Whether you are thinking about Dubai or one of it's neighbours you can be sure of a fabulous experience in thr Arabian Gulf.
Head for Dubai for it's sophiscated infrastructure, remarkable buildings, endless leisure facilities and ultra luxury hotels. Or if you prefer take a trip to Oman or Bahrain for their ancient archaeological sites. If you are into Formula one head to Abu Dhabi.
Whatever destination you choose you can be sure of stunning beaches, great shopping and a stay at some of the most luxury hotels in the world.
Time Difference: GMT +4 hours
Flying Time: 7 hours
We can provide general information about any health formalities required for your trip but you should check with your own doctor for your specific circumstances. Up-to-date travel advice can be obtained from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website.
The Middle East has a very hot and dry climate. Temperatures in the summer months (from May to October) can reach levels of over 40 degrees Celsius. Even in the winter temperatures of 30 degrees are not unusual. Rainfall is minimal in Dubai and Abu Dhabi with possibly only one day of rain each year. Oman can have heavy rain occasionally from November to April.
Yas Island is a man-made island in Abu Dhabi. If you’re looking for full on entertainment, Yas Island is the perfect destination. It has everything from one of the top Grand Prix circuits in the world to a vast shopping mall bursting at the seams with designer shops and restaurants. For the more adventurous, there’s Ferrari World, the world’s first Ferrari branded theme park featuring more than twenty exhilarating rides and attractions. Yas Island also has its own golf course and its own beach.
Take the fastest lift in the world to the top of the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifi in Dubai. Access to the building is easy because it has its own Metro stop and from there it’s a ten minute walk. There is an exhibition on the history of the construction.
The capital of Oman, Muscat, offers plenty of sight-seeing opportunities in addition to its stunning location. Its surrounded by mountains with a history dating back to antiquity. Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque is definitely worth a visit, but entry is not possible on a Friday. The Al Alam Palace, built in 1972, is a stunning building and is one of six royal residences of the Sultan Qaboos.