Middle East

Author: Anonymous

Tags: Middle East, Soul Search

My Eye-Opening Cab Ride in Israel

Honorable Mention 2007 FTF Teen Travel Writing Scholarship

On Saturday mornings in Jerusalem, there are really only two sounds to hear -- silence and prayer. As I walked up the paved road of the Goldstein Youth Village to catch my 8am taxi to Tel Aviv, I heard a mixture of those sounds.

Author: Anonymous

Tags: Heritage, Middle East

Glaring Incorrectness

Honorable Mention 2007 FTF Teen Travel Writing Scholarship

Dr. Sadat arrives home from a long day of work.

Author: Family Travel Forum Staff

Tags : Adventure Trip, Africa, Asia, Blogs, Europe, Middle East, Multigen, North America, Travel Trends

Trends: Halal Travel, By and For Muslims

Travel by Muslims, whether or not they are actively religious or following Islamic social laws, is a market segment known as Halal Travel. (Halal means a code of dietary laws, similar to the kosher dietary rules followed by some Jews.)

The travel industry, particularly in the Middle East and Arab world, has long recognized that even non-religious travelers have cultural preferences that can be easily catered to while they travel.

Note! This story was accurate when it was published. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question, and stay up to date with current events to ensure a safe and successful trip.

Author: Bakr

Tags: Heritage, Middle East, Winner

A Rose in the Desert - Serenity in Damascus

Damascus, Syria, a city at the heart of a bloody war. A city that itself is a juxtaposition where life thrives only kilometers away from heavy conflict and war. After years of waiting, a turbulent flight to Beirut, and a bumpy taxi ride with hundreds of checkpoints, I finally reached Damascus. For my parents, this is where they were raised, a melting pot of Syrian Arabs, Armenians, Kurds, Assyrians, and various others.

Author: Sinclaire Jones

Tags: Exploring, Middle East, Quarter Finalist

Dubai: A "Tale of Two Cities"

When you think of Dubai what’s the first thing that comes to mind?

If the first thing you thought of was money, mansions, or even people with monkeys for pets then you were a lot like me in the months before my trip. It took less than the length of my seven-day trip of a lifetime to eviscerate my stereotypic views of this stupendously spectacular place.

Author: Eva Herscowitz

Tags: Heritage, Israel, Middle East, Quarter Finalist

From Here to Jerusalem

My grandmother scowled at me as we boarded the airplane. Much to my vexation, my subtle acting had not payed off; she had seen right through my futile smiles and unavailing grins. “Family fun,” “eight-hour air-conditionless bus tour,” and “an authentic Jewish experience” were not akin to enjoyment. After several fruitless attempts at teleportation to frankly, anywhere else, I opened my eyes. I was still sitting firmly in seat 27B, sandwiched between two elderly Herscowitz’s, and Israel still remained a mere 15 hours away.

Author: Josh Kaplan

Tags: Heritage, Israel, Middle East, Quarter Finalist

This Israeli Incredible!

For the past three weeks, I’ve been studying at the Alexander Muss High School in Israel with kids from across the United States. I have friends from the coast of California to the mountains of Maine. Israel has become our classroom as we learn about Jewish history from the time of ancient civilizations to our modern world. We studied the ancient Romans as we hiked Masada, and followed in the footsteps of Abraham and the Biblical characters. We’ve learned about Israel's trading system while floating in the Dead Sea, and traced our ancestry at Yad Vashem, the Holocaust museum.

Author: Kyle McCarthy

Tags : Asia, Baby, City Break, England, Europe, India, Istanbul, Japan, Kids, Kids Club, London, Mexico, Middle East, Multigen, Singapore, Travel Trends, Turkey, Weekend & Short Break

Kidzania Makes Play Out Of Work

Parents (practitioners of the helicopter style or otherwise), often fret about what their kids are going to turn out to “be” and how much influence they will have once they’re grown up.

A company like Kidzania dispels those fears by making play out of work. Each of the 23 Kidzania branches around the world offers children a play space filled with career opportunities, where children can costume themselves, handle tools, and otherwise engage in fulfilling – or less fulfilling – occupations.

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Author: Fran Falkin

Tags : Beach, Family-Friendly Hotels, Kids, Luxury Options, Middle East, Spa & Wellness, Watersports

Ritz-Carlton Dubai

The Ritz-Carlton Dubai won a Top 10 Getaways award in 2000 for supporting parents with infants and toddlers.
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Author: Family Travel Forum Staff

Tags : Adventure Trip, Africa, Asia, Caribbean, Central America, Europe, FTF Media Room, FTF Scholarships, Middle East, Multigen, North America, Pacific, Travel Trends

Trends: Millennial Families Travel Differently Than You or Me

The 4th annual TMS Family Travel Summit reveals how the largest leisure travel segment likes to dream, plan, go and selfie their family vacations.

(New York, NY, April 28, 2016) Millennial families are more diverse, likely to travel farther, seek out new destinations and spend more than their peers without children, attendees learned at the fourth TMS Family Travel Summit.

Note! This story was accurate when it was published. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question, and stay up to date with current events to ensure a safe and successful trip.

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