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Oman and the Emirates

Sultan Qaboos Mosque in Muscat, Oman

Traditional Oman is full of beautiful Islamic architecture and breathtaking natural beauty, while the UAE is the Middle East’s capital of modernity blended with a proud heritage. Both destinations are bound together by their long Islamic heritage and focus on quintessential hospitality.

I do love the glitz and the glamour, but the authentic Arabian welcome is really where the luxuries lay

Oman’s beautiful, unspoilt beaches are home to enchanting dolphins and majestic sea turtles, while its towns and cities play host to some of the most impressive masaajid in the Middle East, including the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque. Explore incredible natural wonders and beautiful Islamic history on a personalised luxury tour of this fascinating corner of Arabia.

Ultra-modern Dubai and Abu Dhabi are a window into the new Middle East, while traditional Ras Al Khaimah and Fujairah offer a glimpse of a more sedate pace of life. Wherever your travels across the UAE take you, experience unmatched luxury at one of our hand-picked 5*hotels.

Shangri-La, Al Husn

The palatial Al Husn is indeed as its name implies: a suitably exclusive castle. With the heart of Muscat only 15 minutes away, you leave, knowing that wherever you go, you can return to indulgent luxury.

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Six Senses Zighy Bay

The secluded enclave of Zighy Bay is nestled between the warm Arabian Sea and the Hajjar mountains. A location spectacle, the halal friendly Six Senses Zighy Bay epitomises rustic luxury at it's finest

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Banyan Tree Al Wadi

Stories are told of the desert journeys taken at the Banyan Tree Al Wadi, from camel-back voyages into the red sands to cooling dips in the luxurious Al-Khaimah tented villas

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Al Bustan Palace, A Ritz Carlton Hotel

One of the most elegant abodes in Muscat, the Al Bustan Palace is a homage to Omani luxury and hospitality, from the art deco styling to the coffee host welcoming you through the doors

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Jumeirah Zabeel Saray

Ottoman inspired glamor awaits you at the Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, Dubai Palm, with sweeping Arabian Sea Views, the very special Talise spa and a host of gastronomic experiences.

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The Emirates and the UAE

Mohammed Ehsan find’s his special place on the open road, with his iPod playlist going and a techy car to drive. Here’s his guide for your halal friendly guide to the UAE and Oman.

Why the UAE and Oman?

As like many others, I thought all I was going to see was skyscrapers upon more skyscrapers, however away from the glitz and glamour the rural coastlines and warm people delves deeper under the surface.

Best Halal Eat

So many to choose from with plenty of halal restaurants available, however one of my favourites is the ‘More’ restaurants. You can find them in most malls now, and go for a full English breakfast (all halal of course), a fully loaded sandwich for lunch or dinner in the evening. The laid back atmosphere and incredibly good food (especially their breads!) makes for a great dining experience.

Best way to get around

If you’re comfortable doing so, hire a car. The freedom to drive on the wide (and high paced) roads is a great experience. We can also suggest a ride that’s that little bit special from a monster 4×4 to a two seater roadster.

What to take

Generally, light single layer clothes are fine all year round, however in the winter seasons the night’s can get a little cold so a light jacket is advisable. Carry a thobe in the boot of your car as you’ll always find a mosque to stop and pray on your journeys. If you’re heading on a long road trip, speak to us to ensure you take sufficient supplies and are well prepared.

What is the weather like?

The summer months are quite hot, 40 degree centigrade hot during the peak sunshine of 11am to 3pm. The evening and early mornings are bearable and with so much to do indoors, you’ll find July and August still enjoyable. November to March has the best weather, with daytime temperatures in the mid-twenties and cool evenings.

Are there any special events I must see?

For the Formula One fan inside you, the Abu Dhabi grand Prix, the end of season race is a great experience at the Yas Marina circuit. The Dubai Shopping festival has long been a popular event, held in January each year, and for those that appreciate heritage and art, the Sharjah Light Festival is proving to be more and more popular.

Favourite attraction

The Burj Khalifa is right up there, with its impressive shadow that leaves you feeling dwarfed below. The observation deck at the top is worth the trip, and recommend the sunset times to get some great views across the city.

Favourite place to pray

It’s a close one between the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi and the Sultan Qaboos Mosque in Muscat. Both are beautiful examples of Islamic architecture and draw similar comparisons, although the sheer scale of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is spectacular.