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As revealed at World Travel Market (WTM) London, ancient hiking trails in the Middle East is seeing a resurgence in popularity, as walkers explore the region's history, religions, culture and rural communities.

With many paths connecting to remote neighbourhoods, some of which have never encountered tourism, the trend is becoming a source of income for those providing homestays.

Some of the most popular routes include Nativity Path in Palestine; Abraham's Path from Turkey to Egypt; the Jordan trail; and Lebanon's mountain walkway.

Simon Press, senior director, WTM, enthused, "This is a very encouraging trend and there is plenty of potential for further developments. [...] In future we could see luxury lodges and glamping, which would further widen the appeal of these trails."