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The Middle East is home to stunning Islamic architecture, desert landscapes, immersive bazaars and modern iconic sky lines. It really is like Aladdin’s cave – a true treasure trove of adventures, experiences, and sites.

On a trip to the Middle East you can camp in the desert of Oman's Empty Quarter, play golf on the perfectly manicured golf courses of the UAE, shop in the bustling bazaars of downtown Amman, and be mesmerised by the grand mosque of Sheikh Zayed Mosque.

History is written everywhere in the Middle East – from the ancient cities of Petra and Jerash, to the ancient mosques and churches, the sandy shores of the Arabian coast line, and the forever changing city skylines of Dubai and Abu Dhabi.  Although the past is ever apparent in the Middle East, there’s plenty of room to write some history of your own.

Destination Highlights

  • Dubai has the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa stands at 828 metres high
  • Family friendly holiday destination
  • The ancient Jordanian city Petra is one of the New Wonders of the World
  • Abu Dhabi is the host of the final race of the Formula One season

Great sample itineraries

Here's a selection of popular itineraries to give you some ideas. But almost anything's possible so call us now and we'll create an amazing holiday just for you.

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Dubai And Mauritius Multi Centre Holidays

  • 11 Days
  • Guide Price £3,399 PP
Get the best of both worlds by combining a lively city getaway with a relaxing trip to awe-inspiring golden beaches...
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Spa & wellbeing holidays
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Jordan Tour From Amman

  • 8 Days
Uncover the delights of Jordan on this seven night tour, which is the perfect getaway if you are a lover...
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Multi centre holidays
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Maldives And Abu Dhabi Holidays

  • 11 Days
  • Guide Price £4,599 PP
Fuse together sightseeing in the capital city of the United Arab Emirates, with unwinding on picturesque long stretching sandy beaches...
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Couples Holidays
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Tour Muscat Oman

  • 5 Days
Oman remains one of the last great undiscovered parts of the Middle East. Our Highlights of Oman tour is a...
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Adventure holidays

Our favorite hotels

Our favourite places to stay are below. We know everyone is different, so if you can’t see something you like, we'd be more than happy to help.

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The Chedi Muscat

This adult-orientated haven is set within 21 acres and offers views of the Gulf of Oman that reach over the...
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Guide Price £1,159
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Atlantis The Palm

On site aquarium featuring 65,000 marine animals Home to the Middle East’s largest water park, Aquaventure Over 20 restaurants including...
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Banana Island Resort Doha by Anantara

25 minutes from the heart of Qatar’s vibrant capital, a luxury catamaran ferry crosses crystal clear water to reach a...
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Guide Price £1,229
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Explore Middle East

Time Zone

GMT +4 hours

Flight Time

Approx. 7 hours 30 minutes

Visa Information

British citizens may require a visa to travel to certain Middle Eastern countries.


Arabic and English are widely spoken

Health Info

Specific vaccinations are not required for travel to the Middle East. However, we do recommend you contact your GP for up to date vaccination information and requirements.

The Middle East is a melting pot of cultures, traditions and the cities of Dubai and Abu Dhabi, have a futuristic feel to them. From Bedouin camps, dune safari's and traditional souqs, to the world famous Burj Khalifa and Sheikh Zayed Mosque there is always something to do and experience.

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Desert Adventures

With Bedouin tribes, other unique 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.

Abu Dhabi Mosque, Middle East

History and Culture

The region is also 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.

Dead Sea, Middle East

Natural Wonders

Sink into the world-famous Dead Sea, or try to, as the thick salt content makes it possible to float on the surface. Or, dive among the undiscovered corals of Oman, Aqaba and Fujairah.


Captivating Cities

From gleaming skyscrapers to eclectic markets, holidays in the Middle East are enriched by the region's fascinating cities.

Tejal, Destination Specialist

"A lot of cities in the Middle East have an airline based from them – Emirates in Dubai for example. This makes it the perfect place to have a stopover before or after visiting somewhere else. You get a chance to experience a new place and adjust to the time difference.”

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“If you’re staying anywhere in the Middle East, you have to experience an overnight stay at an Arabian desert camp. There’s no better place in the world to watch the golden glow of the sunset.” 

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Valerie, Destination Specialist

"The climate in the Middle East makes it the ideal year round destination, but the best time to visit is either spring or autumn. The days are slightly cooler than the summer months, but temperatures still reach upwards of 25 degrees.”

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