There is much in the news these days about the Middle East, and whilst it’s certainly true that you should heed travel advice when visiting this region, it’s also important to balance that up with the knowledge that this region is huge, and that many areas of it are perfectly safe to visit; not just that, they are encouragingly safe!

The UAE, United Arab Emirates, to give it its full name, is a tourist hotspot, and one which is also packed with history, culture, and wonder. Not visiting this region out of worry is a huge mistake, and when you look further into the facilities and tourist experiences to be had, it’s no wonder that more and more visitors are heading to Middle East destinations.

Abu Dhabi

Known for its luxury hotels and amazing beaches, Abu Dhabi is around two hours from Dubai, which makes for an ideal twin centre break. The coastline is protected, which means you’re not going to run into mass development or noisy days, and that lends for a true R&R experience. You will find glittering malls, typical for this part of the world, as well as museums, galleries, and markets to explore.


Qatar is one of the richest countries in the world at the moment, but it is also fantastic for family and couples’ breaks. You will find the typical luxury resorts, but you will also find more affordable accommodation here too, set amongst fantastic beaches and high energy activities. You will find more history here than other UAE destinations, which makes for the perfect blend. Doha, the capital city, is the centre of the action.


We can’t talk about Middle Eastern destinations and not mention Dubai! Action-packed, large, brash, and certainly bright, Dubai is full of huge shopping malls, facilities to enjoy, theme parks, water parks, desert adventures, and ski activities too. Aside from that however, you have the more traditional side of the city, including mysterious souks and museums to check out. There’s no denying that Dubai is a place for the rich, but it is surprisingly affordable for a holiday too.


One of the most up and coming holiday destinations in the Middle East is Oman. Muscat is a wonderful city to visit, also being the capital, with fantastic history and architecture, as well as plentiful shopping malls, and a historic port to explore. Barra al Jissah is a holiday resort everyone will enjoy, with luxury and relaxation as standard.

Ras al Khaimah

Less than one hour’s drive from Dubai you will find lively Ras al Khaimah, full of pretty beaches and luxury. This is Dubai’s quieter and more natural neighbour, with many outdoor activities to enjoy, including adventures heading out into the surrounding desert.

Maybe you should be looking to these Middle Eastern destinations for your next break?