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In: Turystyka i Rekreacja. Wyższa Szkoła Turystyki i Języków Obcych w Warszawie, 2008, nr: 1(2), ss. 21-38. (Tourism and Recreation. The Higher School of Tourism and Languages in Warsaw, 2008, no, 1(2), pp. 21-38).


This article on tourism in the Near East and North Africa embodies a multidiscursive approach to the study of tourism in the regions mainly identified with Arab culture and Muslim religion. At the beginning author considers the different meanings of “Near East” and “North Africa”, their historical and geographical roots. Tourism development in the Middle East is investigated within geopolitical contemporary regional realities: seen as a discourse linked to heritage and identity construction, national and global economies. The analysis is based on the perspective of the long period of changes, and divided into three parts: the tourism development to 1900, a farther trends and changes to 2000, contemporary conditions and perspectives for tourism business. The author builds an optimistic vision, that the efforts of the Middle East and North African countries in development of the interregional tourism cooperation, liberalization of market economies and visas conditions, as well as building space for Islamic tourism must bring positive effects in intercultural dialogue.