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Abu Dhabi

A destination for the whole family, Abu Dhabi has the awe-inspiring Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, world’s fastest roller coaster in the largest indoor theme park, relaxing Al Ain Oasis, to feed the animals in the emirate’s engaging zoos, or you can have a great day out on the UAE capital’s landmark Corniche.

While in Abu Dhabi, don’t forget to get on the water! From wake-boarding to surfing and parasailing, from cruising in a traditional pearling boat to kayaking through our natural mangrove forests, from zooming to the pace of a speedboat tour to diving, cruising, snorkelling or swimming, the emirate’s waters are yours to discover.

For a 360˚ entertainment experience, head to Yas Island where you can burn rubber at Yas Marina Circuit – home to the annual Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, have a coffee or stay at the iconic Yas Viceroy – the world’s only hotel to straddle an F1 race track – ride the world’s fastest roller coaster at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, have a giant splash at Yas Waterworld, play Arabia’s only links course and relax on a white sandy beach.

Shopping is something of a national pastime in Abu Dhabi, perhaps because it’s so diverse and tax-free: everything from luxurious and ultra-modern malls with the latest brands, to small, souk-like shops where you can buy traditional perfumes, handicrafts, spices and carpets.

To explore the lifestyle, head to The Collection at The St Regis, Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi and enjoy high-end shops, restaurants and cafés – all within a Mediterranean-style ‘village’ complete with terraces, courtyards and piazzas. Alternatively, visit the Eastern Mangroves Promenade for a mix of restaurants, health & beauty and leisure venues, with an arch-fronted open pedestrian zone and stunning mangroves-view terraces. For a more-community orientated experience head to Al Raha Beach Plazas and shop, dine or relax on the promenade with stunning Arabian Gulf views.

If you’re interested in culture and heritage, catch a cab to the Heritage Village on the Corniche Breakwater and step back in time to a traditional desert lifestyle. Bargain with souvenir sellers and watch craftsmen at work producing pottery, weaving and metal work.

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Dubai

Dubai is a vibrant and exciting destination, it is a splendour of 5, 6 and even 7* luxurious hotels and is perfect for a city break with the extra perk. The image that would come to mind is that of Sheiks, money, yachts and man-made islands built in the shape of palm trees. Famous for everything that’s the biggest and best you really wouldn’t want to miss the world’s tallest building the Burj Khalifa or the world’s first 7-star hotel, The Burj Al Arab, shaped like a sail. The Hotel is so exclusive that you can’t just go inside for a look… you need to book at least a meal for that privilege.

If you think a city break is your thing in Dubai, picture spa’s and beaches. For the more adventurous how about exploring the Wadi’s by quad bike or feasting in Bedouin tents under the stars.

For those who like to shop until they drop, there is a range of exclusive, designer stores. Or maybe relaxing on the golf range is more your thing…tee off in world-class golf resorts! If none of the previous sounds like your cup of tea and the main aim on your holiday to Dubai is to unwind and enjoy complete relaxation…then the warm waters of the gulf, beautiful sandy beaches and first class accommodation will ensure you can do so in amazing surroundings.

 Burj Khalifa

Named At the Top on the 124th floor, it comes with an outdoor observation deck. With scenic views over Dubai, the observation deck also features the Behold Telescope, which allows visitors to view the surrounding landscape in real-time. That really is a sight to behold!

Safa Park

Safa Park is located in the centre of the city and boasts three lakes… the largest of which has a fountain and touring boats. You can also take a stroll around the park and take in the waterfall bird watch, or just enjoy the green space with a picnic and good company.

Dubai Mall

The world’s biggest shopping mall…Dubai Shopping Mall is the epitome of heaven for those who love to shop. It has over 1,200 retail outlets so if you can’t find what you are looking for here… you really won’t find it anywhere. Get prepared to max out that credit card!

Other attractions

Visiting for a Family Holiday to Dubai? Then a family visit for the adventurous may involve a sky dive, kids can swim with dolphins, splash about in the water parks, visit the Dubai aquarium and underwater zoo or even go indoor skiing!

The Dubai fountains provide entertainment for all ages… the fountains, which shoot 50 metres into the sky to music is something that really cannot be missed.

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Oman

Reached by a relatively short flight, by long haul standards at least, and offering almost guaranteed blue skies, Oman is perfect for some winter sun and, in recent years, it has emerged as a hip holiday destination. This Arab state offers you so much more than just the perfect beach break. Seek out utterly beautiful mountain and desert landscapes; experience the genuine pride that the Omanis have in their country; and see an entirely different side of Arabia than you will find in the flashier neighbouring United Arab Emirates.

There are over 500 forts, castles and towers in Oman – all very much needed in days gone by to protect the expansive coastline from invasion! Jalali and Mirani are amongst Oman’s most famous forts, standing at the entrance to Muscat Bay, whilst Rustaq Fort, dating back to the 13th Century, is the oldest and tallest. Bahla Castle with its 7-mile long walls is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Al Hazm Castle, in the middle of a large oasis, stands out due to its magnificent shape and size.

Immerse yourself in traditional Islamic culture in Oman, a land unspoilt by time or commercialism. Ancient history and colourful traditions ensure every inch of this nation bears witness to its immortal heritage with some incredible cultural experiences, including the Grand Mosque with its stunning Arabic architecture. There are also several UNESCO World Heritage Sites to explore, including the Bat Tombs, which date back to the third millennium BC and the Frankincense Route, a group of locations that contributed to the flourishing frankincense trade during the Middle Ages.

Oman is one of the best kept secrets in the diving world! There are numerous coral reefs surrounding the Sultanate with dramatic wall drop-offs to tempt the experienced diver and scenic coral lined fjords, ranging in depth from 6-40m. Kayaking is another widely available watery pursuit or head to the desert for a 4×4 safari or spot of wadi bashing! Oman is also one of the best places on earth to spot dolphins, so take a boat trip off the coast of Muscat and enjoy!

Thanks to Oman’s sub-tropical location, it can get a tad on the warm side; for instance, in the summer time (Jun-Sep), temperatures can rise to over 40°C. However, don’t despair, if you’re considering a visit during the autumn (Sep-Nov), or spring (Feb-Mar), then you’ll be treated to a mostly dry country with pleasant temperatures in the mid-to-late twenties. December and January can be a lot cooler, as can autumn and spring evenings, so bring some warm clothes and, if you’re visiting in the winter, you may be well advised to pack a brolly as this is considered the rainy season.

 

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