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We all know the story that has left children frantically rubbing at lamps in the hope that a blue puff of smoke will reveal a genie ready to grant three wishes… and May 2019 brought the much-loved animated film to life with a live-action remake. Starring Will Smith as the genie, the film is a glorious homage to the original with the same songs alongside some new lyrics and a slightly different perspective thanks to award-winning Guy Ritchie’s signature directing style.

Has the film left you yearning for a trip to Agrabah? Do you wish to experience the endless golden dunes of the desert, or perhaps wander the fragrant spice markets? With Winged Boots, all this and more is possible. We’ve handpicked five destinations that’ll have you feeling like Aladdin and Princess Jasmine in no time… just switch your magic carpet for a Boeing 737 and your genie in a lamp for a passport and one of our personal travel managers. 
 

The Cave of Wonders

Aladdin's lamp in the desert with genie coming out
The Gold Souk, Dubai
The Gold Souk, Dubai
Oh, the marvellous cave that’s filled with forbidden jewels, the world’s most-loved lamp and a magic carpet. With a tiger head entrance complete with jewels for eyes and a voice that’ll send shivers down your spine, we certainly would love to try our luck against the ferocious river of lava if it meant we got to keep an emerald necklace or ruby tiara. Unfortunately, such a place could only be dreamt up by Walt Disney’s genius imagination, but the gold souk in Dubai is a pretty good alternative.

The traditional market in the UAE city is bursting with hundreds of stalls, each selling gold, silver and precious stone jewellery. Featuring intricate designs and one-of-a kind pieces, this is the largest gold market in the world. A labyrinth of alleys, stalls and vendors eagerly await shoppers from all over the world, ready to barter and sell their jewellery. Located 25-minutes away by car from Dubai Mall and 35-minute drive from The Palm Jumeirah, it’s easy to slot a visit here into any Dubai itinerary.

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The Palace

24-carat gold cappuccino
24-carat gold cappuccino at Emirates Palace Abu Dhabi
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Abu Dhabi
Stunning arches connected by intricately decorated corridors, open-plan suites complete with oversized balconies, manicured gardens and pretty fountains; it’s difficult to tell whether we’re describing princess Jasmine’s home or Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi. 

A stay here is certainly fit for a sultan. With 24-hour butler service; a high-tech entertainment system in every room and suite; a world-famous cappuccino that’s made up of a superior blend of aromatic coffee sprinkled with gold flakes and a luxury spa to ignite all five of the senses – Emirates Palace is the closest you’ll come to being Middle Eastern royalty. And of course, to continue the Disney fantasy while in Abu Dhabi be sure to visit Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. Home to the world’s largest rug that consequently took more than one thousand weavers over a year to complete, the entire mosque is decked with wonderful domes, intricate archways and adorned in shimmering gold leaf. It’s an architectural marvel and easily more impressive than the Sultan’s palace… in our humble opinion anyway!

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Endless Golden Desert

Wadi Rum, Jordan
Wadi Rum, Jordan
During the 2019 film, while on route to the Cave of Wonders, Aladdin, Jafar and the palace guards are seen riding camels through the rolling dunes of infinite golden sands. Filmed in Jordan’s Wadi Rum desert, the blockbuster made great use of the location’s dramatic sandstone mountains, sweeping dunes and rocky caverns. 
 
The Sahara, Morocco
Line of travellers on camels in The Sahara, Morocco
You can visit the protected desert wilderness of Wadi Rum on day trips from Aqaba or Wadi Musa where jeep safari tours reign supreme, closely followed by rock climbing experiences. However, for a slightly more accessible desert experience, why not visit Dubai or perhaps the most famous stretch of sands, The Sahara in Morocco. In each, Bedouin tent experiences are common, as are camel treks and belly dancing shows.

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The Marketplace

Muscat, Oman
Muscat, Oman port at night
Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque
Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque in Muscat Oman
Agrabah’s scenery has distinct parallels to Oman’s capital Muscat. From its fishing village origins and vibrant souks to the city’s striking mosque, each key element to Muscat’s charm is present in Disney’s fictional town. Oman has remained untouched by the Middle East’s modern-day glittery curtain and instead acts as a window into the soul of ancient Arabia.

For an authentic Middle Eastern getaway, Muscat should be high on your bucket list. Just like in Agrabah, the city’s vibrant souks sell fresh catch of the day, fragrant spices, carpets, trinkets and delicious fruit. And just like in Agrabah, no stall owners in Muscat will take kindly if you take loaves of bread or apples without paying. Muscat’s ‘palace’ comes in the form of the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque. Taking six and a half years to complete, every inch of the stunning place of worship has been intricately designed from the prayer carpet through to the dazzling chandeliers.

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Have you been inspired by Disney’s Aladdin to visit Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Morocco or Oman? Then call our expert travel managers today on 0203 816 0985 or click here to submit an online enquiry and the team will grant all three of your wishes within a few clicks. 
Lauren Godfrey

Lauren Godfrey is a Marketing Manager

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