Middle East at Glance
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The Middle East is a world region in Western Asia and North-eastern Africa. The term was created by British military strategists in the 19th century, and definitions of the Middle East vary; it is not simply a geographical term, but also a political one, connoting that it separates Europe ("the West") from the Far East, and the traditional trade route of choice between these two extremes.
Generally the best time to visit is in autumn (September-November) and spring (March-May). Winters can be very cold and the summers blindingly hot. Ramadan (November) is a period of fasting for Muslims and best avoided as food options for tourists are rather slim picking, prices increase and transport services booked out or limited.
There are plenty of transport options to the Middle East from ferries to buses, planes, trains and various overland routes. Air travel is the easiest way of getting to principal cities from major European and Asian centres. The cheapest flights are to Cairo, Istanbul and Tel Aviv while other places can be horrifically expensive. From Africa and Australasia it maybe cheaper to get a flight to London with a Middle East stopover and travel to other places overland. Israel, Turkey and Egypt are well connected to southern Europe by regular ferries and cruise liners. Trains are limited and run from some Eastern and Western European countries into Istanbul. For the more adventurous, there are land crossings and overland routes such as Istanbul to Cairo. These routes can be slow and more dangerous and you should ensure you have the necessary documentation.