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Middle East

Middle East

United Arab Emirates

Land of camels, golden desert, rolling dunes, palm-fringed oases, ancient cultures, Bedouin feasts and Arabian nights…. and twenty first century, cosmopolitan cities, architectural majesty, international hotels, designer stores and modern shopping malls. Dubai is the best known of the seven sheikhdoms, which make up the UAE, offering virtually year-round sunshine, stunning beaches and a sophisticated atmosphere.

Abu Dhabi is the up and coming, but lesser known neighbour, which stretches from the Empty Quarter in the west to the rugged rock formations of Al Ain in the east with white sandy shores on the Arabian Gulf in between. By contrast, Ras Al Khaimah, nestled at the foot of the Al Hajar Mountains and bordering Oman, is renowned for its pristine natural attractions, unspoiled coastline and lush agriculture.

Oman

With its amazing scenery, secluded sandy beaches untouched by tourism, dramatic contrasts in architecture and peeks into ancient cultures, this land offers a unique and exotic holiday. Oman houses one of the oldest civilisations on the Arabian Peninsula.Oman clings determinedly to its past to ensure that it does not “sell out to the west” and consequently, the capital retains an over-riding Arab character with very few high-rise buildings and a charm all of its own.The mountains surrounding Muscat form a dramatic backdrop to the ancient capital, which is a rather elegant town.

Visit the Bait Al Zubair Museum for an insight into the country’s history and make sure you take a drive along the waterfront Corniche to visit the Fish Market and the Muttrah Souk.

  • Al Maha, a Luxury Collection Desert Resort & Spa, Dubai

    Al Maha, a Luxury Collection Desert Resort & Spa, Dubai

    This stunning resort is superbly designed to blend into the natural desert habitat and affords lavish comfort, breathtaking views of the Hajar Mountains and is a true Arabian experience.

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  • Madinat Jumeirah

    Madinat Jumeirah

    Set on the white sandy Jumeirah Beach this stunning resort provides a truly authentic Arabian

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  • The Chedi Muscat, Oman

    The Chedi Muscat, Oman

    Amid a contrasting backdrop of the majestic Hajar Mountains is The Chedi Muscat - an oasis of mysticism and luxury. Simple elegance, stylish furnishings and traditional Omani architecture distinguish the hotel with an ageless charm.

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