The Middle East is one of the world’s most exciting holiday destinations, with a wide range of luxury resorts, glorious beaches and a fascinating ancient history. Not to mention the region’s mouth-watering cuisine.
Chances are if you’re planning a holiday here, you’ve probably already considered the Middle East’s major resorts, such as Dubai.
But how does this futuristic metropolis compare to the likes of Oman, a country renowned for it’s incredible ancient landmarks, mosques and traditional architecture?
Dubai: Dubai holidays are what dreams are made of. The UAE’s most iconic city is awash with larger than life water parks, world-class hotels and breathtaking tourist attractions, including the Burj Khalifa and Palm Islands.
Oman: A far cry from the towering spires of the UAE, Oman is a culture vulture’s paradise. The country is home to an array of beautiful landmarks, including the Grand Mosque and the historic Al Jalali fort in the Old City of Muscat.
The Middle East is one of the wealthiest and most grand regions in the world, owing much of its fortune to the huge oil trade here.
As such, you can expect a magnitude of designer stores and spectacular shopping malls across the region. If you’re looking for a luxury shopping holiday, then Dubai is most certainly the destination for you.
The extraordinary Mall of the Emirates and the huge Dubai Mall each boast no less than 700 and 1200 outlets each, not to mention the incredible selection of eateries and entertainment centres.
In fact, it’s worth noting that the Dubai Mall is home to Ski Dubai – the largest indoor ski centre in the world!
When it comes to sightseeing, both Dubai and Oman are worthy of your attention. If you’re looking for an interesting mix of ancient and traditional attractions, sightseeing in Oman is a great option.
Visit Oman to marvel at the beautiful Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, the stunning Omani French Museum and the Bahla Fort, which dates back to the 13th and 14th century.
Likewise, Dubai is a city that’s bound to impress. For starters, there’s the outstanding Burj Khalifa tower – the tallest building in the world at 829.8 metres.
This spectacular part of the world is also home to such sights as the Palm Jumeirah and Palm Jebel Ali islands, as well as the awe-inspiring Jumeirah Mosque.
When it comes to beaches, you’ll be spoilt for choice in both Dubai and Oman. Both holiday destinations boast their share of incredible beaches, which enjoy white sands and clear cerulean waters.
If you’re looking for a relaxing beach holiday, Oman’s beaches are perfect, with both romantic settings and family-friendly areas.
As for Dubai, you can’t mention beaches in the Middle East without paying homage to the exotic isles of Palm Jumeirah island, where you’ll find dive centres, water sports and a number of beach clubs.
If you’re looking for a nightclubbing holiday, you’ll definitely want to opt for Dubai over Oman. Aside from pubs and licensed tourist bars, Oman is not known for its nightlife.
Dubai’s clubs on the other hand has been known to attract its share of celebrities and superstar DJs. Most of the city’s best nightclubs are based in the hotels like the N’Dulge club at Atlantis The Palm.
Dubai also boasts its share of big outdoor music events throughout the year, including Dubai Music Week.
Family holidays to Dubai are an experience you will never forget. The city is home to a vast selection of family-friendly attractions that children of all ages will enjoy.
For a day out they’ll never forget head to the amazing Wild Wadi Water Park or the Aquaventure Water Park and test your nerves on the best slides in the Middle East.
On top of all of this, you’ll find fun kids’ clubs in most of Dubai’s hotels and resorts, meaning you can unwind in peace while your children play.
Much like family holidays, Dubai is the place to go for a couples break. The city has long been popular with holidaymakers looking for a romantic getaway or honeymoon.
What makes the city so popular amongst couples? Every part of Dubai is geared up to the perfect holiday for two, including lavish hotel suites, luxury-laden spas and the opportunity to dine on the beach in many of the region’s resorts.