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Middle East: food and travel guides

Middle East: food and travel guides

Planning a trip to the Middle East or simply want to know more about its many cuisines and dishes? Take a look at our food-focused travel guides and recipes for everything you need to know.

Middle Eastern cuisine has exploded onto the UK's food scene in recent years. Hummus is now so ubiquitous that its price is used to measure the rate of inflation for goods, while falafel, dukkah and harissa have become as common in supermarkets as bread and beans. We have fallen head-over-heels in love with the comforting, warming, fragrant flavours found across the region, which mix the best of the Mediterranean with local ingredients and spices to create something we can't get enough of.

Thanks to food writers and chefs like Yotam Ottolenghi, we're cooking more and more Middle Eastern food at home than ever before. But visiting the region is one of the best ways to experience the vast breadth of flavours the Middle East has to offer. Read on for our travel guides, recipes and features that celebrate Middle Eastern cuisine in all its glory (and don't forget to check out our full collection of Middle Eastern recipes here).

Israel

Oman

The small country of Oman might not be one of the Middle East's most well-known countries, but in the city of Muscat there are some mouth-watering dishes to be found. Slow-cooked goat, beautiful little date-based sweets and enchanting souqs (marketplaces) full of aromatic spices await – take a look at our video guide for a deeper insight.

Syria

Syria was tragically thrown into civil war in 2011, with the conflict still ongoing today. But that didn't stop a pair of winemaking brothers from establishing a vineyard near the Lebanese border. Read the incredible story of Syria's only vineyard, and how mortar fire, near-impossible logistics and the constant threat of danger didn't stop the wine becoming world-renowned.

Turkey