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The World’s First Travel App For the Middle East

With SimSem, you have the unique opportunity to explore some of the world’s most beautiful and historic destinations with locals by your side. SimSem allows you to share meals and embrace warm moments with trusted locals in their homes. Discover the top sights and support the local community by shopping for locally-produced handmade products. With SimSem, you can make a difference.

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Traveller review of Turkey
I recently visited Egypt and it was a truly magical experience. From the ancient pyramids to the bustling cities, Egypt is a country full of rich history and culture. visited Turkey back in October 2022 and was completely in awe of its beauty and culture. Upon arrival, I was unsure of what to expect but immediately felt so welcomed by the kind people who call Turkey home. Days spent roaming the mazes of Istanbul’s famous bazaars and tasting Turkish delicacies are memories I look back on fondly. There is so much to explore in Istanbul with each of its districts offering something special. If you are contemplating visiting Turkey don’t hesitate for a second! It is very affordable and unique in the most charming ways!I
Travel Review for Palestine by Emma Johnson
Emma Johnson
The hospitality in Palestine was exceptional. I was constantly amazed by the kindness and generosity of the local people. They went above and beyond to make sure I was comfortable and happy during my stay. Whether it was offering a cup of tea or showing me around their neighbourhood, the people of Palestine truly made my trip unforgettable
Travel reviews the Turkey
Ethan Johnson
We visited Istanbul this summer and it was a remarkable experience. It was our first time and the city exceeded our expectations. People were lovely and the food was delicious. We saw all the renowned historical sites and the merger of east and west was fascinating. We would have loved to mingle a bit more with the locals but did not have enough time to fully explore that, so hopefully the next time! We’ll definitely be back and travel a bit more in Turkey as a whole as we only did Istanbul this time.
Julian H
Julian H
In one word, lebanon is simply fascinating! So much diversity on such a small piece of land is beyond all expectations. Despite the economic difficulties the country is facing, people have not lost they sense of humour and will to enjoy life. They say that no other nation knows to how to party better than the Lebanese and this is true. But beyond that, the landscape is magical, where else can you swim in the Mediterranean and ski on the same day. And if you’re a foodie, you’ll be satisfied, even the ‘simplest’ street food will make your taste buds indulge. And all the history you can see in Lebanon! The churches, monasteries, mosques and Roman ruins are literally everywhere. Lebanon is just so worth visiting you shouldn’t miss out!
Travel review to Jordan by Liam Parker
Noah Anderson
We visited Jordan this spring and had an amazing vacation. We traveled with young kids so we were a little worried in the beginning, but very quickly understood that it was actually a good idea. The locals were super sweet to our kids and we kept receiving small gifts wherever we went. We spent a few days in Amman that offers all the comfort you need while at the same time giving you a taste of the beautiful Middle East. We stayed in a little family hostel in a beautiful historical building with the typical Arab courtyard and it felt so homey we loved it. Everything we are tasted heavenly and we loved the artsy side of the city. We then continued to the desert where we stayed in a Bedouin village. The stars just look so much closer when you’re in the desert, the kids were fascinated. We’d recommend Jordan to anyone who wants to travel beyond the ‘usual’ touristic destinations.
Travel review to Egypt by Ava Brown
Ava Brown
I recently visited Egypt and it was a truly magical experience. From the ancient pyramids to the bustling cities, Egypt is a country full of rich history and culture. One of the highlight of my trip was exploring the bustling cities of Cairo and Luxor. The markets were a sensory overload, with vendors selling everything from spices to souvenirs. The street food was delicious and offered a true taste of Egyptian cuisine. I also had the opportunity to visit the Khan el-Khalili bazaar in Cairo, which was a great place to shop for souvenirs and interact with the local people

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