12-Nights Sands of Arabia
Spend 13 days with Ker & Downey experiencing the best of the Middle East in incredible Arabian luxury. The shores of the Gulf and the sands of the desert are yours to explore in Qatar, Oman, and The United Arab Emirates.
12 nights from $9900 per person
Supplier: Ker & Downey
Surrounded by striking mountains on one side and soft sandy shores along its coasts, Muscat is an ancient town, characterized by a unique civilization reflecting Arabian and Islamic influences. It maintains a medieval appearance with two ancient Portuguese forts guarding the rocky cove around which the town is built. In the heart of the old, walled-in city is the magnificent Sultan’s Palace and various ancient buildings, distinctive with Eastern Arabian style, Arabesque gates and beautiful engravings. The Muttrah Souq (bazaar) is without a doubt the most interesting souq in the Arab Gulf States - with a vast array of Arabian antiques, bright textiles and exquisite gold and silver jewelry. Muscat is indeed a treasure chest of places to see, where history comes alive and age-old secrets are revealed in a taste of timelessness. Muscat boasts fine museums. Distinctive with its clean silver sands, Qantab Beach is surrounded by mountains which prevent exposure to strong winds. Muscat is a photographer’s delight.
Dubai is a member of the United Arab Emirates, the cluster of sheikdoms along the Arabian Sea. Located at the crossroads between East and West, the emirate's long-standing trading tradition has for centuries brought visitors from throughout the Middle East and neighbouring regions. Now modernized, Dubai continues to attract many with its international facilities and its exotic, yet cosmopolitan lifestyle. Dubai has the best prices in the Arab Gulf states for gold, electronics, perfumes and is a tax-free city. It also has good beaches and excellent resort hotels. The town was the residence of the British political agent for the former Trucial States from 1954 until 1971. Known as the Venice of the Gulf, Dubai is the chief port and commercial center of the United Arab Emirates.
Doha is not only the capital city of Qatar, but is also the largest holding half of all the total inhabitants of the country. There are several luxurious hotels in the city and several major shopping areas. As far as sights to see while visiting the city, there is the National Museum which is housed in a former palace. While at the museum, be sure to view the film clips of everyday Bedouin life. Around the city are clock towers, forts, zoological gardens, traditional bazaars and many mosques.
Abu Dhabi is one of the most modern cities in the world. It is the center of government and business life in the UAE. The architecture of its modern buildings and sky scrapers is the finest in the Middle East. The promotion of tourism and various tourism related projects will elevate Abu Dhabi to a Singaporean status in the region. Large gardens and parks, green boulevards lining all the streets and roads, sophisticated high-rise buildings, state-of-the-art communication services and transport, the presence of all the international luxury hotel chains, rich shopping malls, cultural centers and events provide tourists a one-of-a-kind experience all the year round.
Nizwa, the capital of Oman during the 6th and 7th century is one of Oman’s largest cities that converted to Islam centering trade, religion, education, and art, a clear foundation for Islamic learning. In the 17th century a grand fort was built by Sultan Bin Saif Al Ya’ribi however during the 1950’s that same large tower was destroyed. The city’s developing infrastructures throughout history advances Nizwa as a modern city. Nizwa’s economy famously known for producing straw mats, has also been exposing middle-eastern agricultural products and handicrafts for centuries; but with the discovery of oil in the 1970's, the city now has thriving metalwork industries.
Travelers visiting Nizwa can explore the remains of the Nizwa Fort; tour the Falaj Daris operating since 500 CE, gravity fed irrigation system listed as a UNESCO World Hertiage site; admire the beautiful Islamic mosques, and visit the local Nizwa Souq and Goat Souq markets.
Valid Travel Dates
- Accommodations as indicated per itinerary
- Meals per itinerary
- City Tour of Doha and local Souqs
- Tour of the Islamic Art Museum in Doha
- Half day tour of the Grand Mosque and Bait Al Zubair Museum
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