A fascinating land where the modern world blends harmoniously with the traditions of Arabia.
Abu Dhabi, the capital of the UAE, is a large cosmopolitan city with modern architecture, malls and gleaming white mosques, surrounded by parks and lush green gardens. Full to the brim with culture, character and charisma – Abu Dhabi has it all. Imagine a region steeped in history yet with a firm footing in the 21st century, a true Arabian melting pot just waiting to be explored.
Ras Al Khaimah
The pristine beaches of Ras Al Khaimah offer a tranquil contrast to the cosmopolitan hype and the scenic diversity of the surrounding Emirates. This part of Arabia oozes with sophistication and promises indulgence alongside Arabian heritage.
Oman’s breathtaking scenery stretches from turquoise waters and golden beaches to rocky
mountains and rolling desert dunes. Muscat the capital, offers a blend of east and west with its
traditional souks and modern malls.
Ramadan is estimated to fall between 27 May - 25 June 2017. During this time there are restrictions on eating and drinking in daylight but most hotels operate restaurants throughout the day. No alcohol is served between 7am and 7pm and in some hotels is only available through room service.
|FLIGHT TIME:||Approximately 7 - 8 hours|
|CURRENCY:||UAE Dirham, Omani Riyal|
|CLIMATE:||The UAE has a sub-tropical arid climate; warm and sunny in winter, and hot and humid during the summer months. The humidity is particularly high in the coastal areas. Rainfall is virtually non-existant, with occasional short showers occurring mainly in winter (December to March).|
DESIGNER DETAILS BY CHARLOTTE HUDDERS
Beautiful desert landscapes, such peace and tranquillity; the rich terracotta sand on the horizon against the blue of the sky is stunning. Driving alongside the rugged mountains and seeing the Bedouins in traditional dress is magical – the detail of the decorated seams and other adornments are truly beautiful. Out in Oman, with mountains overlooking calming waters you’re mesmirised – in fact, this incredible spot is the subject of my latest paintings.
CULINARY CUES BY NIGEL HAWORTH
A traditional Arabian greeting ceremony where sticky dates (that grow on trees here) and gahwah, a dark, potent blend of Arabic coffee is served as a welcome. A food culture that spans centuries, you will find flavours of the desert like rose water and sumac, cardamom and ginger in Abu Dhabi and Omani cuisines. Traditional pilafs are fragrant with herbs and Mashuai is a delicious whole spit-roasted king fish served with a side of lemon rice and local aubergine. For dessert it’s halwa or sweetmeat. Arabian feasts are enjoyed al fresco under the stars in winter months when temperatures are cooler, as skewered meats are cooked over charcoal.