Kite Beach, Dubai
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You probably wouldn’t associate beautiful beaches with the desert region of the Middle East. But Gulf cities are home to fabulous seashores that can easily be listed among the world’s best beaches.

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Here are 5 beaches to visit in the Middle East:

Saadiyat, UAE

Saadiyat Island
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Abu Dhabi’s Saadiyat Island draws tourists in with a series of high-end luxury resorts along its shoreline. It is also a sanctuary for wildlife, with its sand dunes harbouring a nesting area for the endangered hawksbill sea turtle. This is also the place to go if you want to spot wild schools of dolphin right from the shore.

Kite Beach, UAE

An urban beach experience in Dubai that can be enjoyed for not just watersports, like wakeboarding and paddle boarding, but also its variety of food outlets and food trucks, Kite Beach is a place where you can spend hours without getting bored. The beach also has a running and cycling track, along with a skate park, and a number of team sports venues.

Salalah, Oman

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The hillsides of Salalah make you forget you’re in the desert. They turn a lush green during monsoon rains or khareef in the summer, and the city’s pristine beaches are perfect for a relaxing day. Coastal sights also include the large Marneef Cave and Al Mughsayl Blowholes.

Nissi, Cyprus

Nissi Beach
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The waters of Nissi Beach are so pristine, it earned the Blue Flag designation from the Denmark-based Foundation for Environmental Education. The beach is known for its vibrant nightlife, with regular DJ sets, dance contests and parties.

Dahab, Egypt

Dahab Beach
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For a laid-back vibe, visit the former Bedouin fishing village of Dahab in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula. Its coral reefs are among the healthiest in the region! Dahab’s Blue Hole, a submarine sinkhole that’s more than 300 feet deep, is popular among divers, and the Ras Abu Galum wildlife and marine preserve can be reached by camel or boat.

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