With year-round sunshine and a mix of old culture with modern vision, we love the Middle East for its utter contrast to back home. From the desert’s wild plains to Dubai’s 828-metre-high Burj Khalifa, the Middle East is a treasure trove of adventures and sights.
Explore the Arabian desert; visit 2,000 year old Petra and enjoy a spot of retail therapy in Abu Dhabi. No matter your definition of paradise, you’ll find it here. The Middle East glistens with opportunity, shines with sophistication and offers a whole new level to luxury. Ancient history meets ambitious progress, east meets west and heritage meets cosmopolitan culture in this fascinating, diverse part of the world.
With Bedouin tribes, otherworldly rock formations, and mammoth sand dunes reaching up to 300 metres in height, the Middle East's vast deserts are an incredible backdrop to your holiday. Choose between camel treks, Arabian nights under the stars in a Bedouin tent, or the thrills of dune bashing and 4x4 or quad bike safaris.
The Middle East's ancient ruins and architecture are crowned by Jordan's incredible rose-red city of Petra, carved from the sandstone 2,000 years ago. The region is strewn with historic mosques like Abu Dhabi's 82-domed white marble Sheikh Zayed Mosque, as well as quiet mountain villages that feel like time has stood still, where life adapts to the dry, rugged scenery that surrounds it.
From gleaming skyscrapers to eclectic markets, holidays in the Middle East are enriched by the region's fascinating cities. Soak up the sun on the Red Sea beaches of laidback Aqaba. Hunt for treasures in Muscat's Muttrah Souq. Feel the luxury in the sleek malls of Dubai. Stand in front of 5,000 imaginary spectators in Amman's Roman theatre. And tour the incredible opulence of Abu Dhabi's Emirates Palace.
Golden coastline, craggy canyons, arid deserts, and unique waters; Middle East holidays feature scenery to make you gasp and sigh in equal measure. Sink into the world-famous Dead Sea, or try to, as the thick salt content makes it possible to float on the surface. Dive among the undiscovered corals of Oman, Aqaba, and Fujairah or follow Lawrence of Arabia through the lunar landscapes of Jordan's Wadi Rum Desert.
Oman is a desert country with sunny, warm weather conditions year round. From May to August, coastal areas are very hot and humid, while the interior remains hot and dry. The summer months can see temperatures soar to over 40ºC.
Oman is hot with guaranteed sunshine all year round, but our favourite times to visit are in spring and autumn, avoiding the soaring temperatures of the summer months and the higher risk of rain in January and February.