Straddling both the ancient and modern worlds, islands like Bahrain allow guests to witness history dating back 5,000 years before admiring the skyscrapers marvelled across the world.
Adventure lovers can explore the island of Sir Bani Yas and its wildlife park, or stop off in Dubai where the shopping centres are in fact a unique holiday destination in their own right.
Qatar Tourism's Craig Upshall says: “Qatar is a peninsula surrounded by the Arabian Gulf in the heart of the Middle East, with 80% of the earth’s population within a six-hour flight.
"Qatar has an incredible variety of easily accessible tourist attractions, a plethora of fauna and flora including whale sharks and the majestic national animal the Arabian Oryx, and most experiences are a unique combination of cultural authenticity and modernity."
The capital of Oman’s southern Dhofar region is a beautiful oasis set among sand dunes and beaches fringed with coconut trees and banana plantations.
Some cruises navigate the Suez Canal, connecting the Mediterranean to the Red Sea. Sailings can be twinned with a land-stay in Egypt where clients can immerse themselves in ancient history with a trip to the pyramids in Cairo or chill out at one of the coastal resorts.
Escape from the bright city lights with an overnight stay or a night or more in the desert surrounding Dubai. Accommodation ranges from luxurious low-rise resorts decorated in traditional style to camping under the stars in a Bedouin tent. By day guests can embark on camel treks and birdwatching tours.
Don't miss this excursionExplore the undulating desert and sand dunes with a thrilling desert safari in Dubai. A range of tours are on offer from dune bashing in 4x4 vehicles, quad bike rides, sandboarding and more genteel camel treks. Some tours also include a sunset barbecue with music and belly dancing.
Direct flights cut down on travelling time, ensuring that these destinations are more accessible than many think
Exotic destinations with guaranteed sun are sure to be a hit with sun seekers
World-class hotels for luxe-loving clients that want to extend their stay provide added value – be sure to remind clients of pre and post options
Cruise Trade News March 2023 Digital Edition
With what seems to be unrelenting speed, we are fast approaching Easter and yet another milestone in the year.
We wanted to mark this time with something special and as with our annual Christmas cruise advent calendar, something that will provide a little added cheer to your day-to-day jobs. So, with plenty of fanfare, we are launching our first Cruise Trade News Easter egg hunt, in collaboration with Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines.