Arab Gulf States

Dominated by massive desserts and blessed with oil, a surreal sense of mystery envelops the Arab Gulf States. Probably one of the most misunderstood regions, the Gulf is traditionally painted as a strict, inaccessible, expensive and sometimes dangerous place. However, the true traveller will find there is more here than just Islam, tall dark Arabs and endless arid deserts. Discover glittering cities like Dubai, a mecca for shopping, from traditional Arabian to high glamour and haute couture.

The Arab Gulf, with the exception of the more closed Saudi Arabia, is easy to travel around and geared up for both leisure pursuit resort as well as off the beaten track trekking and adventures. The costs in the major cities are not as sky high as the mighty space age skyscraper hotels. The juxtaposition of tradition and modernity is one of the region’s fascinating features.

Although camels have long been replaced by modern 4×4 land cruisers, travellers who have moved past the tough veneer have discovered a land almost untouched by mass tourism which is rich with history and beauty. From 5000 year old temples and tombs to the most varied of landscapes, from lush forests to mountain treks, cool green oases for desert golf and endless stretches of desert perfect for crazy jeep dune bashing.

 

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