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.
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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.