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The Best Travel Destinations in 2012

With major events such as the London Olympics and the European Football Championships, 2012 is shaping up to be a very exciting year for travel. In this article, we look at four of the best travel destinations to consider for 2012, with a focus on novel and unusual destintations.

Muscat, Oman

The capital and the largest city in Oman, Muscat is an exciting destination with a very strong historical heritage. Made up of three smaller towns (Matrah, Ruwi, and Muscat), that have merged over time, Muscat is filled with plenty to see and do, including traditional forts, palaces, museums, and mosques. Like Malaysia hotels and hotels elsewhere, accommodation in Muscat can vary. Staying at an reputable international chain can ensure that visitors enjoy excellent levels of comfort.

Visitors should not miss the Al Jalali Fort and AL Mirani Fort, former prisons that have now been converted into museums. The Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque is the third largest of its kind in the world. Open to non-Muslim visitors, the Mosque is an architectural wonder to behold. The Bait Al Zubair Museum is another popular local heritage site for visitors keen on getting a better understanding of the local history.

Other than the traditional souqs and modern shopping malls, travellers can enjoy water activities, trekking, rock climbing, and horse back riding.

Doha, Qatar

With a range of large development projects in place, Doha is set to become one of the Gulf’s major cities in the coming years. Places of interest include its famous museums, especially the Museum of Orientalists, the Museum of Islamic Arts, and the Mathaf: Arab Museum Of Modern Art. Souq Waqif is a renovated Arabic market quarter that offers vibrant range of local goods including textiles, spices, souvenirs, and local cuisine.

For travellers who are looking to get further out afield, there’s the Khor Al Daid, which is an inland sea around 78 km from the city. The Khor Al Daid is an enormous inlet that’s surrounded with giant sand dunes and can only be accessed by a four-wheel drive. For relaxation Doha hotels can offer a wonderful level of luxury and enjoyment for your journey.

Bangalore, India

The capital of Karnataka is Bangalore, India’s third-largest population with nearly 8.5 million people. This rapidly developing city in the country’s southern region is a destination to watch for 2012.

Major landmarks include Vidhana Soudha, a major political building; the Seshadri Iyer Memorial, home to the High Court of Karnataka and a large public library; and Tipu Sultan’s Palace, which is a stunning example of a traditional building.

Bangalore is cultural diverse and also home to a vast range of temples, ashrams, and churches. Don’t miss the beautiful Ulsoor Lake and Sankey Tank. For keen shoppers and gastronomes there is a range of ultra-modern shopping malls, arts and crafts stores, and wonderful restaurants and eating places catering to all budgets.

Beirut, Lebanon

Beirut is the capital of Lebanon and one of the exotic and vibrant destinations in the eastern Mediterranean region. With a 2.1 million strong population, Beirut is situated on a peninsula and home to the country’s largest seaport.

Visitors to Beirut can enjoy its numerous film and music international festivals, visit its luxurious beach clubs, and go boating, swimming, or scuba diving. When it comes to scuba diving, Beirut has near year-around sunny weather and around 36 shipwrecks along its coast line for diving enthusiasts.

Shopping and cuisine in this cosmopolitan city are also excellent activities, with a range of high end shopping malls, markets, and restaurants to choose from.

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