If you're looking to escape the city, there is nothing better than heading deep into nature. Although the Middle East is often stereotyped as one big desert, those of who actually live here know that is definitely not the case.

Featuring green forests, incredible beaches, mountains, lakes and picturesque rivers, the Middle East has a lot of diversity to offer. Here are some great nature escapes that you've probably never heard of.

1. Jabal Moussa Biosphere Reserve, Lebanon

2. Khar Turan National Park, Iran

3. Bu Tinah, UAE

4. Nile Islands, Egypt

5. Al Jabal Al Akhdhar Sanctuary, Oman

6. Ayvalık Islands Nature Park, Turkey

7. Jabal Bura, Yemen

8. Lake Qarun, Egypt

9. Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, UAE

10. Kolah Ghazi National Park, Iran

11. Ajloun Forest Reserve, Jordan

12. As Saleel Nature Park, Oman

13. Kurşunlu Waterfall Nature Park, Turkey

14. Dana Biosphere Reserve, Jordan