The Middle East from Above

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With so much of the news flow about the Middle East concentrated on its all-too-common sectarian violence, the incredible beauty of this region is often overlooked. It's a land of vast deserts, ancient cities, and sacred sites associated with its role as the birthplace for three of the world's largest religions.  AirVuz created an compilation of some of the best aerial videos from across the great region.  Lose yourself in these drone views from across the Middle East including Dubai, Jordan, Israel, Lebanon, Iran, Iraq, and more! 

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WITH SO MUCH NEGATIVE COVERAGE OF THE MIDDLE EAST,
THE INCREDIBLE BEAUTY OF THIS REGION IS OFTEN OVERLOOKED.
 
TAKE A BREAK FROM THE CONFLICT AND GET LOST IN THESE DRONE VIEWS OF THE MIDDLE EAST.
 
SANDSTONE AND GRANITE ROCKS COVER THE WADI RUM DESERT. THIS PROTECTED RESERVE IS KNOWN AS THE VALLEY OF THE MOON.
 
CONSIDERED THE BIBLICAL HOLY LAND, THERE ARE NUMEROUS SACRED SITES HERE. IT BORDERS THE SALTY DEAD SEA AND ITS LARGEST METRO AREA IS TEL AVIV.
 
FROM HISTORICAL RUINS LIKE THE TEMPLE OF BACCHUS TO THE BEAUTIFUL COASTLINE ALONG BEIRUT, THERE IS MUCH TO DISCOVER.
 
ERBIL IS A MODERN CITY WITH A LOT TO OFFER. SHOP AT A LOCAL VENDOR, GRAB A BITE TO EAT, OR TAKE A WALKING TOUR OF THE CITADEL.
 
MILLIONS OF YEARS OF EROSION HAVE CREATED UNIQUE ROCK FORMATIONS THAT CAN BE FOUND AT THE BAHARIYA WHITE DESERT.
 
KUWAIT CITY HAS AN ULTRA-MODERN SKYLINE THAT INCLUDES LANDMARKS LIKE THE KUWAIT TOWERS, THE LIBERATIONS TOWER AND THE GRAND MOSQUE.
 
DUBAI IS A FUTURISTIC AND WEALTHY CITY OF SKYSCRAPERS AND MANMADE ISLANDS. IT'S HOME TO THE WORLD'S TALLEST BUILDING, THE BURJ KHALIFA.
 
ZEKREET BIR IS A DESERT FILLED WITH UNUSUAL, GEOLOGICAL LIMESTONE FORMATIONS CAUSED BY STRONG WINDS.
 
THE VAST ARABIAN DESERT IS PERFECT FOR RIDING ON SAND DUNES AND SPOTTING THE ARABIAN ORYX.
 
CONNECTING EUROPE AND ASIA AT THE BOSPHORUS STRAIT, ISTANBUL PLAYS AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN HISTORY.
 
LOCATED ABOVE THE CLOUDS ON THE TALEST MOUNTAINS, MASAL IS A BEAUTIFUL COUNTRYSIDE CITY.
 
MUSCAT, A PORT CITY AND CAPITAL, IS BOTH UPSCALE AND TRADITIONAL.
 
 
HOME TO A DIVERSE POPULATION OF ETHNICITIES AND RELIGIONS, SYRIA IS CURRENTLY A WAR ZONE AND ITS ARCHEOLOGICAL SITES AND MAJOR CITIES ARE BEING DESTROYED.
 
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