Arabia

Arabia-ImageABU DHABI

It would be easy to make the assumption as many people do, of thinking that Abu Dhabi is just another big city – nothing much to see apart from skyscrapers and shopping malls. But this could not be further from the truth.

The capital of the United Arab Emirates proudly showcases the rich history and heritage of Emirati culture and traditions in the outlay of the city, as well as in the maintenance of heritage landmarks and buildings. From a modern perspective, it will soon also be home to the significant sister-galleries of Le Louvre and The Guggenheim Museum as well as the Abu Dhabi Performing Arts Centre.

Abu Dhabi is made up of three main areas – Abu Dhabi City, Al Ain and the Liwa Oases, all of which have their own unique beauty. It is in travelling through the country that the history of Abu Dhabi’s phenomenal growth can be truly understood; from humble beginnings, to a world-reknown metropolis.

A trip to Abu Dhabi would not be complete without enjoying a few nights in a luxury desert hotel. This land is the land of Bedouins, the land of Arabian horsemen, and the land of magical Arabian nights.

Visit Abu Dhabi the Touchdown Tours way … as a traveler on the desert roads of Arabian culture.

 

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Dubai_Fotolia_874087_XL[1]DUBAI

In the calm and majestic waters of the southern Gulf lies Dubai – the City of Merchants. An oasis in the desert, Dubai offers year-round sunshine and the adventures of a unique Arabian experience.

There are over 300 hotels and furnished apartments ranging from 3 Star city hotels to 5 Star beach properties to suit every budget. In addition Dubai boasts one of the world’s only superior 5 Star accommodation – the Burj Al Arab Hotel – right in the Arabian Gulf waters. Dubai is the sporting capital of the Middle East. The world’s richest horse and camel races attract people from all over the world. For the golfers Dubai provides championship golf courses – oases in the middle of the desert! Diving and deep sea fishing are also popular in the majestic Gulf Waters and a most exquisite experience.

A shopper’s paradise, Dubai can provide you with whatever you need from the old souqs (market places) to modern department stores. Gold and other jewellery, textiles, spices, electronics, carpets can all be found at reasonable prices. For the more traditional Arabian shopping experience head for the souq areas in Deira opposite Dubai Creek. Here you can barter your way through a price and be taken back in time. More info >

 


 

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OMAN

Oman is the second largest country in the Arabian Peninsula with the entire east coast flanked by the Arabian Sea. Oman is a land of dramatic scenic contrasts and an enormous wealth of natural attractions, with both old and new mingling together.

Over 500 forts and castles are spread throughout the country providing evidence of its rich place in history as the crossroads of several ancient trading routes.

Recent advances in the tourist infrastructure have made Oman an attractive destination for divers who will revel in the pristine waters and hikers and sight-seers, who will enjoy the fascinating historical forts and old souqs of this ancient land. The people of Oman are friendly, eager to show-off their country with all it’s natural and historical wealth so it’s well worth the visit. More info >


 

Arabic coffee pot monument in Doha, Qatar

QATAR

With the promise of sunshine daily and a magnificently rich ecology, Qatar offers an engaging natural environment to explore. The surrounding desert provides fun and adventure with such natural landmarks as the Dhal Al Misfir, the Desert Roses
and the breath-taking Singing Sand Dunes.

Little is known about this fascinating land, aside from the fact that it is home to one of the world’s leading international carriers, Qatar Airways. The capital city, Doha, is a perfect blend of modern and ancient Arabia, where the city skyline is dotted with skyscrapers, mud-brick homes and shopping malls all in a dancing in a delicate equilibrium.

Qatar remains true to its heritage, welcoming visitors from around the world whilst still showcasing its unique traditions. It is also home to some of the most significant museums, galleries and heritage sites such as the Museum of Islamic Art, Katara Cultural Village, Fort Zubra, and the Sheikh Faisal bin Qassim Al Thani Museum.

A nation ready to take its rightful place as one of the leading economies of the Arabian Peninsula, Qatar will enchant you with its natural beauty, and its warm-hearted locals.

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