Renowned for being big, bold and beautiful, there’s much more to Arabia than first meets the eye. Beneath the opulent splendour lies an undeniable eastern charm waiting to be discovered. Soaring city skylines, expanses of desert and colourful souks promise to make you wish to never return home. But now is the most difficult decision of all; Dubai, Abu Dhabi or Oman – where will you choose for your next escape?
Over the years Dubai has transformed drastically from its humble beginnings as a pearl diving centre to a booming metropolis, boasting one of most extravagant skylines in the world. East and West fuse together, creating a new blend of colourful culture filled with enriching experiences.
Barter with local tradesman at the famous souks of Dubai to find hidden gems from the eclectic stores that line the narrow streets. Here you’ll find lavish golden jewellery, rich handmade fabrics and the scent of oud which lingers in the air. Looking for some well-deserved retail therapy? Then splash out at designer boutiques in Dubai’s infamous malls.
Rise over Dubai’s unmistakable cityscape and see for yourself where the megalopolis ends and the golden sands of the desert begin on a helicopter ride. Catch a glimpse of the towering Burj Al Arab Hotel as it shimmers in the sun, Jumeriah Beach and the spectacular manmade phenomenon, Palm Island.
Go in search of exotic native wildlife in a luxurious Range Rover over the soft dunes. Follow up your safari with a delectable six course dinner inside a Royal Desert Retreat, complete with your very own private Majlis (a private place where guests are entertained), silk carpets, and fluffy cushions where you can relax by the crackling bonfire.
Whilst Dubai boasts hedonistic glamour, Abu Dhabi’s beauty lies in the low key. Home to the breath-taking white marble domes and columns of Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque and the remote Al Ain Oasis which blooms with date palms and orange groves, the city has truly cemented its reputation at the forefront of culture and recreation in the Middle East.
...the Louvre Abu Dhabi. The first of its kind, the museum is rooted in human values representing the unique dynamic of contemporary Arab culture whilst celebrating the region’s authentic heritage. A piece of art in itself, the museum is designed as a floating dome and showcases everything from ancient artifacts from the first civilisation, to art pieces which challenge the modern world.
One of the most anticipated events of the year, the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix has hosted some of the most exhilarating F1™ battles since its inauguration. Hairpin bends promise to get the heart racing as cars zoom across the circuit. For the best seats in the house, opt for gourmet cuisine and an open bar aboard a luxury yacht.
Savour sumptuous afternoon tea with dazzling views of the city from the Observation Deck on the 74th floor of the Etihad Towers. Peruse over the menu of 24 of the finest blends of tea whilst sipping on a complimentary glass of Iced Tea with berries and grenadine. Choose to sit beside the windows that line the walls at sunset for a truly unique experience
Unwesternised and unspoilt, Oman perfectly combines timeless glamour with authentic oriental tradition. For discerning travellers looking for something a little different, you’ll discover magnificent cliffs of the Musandam Peninsula, bazaars where spicy scents ignite the senses and ancient forts which have stood the test of time.
Arrive in style and paraglide into Six Senses Zighy Bay. Explore Oman’s spectacular marina which is hugged by dramatic mountains on one side and pristine sandy beaches on the other, from 960 feet above ground. If paragliding isn’t your thing, arrive like royalty with a fifteen minute speedboat into the bay.
Head to Rasa al Jinz Turtle Reserve, home to five different species. Accompany an expert and watch on in awe as the turtles nest. If you’re lucky enough, you may even see their hatchlings clamber down the beach and make their way back into the ocean
The Bait Al Luban, meaning the House of Frankincense is the perfect setting for a traditional Omani meal. After being greeted with infused water, try Shuwa, a classic Omani celebration dish comprised of marinated meat roasted in an underground fire pit. Finish off with coffee and dates for the most authentic epicurean experience.