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Revealed: Most popular festive destinations for Middle Eastern travellers

These are the most searched for destinations by Middle Eastern residents for the festive season

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Thanks to Christmas and New Year, December is one of the favourite months of the year for many travellers. We asked Wego, the travel and search website, for their most searched-for destinations by travellers in the region and here's what they came up with.

1. Dubai, UAE

From extravagant decorations to sumptuous parties going on around town, everything feels larger than life in December. In Dubai, however, you’ll soon find that nothing is too extravagant, too sumptuous, or too large.

2. Istanbul, Turkey

East and West mingle nicely in the buildings, food, and personalities here, making Istanbul every bit as beautiful and intriguing as you can imagine.

3. Bangkok, Thailand

Intriguing street food and temple trips to celebrate this season? Why not! Bangkok is a feast for the senses and during peak holiday season, the city will make you giddy with excitement.

4. Amman, Jordan


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Petra and Wadi Rum are amazing, but Amman is where you can get intimate with Jordanian life - from the coffee houses and souqs to Roman ruins and impressive museums.

5. Kochi, Kerala


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Many cultures have left their legacies on this port city and the impact is obvious today. Come for the giant Chinese fishing nets and Portuguese buildings while enjoying authentic Kerala cuisine, and stay for the relaxed atmosphere.

6.  Manila, Philippines

December sees Manila brimming with anticipation for the biggest holiday of the year. Take the popular walking tour of Intramuros, the oldest part of Manila, for a moment of quiet contemplation.

7. London, United Kingdom

When you need new excuses to visit this dynamic city, just remember that London in December is jolly winter wonderland with festive season shopping in full swing and sparkly trees lighting up the city.

8. Beirut, Lebanon

Beirut’s Mediterranean coast is best savoured during a stroll along the famous Corniche. But when it gets too chilly to be out by the sea, you could marvel at Al-Omari mosque, or just stay inside and gorge on platters of mezze.

9. Munich, Germany

Outdoor markets are often replicated around the world, but nothing beats the original. Come December, you’ll be spoiled with festive fairs going on all over Munich, one of the best places to spend your time this month in Germany.

10. Phuket, Thailand

Phuket regularly tops lists of most popular vacation spots with its spectacular beaches, vibrant nightlife, and shopping experience. It’s a tourist paradise for so many reasons.