Summer in the Middle East can be intense. While the heat is nothing to take lightly, the season is actually a beautiful time of year to visit and can be a favorite time of year. Not only is life more low key as there is a decrease in the amount of people (many expats head home for the summer or go on holiday) but there are gems in this region that are worth checking out.
Abu Dhabi and Dubai host some of the best waterparks in the world. (Shutterstock)
A guided Nile cruise can last from three to six days. (Shutterstock)
Sculpture named The Guardian of the Fertile Crescent by Iraqi artist Ismail Fatah Al Turk at the Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art in Doha. (Shutterstock)
At the moment, Oman boasts the only Opera house in the region, the Royal Opera House Muscat. (Shutterstock)
Sunken wreck of a tank in Aqaba, Red Sea, Jordan. (Shutterstock)