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Arabia & Middle East Holidays

Pack your bags and prepare for an unforgettable journey to the heart of Arabia. Immerse yourself in a world of luxury, where exceptional hospitality and rich cultural heritage intertwine seamlessly. Indulge in a myriad of delectable desserts and sweet delights that are an integral part of the region's culinary traditions. This enchanting destination offers a plethora of captivating experiences, ensuring your holiday is nothing short of extraordinary.

Arabia holiday destinations

Dubai hotels

In Arabia, hotels offer an abundance of luxurious amenities. For a truly royal experience, Atlantis the Palm Resort stands out from the competition. Nestled on the grand crescent of Dubai’s iconic Palm Island, it’s an ocean-themed resort offering a once-in-a-lifetime experience for everyone. Apart from complimentary access to the world’s largest water park, Aquaventure Waterpark, and Splashers, the largest kid’s water-based theme park in the Middle East, the resort features an award-winning ShuiQi Spa, boating, babysitting services, and private beach areas. The accommodation includes modern suites with additional amenities such as a terrace jacuzzi and private beach access from your suite.

JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai, awarded Traveller's Choice in 2023, is a futuristic paradise designed in the mind of elegance and luxury. Providing a beautiful setting to pop the question, the JW Marquis Hotel Dubai is home to some of Dubai’s most iconic structures, including the tallest building in the world, Burj Khalifa, and the largest shopping mall. Idyllic for both, business trips and leisure, the hotel features a fitness centre, a nightclub, scenic pools, and a rejuvenating Saray Spa.

In Saudi Arabia, the Jabal Omar Hyatt Regency Makkah offers a spacious hotel in the heart of Makkah city. Offering a fantastic dining experience, from a selection of on-site restaurants, its perfect position gives guests access to the city with Al-Masjid Al-Haram a one-minute walk away. You can also enjoy panoramic city views from your lavish apartments, topping off the cherry on the cake of an Arabian getaway.

Where is Arabia?

Arabia is located in Southwest Asia, northeast of Africa, bordering the Red Sea, Sea of Oman, and Arabian Gulf. The countries that make up this magnificent peninsula include Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Yemen, Oman, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait, Jordan, and Iraq.

Covering an area of 3,237,500 square kilometres, Arabia is the largest peninsula in the world and is known for its warm, mostly desert climate. The region holds great economic significance globally due to its substantial oil and gas resources.

Arabia travel FAQ

Scorching Arabia has a hot and balmy climate all year round, but it always depends on the specific region you wish to visit. Generally, the cooler months from November to March boast more comfortable temperatures for travel, as summers can get extremely hot. The best time to visit Dubai spans from September to March. September is much warmer with average temperatures of 30°C, dropping to 20°C by Jan.

If you love basking on the beach, you may wish to visit the country in May and June. July and August are the hottest months of the year, with a sultry climate and drastic temperatures of around 40°C. Most travellers tend to visit Dubai between September and May.


The diversity of the Arabian region makes it a hub for a wide range of things to see and do, from desert safaris to iconic modern architecture and an abundance of sensational, one-of-a-kind attractions.

The Burj Khalifa in Dubai, standing at an impressive 828 metres tall, is a must-see attraction that represents the heart and soul of the city, offering gob-smacking views from its observation decks on the 124th and 148th floors.

The Dubai Mall is the world's largest shopping destination, spanning over 1 million square metres (equivalent to 200 football pitches) and featuring over 1,200 retail stores, 70 signature outlets, a designer avenue with famous international brands, and the Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo, as well as a large cinema and Olympic-sized ice rink.

For adrenaline junkies, Dubai offers the unique experience of indoor skiing at the Mall of the Emirates, where visitors can hit the slopes surrounded by the mall's productive shoppers.

Jumeirah Beach, also known as Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR), is a picturesque, pearly-white paradise offering much more than just its turquoise waters. Conveniently located near the Dubai Mall and Marina, JBR provides easy access to an array of shops and restaurants. On the beach itself, visitors can soak up the sun while admiring views of the iconic Burj Al Arab, watch an array of water sports, and enjoy thrilling fairground rides. It's worth noting that Jumeirah Beach is only accessible to women and children on Mondays.

For those seeking wind-based activities, Kite Beach is a must-visit destination. Its spacious, aquamarine waters provide ideal conditions for windsurfing and kitesurfing. Visitors can hire equipment from the Fun Beach Water Sports and Stand-Up Paddle Boat and Kayak Rental, or take lessons at one of the many surf schools lining the shore. After working up an appetite, sun-kissed restaurants can be found nearby, and the Aqua Park Leisure offers even more family-friendly fun.

Reflecting the rich cultural and historical influences of the region, Arabian cuisine is a kaleidoscope of diversity. Common dishes include rice paired with succulent roast meats like lamb or chicken, seasoned with a blend of aromatic spices such as cumin, coriander, and cardamom. Kabsa, a celebrated speciality, features fragrant rice adorned with meat and vegetables, infused with nutmeg, cinnamon, saffron, and loomi (sun-dried black limes). Another beloved dish is shakshuka, featuring poached eggs nestled in a creamy tomato sauce with a kick of heat. During Ramadan, Jareesh, also known as Harees, is a favourite—a hearty blend of wheat, rice, and meat, seasoned to perfection. For a delightful treat, sample Matabaq, a Saudi Arabian delicacy consisting of a stuffed pancake or pan-fried bread filled with savoury or sweet ingredients. And no Arabian culinary journey is complete without having a cup of gahwa, Arabic coffee steeped in tradition and often served during social gatherings.

Arabian culture is deeply rooted in Islamic and Arab traditions, spanning across 22 countries in the Arab world. Its essence lies in a rich tapestry of history and hospitality, where social customs emphasize values like honesty and modesty in everyday interactions. Family holds paramount importance in Arabian society, reflecting a strong bond and commitment to tradition. Across different regions, you'll find unique variations in traditional music, dance, and cuisine, each showcasing local flavors and customs. Islamic art and architecture, characterized by intricate calligraphy and geometric patterns, are revered forms of expression, with museums preserving manuscripts and ancient artifacts as quintessential art forms. While Arabian culture presents a cohesive identity, there are also distinctive customs and traditions unique to each Arab country.

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