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Arabia & Middle East Holidays

Pack your suitcase and get ready for a wealth of adventure on an Arabian holiday. Sink into the luxury of fantastic hospitality and rich culture, with a plethora of things to see and do. Being the central hub for desserts and sweet delights Is a perk here. Get camera-ready and start crafting your idyllic holiday package to Arabia.

Arabia holiday destinations

Dubai hotels

In a nutshell, hotels in Arabia offer an abundance of amenities in the epitome of luxury.

If you wish to be treated like royalty, Atlantis the Palm Resort blows off 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.

Awarded Travellers Choice in 2023, JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai 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. To top the cherry on the cake, you'll witness panoramic city views from your lavish apartment.

Where is Arabia?

Also known as the Middle East, Arabia sits in Southwest Asia, Northeast of Africa. This magnificent peninsula has the Red Sea to the west, the Sea of Oman to the east, and the Arabian Gulf to the southeast. The countries in Arabia include Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Yemen, Oman, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait, Jordan, and Iraq.

With an area of 3,237,500 square kilometres, Arabia marks the biggest peninsula in the world and boasts a warm climate. The region is mostly deserted and has a drastic significance to the world’s economy due to its rich 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 down to 20°C by Jan.

If you’ve got a tanning complex of steel, 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 travelers tend to visit Dubai between September and May.

The diversity of this region makes this destination a hub for things to see and do. We’re talking desert safaris, iconic architecture, and an abundance of sensational attractions, some unique to the rest of the world.

The world's tallest building is a must-see attraction in Dubai: The Burj Khalifa represents the heart and soul of the city of Dubai, and it’s a truly remarkable sight. Standing 828m tall this global icon is located right next to the Dubai Mall and boasts gob-smacking views from the observation decks on the 124th and 148th floors.

While we’re here let’s talk about the Dubai Mall – the largest shopping destination with entertainment and leisure. Impressively, Dubai Mall covers over 1 million square meters, which equates to 200 football pitches. Over 1200 retail stores, with 70 signature outlets, a designer avenue with famous, international brands such as Burberry and Versace, and finest jewellery collections. Let’s not forget to mention the Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo, a vast cinema, and Olympic-sized Dubai Ice Rink.

For all the adrenaline junkies, try something thought to be impossible in a destination like Dubai and go skiing. Located Inside the Mall of Emirates, it's an indoor ski resort where you’ll experience winter fun in the desert. Spot it from a distance: a slanted structure perched on the top of the mall. As you ski down the slopes of wooden chalets, you’ll witness productive shoppers passing by the windows.

Jumeirah Beach, or Jumeirah Beach Residence is a pearly-white paradise plus so much more. Once you tire from the turquoise waters, the Dubai Mall and Marina are within walkable distance hosting an array of shops and restaurants. On the beach, guests can soak up the sun whilst looking at a breathtaking view of the Burj Al Arab, marvel at all the water sports scenes, and enjoy the thrill of fairground rides. If you're visiting Jumeirah Beach on a Monday, note that it's only accessible to women and children.

It won’t come as a surprise, those who enjoy wind-based excursions must visit Kite Beach. Its spacious, aquamarine waters provide perfect conditions for windsurfing and kitesurfing. Head to Fun Beach Water sports and Stand-Up Paddle Boat and Kayak Rental for equipment hire and enjoy riding the Arabian Gulf In style. If you’re a beginner, there is an array of diving/surfing schools aligning the water's edge. Check out some sun-kissed restaurants then head to Aqua Park Leisure for more fun.

Reflecting the rich cultural and historical influences of the region, Arabian cuisine is a kaleidoscope of diversity. The most common platters of rice and roast meats, such as lamb or chicken, are often shared joyously with others and include a variety of spices like cumin, coriander, and cardamom. Kabsa is a renowned speciality featuring rice topped with meat and vegetables with nutmeg, cinnamon, saffron, and loomi – sun-dried black limes. Another popular dish is Shakshuka, poached eggs with a creamy tomato sauce in hot flavour. A favourite during the month of Ramadan is Jareesh, also known as Harees. It's blended wheat, rice, and meat flavoured with an array of spices. We recommend trying Matabaq, our personal favourite from Saudi Arabia. Usually, a pancake, or pan-fried bread, stuffed with meats or sweet ingredients for variation. As for Arabic coffee, gahwa holds cultural significance and is usually served during social gatherings.

The culture in Arabia is influenced by Islamic and Arab traditions, spanning 22 countries in the Arab world. It is characterised by a rich history and hospitality. Social customs, such as the importance of honesty and modesty, play a key role in daily life. As the society holds significant importance for religion and tradition, Arabia is extremely family-orientated. Traditional music, dance, and cuisine vary slightly across all regions, portraying unique local traditions and flavours. The regions are famed for Islamic Art and architecture, including Calligraphy and geometric patterns, with museums displaying manuscripts and ancient pieces considered the quintessential art form. With this overarching culture, there are distinct customs and traditions in each Arab country.

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