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15 Beautiful Natural Destinations in the Middle East

Matador contributors, Hal Amen’s mental map of the Middle East was gray, sandy, and flat. It’s safe to say most people have the same idea. His visual was way off…for the most part. These amazing images prove otherwise.

Nile River, Egypt
The longest river in the world runs past several historic sites in Egypt on its way to the Mediterranean.

Rub’ al Khali, Arabian Peninsula
One of the largest sand deserts in the world, it’s only recently been explored by scientists. It occupies a large chunk of southern Saudi Arabia and parts of Oman, Yemen, and the UAE.

Mt. Ararat, Turkey
The 16,850ft Ararat stands in far eastern Turkey, where it borders Armenia and Iran. This is the view from ~40 miles north, in Yerevan, Armenia.

Dead Sea, Jordan/Israel/West Bank
Yup, the rumors are true — it’s easy to float in the Dead Sea.

Tortum Waterfall, Turkey
The falls is found next to the lake of the same name, around 50 miles north of Erzurum in eastern Turkey.

Take a look at more stunning photographs of the Middle East over at Matador Network.