Middle East Edition: Top 10 Things To Do

Middle East Edition: Top 10 Things To Do


Immerse yourself with the history of The Middle East and see everything it has to offer. From sky diving in Dubai to exploring mangroves in Qatar and colourful souks to some of the world’s most magnificent desert scenery at your steps. Find below a curated list of exciting and unique things to do while in the region. 

Visit the outstanding Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque located in Abu Dhabi.

Attracting millions each year, the majestic Mosque is the largest and most ornate place of worship in the UAE. This monument was designed by a Syrian architect, Yousef Abdelky and inspired by Persian architecture. You will find here semi-precious bejewelled columns and 24-carat gold plated Swarovski crystal chandeliers. No surprise that it was ranked as the world’s third favourite landmark!

See Dubai from a different perspective and take a helicopter tour.

Create an unforgettable experience and enjoy an aerial view of Dubai. Tour around its iconic landmarks from up above, such as the Burj Al Arab, Atlantis and more! Embark on an escapade and discover the city’s unparalleled beauty.

The ultimate adventure and a must-do for thrill-seekers. What better way to appreciate Dubai’s iconic marvels than to skydive?

Not for the faint-hearted, experience the thrill of a breath-taking free-fall through the skies of Dubai. Choose which location you fancy flying over, the vast wild desert or the Palm Island, JBR beach and Dubai Marina. Experience the excitement of a full sixty-second free-fall before the instructor deploys the parachute. Be ready to indulge in this extreme adventure of a lifetime!

Journey to the Arabian desert and sand dunes at Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara.

Just 90 minutes away from bustling Abu Dhabi, this incredible resort is set within the extraordinary Liwa Desert. Bedazzled by the golden hues and sweeping views from your suite.  Connect with the local culture and traditions with an array of excursions such as mastering the authentic cuisine or camel treks. Discover this mystic oasis and its unique landscape.

Explore the emerald waters and tour the landmarks of Dubai.

The perfect yacht charter comes with a selection of state-of-the-art toys. Have fun flying over the waves with your jet ski and discover the beaches of Dubai or move freely in the tropical waters with your Seabob. When you think you have seen it all, uncover hidden gems with your submarine and dive into a new adventure. Visit the renowned Dubai Marina as well as set your sights on the Burj Al Arab or the Burj Khalifa.

Wander to Limah and Zighy Bay in Oman, surrounded by rugged mountains and opal blue waters.

With an isolated anchorage, experience the local culture with an abandoned cliff village to visit or for those who wish to stay on board and relax, find tranquillity at Limah Bay. Further south, experience a fjord-like bay that offers great snorkelling or check out the Six Senses Zighy Bay Spa Resort, where you are welcome to explore their variety of treatments.

Experience Omani charm by visiting Al Sawadi and all its splendours.

Take in the brilliance of this peninsula that will showcase the beauty of this desert playground. A well-equipped dive centre runs trips into the Damaniyat Island Nature Reserve, where we highly recommend snorkelling and diving. The opportunity to see a leopard whale shark or eagle rays is not one to be missed.

Discover the souks of Dubai or Doha for a sense of the old world. The iconic maze of shops overflowing with fabric, spices and souvenirs.

The traditional markets, also known as souks are a must-visit. Here you will find everything from authentic coffee, aromatic spices and hand-woven textiles. The Gold Souk is one of the most prominent markets and is considered to be the largest gold bazaar around the region - lookout for bespoke pieces or fashionable jewellery.

Traverse to Al Thakira Mangroves in Qatar

With its own ecosystem located in a large area full of vibrant greenery and water amidst a scorching desert, it is one of the most iconic spots of the country. It is filled with birdlife as herons and flamingos have migrated to the region for years.

Visit The Pearl, an artificial island off the coast of Doha

The Pearl spans over four million square meters built on reclaimed land. The picturesque Qanat Quartier was inspired by the Mediterranean by the colourful houses, canals and squares bursting with restaurants and cafés. Stroll around the promenade and see rows of yachts moored on the clear water.

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