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Mixing modern culture with authentic Arabian traditions, the Middle East offers luxury holidays by the bucket load. With typical souks just moments away from mesmerising skyscrapers and camel rides alongside the world’s fastest supercars, it’s a region of contradictions, striking a perfect balance between modern and traditional living. The hospitality in these countries is second to none, and the Arabic welcome everyone receives will have you wishing to return over and over. The area has a year-round warm, desert climate and it is best to visit during the milder winter months from November to April, before the temperatures rise too high. 

Attracting a wealth of world-class hotel chains including Ritz-Carlton, Four Seasons, Six Senses and W, you can expect a top-notch stay with your Middle Eastern adventure. Offering fantastic facilities such as award-winning restaurants, lavish spas as well as a whole host of water sport activities, these unbeatable resorts will not only satisfy every whim but exceed it with every stay. While travelling to the Middle East is a great opportunity for a bustling and lively holiday in a cosmopolitan destination, the sun worshippers amongst you will not be disappointed. These destinations really are the best of both worlds, while offering all the lifestyle and cultural benefits of a busy metropolitan location the main destinations lie also on the doorstep of miles of white sandy stretches. So, take to the beach to relax and unwind after an energetic night out with friends, dive into crystal waters before drying off on a perfectly positional lounger just a stroll away from your hotel.   

The Middle East is a mysterious, eclectic, and ever-changing environment, so no one trip here is ever enough. With new skyscrapers, lavish hotels and even islands always developing, and adding to the already expansive offerings, you will find something new with every visit. Try Bahrain to experience an area of ancient culture, Qatar for an emerging luxury destination like no other or for a harmonious blend of old and new, Oman will strike the balance just right.  
For a typically Arabian morning be sure to check out camel racing. This ancient Middle Eastern tradition can be spectated at a host of tracks where the ‘jockeys’ are actually robots – yes you did read that correctly – and the camels reach impressive speeds of 40kmph.
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Middle East in a nutshell

  • United Arab Emirates is a small country made up of seven individual emirates: the most well-known being Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Ras Al Khaimah. These destinations have a very high reputation for attracting a wealth of lux-travellers and business visitors alike, and to cater for them in style there is a huge amount of world-class hotel chains.
  • A famous luxury holiday destination full of contradictions, from traditional souks that are just moments away from mesmerising skyscrapers and camel rides alongside trips in the world’s fastest supercars.
  • Dubai is the most popular UAE destination, an unbeatable combination of city-lifestyle and beach-living. From the deluxe hotel offerings on Palm Island, to the pristine sands of Jumeirah Beach, a good time is always guaranteed. Be sure to head into Dubai City to soak up the views from the top of Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest skyscraper, before a spot of retail therapy in Dubai Mall.
  • In Oman, the architectural style is in sharp contrast to the modern skyscrapers found in neighbouring countries. Omanis respect the heritage of the area, opting for low-rise, white-washed buildings with intricate mosaics and ornate carvings. Take a trip to Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque to admire the incredible Islamic, Middle Eastern and Omani architectural styles that are showcased in the country’s largest mosque which that stands as Oman’s tallest building.
  • An unspoilt landscape of picturesque deserts, crystal waters, towering mountains, and tropical gardens. Nature lovers, will adore some of the best natural attractions in the world, including Ras-al-Jinz Turtle Reserve.
  • Oman also houses an underground world for you to discover, take a thrilling journey down and delve into a world of caves, passages and labyrinths. The area offers more than 10 caves and earthy playgrounds to discover, including the second largest underground chamber in the word, the Majlis Al Jinn (spirits’ meeting place). 

  • Once dubbed the Island of Pearls, Bahrain, is made up of an archipelago of 33 islands, and for centuries was one of the world’s main meccas for pearl farming. Take a look for yourself at the country’s underwater heritage beneath the waves, by diving at the UNESCO World Heritage pearling trail. Grab yourself a licence for the day and take off with a qualified diving company on an expedition for pearls - where you get to keep what you find!
  • Enjoy a glittering experience shopping at Manama Souq, investigate the sparkling and winding alleys in the marketplace, where gold vendors sell the purest and best quality 22- and 24-carat gold.
  • Home to the legendary Bahrain International F1 Circuit. Take a spin on the track yourself in one of the most powerful drag racing vehicles in the world or if you visit in April time, witness the Formula 1 Grand Prix and Bahraini Heritage Festival.

  • Visit Doha, Qatar’s growing capital, where the skyline is constantly evolving and expanding, as towering skyscrapers, hotels and mosques grow from the ground. 
  • Katara Cultural Village is one for the art lovers amongst us. An area of winding passages and waterways that meander through workshop spaces for artists, filmmakers, musicians, and photographers – a real gem in Qatar's art and cultural scene.
  • Try Villagio mall, for a shopping experience like no other. The mall is the vision of a typical Italian Village, with Venetian influences including canals and gondolas. Here you can marvel at the exquisite architecture, shop top-of-the-line luxury brands, experience some lavish dining experiences as well as lively entertainment options – one day here will never be enough! 
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