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The powerhouse of dynamism

Searing Martian deserts and visionary futuristic cities, all with an underlying pulse of Arab tradition. You’d be hard pressed to find anywhere else that brings the same level of exquisitely clashing and boredom-busting landscapes straight out of a sci-fi novel than cutting-edge Arabia.

All along this strip of the Persian Gulf coastline there doesn’t seem to be a bedtime. Even when the midday heat is scorching the tarmac or the stars twinkle in the early hours, the blue-smartie-energy remains. A metropolis that’s constantly on a growth spurt, Dubai’s aim is to be a cut above the rest. From the tallest building in the world to malls akin to cities, trust us, if somewhere has ‘the best’, this urban pioneer probably has it better.

Where Dubai is the playground, Abu Dhabi is the classroom, dedicated to the teaching of its culture and heritage to all who visit, but particularly young minds. Luring them in with the likes of art museums and architecturally-marvellous mosques and palaces. Meanwhile, over the border the rusty sands of Oman know how to please the majority. Breaking out of the hotel shell here is a must, with a tasty trio of city, coast and desert to explore.

Arabian nights & desert delights

Glitzy cities, hair-raising mountain thrills and languid desert days, this joyride through all of Arabia’s best bits is the perfect antidote to boredom. Few places know how to entertain like Arabia, its ideal mix of parallels creating a heady concoction of chaos and calm. The razzle-dazzle of Dubai kicks things off on the very tip of the Palm Island, in your three-day base at the iconic Atlantis, The Palm. The beating heart of a city that speaks for itself, you’re only one step away from a helicopter ride to pinpoint each spot where unique cur...

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One&Only The Palm

A surprising sanctuary on the furthest frond of Dubai’s Palm, this is a quiet, low-rise retreat in an ever-changing skyline of skyscrapers. In a place infatuated with superlatives and advancements, One&Only The Palm stretches out languidly; an enticing boutique-style hideaway that promotes slow living and rejuvenation in all its forms. A testament to the benefits of truly switching off, the atmosphere of calm that permeates the air here has mellowed-out guests forgetting the desert metropolis sitting just outside of its walls.  Travel notes: ...

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Jumeirah Al Naseem

Jumeirah Al Naseem is anchored on a stunning endless stretch of private, pristine coastline with lush gardens providing pockets of privacy and peacefulness. Guest rooms, offer a soothing ambiance in a relaxed and contemporary setting whilst twelve specifically designed Family Suites feature a separate room for up to two children with its own bathroom. All rooms are generous in space with extended terraces that become outdoor living areas, luxuriously comfortable furnishings and spectacular views of the glittering Arabian Sea. The Royal Suite s...

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One&Only Royal Mirage - Arabian Court

Designed in the spirit of the Orient, Arabian Court sits at the heart of the One&Only Royal Mirage resort, its dramatic architecture housing an enchanting landscape of courtyards and fountains. Surrounded by lush tropical vegetation, a reflecting pool draws the eye to the horizon and pristine waters of the Arabian Gulf. All guest rooms and suites face the sea and feature a private balcony or terrace, with accommodation comprising Deluxe Rooms, Falcon Executive Suites and two Princes Suites. Choose from four superb dining options – Nina, Eauzo...

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Jumeirah Beach Hotel & Beit Al Bahar Royal Villas

With twenty six storeys and a design inspired by the shape of a breaking wave, the iconic Jumeirah Beach Hotel is a striking Dubai landmark. Located less than thirty minutes from the city centre, guests can take advantage of renowned Dubai attractions such as the Mall of Emirates, Dubai Marina and Emirates Golf Club. With its own private beach, this family friendly hotel offers an array of amenities for guests to enjoy. Choose from twenty one restaurants, bars and cafés – ranging from the casual to the elegant and the local to the internationa...

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Atlantis The Royal

Widely recognised for its feats of architecture and illustrious establishments, Dubai certainly doesn’t do things by halves. And this might be its most soaring and extravagant venture yet. Making its mark on the skyline on the 10th February 2023, Atlantis The Royal is an architectural feat that promises a whole new, and honestly quite staggering, level of modern opulence. The magnitude of the resort is enthralling enough – rectangular blocks stacked symmetrically stand 43 storeys high and house an eye-opening 90 plus swimming pools in total ac...

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Emirates Palace

Majestic and magnificent, the Mandarin Oriental managed Emirates Palace stands on a 1.3 kilometre private beach in impressive landscaped gardens. Gold finials and mosaic glass tiles top a veritable sea of domes and cupolas – the whole development reflecting the infinite shades of the Arabian sands. Quite possibly the most expensive hotel ever built, it welcomes the discerning guest with accommodation of unparalleled opulence. Each room and suite conveys a masterful blend of regal splendour and cutting edge gadgetry, featuring advanced multimed...

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Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara

This impressive resort lies in the Liwa Desert of the Empty Quarter, one of the world’s largest unbroken expanses of desert measuring over 1,000 kilometres long and 500 kilometres wide. Seclusion is tempered with a sense of adventure, the hotel being designed in the style of an Arabian fortress where rooms are adorned with Arabic décor. Anantara suites have private patios with sunloungers; family villas come complete with plunge pools and personal butler service. Feast on barbecues and mezzeh amidst the dunes at the tented Al Falaj, or dine at...

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Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel and Villas

Slip into an exclusive sanctuary of contemporary luxury located beside a nine kilometre stretch of environmentally protected sand beach on Saadiyat Island, where planned developments include the Zayed National Museum, Guggenheim Abu Dhabi and Louvre Abu Dhabi. The resort lies next to Saadiyat Beach Golf Club and comprises impeccably stylish rooms, suites and villas offering every conceivable amenity. Three restaurants, two bars and a contemporary tea lounge serve an array of world-class cuisines, The Café being the place for all-day Arabic spe...

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