The emerging oil-rich cities of the Arabian Peninsula have transformed the landscape of this fascinating region. Pearl fishing villages and the Bedouin culture have been turned into futuristic cities teeming with mega-malls, mosques and glittering high-rises built by the world’s leading architects.
Rock of Ages
A city that was skillfully carved into the rocks thousands of years ago by the Nabataean people, Petra is now one of the world's best-known architectural wonders, seen in countless movies.
A Calming Contrast
A delightful contrast to other coastal cities of the Arabian Peninsula, Muscat is a city of low-rise whitewashed buildings clustered around a modest harbor. It's overlooked by and old Portuguese fort and dramatic mountain range.
The Safari Island
Once little more than a barren desert off the Emirates coast, Sir Baniyas is now home to an array of wildlife and a luxury resort. Watch cheetahs, oryx and giraffes as they roam the sparse terrain.
City in the Sand
Snow-covered ski slopes in the desert, the world's tallest building, dancing fountains and buggy rides in the sand dunes as a crimson sun dips below the horizon - Dubai offers a feast of attractions.
Maze-like, bustling with activity and filled with delicious aromas, the souk is a staple of life across Arabia and has been for centuries. Browsing these atmospheric market places you'll find everything from spices to incense to leather goods. Whether you're in Muscat or Manama, don't be afraid to bargin. It's all part of the experience.