As you gain more understanding and awareness of the Arabic language, you’ll also gain more understanding and awareness of the Arabic people and their culture. This understanding of both the language and culture will help you differentiate between the media hype of modern Arab stereotypes and the deep, rich cultural history of the people of the Middle East that has been around since the beginning of civilization. With that in mind, today we are going to talk about the three of the most culturally rich countries in the Arab world: Egypt, Jordan, and Palestine.
Of course when we want to talk about culture, we have to start with Egypt – “the cradle of civilization”! With its iconic pyramids and the ancient sites of Giza, Aswan, Abu Simbel, Luxor and the Valley of the Kings, one can only say that they are truly inspiring (more info). And who can forget the longest river in the world, the Nile, where a cruise along its banks will take you back in time as you drift past historic sites and imagine how life once was?
Jordan has a rich cultural heritage and is full of spectacular landscapes where you can walk along the same caravan trails as they did thousands of years ago to ancient cities like Petra, Quseir Amra and the dramatic valley of Wadi Rum. Then there is Amman, of course – a diverse city that mixes old culture and traditions with the modern architecture stylings and lifestyles that you can only find in the streets of this once ancient city. And let’s not forget the historical and cultural significance of the Dead Sea, where seaside resorts now abound and tourist take away the benefits of the health-restoring properties of its famous mud.
Of significant importance to the three major religions of the world, Palestine is truly a dichotomy where the one of the oldest cities in the world, Jerusalem, is neighbor to one of the more modern cities in the world, Tel Aviv. Here in Palestine, the religious and cultural significances flourish, exemplified by historic sites such as Jaffa, Haifa and the ruins of Jericho. Then there are the biblically historic cities of Bethlehem and Nazareth, one where Jesus was born and the other where he lived as a carpenter before changing the world through his teachings.
Honorable Mention: Morocco
Of course, we could not close this list without at least mentioning Morocco. Morocco is one of those Arabic speaking countries packed with once in a lifetime cultural experiences, according to TripSavvy. From the still thriving ancient souks of Marrakech to the colorful and historic architecture and monuments of Fez, Rabat and Meknes (all former capitals of Morocco), you will gain captivating insights into local Moroccan culture. And we would be remiss for not mentioning Morocco’s white sandy beach where the East meets West through its growing surfer culture.
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