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3. Musandam, Oman

Hire your own Middle Eastern-style pirate ship on this calming Omani, jagged mountain-lined coastline. 

Traditional afternoon dhow trips can be booked for £42pp.

You could see dolphins in the wild, kayak into caves along the peninsula and go snorkeling.

If you are really lucky, you may even spot a friendly whale shark, reaching up to 14m in length, in its natural habitat.

4. Dubai, UAE

There’s ample opportunity to stuff your suitcases with fashion and bars of gold on a holiday to this billionaire’s playground in the desert. Any trip to Dubai is far from ordinary.

You may find yourself stroking penguins in a giant fridge (at Ski Dubai, Mall of the Emirates), sliding down one of the largest free fall water slides on the planet (at Wild Wadi Waterpark).

Or you could end up walking around the gaudy under-the-sea-themed Atlantis The Palm hotel.


5. Petra, Jordan

Nothing quite prepares you for the moment you clap eyes on the Treasury in Petra.

This mind-boggling creation sits in the vast untamed desert, and has done so for thousands of years.

Continue wandering through the ancient stone pathways and you’ll reach a clearing which opens out on to hundreds of intricate Bedouin caves, all etched into the mountains.

They come complete with windows, doorways and different rooms.

For a fee (negotiate there), guides will give you inside info.



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