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 and charm which keeps visitors returning again and again for more.
Attracting a wealth of world-class hotel chains including Ritz-Carlton, One&Only, Shangri-La and Jumeirah, you can expect a top-notch stay with your Middle Eastern adventure. Offering fantastic facilities such as kids’ clubs, a host of watersports, award-winning restaurants and sumptuous spas, rest assured that your every whim will not only be met, but exceeded, with any stay.
For an unbeatable city break, use those air miles and book a seven-hour flight to Dubai. The city where too much is never enough, it’s a luxe-traveller’s mecca and business hub infused into one. From the deluxe hotel offerings on the nicknamed ‘eighth wonder of the world’, Palm Island, to the pristine sands of Jumeirah Beach, a good time is almost 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.
Combine your UAE adventure with a stop in Abu Dhabi, Dubai’s quieter cousin. From afternoon tea in the regal Emirates Palace to visiting the breathtaking Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque these one-of-a-kind experiences will definitely make the holiday hall of fame. However, no trip to the UAE’s capital is complete without catching the Formula 1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Head to Yas Island to catch the annual event and even get in on the action yourself with a driving experience on the Yas Marina Circuit.
For a quieter Arab stay, Ras Al Khaimah has got you covered. Think pristine sand beaches, year-round sunshine and a host of family-friendly day trips. Alternatively, for a more traditionally Arabian city break, try Oman, Bahrain or Qatar.
The Middle East is mysterious, electric and ever-changing so one trip here is never enough. With new skyscrapers, lavish hotels, delectable restaurants and even islands adding to the already expansive offering, no two trips here will ever be the same.
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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.