Best Middle East Travel Quotes

Introduction

I (Paul Heller) love collecting the best Middle East Travel Quotes for my Fifty Plus Nomad blog. I spend hours searching to find quotes that:

  • Reflect how I feel about an issue.
  • Add a new or interesting perspective to a discussion about a place or issue, even if I disagree with the author’s viewpoint.
  • Make me laugh, cry, or smile.
  • Perfectly capture a place, emotion, or issue.

I don’t include quotes about unknown places or travel experiences.

My blog posts lead off with a quote relevant to the post’s subject. I frequently post quotes on my Facebook group: Long Term Traveling and Living Abroad Over 50.

In addition, I have added several previously unseen quotes I discovered while putting together this page.

I hope you enjoy these quotes as much as I enjoyed putting them together.

Let me know if you have any additional quotes to add to this page.

3 Best Quotes About Middle East Travel

As you travel through the Middle East what keeps on striking home to me is how similar everyone is, and yet the degree to which we can find differences to fight wars over. It requires a great deal of empathy, I think, between various sides to overcome this history and live in peace.
Barack Obama

There are ways to minimize the risk if you are a woman working in the middle east: you can dress modestly, wear the hijab, cover your head, always travel with a man.” 
Lynsey Addario 

“The first thing you notice, coming to Israel from the Arab world, is that you have left the most courteous region of the globe and entered the rudest. The difference is so profound that you’re left wondering when the mutation in Semitic blood occurred, as though God parted the Red Sea and said: “Okay, you rude ones, keep wandering toward the Promised Land. The rest of you can stay here and rot in the desert, saying ‘welcome, most welcome’ and drowning each other in tea until the end of time.”
Tony Horwitz, Baghdad Without a Map and Other Misadventures in Arabia

3 Best Jordan Travel Quotes

“Jordan has a strange, haunting beauty and a sense of timelessness. Dotted with the ruins of empires once great, it is the last resort of yesterday in the world of tomorrow. I love every inch of it.”
King Hussein I

“Petra is a brilliant display of man’s artistry in turning barren rock into a majestic wonder.”
 Edward Dawson

“Nobody knows how old Petra is, but it was a thriving city when Abraham left Ur of the Chaldees, and for a full five thousand years it has had but that one entrance, through a gorge that narrows finally until only one loaded camel at a time can pass. Army after army down the centuries have tried to storm the place, and failed, so that even the invincible Alexander and the Romans had to fall back on the arts of friendship to obtain the key. We, the last invaders, came as friends, if only Grim could persuade the tyrant to believe it.

The sun rose over the city just as we reached the narrowest part of the gut, Grim leading, and its first rays showed that we were using the bed of a watercourse for a road. Exactly in front of us, glimpsed through a twelve-foot gap between cliffs six hundred feet high, was a sight worth going twice that distance, running twice that risk, to see—a rose-red temple front, carved out of the solid valley wall and glistening in the opalescent hues of morning.

Not even Burkhardt, who was the first civilized man to see the place in a thousand years, described that temple properly; because you can’t. It is huge—majestic—silent—empty—aglow with all the prism colors in the morning sun. And it seems to think.”
― Talbot Mundy, The Lion of Petra

3 Best Dubai Travel Quotes

¨I like Dubai because of the sheer scale on which the city is built. It is completely futuristic but with a warm, old-world ethos.¨
Prabhas

¨I am quite familiar with Dubai and its design scene. I have been a regular visitor for more than 10 years. It is hard to name an area where hospitality, friendship, culture, ambition, and beauty are so highly regarded. ¨
Marcel Wanders

¨The cool parts – the parts that have won Dubai its reputation as ‘the Vegas of the Middle East’ or ‘the Venice of the Middle East’ or ‘the Disney World of the Middle East, if Disney World were the size of San Francisco and out in a desert’ – have been built in the last ten years.¨
George Saunders

7 Best Egypt Travel Quotes

If, like me, you’re interested in history, Egypt is a place of wonders. It’s the land of many civilisations, including Greek, Roman, Christian, and Muslim.
Michael Portillo

¨Less than 1 percent of ancient Egypt has been discovered and excavated. With population pressures, urbanization, and modernization encroaching, we’re in a race against time. Why not use the most advanced tools we have to map, quantify, and protect our past? ¨
Sarah Parcak

“If you want to move people, you look for a point of sensitivity, and in Egypt nothing moves people as much as religion.”
Naguib Mahfouz

The people of Egypt are an intellegent people with glorious history who left their mark on civilization.”
Fidel Castro

“Egypt is full of dreams, mysteries, memories.”
Janet Erskine Stuart

“Egyptians undergo an odd personality change behind the wheel of a car. In every other setting, aggression and impatience are frowned upon. The unofficial Egyptian anthem “Bokra, Insha’allah, Malesh” (Tomorrow, God Willing, Never Mind) isn’t just an excuse for laziness. In a society requiring millennial patience, it is also a social code dictating that no one make too much of a fuss about things. But put an Egyptian in the driver’s seat and he shows all the calm and consideration of a hooded swordsman delivering Islamic justice.”
Tony Horwitz, Baghdad Without a Map and Other Misadventures in Arabia

“At the beginning, I thought the best Islamic work was in Spain – the mosque in Cordoba, the Alhambra in Granada. But as I learned more, my ideas shifted. I traveled to Egypt, and to the Middle East many times.I found the most wonderful examples of Islamic work in Cairo, it turns out. I’d visited mosques there before, but I didn’t see them with the same eye as I did this time. They truly said something to me about Islamic architecture.”
 I. M. Pei

5 Best Israel Travel Quotes

“Israeli cuisine exemplifies the true melting pot that is Israel. Hailing from over 80 countries, Jews have returned to their ancient land, bringing with them the foods and recipes they developed during their wanderings.”
MyJewishLearning.com

“The view of Jerusalem is the history of the world; it is more, it is the history of earth and of heaven.”
Benjamin Disraeli

“Just thinking about a trip to Israel can be so exhilarating! You visualize the beauty of the sights, the special feeling in the air – a wonderful, meaningful getaway.”
Shifra Bamberger

¨I have mixed feelings about Jerusalem. It is fascinating, it is beautiful, it is tragic, and it is extremely attractive to all kinds of fanatics or redeemers, world reformers, self-appointed prophets or messiahs. I find this fascinating, but I don’t think I would like to live in the middle of this. I need my distance.¨
Amos Oz

¨The view of Jerusalem is the history of the world; it is more, it is the history of earth and of heaven.¨
Benjamin Disraeli

I am surprised by how few of the best Middle East travel quotes I found. Few parts of the world have such remarkable history and culture. Just take a look at Morocco. Until I went to Casablanca on my trip with Semester at Sea in 2011, I knew relatively little about the place. Now having visited the country and seen places like the ultra-modern King Hassan Mosque in Casablanca (pictured here), the spectacular but little-known Roman ruins in Volubilis, and the labyrinthine Fez and Marrakech marketplaces, I think Morocco (and the rest of the Middle East) definitely deserves more touristic attention than it has received.
I am surprised by how few of the best Middle East travel quotes I found. Few parts of the world have such remarkable history and culture. Just take a look at Morocco. Until I went to Casablanca on my trip with Semester at Sea in 2011, I knew relatively little about the place. Now having visited the country and seen places like the ultra-modern King Hassan Mosque in Casablanca (pictured here), the spectacular but little-known Roman ruins in Volubilis, and the labyrinthine Fez marketplaces, I think Morocco (and the rest of the Middle East) definitely deserves more touristic attention than it has received.

3 Best Morocco Travel Quotes

“The days of predatory poets in search of literary inspiration and young flesh are probably over for good. Hippies can just as easily get their bong rips in Portland or Peoria. But the good stuff, the real good stuff, the sounds and smells and the look of Tangier, what you see and hear when you look out the window and take it all in, that’s here to stay.”
Anthony Bourdain

“I love Morocco – it’s a real challenge to all five senses. You think you know something, and you don’t. It’s wonderful. It keeps you on your toes that way.”
Amy Ryan

In Marrakech, Arabian open-heartedness is served up with a generous dose of pan-African mysticism, a dollop of French savoir-vivre, and a garnish of Moorish grace. The vibe is irresistible to meaning-of-life seekers and international hipsters looking for a scene.
Vivian Swift

6 Best Travel in Turkey Quotes

¨Turkey is a European country, an Asian country, a Middle Eastern country, a Balkan country, a Caucasian country, a neighbor to Africa, Black Sea country, Caspian Sea, all these.¨
Ahmet Davutoglu

¨Among all of the nations, the most honorable and the most friendly people are only the Turks. If you go to a Turkish village that has not been under a foreign influence; you will see and learn what true hospitality is in fact.¨-
William Martin

¨Turkey was fantastic, Turkey was, like, mystical and such a special place. Just unique, something that’s really hard to describe, such beauty, those mountains, and the stone is kind of, eroded? Special erosion which makes what you see just something that seems, it’s been made for a movie, it’s like something out of fantasy, except it’s real. ¨
Violante Placido

¨On the meeting point of two worlds, the ornament of Turkish homeland, the treasure of Turkish history, the city cherished by the Turkish nation, İstanbul, has its place in the hearts of all citizens.¨
Mustafa Kemal Ataturk

¨Istanbul is inspiring because it has its own code of architecture, literature, poetry, music.¨ 
Christian Louboutin

 “Istanbul, a universal beauty where poet and archeologist, diplomat and merchant, princess and sailor, northerner and westerner screams with same admiration. The whole world thinks that this city is the most beautiful place on earth.” 
Edmondo De Amicis

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Paul Heller has been a lifelong avid traveler and language learner and teacher, Even as a child, he told Santa Claus that he wanted to visit all the children worldwide. At seven years old, Paul wanted to retire to Mexico. At eight, he memorized the name, capital, location, and some facts about every country worldwide. At twelve, he found a book "Lonely Planet: Southeast Asia on a Shoestring" and started developing his own itinerary for a future round-the-world trip. He remained obsessed with travel; after getting a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Southern California and working as an administrator, He spent his vacations going to different countries around the globe studying language, touring, and volunteering. In 1994, he quit his job and lived in Russia as a volunteer English instructor. He discovered that he loved teaching languages. In 2004, he decided to make a living out of his travels and founded a community of people who love to travel just like him. He developed 5 three-hour classes about living and traveling long-term worldwide which he taught in over 50 adult education programs throughout the US. After his parents passed, he realized his dream of traveling around the world; cruising and touring some of the most remote places like the North Atlantic, Patagonia, and Oceania; and learning new languages (he knows Spanish, Italian, French, and Russian). Paul encourages everyone to learn foreign languages. He knows that it can be frustrating and slow but that anyone can learn a language if they put in the work and, most importantly, learning a language is well worth the time and effort because it opens up a whole new set of people, ideas, and cultures. He is currently spending the next chapter of his life in Mérida, México. He is excited about using this blog and his classes and workshops to inspire and equip fellow Fifty Plus Nomads with the language, cultural, and psychological skills necessary to be successful and happy long-term travelers and expats over 50.

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