There are places in the world, which are must visit place before it’s too late. Some of these places only the lucky ones will visit, especially the #1 place on this list. Regardless of how much money you have, if it’s not your calling, you will not see it in your lifetime.
I live in Dubai; the city of lights and shopping, and I have yet to pull out my winter coat from my closet. Obviously, I’m not a scientist, i know global warming is changing our world but the beauty of the creator is that, at any given time, you can go somewhere in the world – to enjoy any type of weather you want.
I have compiled together a list of some of the most beautiful places around the world. If any of these are on your bucket list, you might want to book your ticket today.
1. Kaaba/Masjid al-Haram in Saudi Arabia : Masjid al-Haram (“The Sacred Mosque”), is a large mosque in the city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia and the largest in Islam. It surrounds the Kaaba, the place which all Muslims turn towards each day in prayer, considered by Muslims to be the holiest place on Earth. That is where Muslims go for Hajj (one of the five pillars of Islam).
2. Al-Masjid an-Nabawi in city of Medina in Saudi Arabia. Al-Masjid an-Nabawī, also called the Prophet’s Mosque, is a mosque established and originally built by the prophet Muhammad (PBUH).
3. Masjid Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem
For Muslims, it holds a very important place in our heart. It is the 3rd most holy site in Islam. It is the location that the Prophet ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) was transported to during the journey of Israa and Miraaj.
It was the scene for the most extraordinary gathering in the history of mankind – when every Prophet that ever lived were gathered together for a congregational prayer behind Prophet Muhammad ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him).
4. Selimiye Mosque in Edirne, Turkey
Built by Architect Mimar Sinan, this Ottoman mosque located in Edrine, Turkey is considered as one of the highest achievements of Islamic architecture. It stands at the center of a kulliye and features an octagonal support system through eight pillars incised in a square shell of walls. It also has four domes and arches springing from the pillars.
5. Taj Mahal Agra, Uttar Padesh, India
Built by Mughal emperor shah Jahan in memory of his third wife, Mumtaz Mahal. It is widely recognized as “the jewel of Muslim art in India” and is one of the most universally admired masterpieces of the world’s heritage. Its exterior decorations are among the finest in Mughal architecture.
6. Burj Khalifa The Tallest Building in The World Located in Dubai UAE.
Burj Khalifa, known as Burj Dubai before its inauguration, is a megatall skyscraper in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It is the tallest artificial structure in the world, standing at 829.8 m. Wikipedia
Address: 1 Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Blvd – Dubai – United Arab Emirates
7. The Great Mosque of Xi’an. Shaanxi Province in China.
The Great Mosque of Xi’an is the oldest and one of the most famous mosques in China. The original structure was established in 742 A.D. but it was built and renovated in later periods. This mosque is characterized by its Arabic lettering and decorations. Unlike most Islamic mosques, it has neither domes nor traditional style minarets.
8. Badshahi Mosque in Lahore Pakistan
The Badshahi Mosque in Lahore was commissioned by the sixth Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb. The real name of the mosque as written in calligraphy on marble above the entrance gate is read as Masjid Abul Zafar Muhy-ud-Din Mohammad Alamgir Badshah Ghazi.
Opened: 1673 Architect: Nawab Zain Yar Jang Bahadur
Architectural styles: Indo-Islamic architecture, Islamic architecture, Mughal architecture
9. Museum of Islamic Arts in Doha Qatar. The Museum of Islamic Art is a museum located on the Corniche in the Qatari capital Doha. The iconic building was designed by architect I. M. Pei.
Opened: November 22, 2008 – Owners: Qatar Museums Authority
Architectural style: Islamic architecture Function: Museum
Architects: I. M. Pei, Jean-Michel Wilmotte
10. Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi, UAE. The most beautiful religious building I have ever seen. The interior is stunning.
11. The largest deep sea port in the world Gwadar port in Pakistan
Gwadar port is the largest deep sea port in the world, located on the southwestern Arabian Sea along the coast line of Balochistan, Pakistan. This port is considered a lifeline in the region’s economy. Pakistan has agreed on a collaboration with China to turn Gwadar into a full scale commercial port.
12. Eighth wonder of the world : Karakoram Highway in Pakistan
Do you know the “eighth wonder of the world” is located in Pakistan? Karakoram Highway has been constructed at a height of 15,397 ft between China and Pakistan. It is one of the popular tourist attraction in the region.
13. World’s ninth largest sub-tropical desert : Thar desert Is located on the border of Pakistan and India
Thar desert is located on the border of Pakistan and India. It is the world’s ninth largest sub-tropical desert. This desert is about 10,000 years old and was once a water source for Indus Valley Civilization.
14. Goreme, Nevşehir, Turkey
15. The Great Pyramids of Egypt
16. Baobab Alley, Madagascar in Africa
There is a dirt road that runs between the towns of Morondava and Belo Sur Tsiribihina in the central west where these magnificent trees line the road. These are commonly referred to as Grandidier’s Baobab. They are endemic to the island of Madagascar and currently an endangered species. People believe that most of the trees there are over 800 years old, but as their trunks are filled with stored water, they are difficult to accurately date. Sunset moments here are otherworldly.”
17. Samarkand in Uzbekistan: Jewel of the ancient and modern Silk Road
Samarkand is one of the oldest inhabited cities in Central Asia, prospering from its location on the trade route between China and the Mediterranean (Silk Road).
Samarkand is truly a jewel of the ancient and modern Silk Road. There is the exquisite jade mausoleum of Gur-i-Emir, the resting place of Tamerlane. Perhaps the greatest treasure is Registan Square, Tamerlane’s outstanding creation, a vast complex of domes and minarets, mosques and medrassas. There is the equally beautiful necropolis of Shah-i-Zinda and the old observatory of Uleg Beg, the greatest Muslim astronomer.
18. Ourika Valley In Morocco
The Ourika valley, the most accessible valley in the High Atlas from Marrakech, offers a place to relax as part of your Moroccan holiday with us. Starting less than 45 minutes’ drive from the city, it is famous for the 7 waterfalls at Setti Fatma and the ski resort of Oukaimeden at its head, and is a lush valley with green terraced fields beside the river that contrast strongly with the rocky valley sides of the foothills of the mountains.
19. Chebika Oasis, Tunisia
Chebika is a mountain oasis in western Tunisia, in Tozeur Governorate. Chebika lies at the foot of the mountains of the Djebel el Negueb and, because of its exposure to the sun, it is known as Qasr el-Shams (“Castle of the Sun” in Arabic). In antiquity, it was once a Roman outpost, named Ad Speculum and later a mountain refuge of the Berber people.
Many scenes of the movie Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope and The English Patient were shot in this area.
20. Hanging houses in Cuenca Spain
The Hanging Houses are the most popular attractions of Cuenca, Spain. The history and exact origin of The Hanging Houses is unclear. Some believe they are of Muslim origin, while others say they are Medieval. Centuries ago, this kind of building was frequently seen throughout Cuenca, but nowadays only three “Casas Colgadas” remain, built in a cliff, above Huecar Gorge.
21. Wadi Bani Khalid in Oman
Wadi Bani Khalid is a wadi about 203 km from Muscat, Oman. It is the best-known wadi of the Sharqiyah region. Its stream maintains a constant flow of water throughout the year. Large pools of water and boulders are scattered along the course of the wadi. As a geographical area, Wadi Bani Khalid covers a large swathe of low land and mountains.
22. Rock-hewn Al Khazneh Petra Jordan
Tourists stand in front of the rock-hewn Al Khazneh, Arabic for the Treasury, in the ancient city of Petra.
23. The Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia
Since the 1990s, the city has played host to many international sporting, political and cultural events including the 1998 Commonwealth Games and the Formula One Grand Prix. In addition, Kuala Lumpur is home to the tallest twin buildings in the world, the Petronas Twin Towers, which have become an iconic symbol of Malaysia’s futuristic development.
24. Nasir al-Mulk Mosque or Pink Mosque in Shiraz, Iran
The Nasir ol Molk Mosque or Masjed e Nasir ol Molk, also known as the Pink Mosque, is a traditional mosque in Shiraz, Iran. It is located at the district of Gowad-e-Arabān, near Šāh Čerāq Mosque. The mosque includes extensive colored glass in its facade, and displays other traditional elements such as the Panj Kāse (“five concaved”) design. It is named in popular culture as the Pink Mosque, due to the usage of considerable pink color tiles for its interior design.
25. Toledo, Spain: City of the Three Cultures
Toledo, Spain Known as the “City of the Three Cultures” due to Muslims, Christians & Jews living peacefully together since the 8th century. A haven for artists and intellectuals thru out the ages. Medieval walled city has famous cathedrals, palaces, Mosques & museums. No buildings have been modernized so it’s like stepping back in time when Toledo was the capital of Spain in the 16th century.
26. Qutub Minar, New Delhi
Qutub Minar at 74 meters, is the tallest brick minaret in the world, and the second tallest minar in India after Fateh Burj at Mohali. The tower is located in the Mehrauli area of Delhi, India. Made of red sandstone and marble, Inside the tower, a circular staircase with 379 steps leads to the top.
27. Maghseel: the place where u can see a wild sea in Salalah – Oman the sound of the sea hitting the rocks is amazing.
28. Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route – the 65-Foot (20m) Snow Corridor in Japan
For Nature loving Muslims.
29. For Nature loving Muslims, Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve
The popularity of all-terrain vehicles has damaged several of the park’s trails and streams. You might be getting to the good views faster, but at the cost of the very place you’re admiring.
30. The Everglades Not the glades in the TV show Arrow but the home of the leather-back turtle
Urban development and pollution have contributed to the destruction of more than half of America’s largest subtropical wilderness, which is also home to the endangered leather-back turtle.
31. Glacier National Park In Montana USA
There used to be 150 but with the climate change, there are less than 25 left. Visit one before they are all gone.
32. Yellowstone National Park Near Jackson Wyoming USA
America’s oldest national park has an impressive array of natural features, including lava formations, waterfalls, and hot springs. It is home to the world’s largest concentration of geysers, containing more than 300—this is about two thirds of all the geysers on the planet. In addition, Yellowstone National Park encompasses a vast area of natural forests and is home to extensive wildlife such as grizzly bears, bison, wolves, and various rare and endangered species.
33. Denali National Park and Preserve In Alaska
Home of the highest mountain peak in North America, Denali has seen its glaciers melt because of climate change. The lack of snowfall is also taking a toll on the wildlife.
34. The Dead Sea Experience: Float with 0 Gravity
The salty water that makes us float like a fishing bobber has sunk 13 inches every year for the past 40 years. Cosmetic companies mining for minerals have also caused further drain. But if you want to experience almost 0 gravity, you must jump in the dead sea.
35. The Great Smoky Mountains in Tennessee North Carolina.
North Carolina’s and Tennessee’s coal manufacturing plants have caused high levels of sulfur dioxide to obscure the scenic views with thick smog.
36. Mendenhall Glacier Ice Caves In Juneau Alaska
Again, climate change has caused more and more caves to melt away every year.
37. The Ross Ice Shelf
Climate change is causing the 487,000 square kilometers of floating ice and the fresh water beneath it to evaporate, making it one of the fastest-warming areas of the planet.
38. Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
The rise in temperature has caused both the air and water to reduce their ice formation, producing several issues in the sandstone cliffs’ natural ecosystem.
If temperatures continue to rise, scientists predict that within 20 to 40 years, ice will completely cease to form, leading to tragic consequences for the wildlife.
40. Sequoia National Park USA
The frequency of wildfires in the area has caused a dramatic decrease in the park’s giant sequoia trees.
41. Kauai in Hawaii
Hawaii’s oldest island is in danger of being completely swept away by the surrounding waters as sea levels continue to rise.
42. Belize’s Barrier Reef
After suffering severe bleaching in 1998, half of the natural coral disappeared and continues to decline because of pollution, tourism, and development.
43. Forests of Madagascar
The fourth largest island in the world might have no forests to speak of in only 35 years if logging, substance farming, and poaching are allowed to continue their destruction.
44. The Grand Canyon
Tourism, uranium mining, and development projects have all chipped away at both the vast ridges and the Colorado River, the canyon’s main water source.
45. The Maldives
At only eight feet above sea level, most scientists believe these islands and atolls are doomed to sink as climate change continues.
46. Mount Kilamanjaro
The glaciers resting at the volcanic mountain’s summit are melting under the pressure of climate change, leaving less and less snow at its peak.
47. Joshua Tree National Park
The distinct yucca trees are having a hard time coping with the ever-climbing temperatures and lack of condensation. Animals who rely on the yucca as their source of food are also suffering from the increasing heat.
48. The Amazon Rainforest
The expansive forest previously raised awareness that kept the logging, farming, and agribusinesses from depleting its ecosystem, but they have since picked right back up.
49. Cape Floristic Kingdom
The rising temperatures are not only causing more and more wildfires in the area, but several of its plants evolved from cooler climates and are unable to survive in the heat.
50. White Desert – Egypt
51. The Door to Hell on Earth, Derweze is in a village in Turkmenistan of about 350 inhabitants. A flaming big hole that won’t stop burning: Giant gas crater called The Door To Hell. Click here to see, hell door on earth.
Ended this post with something that allows us to remember, our time on earth is limited. Fire is not where we want our final destination to be. Act smart, act now and make sure to follow the five pillars of Islam.
Some of the places on this list will be around forever while some may not be around in the coming future. It really is our responsibility to protect and rehabilitate our planet and only way for us to do this is by paying attention.
We must treat every environment with respect and maybe even a little pampering. Mother Earth has put up with a lot from us, so I think it’s safe to say she deserves more than being robbed of her most beautiful assets. If there are other places you would like to be included on this list or if you would like to become a contributing writer, please send us an email or use the comments section below.
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