The Middle East
The Middle East is a magical, combination of east meets west. A land of rolling desert dunes, camels and oases enveloped in palm trees.
Arabian nights, ancient cultures and Bedouin tribes look directly in the eye of international hotels, designer stores and modern shopping malls and amazing architectural achievements.
Large investments in the tourist infrastructure have meant the Middle East is increasingly a premier destination for luxury holidays.
Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Oman are just a few that have a showcase of top-of-the range hotels and resorts, offering a diverse blend of pristine beaches and busy, cosmopolitan city life.
Sitting at the crossroads of Middle Eastern history for centuries lies Israel. Explore the historic towns of Bethlehem and Nazareth, or visit a Bedouin community in the Negiv Desert.
4 Reasons to visit Israel
- Jerusalem is the city for religion – the old city of Jerusalem is home to the Western wall and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre
- Tel Aviv is the coolest 24 hour city in the Mediterranean
- The Lowest place on earth – the Dead Sea is unique in that you can’t actually swim in it.
- Diverse scenery – the south is the Negev desert a beautiful landscape full of natural life and natural beauty. And 90 minutes north is The Galilee one of the most beautiful regions of Israel. It is characterized by beautiful lush landscape with agriculture, amazing natural landforms, historic sites, and quaint rural villages.
Beguiling Jordan has a mesmerizing beauty, rich in historical sites and unique landscapes. Ride a camel across the wilderness of Wadi Rum, explore eerie desert castles and Roman ruins such as Jerash. Marvel at Petra ‘the rose-red city’ unique and vast, carved into the sheer rock face by the Nabataeans or float 418m below sea level in the Dead Sea.
Oman is the land of Arabian Nights and one of the oldest civilisations. Exotic and mysterious. Whitewashed desert forts influenced by Portugeuse colonisation to traditional reed houses are waiting to awaken the Sinbad in you.
Prevalent in the Middle East are the traditional bazaars and souks for some local shopping or there are upscale shopping malls in Abu Dhabi, Al ain and Dubai. Trendy, cosmopolitan and luxury brands all enclosed in vast air-conditioned malls.
Sparkling bars and restaurants await in Manama, Bahrain as well as a visit to the Al Fatah Grand Mosque.
Along with the fabulous beaches in Dubai there are many other attractions; camel rides, desert safaris, sand skiing, golf, and off road driving through the Wadis of beautiful Fujairah.
Ras Al Khaimah has year long sunshine and 64 kilometres of white sandy beaches plus it is only 45 minutes from the busy hub of Dubai. With over 7,000 years of fascinating history and culture it makes for a unique and complete different experience from its neighbouring Emirates. It offers magnificent landscapes, breathtaking coastlines and rich, terracotta desert planes plus it now boasts the worlds longest zipline!
Al Ain has a zoo and aquarium that is set in 400 hectares and houses the largest collection of rare desert animals, and the only desert based aquarium, complete with an endangered rare species programme. But undoubtedly the most popular family attraction is in Dubai, it is the new Aquaventure water park – a myriad of swimming pools, water rides, wave machines, challenging slides and awesome water features all set in 42 amazing acres.
Combine the buzzing city life of Dubai or Abu Dhabi with a with a chilled beach holiday by tailor-making a multi centre itinerary.
Spend the first few days taking in the city’s fascinating architecture or exploring the many shopping malls. Families can have fun at the waterparks or ski slopes and in Abu Dhabi there is Ferrari world for the car enthusiasts or visit the Grand Mosque for culture buffs.
Then head to an island in the Indian Ocean where you can do as much or as little as you want. The possibilities are the Seychelles, Mauritius or the Maldives for stunning accommodation and white sand beaches. If you want a bit more than just a beach then combine with Sri Lanka which offers cultural heritage and a variety of wildlife in the national parks.