Whether you are thinking about Dubai or one of its neighbours, you can be sure of a fabulous experience full of luxury in the Arabian Gulf. The Middle East is a place of contrasts – home to vast deserts, traditional regions, amazing beaches and strikingly modern architecture with modern luxurious hotels boasting endless leisure facilities.
Dubai is a must-see luxury holiday destination in the Middle East with a breathtaking skyline. Stunning beach locations meet desert sands and you’ll find gracious hospitality and sophistication abounds in the wide selection of ultra-luxurious hotels here. There are many recreational activities on offer including watersports, desert safaris, sailing, skydiving and indoor ski slopes and you can shop til you drop at the impressive Dubai Mall. Waterpark lovers won’t be disappointed as there’s a choice of fabulous waterparks in Dubai – it’s a great way to beat the heat whilst having loads of fun!
When talking of Dubai, you cannot fail to mention The Palm Jumeirah; an amazing manmade island which resembles a stylised palm tree. This is home to some wonderful five-star luxury resorts including One&Only The Palm, Atlantis The Palm and Jumeirah Zabeel Saray. Dining is an absolute joy with a seemingly endless array of food choices available – everything from a simple snack and coffee to top-class dining in notable restaurants is available to you.
Abu Dhabi has shimmering turquoise waters, historic sites, heritage attractions, wonderful golf courses and more. Highlights include the world’s first Ferrari theme park, The Galleria designer brand outlet and the outstanding Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. Visit the Arabian Wildlife Park at Sir Bani Yas Island which is home to more than 10,000 free roaming animals including gazelles, giraffes, hyenas, cheetahs and the Arabian Oryx. Yas Island is home to the Yas Marina Circuit and visitors can experience the true thrill of the track by booking one of the packages on offer such as Driver or Passenger Experiences. Super yachts are are commonly spotted in the Yas Marina as well – it’s a great place to sit back, relax and watch how the other half live!
The Sultanate of Oman fuses the ancient and modern worlds in perfect harmony so you will see ancient forts and ornate mosques alongside modern architecture and luxury resorts. You can choose to stay in a traditional Bedouin tented camp or a sophisticated and exclusive hotel. There’s lots to see and do as well with impressive mountain ranges, traditional Arabic villages, trekking, golfing, dolphin and turtle watching and much much more that will make your stay in Oman absolutely unforgettable.
Designer Travel can tailor-make your bespoke holiday to the Middle East. Get in touch and we will listen to what you want out of your holiday and come back to you with options for your budget. We have experts that know the Middle East and who will listen and find you the break you want and deserve. As an award winning and independent travel company, we can offer you a huge range of holidays and flights and that includes dealing with small, specialist suppliers to bigger well known high street brands.
- Dubai has fabulous waterparks including Aquaventure, Wild Wadi and LEGOLAND® Dubai
- Take the fastest lift in the world to the top of the Burj Khalifi in Dubai; the tallest building in the world
- Palm Jumeirah is home to Dubai’s most luxurious resorts including the well known Atlantis The Palm
- Visit Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi, the largest mosque in the country
- The bustling souks are a joy to explore
- The Arabian Wildlife Park is a must for nature and animal lovers
- Yas Island has a top Grand Prix Circuit, Ferrari World, a golf course and beach
- Historical sites include the rock-carved city of Petra and Roman ruins of Jerash
- Zighy Bay in the Sultanate of Oman is a perfect beach paradise
- Muscat has stunning surroundings and lots of sight seeing opportunities
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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°C. Even in the winter temperatures of 30°C 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.
Leisure & Activities
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.