One of the best things about exploring the Gulf is the diversity it offers. What often comes to mind is the futuristic, cosmopolitan city of Dubai, but few realise that the Arabian Gulf is home to a rich history.
From prisons that now serve as museums, to a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with excavations that date back to 3000 BC!
Visitors can find soaring skyscrapers in Abu Dhabi, then move onwards to lounge on a beach in Bahrain (also a great place for travelling to the Tree of Life in the midst of a beautiful desert).
Middle Eastern cuisine will have you indulging to new heights. Traditional Arab cuisine, Qatari, is made up of Arabic and Levantine dishes, with Iranian and Indian influences. You’ll be filled with a combination of spices, rice and chicken. Not to mention, all of the assorted mezes and fresh hummus on offer.
Then there is the world-class mall shopping and bustling markets. Step inside one of the many souks and you’ll be unable to resist picking up a few gifts for friends and family back home.
If it’s contrast and colour you’re seeking, then dip your toes in the warm, clear waters surrounding the Gulf’s best kept secrets and enjoy a destination where worlds and cultures collide.
We’ve handpicked a few of our favourite hotels and resorts, with perfect locations for exploring what the Gulf has to offer...
Ras Al Khaimah
Ras Al Khaimah provides stunning vistas of mountainous surrounds and glorious beaches, and the warm mineral waters of Khatt Village are renowned for their healing qualities and are a popular destination for visitors and locals alike.
The UAE’s northern-most Emirate offers its visitors boundless natural attractions – from its golden beaches, lush mangroves and terracotta deserts, to the towering Hajar Mountains bordering Oman.
Exploring the Awaﬁ desert and rolling sand dunes by 4WD or camel
Visiting the beautiful Ain Khat, with its natural geysers and swimming in one of its thermal springs
Climbing the coastal hilltop Dhayah Fort for wonderful views of the Arabian Gulf, Hajar Mountains and the lush palm gardens below
Taking a thrilling ride on the world’s longest zip line in the Jebel Jais Mountains
Hilton Al Hamra Beach & Golf Resort
Hilton Al Hamra Beach & Golf Resort offers the ﬁnest in Arabian hospitality, nestled in landscaped gardens and proud to showcase its 640 metre white sand beach. Attention to detail is apparent in the tasteful design of the interiors and stylish pools beside the sea providing irresistible places to unwind.
With watersports and entertainment aplenty it suits both active and languid types.
The resort features stunning views of the Arabian Gulf and Hajar Mountains, providing a unique backdrop for the 18-hole championship golf course at Al Hamra Golf Club.