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Ancient and modern on the Creek

10 hot things to do in Dubai

Destination: Dubai

Where can you slide down giant sand dunes, ski on snowy slopes, exhaust yourself shopping, swim in deliciously warm seas and enjoy sumptuous luxury - all in one day? It could only be Dubai!

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Dubai skyscrapers

Doing Dubai in a weekend

Destination: Dubai

If you're looking for a quick fix of luxury lifestyle and reliable sunshine, Dubai can definitely deliver the goods

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Gazelle in the wildlife park at Sir Bani Yas Island

A unique hideaway in Abu Dhabi

Destination: Abu Dhabi

Only guests of the luxury Desert Islands Resort & Spa on Sir Bani Yas Island can enjoy this eco-tourism destination with its own wildlife reserve

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The Emirates Palace Hotel

A cultural sheikh-up in Abu Dhabi

Destination: Abu Dhabi

With ambitious plans unfolding, the United Arab Emirates capital of Abu Dhabi is aiming to become a major new cultural hub

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Wind your way around ancient villages dating back more than 2,000 years!

Yemen: a living fairy tale

by rwicks

Destination: Sanaa

There were plenty of people who warned us off going to Yemen, but we chose to ignore them - and discovered an architectural wonder forgotten by time, plus a whole lot of fun

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A traditional dhow cruises off the Musandam Peninsula

Oman: a slow boat to Musandam

Destination: Musandam Peninsula

Setting sail on a four-day dhow adventure is the perfect way to discover the spectacular, hidden beauty of the Musandam region of Oman, one of the Arabian Peninsula's best-kept secrets

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Anything can happen on ladies night...

Five-star Dubai on a budget

by rwicks

Destination: Dubai

In Dubai, with its opulent hotels and shopping malls, the ethos is spend, spend, spend – but you don't have to. From free drinks and fashion bargains to cheap brunch, here are my money-saving tips

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Temple of Bel

A romantic desert adventure in Palmyra

Destination: Palmyra

Watching the sun set over the vast ruins of Palmyra, an ancient wonder miles from anywhere, in the middle of the Syrian desert, is a once-in-a-lifetime experience

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The old US embassy

A train journey to Tehran - the heart of Persia

Destination: Tehran

Iran may seem like an unusual travel destination, but taking the Trans-Asia Express from Istanbul to Tehran gives a real sense of travelling to a different world

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Israel - a magical mix of holiday and history

by Fez

Destination: Tel Aviv

From white sandy beaches and Dead Sea spas to moving Biblical sites and thrilling desert treks, the Promised Land promises an adventure for every visitor

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