Travel destinations can be hard to choose. Depending on the season you wish to travel in, there are endless options before you. Since travel from the GCC is made easy with on-going plane ticket and hotel offers, there are specific cities that GCC nationals are drawn to.

From the tropical Far East and captivating Europe to the bustling capitals of the Middle East. Although travel destinations vary from year to year, there are always favorites that stay on the list. Here are the top 10 favorite travel destinations from the GCC.

1. Cairo, Egypt

Cairo, Egypt

Since decades ago, Cairo has been a top contender when it comes to history and entertainment. The Pyramids of Giza, the Egyptian Museum, the city of the dead, and many more historical and cultural sites await. Furthermore, Cairo is home to an active nightlife. It keeps its streets alive and smiling into the early hours of the morning. This is why many GCC nationals head to Cairo for an unforgettable vacation.

2. Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul, Turkey

Once known as Constantinople and Byzantium, Istanbul is the economic, cultural, and historic center of Turkey. Perhaps what makes the city popular is the fact that it is both in Europe and Asia. The Bosphorus Strait separates both sides and makes for an incredible sea trip. Moreover, it boasts historic sites, grand mosques, and delicious food.

3. Amman, Jordan

Amman, Jordan

Ancient ruins, baths, and tantalizing cuisine, what’s not to love about Amman? This city has to be a GCC favorite when it comes to travel destinations. In 2014, Amman was the 93rd most visited city in the world, and 5th most visited Arab city. The capital city features amazing architecture, museums, monuments, and a vibrant metropolitan life.

4. Beirut, Lebanon

Beirut, Lebanon

Did you know that Beirut is a historic hub not to be missed in the region? About 40 km north of the city lay ancient Phoenician ruins. Moreover, the city features the Jeita Grotto interconnecting caves that will give you a day to remember. Beirut is also a vibrant city with a graceful French influence. Shopping, dining, and of course natural scenery are not to be missed in this Arab city.

5. Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok is not only a favorite for GCC nationals but also a worldwide favorite. Culture takes on a different face in this capital city. Temples, shrines, and busy streets define Bangkok. Tourists fall in love with the floating markets and golden palaces. As well as the mango sticky rice found at food stalls. Take a stroll through Wat Arun temple and Wat Pho temple to discover what makes the city unique.

6. Manila, Philippines 

Manila, Philippines

Spanish and American influences are quite obvious in the beautiful city of Manila. Although it hasn’t lost its Filipino identity, Manila is a multi-lingual modern city. The historic walled city Intramuros and Binondo, the world’s oldest Chinatown, should not be missed. In addition to the Night Market at Tutuban Centermall and San Sebastian Basilica, Asia’s only all-steel church. Manila is also known for its friendly locals.

7. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Traveling to Kuala Lumpur means you will see first-hand the Petronas Towers, Batu Caves, and the National Museum. However, it doesn’t end there. The city is also home to the Kuala Lumpur Railway Station that dates back to the colonial era and the Sultan Abdul Samad Building. This capital city features a unique skyline filled with skyscrapers, as well as an exciting nightlife.

8. Munich, Germany

Munich, Germany

The Nymphenburg Palace, Neuschwanstein Castle, and the Theatine Church are a few reasons why Munich makes it to the favorite travel destinations list. The city also includes buildings that are centuries old with an impressive design. A favorite among the youth, Munich is a city not to be missed. A simple walk down the promenade of Marienplatz makes it a trip worth taking.

9. London, UK

London, UK

England’s capital has proven time and time again why it is among the favorite travel destinations. A shopping hub for tourists, London is always bustling with GCC nationals. High-end restaurants, signature boutique shops, and of course busy markets dominate the city. Not to mention the museums and endless art galleries. London is truly a unique multi-cultural destination to visit.

10. New York, USA

New York, USA

Last on our list but certainly not least, is the Big Apple. If you are interested in some touristic sites, you will find Times Square, Rockefeller Centre, and Central Park. As well as the Statue of Liberty and the Empire State Building. Furthermore, New York is filled with food choices to keep you busy for days. From hot dog stands on almost every corner to global and delicious dining.