Picture a trip to the Arabian Gulf – Oman, Dubai and Abu Dhabi – and you would be quite right to think of ground-breaking six-star hotels, fascinating cultural traditions and plenty of outdoor activities, from watersports to dune buggies, and more. The first thing to note is those luxury resorts, where out-and-out decadence is the order of the day, not just in Dubai with its lavish high rises, architectural beauty and manmade islands, but Abu Dhabi and Oman too.
In each of those destinations you’ll find an enchanting mix of Arabian style meeting modern indulgence.
Under the surface of this adult-playground there lies one of the great travel experiences, with countless designer boutiques and shopping malls, waterparks, underground aquariums and Formula One tracks to explore. For active types, the coast of the Arabian Gulf is key, as scuba diving and boat tours, wind and kitesurfing, sea kayaks, jet skiing and stand-up paddle boards are all extremely popular here; with more leisurely days out on a catamaran or yacht easily arranged too. Head inland then, and you can experience Bedouin culture in the desert, 4x4 safaris, camel rides and a side of the Middle East which is always evocative and sometimes misunderstood.
Contact Elite Travel Concierge about luxury holidays in the Arabian Gulf and we’ll curate a bespoke trip for you.