The big cities of this region have it all to create a perfect holiday – sun, sea, shopping, spas and sights! Get a taste of the city by visiting the amazing landmarks, followed by relaxing in style overlooking the stunning views. With water parks, desert resorts, malls and beaches Dubai, Qatar and Abu Dhabi make for great destinations or stopovers.
For a different experience of the region, Jordan is unveiled as a unique destination offering breathtaking and mysterious sights, high standard accommodations, exquisite cuisine and countless unique experiences.
Whether you want to pamper your loved ones in 5 star opulence in Dubai, or soak up the culture on a trek across the deserts of Iran; with year round sunshine, relatively short flight-times, and world class facilities and services, a journey to the Middle East can be the perfect mix of sun, sand, sea, luxury and convenience.
Cities of the Future
Abu Dhabi’s Masdar City offers a glimpse into the future as it aims to become the world’s most sustainable eco-city, combining ancient Arabic architectural techniques with modern technology. Whether you just want to wander the streets and marvel at the unique architecture, relax at one of the numerous restaurants and coffee shops, or browse the luxury convenience store, and organic food shops and cafes, there is plenty to do for the whole family. Combine this development with the sprawling high rises of the urban centres of Dubai, Qatar and Abu Dhabi, and the Middle East is a fascinating and exciting destination for city breaks with a difference.
For many visitors the main reason to visit the Middle East is to shop. The shopping is so good and pedestrianised districts are home to cool boutiques, casual eateries, cinemas and family-friendly entertainment. Head to the fascinating Souks for some souvenirs and bargains. Carpets and kilims from Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Turkey, Morocco; exotic tapestries, cushion covers, ottomans, and clothes; bronze and copper pots, Alladin lamps and intricate trays; silver Bedouin jewellery; plenty of camels (from fluffy toys to bronze ornaments); and all kinds of kitsch. From high-glam fashion to contemporary art to tacky gifts, the super malls and souks of this region are a shopaholics paradise.
For unrivalled luxury, often at prices that are impossible to match in the rest of the world, you really can’t beat a holiday to the Middle East. The goliaths of the UAE, Dubai and Abu Dhabi, have developed such an array of superb resorts with your every wish catered for that you are almost guaranteed the holiday of a lifetime. Some hotels offer butler service, which allows visitors to outsource their packing and unpacking. For the ultimate luxury experience start your holiday in style – skip the queues and take a helicopter from the airport directly to your luxury hotels rooftop heli-pad!
Discover desert wildlife at night on an off-road drive through a Desert Conservation Reserve, equipped with a spot light and night vision binoculars. Stop to look for scorpions with a black light on the scorpion hunt before stargazing with hot chocolate. Try a truly exhilarating adventure driving across the dunes in the latest, fully automatic off-road dune buggies. Experience the desert in the best possible light on a sunset camel ride. Explore the dramatic canyons, rocky valleys and fishing villages of the Hajar Mountains on the UAE’s East Coast on a full day safari. Freefall over the Palm Jumeirah from nearly 4,000m, after leaping from one of SkyDive Dubai’s aircraft. Add to these activities the possibilities to ski, dive, helicopter tour and so much more, a holiday to the Middle East has enough to keep adrenalin junkies busy.
Explore Ancient Petra
The extraordinary kingdom of Jordan is full of historical and natural attractions. Visitors may wander colonnaded Roman streets, scale dramatic hilltop Crusader fortresses, traverse the desert dunes of Wadi Rum in the footsteps of Lawrence of Arabia, float in the bizarrely buoyant waters of the Dead Sea, and at Petra, explore the astonishing ‘Rose-Red City’ of rock-cut temples and tombs, a truly unforgettable icon and man-made wonder of the world. This ancient city lay beneath the desert sands for centuries, and was only rediscovered in 1812 (by Indiana Jones ;)). The highlights are the spectacular temple, the Treasury and the Monastery which have been hewn out of solid rock. Climb aboard your camel and follow your experienced guide through this fascinating ancient site!
Fun for all the family
Visit the Arabian Peninsula for the child-friendly beaches, the shopping and the myriad opportunities for family fun. Whether you want to explore the souks, splash out in a water-park, ride a camel out into the desert or just enjoy the hotel (some are so OTT, they’re tourist attractions in their own right!), there is loads for toddlers, kids, teens and adults to enjoy together. Say hello to the resident penguins at the indoor real-snow ski centre and head under the sea on the exhilarating Aquaventure Water Coasters at Atlantis Palm in Dubai. In Abu Dhabi you can find high-speed thrills at Ferrari World or take an exciting 4×4 safari in the desert. The opportunities for the whole family to experience something unforgettable together and create lasting memories in this region are endless.