Dubai, one of the seven territories that make up the United Arab Emirates, is a sprawling multicultural city that has grown enormously in recent decades. Here, you'll find everything you could possibly ask for in a modern metropolis: world-class shopping, architectural triumphs and luxurious ways to dine and relax. Cruise to Dubai and stroll along the Dubai Marina waterfront past the many large yachts and futuristic high-rises. Relax on the sandy beach at Kite Beach or Sunset Beach, overlooking the iconic sail-shaped hotel Burj Al Arab. Explore the charming Souq Madinat Jumeirah village, with its network of canals that pass Arabian-style hotels and lush gardens. Then, check out the Al Fahidi historical neighbourhood and its distinctive sand-coloured traditional buildings.
If you're in the mood for a vacation full of luxury and relaxation, the Arabian Gulf is the place to be. Indulge in the most unforgettable culinary experiences, go shopping in the souks for exclusive items, relax on the perfect beaches and try out the most calming spa treatments. When it comes to pampering, there's no better place to visit. You'll be surprised by a visit to Oman, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Bahrain.
The Arabian Gulf, which is located in Asia, experienced a fast evolution after the discovery of oil. Fishing and pearling villages developed into global centres of commerce, finance and tourism. Set sail on Arabian Gulf cruises to explore exotic souks (Arabian markets), smell fragrant incense wafting from a traditional bakhoor burner and sample spicy dishes like machboos, a delicious seafood or meat stew. Visit the mosques of Muscat, Oman, before taking in the sprawling, modern city of Dubai from the tallest structure in the world, the Burj Khalifa.
Step back in time in the Al Fahidi Historical District, or soak up the culture at the extraordinary Museum of Islamic Art. If you're feeling adventurous, get a glimpse of giraffes at the Arabian Wildlife Park, or go dune bashing through the desert on a safari. With thousands of years of history and culture brewing in the deserts of the Arabian Gulf and North Africa, you're bound to be swept away.