United Arab Emirates
Guaranteed weather and unsurpassed shopping make Dubai both a popular short break in its own right and a good extension to other Middle Eastern country visits.
For a superbly memorable self-indulgent desert experience, a stay at the Al Maha, the exclusive tented resort, enables you to cruise the dunes by 4WD or simply relax by your own private plunge pool in ultimate luxury, Bedouin style.
Itineraries relating to the Middle East
Trip Reports for the Middle East
Fiona’s travel tips
TOP TIP: The Musandam Peninsula is just a 90 minute drive from Dubai — an easy way to combine the two countries.
READ: Wilfred Thesiger’s Across the Empty Quarter.
BEST TIME TO GO:
Jordan and Syria: Spring and autumn
Lebanon: year round
UAE/Oman: October to April
Jordan: 5½ hours (direct)
Lebanon: 4½ hours (direct)
Oman: 9 hours (indirect)
Syria: 6¾ hours (direct)
UAE: 6¾ hours (direct)
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