Travel to the Middle East evokes visions of sweeping baron landscapes, oases rimmed by swaying palms, and perhaps even nomadic tribes on camel-back traipsing across the desert sands. But for those adventurous and curious travelers longing to explore beyond the stereotypes will find lands rich with culture and steeped in ancient traditions. Vibrant cities offer bustling, colorful markets overflowing with local produce, exotic spices, artisanal wares, and welcoming smiles. Sip strong tea and taste the fresh flavors of regional cuisines as you absorb the comings and goings of busy people living their daily lives. With a long history dating back thousands of years, those who venture here will be sure to create memories that will last a lifetime.