Hidden Gems Across The Middle East: 5 Lakes To Add To Your Bucket List!

The Middle East is never lacking when it comes to hidden gems. We often lose ourselves in the array of picturesque beaches the region provides, but what about the region’s lakes. Perfect romantic destinations the Middle East has beautiful lakes galore.

Long Salt Lake, Abu Dhabi

A magnificent water body with more than 250 species of plants and birds can be found 40 minutes outside of Abu Dhabi city on the Al Ain highway. The Al Wathba reserve, which was formerly a coastal salt flat, has grown into natural and man-made lakes that support the survival of numerous Abu Dhabi wildlife species. Once you arrive, there are two enormous man-made channels with emerald green water on either side of the road that are entirely covered in salt, giving the water’s margins the appearance of a covering of snow. It is unknown how these unusual salt mushrooms appeared in a man-made trench; it would have taken them ages to form.

Lake Burullus, Egypt

Burullus, a water lake in the Kafr El-Sheikh governorate, is regarded as Egypt’s second-largest lake. More than 460 square kilometers of it is regarded as a protected area. The lake is both a natural and historic landmark since the ancient city of Paralus is submerged beneath its surface and because of the salt marshes and sand plains, it contains. The lake is home to hundreds of different kinds of fish, birds, reptiles, and mammals.

Pink Lakes, Oman

One would never suspect that they exist in Oman because they look like something out of a picture. Few people outside of Oman are aware of these breath-taking lakes, which are only a short drive from Muscat. These pink lakes are specifically situated 300 kilometers south of Muscat in the state of Jalan Bani Bu Ali in South Al Sharqiyah. The coast of Jalan, which stretches for approximately 180 km, is home to some of Oman’s most well-known tourist attractions. Here, visitors can camp, walk, climb mountains, and even see a variety of migrating species, including pink flamingos. So if you’re planning an Oman adventure any time soon, this destination is the perfect one for scenic views and refreshing sea atmospheres. 

Isli lake, Morocco

Isli lake, a more tranquil and remote lake at around 2200m altitude, is just approximately 9km easily off-road from Tisli lake in Imilchil, Morocco. There are many tour companies that offer overnight camping close to the lake, but it is simple to locate a site there. Imilchil is a very tranquil area, so you may feel safe sleeping there. If you enjoy swimming in the lake, it is safe to stay in the shallow end throughout the summer because the water is fresh and exceptionally clean.

Wadi Al Rayan Lakes, Egypt

The Wadi Al Rayan lakes are among the additional lakes present in the Fayoum Oasis. Due to the natural waterfall that runs between the top and lower freshwater lakes in the Wadi Al Rayan valley, the two lakes there are busier and more popular with tourists than Magic Lake. Additionally, the lakes are flanked by enormous sand dunes and breath-taking scenery, which together make for Instagram-worthy pictures.

So, the next time you travel to one of these destinations, be sure to stop at these lovely lakes to take in the landscape and discover more of what the region has to offer.

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