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Middle East

Mr. Harper's Travel Guide

The notion of luxury travel in the Middle East may seem somewhat incongruous. But the region stretches from the Mediterranean to the Indian Ocean, and by no means is everywhere embroiled in conflict. The friendly country of Jordan, for example, still welcomes American travelers who ...

The notion of luxury travel in the Middle East may seem somewhat incongruous. But the region stretches from the Mediterranean to the Indian Ocean, and by no means is everywhere embroiled in conflict. The friendly country of Jordan, for example, still welcomes American travelers who wish to visit its spectacular archaeological remains, in particular the famous city of Petra. Egypt’s great port city of Alexandria is currently undergoing a renaissance. To the east, the emirate of Dubai, (ruled for nearly two centuries by the Al Maktoum dynasty, famous as owners and breeders of some of the world’s finest racehorses) is in the midst of an extraordinary economic boom. Nowadays a favorite winter destination of affluent Europeans, its fashionable Jumeirah Beach is lined with dazzling new hotels. And picturesque Oman, with its dramatic mountains, ancient architecture and atmospheric trading-port capital of Muscat, is rapidly opening to the world, with first-class beach resorts such as the Evason Hideaway at Zighy Bay.

bird icon Recommended Luxury Hotels in Middle East

All Andrew Harper-recommended hotels offer impeccable accommodations and high levels of personal service. Only the best of the best make our list, so we rate them on a scale from bird icon 90 to 100.
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Best Restaurants in Middle East

Set in an old stone building with a lovely courtyard garden, this has been a Jerusalem institution since 1995. Chef Ezra Kedem virtually invented New Israeli cuisine.

10 Agripas Jerusalem http://arcadiarest.com/en/arcadia/

The name means “facing the sea,” and the specialties here are fish and seafood flown in from around the world. The restaurant overlooks the port of Tel Aviv.

24 Nemal Tel Aviv Tel Aviv http://www.mulyam.com/?categoryId=93938

Chef Meir Adoni combines Israeli, French and Italian cuisines. His menu has been regarded as among the most creative in Tel Aviv since 2002. Closed Saturdays.

57 Nahlat Binyamin Tel Aviv http://www.catit.co.il/

Chef Yonatan Roshfeld’s menu of contemporary cuisine includes tapas and half-portions so diners can try numerous dishes. The restaurant overlooks Tel Aviv’s Mediterranean promenade.

4 Hashunit Street Herzliya, Tel Aviv http://www.herbertsamuel.co.il/

This lively restaurant is next to Jerusalem’s Mahane Yehuda marketplace. The chefs create modern Israeli cuisine in a colorful open kitchen. Call ahead to confirm opening hours.

10 Beit Ya'akov Jerusalem http://machneyuda.co.il/en

Chef Ilan Garousi serves a varied menu, with dishes from countries as far-flung as Morocco and Uzbekistan. Conveniently located in Jerusalem city center.

41 King George Street Jerusalem http://chakra-rest.com/AboutEng.aspx
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