The Middle East’s unique array of countries presents an enchanting variety of attractions, scenery and famed hospitality, from the cinematic landscapes of the United Arab Emirates to the intriguing features of Oman and Jordan.

Cradle of Civilisations

The beauty of Dubai knows no bounds and exhibits a rich history, which will give you the perfect blend of authentic Arabic culture, while you experience stunning contemporary architecture.  A popular historic attraction is the Dubai museum, which is located inside one of Dubai’s oldest structures, Al Fahidi Fort, showcasing artefacts and stories, which piece together the city’s humble beginnings. The city’s transformation is depicted through a number of incredible landmarks, which visitors are instantly drawn to, the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world, and the Burj Al Arab, one of the world’s most luxurious hotels. Dubai also appeals to avid shoppers, offering an experience like no other. The Dubai Mall is one of the world’s largest shopping malls and is home to many major and luxurious brands. Those looking for unique finds can enjoy exploring the Souqs, which are traditional Arabic markets, specialising in textiles, fabrics, spices and even gold.

For those looking a thrill, you can experience the host of activities boasted by Dubai’s close neighbour, Abu Dhabi. Abu Dhabi is the capital of the United Arab Emirates and is home to some of the country’s most exciting locations. Those looking to make their trip one to remember should visit Ferrari World, which features the fastest roller coaster in the world, reaching speeds of 240km/hr in less than 5 seconds.

If you were impressed by the architecture of Dubai, then the sites of Abu Dhabi will truly amaze you. The Emirates Palace is the most luxurious hotel in the UAE and is definitely the best spot to relax and have a golden cappuccino. That’s right – Le Cafe at the Palace allows visitors to have a cappuccino made with flakes of real gold.

If it is natural beauty that you are looking for, then Oman is definitely a must visit. The landscapes range from towering sand dunes and tropical coastlines to majestic mountains, sweeping the skyline, carrying some spectacular caves and wadis. For adventure seekers the Wahiba Sands provide the perfect day out, allowing you to try Omani activities, such as dune-bashing and camel races, as well as meeting local tribesmen and you can even stay overnight for a true taste of the desert. No visit to Oman would be complete without a visit to the ancient city of Nizwa, where you can enjoy breathtaking views of the Hajar Mountains and the surrounding date plantations. Then after a busy day of exploring you can take a leisurely stroll along one of Oman’s finest beaches and watch the scintillating sunset.

Jordan has been a source of delight for visitors and is recognised as the ‘hidden gem’ of the Middle East, with its mesmerising scenery and world-renowned historical and religious sites. The perfect place to start is Petra, which is an incredible historical masterpiece, carved into mountain in Southern Jordan, and is one of the seven wonders of the world.

The Dana Biosphere Reserve is Jordan’s largest nature reserve and is a wonderful place for hiking and observing animals from across the African, Asian and European Continents. At night the reserve offers some unparalleled stargazing, as you can kick back, relax and enjoy the beauty of starlit sky.

If it is unique experiences that you are after then you must explore the huge salt lake of the Dead Sea and treat yourself to a soothing mud mask. As a result of the high salt level you can float effortlessly on the water’s surface and benefit from the host of healing properties associated with the lake.

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