Dubai & Middle East
The Middle East is a region that has been of great importance since ancient times. Strategically located, it is a natural land bridge connecting the continents of Asia, Africa and Europe.
Today, several daily flights connect us via Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Qatar and Oman with the rest of the world.
Dubai is located on the southern shores of the Arabian Gulf and is the best known of the seven emirates which make up the United Arab Emirates.
A popular destination offering visitors a unique holiday adventure - with luxury hotels and excellent leisure facilities, sunshine virtually guaranteed, beautiful beaches and Arabian hospitality. Dubai is a cosmopolitan city with distinctive cultural blend of 'old meets new' and 'east meets west'.
Founded on ocean borne trading, Dubai has welcomed visitors to its hot, sandy shores for hundreds of years. Today visitors can choose from an array of luxurious modern hotels from beachside to city centre as well as mountain and desert
Oman is located at the mouth of the Persian Gulf and shares land borders with the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Saudi Arabia and Yemen. The coastline is by the Arabian Sea in the south and the Gulf of Oman in the north.
A vast desert plain covers most of central Oman with mountain ranges in the north and southeast coast. Muscat, the capital city is in the north while Salalah is in the south. The peninsula of Musandam is separated from the rest of the country by the UAE.
Oman has a rich cultural heritage including unique archaeological sites of world significance. Its extensive coastline, spectacular sandy beaches and hot sunny climate also make it ideal for outdoor recreational activities and water sports
Abu Dhabi is the capital and second most populous city in the United Arab Emirates.
More low key than Dubai, it is great for those seeking more authentic Emirati culture and experience. The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is a must – this white marble structure is the largest of its kind in the UAE. By contrast, the super-modern Louvre museum has loaned works by Matisse, Da Vinci and Van Gogh from the Louvre in Paris.
For adrenaline junkies there is Ferrari World while once a year the city's Yas Marina Circuit hosts the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Those who enjoy walking should head for the Corniche, an 8km seaside boulevard framed by sandy beaches, shiny skyscrapers and shopping malls
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