Arabia's year-long sunshine attracts those who love the beach or lounging around the pool, and the region's mega malls keep shopaholics happy too. However, this fascinating part of the world, that is at the crossroads of East and West, has so much more to offer.
From the historic sites of Oman, the laid back beaches of Abu Dhabi, the cosmopolitan buildings of Dubai and the glittering cityscapes of Qatar to the laid back lifestyle of Fujairah and Ras Al Khaimah, Arabia offers a destination full of surprises.
The largest and the federal capital of the seven kingdoms that make up the United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi's varied coastline of beaches, islands and mangroves lead to vast deserts, modern cityscapes, rocky heights and cooling oases. From Abu Dhabi city's famous Corniche to the western region's Empty Quarter Desert in Al Gharbia, culture, history and adventure are all waiting to be discovered.Discover More
Ajman, the smallest state of the United Arab Emirates at just 260 square kilometres, is blessed with year round sunshine and golden shores. This hidden gem's modest size and relaxed rate of development appeal to those seeking a haven from the stresses of everyday life. The beautiful 16km shoreline is best enjoyed with a stroll along the delightful Corniche, the sandy beaches are heavenly for those who want to relax or take a dip in the warm Gulf waters and inland, the remote enclaves of Manama and Masfout boast the stunning Hajar Mountains as their backdropDiscover More
Dubai is a unique and fascinating cocktail of 'east-meets-west' and 'old-meets-new'. All year round glorious sunshine, warm inviting Arabian Gulf waters and a majestic desert tell only one side of the story. Beyond the hotels and resorts, there are endless opportunities to experience the diversity of Dubai. From 4-wheel drives or camel riding in the desert to moonlit cruises along the Creek and skiing and tobogganing in the Snowdome - there are activities to suit every taste. For the less energetic, the fascinating Dubai Museum is a great way to spend an afternoon, while the malls and souqs offer hours of retail therapy.Discover More
Known in ancient times as 'The Land of the Sea Giants', Fujairah is a hidden treasure just waiting to be discovered. Unspoiled natural beauty can be found in its wonderful beaches, majestic mountains and historical archaeological sites. This is a paradise for water sport enthusiasts and the warm crystal waters that harbour a rich and varied marine life, making it particularly popular for diving and fishing. For the more adventurous, off-road drives through desert and boulder-strewn wadis provide magnificent vistas of the towering Hajar Mountains, whose peaks contain some of the oldest rocks in ArabiaDiscover More
Birthplace of Sinbad and source of the aromatic treasure - frankincense, Oman is as land of contrasts with a rich heritage. At a crossroads of ancient trading routes, its friendly and hospitable citizens, who have been welcoming visitors for hundreds of years, are justly proud of their carefully preserved culture and way of life. With landscapes ranging from towering sand dunes and lush tropical coastlines to high mountain peaks, turquoise fjords and wide golden beaches, once experienced, Oman is never forgotten - whether for a winter break by the beach, a desert adventure, a diving holiday or a trek in the mountains.Discover More
A decade ago, only business travellers spent any time in Doha, but now the country's 5 Star national airline, the phenomenal development of cultural attractions and luxurious hotels springing up everywhere has made Qatar an ideal stopover on long haul routes east - with plenty to see for two or three days or even longer. This fast rising must-see Middle East destination has everyone talking this year, so come and find out what all the fuss is about.Discover More
With over 7,000 years of history and culture, Ras Al Khaimah is the perfect getaway from everyday life. Discover beautiful beaches, desert oases, hot springs, and sand dunes, opulent hotels and rich culture, all surrounded by the dramatic Hajar Mountains. Enjoy incredible sunsets on picture-postcard beaches, stunning nature with terracotta deserts and high mountains. For adventure seekers, the emirate is a great setting for scuba diving, sailing, water skiing, parasailing and with theme parks, kids clubs, shopping and safaris there's something for the whole family. here. Just 45 minutes from glamorous Dubai, Ras Al Khaimah offers an experience quite unique from that of its neighbouring emirates.Discover More