Your mind might be greeted with flashes of vast deserts when you think of the Arabian Peninsula but prepare to be dazzled by how much more this region has to offer, especially in Autumn. In fact Autumn is unarguably the best time you could visit this side of the world. Think ideal beach weather, almost no rainfall (goodbye protective dry travel bags to shelter camera equipment from rain), comfortable temperature for hikes across highly varied landscapes and over 12 hours of day light to explore your surroundings. Check out our recommended picturesque Arabian destinations to visit in Autumn.
The Dead Sea, Petra, Amman Citadel, Wadi Rum, Ma’in Hot Springs… have you sold Jordan to you yet? With countless popular tourist destinations, including 5 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, engulfed in a small country that has convenient accessibility options to get from one corner to another, Jordan is every travel photographer’s dream destination!
Browsing traditional souks, experiencing the vibrant buzz of Marrakech or strolling through the beautiful blue and white architecture in Chefchaouen – Morocco does not fall short of offering a photographer a wide range of picturesque sights! Take photos with the monkeys at the breathtaking Ouzad Falls or climb the Toubkal mountains which are the highest mountain peaks in the Arab world without having to sweat a bucket due to mild temperatures!
A welcoming mix of the Middle East and the West – Lebanon is a dynamic Mediterranean nation which offers a wide range of landscapes to its visitors. Being home to both traditional culture and modernity, the capital city is a colourful and picturesque destination with a vibrant night life. With the fishing port town of Byblos a short distance away from Beirut, you can shoot some beautiful seascapes! Anyone with a penchant for taking photos while travelling should not leave the country without visiting the Jeita Grotto cave which has strategically positioned coloured lights that boast stalactites and stalagmites.
Until a few years ago, Oman was possibly one of the most underrated country in the world for tourism. Think gorgeous colourful hikes, a multitude of scenic caves and deep blue ocean. If you are lucky, you can even dive with the dolphins in the clear waters of Mussandam. Oman is fast becoming a buzzing tourist spot in the Middle East for people from all around the world. Explore this gem of a country with your camera in hand so you don’t miss out on the beautiful scenery.
5. United Arab Emirates
Home to the 4th most visited city in the world in 2017 by Condé Nast Traveller, UAE’s dynamic city Dubai is a must-visit destination in Autumn with ideal temperatures. Gorgeous white sand beaches between towering modern sky scrapers, beach strolling camels and palm trees all in one place, you can’t run out of subjects to photograph in this dynamic city. Visit the capital city of Abu Dhabi, a relatively short drive away, to visit one of the most beautiful mosques in the world or go for a hike in Jebel Jais to take some breathing landscape shots. Boasting the tallest building in world, UAE is the second safest country on the planet which makes it stand firm on our list of destinations to visit!
Written by Rumaisa Khan