Set sail on Arabian Gulf cruises to explore exotic souks (Arabian markets), smell fragrant incense wafting from a traditional bakhoor burner and sample spicy dishes like machboos, a delicious seafood or meat stew. Visit the mosques of Muscat, Oman, before taking in the sprawling, modern city of Dubai from the tallest structure in the world, the Burj Khalifa. Step back in time in the Al Fahidi Historical District, or soak up the culture at the extraordinary Museum of Islamic Art. If you're feeling adventurous, get a glimpse of giraffes at the Arabian Wildlife Park, or go dune bashing through the desert on a safari. With thousands of years of history and culture brewing in the deserts of the Arabian Gulf and North Africa, you're bound to be swept away.
You'll be surprised by a visit to Oman, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Bahrain. The Arabian Gulf, which is located in Asia, experienced a fast evolution after the discovery of oil. Fishing and pearling villages developed into global centers of commerce, finance and tourism.
To see more of the Arab world, consider a Mediterranean cruise with a stop in Morocco. The North African country borders both the Mediterranean and the Atlantic. Visit a kasbah (a traditional fortified citadel from medieval times), look for special souvenirs in the bustling souks, sample the delicious cuisine, and go hiking in the breathtaking nature.
Explore the extravagance of the Arabian Gulf and North Africa, and witness thousands of years of history.
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The Gulf States offer a wide choice in restaurants serving the varied cuisine of the communities that call this region home. From the simplest of eateries or the most luxurious dining temples, one thing remains constant: a love of warming spices like cardamom, cumin, cinnamon and za'atar that defines the flavor of Middle Eastern food.
Go wild in Sir Bani Yas and get up close and personal with desert animals, explore souqs and medieval heritage in Muscat, see the tallest tower in the world in Dubai, and cruise in luxury to the capital of the United Arab Emirates: Abu Dhabi.