Often visited as part of a world cruise via the Indian Ocean through to the Suez Canal and on to the Mediterranean, a cruise to the Middle East offers traditional cuisine and architecture in its iconic markets and mosques with modern shopping malls and 21st-century man-made marvels such as the Burj Al Arab and Burj Khalifa. Although hazy by definition, the Middle East is an oasis of possibilities- take a camel ride in the desert, explore the ancient city and pyramids of Giza, make a pilgrimage to Mecca or go shopping in luxurious Dubai. Just like the rolling dunes, the options are endless!
Bahrain is a real mixture of traditional Arabia mixed with a more cosmopolitan feel. King Fahad's Causeway is an absolute must see - a wonder of modern engineering linking Bahrain to Saudi Arabia, 25km over the water! Be sure to visit the Grand Mosque, the National Museum, the Portuguese Fort and the vibrant Al Jazra Craft centre.
Sail in to the port of Aqaba and step ashore to explore this truly romantic land with its incredible history. Discover its stunning palaces and majestic temples and the awe-inspiring Petra treasury. The Wadi Rum Desert is also worthy of a visit to explore this truly remarkable archaeological site.
The United Arab Emirates, made up of seven Sheikhdoms, is a shimmering mixture of mountains, beaches, deserts, oasis, camel racing and Bedouin markets. Three of the jewels in her crown include Dubai and Abu Dhabi.Take a shore excursion to swim with the dolphins at the Atlantis hotel in Dubai, take a traditional dhow dinner cruise or even take a helicopter tour over this amazing city. Learn the art of hunting with falcons in Abu Dhabi or even tee off for a round of golf with breathtaking panoramic views. Enjoy the unspoilt beaches in Fujairah or take an exhilirating 4x4 tour into the desert and along the wadi.
If you are in search of striking desert landscapes dotted with refreshing tropical oasis juxtaposed with vibrant busy markets and ancient fortifications, then the Oman is definitely worthy of your attention. Step ashore to see the wonders of magical Muscat; the Nizwa and Jabrin forts dating back to 1668, the Grand Mosque, the Mouttrah Souk and the Bait al Zubair museum all brimming with the nation's rich history. Visit the tomb of the prophet Ayoub in the beautiful city of Salalah or discover its almost pristine natural surroundings on an exciting 4x4 jeep trip.