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The pink sandstone cliffs of the famous archaeological site of Petra in the desert of Jordan.

Middle East Holidays


Thousands of years of history, sun filled skies and glorious beaches, welcome to holidays in the Middle East.
Our flights to the Middle East are priced amongst the lowest you will find anywhere and whether you are looking for a great value return flight, flights into one country and out of another or even to include a Middle East stopover on a longer journey Trailfinders can help.
We can help you with a wide range of escorted touring here from flexible private touring to sociable coach and small group adventure tours.

Lastly if you just want to relax on the beach – or indeed combine a beach holiday with a tour in the Middle East, you’re spoilt for choice here with glorious beach resorts in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Oman and Jordan.
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OUR HOLIDAYS TO THE MIDDLE EAST

The Ultimate Stopover - Dubai
City Break
4 days / 3 nights

Dubai & Mauritius
Multi Centre Holiday
11 days / 10 nights

Abu Dhabi & Seychelles
Multi Centre Holiday
11 days / 10 nights

Ras Al Khaimah Desert & Beach
Multi Centre Holiday
11 days / 10 nights

Oman & Zanzibar
Multi Centre Holiday
11 days / 10 nights

Highlights of Jordan
Guided Small Group Adventure Tour
8 days / 7 nights

Explore ancient sights and lost cities, overnight in a Bedouin tent and dine amidst the dramatic desert scenery of Wadi Rum. Take in Petra's fascinating history and marvel at its thrilling beauty, and still have a chance to relax in the therapeutic waters of the Dead Sea.
Arabian Gulf Explorer

8 nights

WHERE TO GO IN THE MIDDLE EAST

Dubai
An intoxicating mix of one of the most dynamic cityscapes in the world, mile upon mile of glorious golden sand and endless Arabian sunshine. Amidst the astonishing architectural extravagance, shopping malls, nightlife and spas, evidence of old Arabia can still be found in atmospheric souks, Bedouin desert camps and traditional dhows on the Creek.
Abu Dhabi
Abu Dhabi has come a long way in the last 50 years. From a once small fishing village has emerged an eclectic, gleaming Arabian city. Holidays in Abu Dhabi promise palatial hotels, futuristic Formula 1™ tracks and modern shopping malls but that's only one side to this captivating city of islands.
Ras Al Khaimah
Just 1 hour's drive from the bright lights of Dubai, this largely undiscovered Emirate boasts pristine beaches, rugged mountains, tranquil deserts and some of the most luxurious resorts in the UAE at a fraction of the cost of neighbouring Dubai. 
Oman
Oman’s unspoilt landscape and ancient heritage prove a surprising contrast to the diet of sand dunes and skyscrapers of some of its Arabian neighbours. Traditional culture and lifestyles are apparent here as nowhere else in the region.
Ajman
Boasting beautiful sandy beaches, a host of luxury hotels and a low-key vibe, the UAE’s smallest emirate, Ajman, is a great option for a chilled out beach holiday or relaxing stopover. If you can tear yourself away from the pristine beaches, this charming emirate has plenty to offer. Kayak in the mangroves and lagoons of Al Zorah Nature Reserve, shop at local souks and modern malls, explore the old fort and Sheik Zayed Mosque or enjoy a stroll along the scenic waterfront Corniche.
Jordan
Sitting at the crossroads of the ancient world, the kingdom of Jordan is blessed with historical treasures, stunning desert landscapes and beaqutiful beaches.
Egypt
The monuments of ancient Egypt are so spectacular and enduring that they have been tourist attractions since before Roman times.
Israel
Israel is a land of dramatic contrasts, where innumerable historic and religious treasures sit within a modern cosmopolitan country of stunning and diverse landscapes. Take in the spectacular view from a Roman fortress by the Dead Sea, wander the cobbled streets of Jerusalem's incredible Old City and uncover biblical sites, waterfalls and wineries among the lush hills and valleys of the north.

OUR RECOMMENDED HOTELS IN THE MIDDLE EAST

Atlantis, The Palm
5 star

Dubai

Towering majestically over Dubai’s famous Palm Island, this fabulous property offers an exhilarating world of water themed attractions combined with luxurious accommodation, endless restaurants and stylish boutiques. This is the ultimate destination resort, perfect for families, couples and friends alike. Children aged 3-12 are well catered for at The Atlantis Kids Club which offers a varied programme of fun and exciting activities. Families will love the resort’s newest entertainment venue, Wavehouse, with its 4-lane bowling alley, arcade room, soft play area and state-of-the-art wave rider. Babysitting can also be arranged locally. From ultimate fine dining to casual fare, celebrity chefs to poolside snacks, indoor to alfresco, Atlantis has 29 restaurants, bars and lounges to suit all tastes. Particular highlights include the world renowned Nobu restaurant offering Asian-fusion cuisine, award-winning Seafire Steakhouse, authentic Cantonese dishes at Michelin starred Hakkasan and a popular Friday brunch at Gordon Ramsay’s Bread Street Kitchen. All 1,548 rooms and suites boast a contemporary style with Arabian touches and feature full or french balconies. Explore our <a href="/holidays/the-middle-east/dubai"><b>Dubai</b> </a>holidays.
The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal
5 star

Abu Dhabi

Set amidst 57 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens, this luxurious Venetian-inspired hotel boasts an enviable location on a lovely stretch of private beach overlooking the Grand Canal. The hotel offers exceptional dining, flawless service and sumptuous accommodation, making it the ideal choice for a sophisticated and relaxing stay in Abu Dhabi. The hotel’s five restaurants, two cafés and a bar cater for even the most discerning palate. The all-day dining restaurant Giornotte features a lovely outdoor terrace overlooking the gardens whilst The Forge offers steak and seafood in a stylish and contemporary setting. Li Jiang, meaning ‘beautiful river’ in Chinese, is a real highlight; here diners can enjoy spectacular views of Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque from the terrace. Coffee enthusiasts will love Dolce; an Italian-style café which offers delicious espressos and home-made ice cream. All 447 rooms and suites enjoy views out to the Grand Canal and are located in the main crescent shaped building which surrounds the pool. Each room is elegantly appointed and features a luxurious marble bathroom and opulent furnishings.
Marsa Malaz Kempinski, The Pearl
5 star

Doha

Occupying an enviable location on the lively and iconic Pearl Qatar, a man-made island off the coast of Doha, this luxurious hotel perfectly blends traditional Arabic architecture with European elegance. Enjoying the privacy and seclusion of its own private island, but benefiting from the entertainment and dining options of nearby Porto Arabia. Marsa Malaz Kempinski, The Pearl is the ideal choice for a luxurious city break. Dining is a real highlight with seven diverse restaurants and four bars to choose from. Enjoy traditional Middle-Eastern recipes at the timeless Al Sufra, Spanish tapas at El Faro or the flavoursome seafood and barbecue dishes at alfresco Amwage. The 281 contemporary rooms and suites are spacious and boast a private balcony or terrace with views over the resort or Arabian Gulf.
Shangri-La Al Husn Resort & Spa
5 plus star

Muscat Beach Resorts

Situated on a headland commanding striking views over the Gulf of Oman, this palatial resort offers unparalleled levels of service and luxury. With a dramatic backdrop of rugged mountains, the exclusive Al Husn, meaning ‘The Castle’ in Arabic, oozes regal opulence and its inviting design fuses Moorish and Omani architecture. Complimentary benefits such as early check-in/late checkout at the hospitality lounge, afternoon tea, pre-dinner drinks and canapés are all included as part of the stay. Guests can also enjoy the abundance of facilities including 16 additional bars & restaurants, the Lazy River and dedicated turtle protection ECO Centre at adjacent Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa. Dining is a highlight with four sophisticated restaurants and bars serving some of the sultanate’s finest cuisine. Elegant Shahrazad specialises in Moroccan favourites accompanied by live entertainment, while stylish Sultanah is designed in the style of a luxury cruise liner and offers international fare. All 180 rooms and suites are extremely spacious and feature contemporary Omani-styled interiors, luxury furnishings, a balcony and a walk-in wardrobe. A Nespresso machine and Bose speaker come as standard as well as selected complimentary drinks from the mini bar. Please Note Trailfinders does not offer this hotel to families with children 15 & under.
Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah
5 star

Ras Al Khaimah

Occupying a spectacular beachfront location, this exquisite and palatial resort oozes class and luxury. Inspired by the palaces of the Arabian Peninsula and seamlessly combining traditional Arabic architecture with modern influences, Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah is the perfect choice for a truly memorable and relaxing stay. Ten restaurants and bars offer an extensive range of international and local cuisine. Lexington Grill showcases steaks, grills and seafood whilst Marjan is famed for home styled food from the Middle East. Alternatively delight in intricate sushi creations and watch master chefs display their theatrical teppanyaki skills at Umi Golf: 18 hole championship course nearby. Green fees vary depending on the day of the week, approx AED 620 - AED 730 and golf club rental approx AED 200 (payable locally).
One&Only Royal Mirage - Arabian Court
5 plus star

Dubai

Encompassing 65 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens, shaded courtyards and tranquil pools, this stylish, low-rise property is a peaceful retreat in the heart of Jumeirah Beach. Paying tribute to Arabian architecture on a truly regal scale, this palatial resort rests on a private stretch of beach overlooking the glittering Arabian Gulf and Palm Jumeirah. There is an array of restaurants on offer ranging from seafood and grills served on the beach to Mediterranean, Moroccan and Asian cuisines to name but a few! Traditional afternoon tea is served daily and regular evening entertainment is also provided. A visit to The Rooftop Terrace & Sport Lounge at Arabian Court should not be missed – this open sided bar, bedecked with silk cushions and oriental carpets, provides the perfect place to sip a sundowner whilst watching the sunset; or for a more laidback vibe, head to the stylish Jetty Lounge. Arabian Court embodies the spirit of the Orient and is set amidst fountains, walkways and gardens. There are three restaurants offering a choice of cuisine and two bars to add variety to your dining experience. All 172 rooms and suites are decorated with mosaics, beautiful artwork and rich furnishings. Their bathrooms are luxuriously adorned with wood and marble. Explore our <a href="/holidays/the-middle-east/dubai"><b>Dubai</b> </a>holidays.

THINGS TO DO IN THE MIDDLE EAST

Heritage Dinner Safari
Approx 7 hours
  • Sumptuous & authentic Arabian dinner
  • Wildlife Safari
  • Heritage 1950s Land Rover
  • Exclusive & intimate Bedouin camp

  • Dubai by Helicopter
    Approx 15 minutes
  • Breathtaking bird’s eye views
  • See the iconic sights of Dubai from the air
  • An unforgetable experience

  • Ferrari World Abu Dhabi - General Admission
    Attraction Ticket
  • Rides for all ages
  • World’s fastest rollercoaster
  • Unique building

  • Atlantis Aquaventure
    Attraction Ticket
  • Exhilarating water slides
  • Shark Lagoon
  • Fun for all the family

  • Fascinating Forts
    Approx 8 hours
  • Stunning Nizwa
  • Enchanting forts & castles
  • Wild mountain scenery

  • Petra by Night
    Approx 2½ - 3 hours
  • Stunning walk through the Siq
  • Captivating Petra at night

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