The officers that serve the Middle East region, our Middle Eastern Executive Committee (MEEC or Council) are all established members living and working locally. They bring the expertise and practical experience we need to be effective change agents at a grass-roots level.
The Middle East is a region rich in history, culture, and traditions. Here are some unique cultural things to experience when you visit the Middle East:
Visit historical sites: The Middle East is home to many ancient historical sites, such as the pyramids of Egypt, the ancient city of Petra in Jordan, and the ruins of Persepolis in Iran. These sites offer a glimpse into the region’s rich history and cultural heritage.
Try the local cuisine: Middle Eastern cuisine is known for its bold flavors and unique spices. Some must-try dishes include shawarma, hummus, falafel, tabbouleh, and baba ghanoush. Don’t forget to try the traditional tea, coffee, and sweets as well.
Visit souks and bazaars: Souks and bazaars are traditional markets found throughout the Middle East. They offer a unique shopping experience with stalls selling everything from spices, textiles, and ceramics to gold and jewelry.
Experience traditional music and dance: The Middle East is known for its traditional music and dance, such as belly dancing and the dabke. You can watch performances at local theaters or restaurants and even learn to dance yourself.
Visit mosques and religious sites: The Middle East is home to many beautiful mosques and religious sites, such as the Blue Mosque in Istanbul and the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem. Visitors should respect local customs and dress appropriately when visiting these sites.
Attend local festivals and events: The Middle East is home to many cultural festivals and events throughout the year. Some of the most popular include the Ramadan and Eid Al-Fitr festivals, the Dubai Shopping Festival, and the Dubai International Film Festival.
Experience hospitality: Middle Eastern hospitality is known for its warmth and generosity. Visitors can experience this firsthand by staying in a traditional guesthouse or Bedouin tent, where they will be welcomed with open arms and treated to delicious food and drink.
Overall, the Middle East is a region full of unique cultural experiences that visitors should not miss. Whether it’s trying the local cuisine, visiting historical sites, or experiencing traditional music and dance, there is something for everyone in the Middle East.