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Middle East Galleries

Braverman Gallery | Israel

Founded in November 2004, Braverman Gallery is located in an emerging area of Tel Aviv. The gallery provides a platform for all contemporary art media, with a strong focus on video and installation art.

Carbon 12 Dubai | UAE

Carbon 12 Dubai was established in 2008, with the aim to support international contemporary artists in the Middle-East. The gallery’s focus is to promote an emerging artist program and to represent well established international artists.

Bait Muzna Gallery | Oman

Located in Muscat, this gallery is set in a traditional Omani house, previously owned by a member of the Royal Family. Renovated into a modern trendy space, Bait Muzna Gallery proudly opens its doors to art patrons old and new, artists, art appreciators and the public.

Aun Gallery | Iran

Aun Gallery is Tehran's first privately-owned art space designed and built to showcase contemporary art. Aun Gallery seeks to promote exceptionally talented young Iranian artists and support their contribution to Iran's rich tradition in the arts and culture.

Alāan Artspace | Saudi Arabia

Alāan Artspace is a multi-functional contemporary gallery that is dedicated to nurturing emerging and established contemporary artists and designers from Saudi Arabia, the region and across the globe.

Middle East Museums

10 Must-Visit Museums in the Gulf States

Explore the history of the Gulf States with our handpicked selection of ten unusual, must-see museums in Qatar, Iraq, Bahrain, Oman, the UAE and more.

Yad Vashem | Israel

Established in 1953, Yad Vashem is Israel's official memorial to Jewish victims of the Holocaust. It includes the Hall of Names, a memorial to the 6 million Jewish people who perished, and remembers those non-Jews who risked their lives to protect Jewish people.

Tel Aviv Museum of Art | Israel

Established in 1932, the museum has a comprehensive collection of classical and contemporary art, with an especially rich collection of Israeli art. It also has a rich collection of 20th century art, with works by Picasso, Miró, Klimt, Kandinsky and more.

Louvre Abu Dhabi | UAE

Located on the Saadiyat Island complex, the Louvre Abu Dhabi will be completed in 2015. Designed by Jean Nouvel, the museum will showcase artwork from around the world, with a focus on bridging the gap between Eastern and Western art.

Bait Al Zubair Museum | Oman

The Bait Al Zubair Museum is a private museum located in Muscat, Oman. It has a notable extensive collection of ancient weapons including khanjar, household equipment, costumes most of which derive from the owner's private collection.

Golestan Palace | Iran

The oldest historic monument in Tehran, Golestan Palace belongs to a group of royal buildings that were once enclosed within the mud-thatched walls of Tehran’s Historic Arg, or citadel. Now a museum, it showcases art, handicrafts, furniture and more.

National Museum of Saudi Arabia

Established in 1999, and part of the King Abdul Aziz Historical Centre in Riyadh, The National Museum of Saudi Arabia houses eight galleries including exhibitions on Arabian Kingdoms, the Pre-Islamic era, and models of Makkah and Diriyah.

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Middle East Tours

Israel My Way: Art and Architecture Tour

This 5-day tour includes a mix of Israel’s ancient and contemporary culture, with visits to Yad Vashem, the Daniela Passal Art and Media Center, the Israel Museum and Shrine of the Book, the Sommer Gallery and Rubinstein Pavilion of Contemporary Art, and more.

Dubai Ramadan Experience Tour | UAE

This 6 day tour is designed for those with an interest in Muslim culture, and gives an insight into Ramadan and the history of the Emirates.

Alwan Tours | Oman

Established in 2006, Alwan Tours offers multiple cultural expeditions that explore the awe-inspiring forts of Oman and the astonishing landscapes. Some of the tours also include exciting 4WD rides and exhilarating rollercoaster sand dune rides.

AITO Iran Tours

AITO Iran Tours offer a range of discovery tours that take in everything from the old bazaars of Isfahan to the ever growing Imam Reza Shrine Complex.

Jawlah Tours | Saudi Arabia

Discover the Hael region on this tour through Saudi Arabian heritage and historic civilizations. This tour journeys through the Hael city, and to Jubbah to see the Al Salman mountain inscriptions.

Middle East Hotels

Mamila Hotel | Israel

Located in the heart of the Mamilla neighbourhood that connects the old and new city. Designed by Moshe Safdie and Piero Lissoni, Mamilla Hotel combines intimate design with a contemporary edge and offers magnificent views of the Old City walls.

Burj Al Arab | UAE

In its relatively short tenure on the Dubai coastline this legendary hotel has attracted international attention and awe, ensuring its place as one of the most photographed structures in the world, and consistently voted the worlds most luxurious hotel.

Six Senses Zighy Bay | Oman

Six Senses is located on the northern Musandam Peninsula in the Sultanate of Oman. The beautiful indigenous village style accommodations and private marina is spectacular, with the dramatic mountains on one side and a sandy beach at Zighy Bay, on the other.

Moshir-al-Mamalek Hotel Garden | Iran

This decorative hotel is situated in the unique and picturesque Yazd Province. Enjoy the traditionally styled rooms, with modern facilities, and relax in the serene and colourfully designed garden for a special Persian accommodation experience.

Al Faisaliah Hotel | Saudi Arabia

Stay in comfort and style in this luxury hotel in the Olaya district of Riyadh. Al Faisaliah combines modern elegance and excellent personal service in its sophisticated and homely suites, and houses six distinct award-winning restaurants.

Middle East Restaurants

Rama's Kitchen | Israel

Rama’s Kitchen is a home-styled outdoor restaurant in town of Najaf with a stunning view of the Judean Hills. With a gourmet menu of Mediterranean-French-Arab style cuisine set against the magnificent hilltop surroundings, it offers an unique dining experience.

Khan Murjan Restaurant | UAE

At the heart of the 14th century souk is an exquisite marble courtyard, offering an oasis of cool serenity. Umawi architecture compliments a meal of traditional Arabic cooking and the gentle sounds of running water from a traditional water wheel.

The Restaurant at The Chedi | Oman

The Chedi is set in a beautiful building with elegantly curved Omani arches, crystal chandeliers and contemporary dark terrazzo floors, and features live piano music. Four open show kitchens add entertainment and aromas in this great Muscat culinary experience.

Gilac | Iran

Situated in Tehran, the Gilac restaurant’s ambience, decor, music and presentation are more reminiscent of European restaurants than Iranian, though the food that is served is wonderfully Caspian.

La Cucina | Saudi Arabia

A popular restaurant set within the Al Faisaliah Hotel, La Cucina restaurant is one of the trendiest in Riyadh. Contemporary, sophisticated design of the restaurant is combined with innovative, modern Italian cuisine; the ingredients for a delightful dining experience.