in north-western Saudi Arabia, Al Wajh is an atmospheric coastal city perched along the coast of the Red Sea oozing a laidback ambiance.

The abandoned old town, Al Balad is a hidden gem. Wander through its virtually abandoned streets and admire the Hijazi-style architecture with its Red Sea coral buildings and colourful balcony’s and discover the city’s many mosques. 

Just a short drive from the city is the magnificent Al Ula, home to Saudi Arabia’s first UNESCO World Heritage-listed site - the tombs of Hegra and one of the oldest cities on the Arabian Peninsula. This magnificent site referred to as ‘The World’s Masterpiece’ is home to ancient, preserved tombs, natural wonders, and is bursting with arts and culture. Al Ula remains largely off the beaten track, giving you the opportunity to really immerse yourself in these spectacular surroundings and appreciate the vast desert and the monumentality of its natural assets.

 

Duba – Saudi Arabia

Lovingly known by locals as the ‘Pearl of the Red Sea’, Duba is a small port city in the Tabuk region and is the nearest Saudi Arabian port to the Suez Canal. Despite being one of the regions smaller cities, this undiscovered treasure is bursting with history, fresh seafood restaurants overlooking the harbour, and picturesque beaches.

Without a doubt, the historic King Abdulaziz Fort is Duba’s main attraction. Built in 1933 CE during King Abdulaziz’s reign, the fort acted as the ruling centre of the city and is proudly perched right on the sea front overlooking the port.

Immerse yourself in local life with a visit to Duba Fish Market where you can experience the hustle and bustle of a traditional Arabian fish market or visit one if the city’s many sun-kissed beaches and take part in snorkelling, diving, swimming or one of the other marine activities on offer.  

 

Jeddah - Saudi Arabia

Where the past and present collide, Jeddah is a captivating port city along the Red Sea that blends the old with the new. A gateway for pilgrimages to the Islamic holy cities Mecca and Medina, the city boasts a mix of ancient mosques and towering, modern skyscrapers. This once ancient city is believed to be the final resting place of the mother of humanity, Eve, and today, Jeddah is a modern commercial hub, with a cosmopolitan and diverse approach to life where visitors can still learn about the region’s biblical past.

This forward-thinking city is home to the contemporary Corniche waterfront, high-end shopping malls, bustling souqs, beautiful mosques, diving sites in pristine coral reefs, and seafront restaurants serving the finest Middle Eastern cuisine. 

The city’s historic district Al Balad (translated as ‘The Town’) is a UNESCO World Heritage-listed site that dates to the 7th century. Retaining its traditional charm with buildings made from coral, Al Balad is home to the city's oldest mosque, Masjid Shaffie and the old pilgrimage road, also known as Al Dahab Street, where you can haggle with street vendors for trinkets, nuts, spices, fabrics, and more.

 

Sharm el-Sheikh

The purpose-built holiday resort entwines traditional and modern Egypt, from the elegant mosques and bustling bazaars, to the luxurious hotels resplendent with private beaches and ocean vistas.

Among the world’s most renowned diving site, explore the wrecks of Thistlegorm and the colourful corals, or take life at a much slower pace by swimming at its many bays and practice your haggling skills at the Sharm Old Market, alive with vibrant stalls and surrounded by restaurants and cafés.
Sharm el Sheikh

Haifa

Northern Israel’s largest city and bordering Galilee, Haifa is often regarded as the country’s answer to San Francisco. 
Set on the slopes of Mount Carmel, it’s a melting pot of culture and the gateway to the holy lands of Galilee and Nazareth. Take a cable car to the summit and admire the exquisite views over the Mediterranean Sea.

Explore Haifa’s fascinating history with a walk through the luscious Bah’ai Gardens, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is a place of pilgrimage for those of Bah’ai faith. Discover the legacy of the German Colony, founded in the late-1860s, which gives a small corner of the city a distinctive European feeling.

The vibrant nature of the city makes Haifa a must-see and a captivating insight into life in Israel.
Israel

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