Arab Tourism in Turkey: Boosting the Country's Popularity

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MAYFAIR, U.K. - Feb. 18, 2019 - PRLog -- As Arab tourism in Turkey continues to grow, the country has achieved a marvellous feat that few other destinations could attempt. Previously only a favourite holiday destination of Europeans, in recent years, it diversified its tourism industry by tempting Arabs and different nationalities. Now, it's an all-rounder with something for everyone, and its popularity looks set in stone.

Offering a rich mixture of history, stunning natural scenery, lush green highlands and sparkling coastlines, natural resources like thermal springs and mud baths boost the health tourism industry, but halal tourism and medical procedures like dental treatment, hair transplants and eye laser surgery are also gaining in Arab popularity.

Major cities, like Istanbul and Izmir now rival European cities like London and Milan, for designer labels, ultra-modern technology and fine dining. The delicious and healthy Turkish cuisine draws in food fanatics from Arab states who socialise around tasty meze plates and an endless variety of cuisine with much simalarities to their own. A family-friendly atmosphere also slots in with their culture and beliefs.

With all of this to offer, every year, thousands of Arab citizens spend their holidays in Turkey, and some go on to invest in the real estate market. Alongside the history, health benefits, beautiful weather, stunning scenery and luxury shopping opportunities, Arabic-speaking countries are turning to Turkey for fun and educating vacations in droves. However, what do they do and where do they go when they arrive?

Popular Destinations for Arabs: The Black Sea

Without a doubt, Arabs dominate the Black Sea Region's tourism industry in places like Uzungol, Ayder Plateau, Trabzon and Rize. Away from the typical city hustle and bustle and hot Aegean and Mediterranean weather climates, cooler temperatures, green landscapes and a similar cultural outlook offer Arabs a front row seat to underrated places of natural beauty.

Extending from just east of Istanbul to the Georgian border, green cities like Trabzon and Rize are a strong lure with picturesque views and beautiful surrounding nature. Property investors also flock to Rize, Trabzon and Giresun.

Luxury Shopping in Istanbul

Istanbul's myriad of shopping opportunities stems from high-end fashion designers to antiques, jewellery and the Grand Bazaar's popular bartering culture. In Istanbul, you can shop until you drop! The most historic shopping experience is the Grand Bazaar on Nuruosmaniye Street. This is home to Armagan, a massive seven-storey retail outlet selling traditional crafts, furniture, artwork, textiles and jewellery.

Bagdat Avenue and Nisantasi offer an opposite experience with ultra-modern shopping malls, luxury boutiques and shops by top international designers. Bagdat Avenue also holds luxury brands like Longchamp, Michael Kors and Tommy Hilfiger alongside popular Turkish brands, including Vakko and Brandroom.

Dental, Medical and Health Tourism

Health Tourism is big business in Turkey and wellness resorts, spas, retreats and wellness centres are booming. People come for medical treatments because of impeccable services, high quality and low costs. However, two leading treatments attracting Arabs are eye surgery and hair transplants.

Patients seeking hair transplants often come from Middle Eastern countries and stay afterwards for a slow-paced holiday to recuperate. Eye laser surgery is also drawing in nationalities from around the world, with top-notch services and impeccable results for affordable prices.

Halal Tourism in Turkey

As Turkey strives to prove itself as an all-rounder, it's investing millions into the halal tourism scene and Arabs are flocking to take advantage of it. A countrywide certification process ensures hotels deliver their promises with separate pools, no alcohol, halal food and prayer facilities. The results are paying off as Turkey has now climbed to be the third most popular destination for halal tourism (

Historical Sites For Tourists

Turkey's wealth of history includes many ruins from past civilisations and eras including the Bronze and Iron ages, Byzantine, Hellenistic, Roman and infamous Ottoman eras, right through to the Greco-Turkish War.

The many ruins and UNESCO world heritage sites (, ensure history buffs are in their element. Famous places in Istanbul include the Byzantine Basilica museum of Hagia Sophia, the Basilica Cistern, the Sultan Ahmed Blue Mosque and Ottoman-era Topkapı Palace.

Ephesus Archaeological Museum in Selçuk near Izmir houses various artefacts from Prehistoric, Mycenaean, Archaic, Classical, Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine, Selçuk and Ottoman Periods. The Knights of Rhodes built the 15th century in Bodrum.

Stunning Coastlines and Sailing Holidays

Arabs enjoy 8000 kilometres of beautiful rocky mountainside shores, pebbled and white sandy beaches and halal hotels all along the Mediterranean south coast. Clean beaches, gentle seas and pleasant breezes make the beaches perfect for Arab tourists and families, while pristine and calm waters are a sailing hotspot, for Gulf state yacht owners.

Beautiful harbours like Bodrum and Fethiye and the south west's proximity with the Greek Islands, ensure the populairty of sailing holidays and for many boat owners in Saudi Arabia and the UAE, Turkey is easy and cheap to get to.

Turkish Citizenship and Property Investment for Arabs

It's not only the tourism industry that is benefitting from the Arab's admiration for all things Turkish because many are buying apartments and villas as ideal investments. Location and price are driving factors for most house buyers, and Turkey delivers both.

Turkey is not only affordable to get to, but living costs are low, and property can be a bargain. With the fast-paced life in Arab states, Turkey's laid-back and happy lifestyle is a relaxing getaway.

One of the driving factors for Arabs buying Turkish property is the fast track property citizenship scheme ( Previously out of financial reach for many people, in 2018, the government dropped the minimum investment level from 1 million USD to just $250,000. This coupled with an extremely lucrative exchange rate attracted many Arab buyers to buy property in Bursa, Istanbul, Yalova and many other destinations.

Tolga Ertukel, Director of Turkey Homes
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