Social media presents a whole new way to travel and explore the world. And a particularly useful but underrated way of exploring is the hashtag. There have been cool hashtag initiatives in almost all Middle Eastern countries, and I especially like the ones that aim to show off the positive sides of the countries!

Try searching for one of these hashtags on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook and see what gems you find!

 

#MustSeeIran

This hashtag will show you anything that its users appreciates about Iran, be it food, nature, sites, or people. Tip: for more beautiful pictures, also check out #RealIran!

 

#SeeMyDoha

From cute cafes and restaurants to the beautiful buildings and turquoise sea, this hashtag will let you explore all the beauty and deliciousness that Doha has to offer! Tip: discover new places to visit and trending designers through this hashtag and #SeeMyDoha2015!

 

#LoveJo 

What do people love most about Jordan? Maybe it’s as simple as a cold lemon juice! Find out when you explore this hashtag. Tip: if you are looking for some travel inspiration, also check out #ShareYourJordan.

 

#LiveLoveBeirut

This is a hugely popular tourism campaign, active in all social media channels. Check it out for all things awesome about Beirut and Lebanon! Tip: also check out the big brother of this campaign: #LiveLoveLebanon.

 

#RoamEgypt

A great hashtag to follow for anyone who wants to explore an intimate and engaging side of Egypt. Started by Egyptian photographer Taimour Othman, and now popularly adopted by amateur photographers across Egypt. Tip: for more cool photos by amateur photographers in Egypt, also check out #vscoEgypt.

 

BONUS:

#AfghanistanYouNeverSee

This may not be a Middle Eastern country, but the hashtag is still definitely worth exploring for pictures of nature and mouth-watering pictures of food (and cookies!)

Note: many of these are also social media accounts! Follow them to see all the cool sides of the countries that they represent.

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