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5 Surprisingly Beautiful Sites You need to Visit in the Arab World!

If you’re a big fan of travelling, then you’d be surprised to find out that there are a great number of places in the Arab World that you can travel to! Yes, surprisingly the Arab World is indeed home to many wonderlands that are unmarred by war or even human touch for that matter. So forget the lush lands of Europe, and instead check out this list of all-natural places you might be interested in visiting for your next vacation!

Wadi Al Hitan (Whale Valley), Egypt

Here, you enter a world of ancient fossils. The valley carries this name due to the valuable fossil remains of the earliest, and now extinct, suborder of whales, Archaeoceti. This site contains a very important unit of the world’s evolution as these fossils exhibit whales in their transition from land-based animals into marine animals, and it’s listed as one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites!

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Photo Credit: UNESCO World Heritage Site

Ourika River, Morocco

This magical area has been left untouched by man-made machines, making it one of the attractive places in the world. About 60 kilos away from the city of Marrakesh, the water of the river comes down from several different paths of the surrounding mountains, pouring into the river.

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Photo Credit: High Atlas

Al-Hijr (Madâin Sâlih), Saudi Arabia

This is the first World Heritage property to be inscribed in Saudi Arabia. Out of 111 monumental tombs, and water wells, it is the largest conserved site of the civilization of the Nabataeans south of Petra in Jordan. This site is also listed as one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

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Photo Credit: UNESCO World Heritage Site

Mount Karthala, Comoros

If you have an itch for adventure, then head down here and climb to the top of the volcano, a height of 2,361 m (7,746 ft) above sea level. However, it is not a trip for the faint-hearted as the Karthala Volcano is very active!

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Photo Credit: Daryl Wallace-flickr.com

The White Desert, Egypt

This desert, otherwise known as Farafra, is arguably the most distinctive desert in the world. It is home to a ton of wind-carved shapes in the form of giant mushrooms or pebbles.

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Photo Credit: Egypt Tourism

These places are great to add into your bucket-list for next summer’s vacation!

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Israa Elkhatib

I was born in Palestine but raised with the fireflies in Georgia. My teenage years were spent being the Muslim nerd who was known as the bookworm of the school. That followed me back to Palestine, to develop into being the girl with the big vocabulary. I spent most of my high-school days cursing Newton for not eating that apple. My English Literature Bachelor's degree was only obtained because I'm a nerd for literature and my minor in Translation pretty much pays the bills, thank you Birzeit University.Creative writing is my passion and reading is my escape from reality into a world where everything is the way you imagine it to be.

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