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  • Oman: a first-timer’s guide

    Oman: a first-timer’s guide

    December 13th, 2016Andy Turner
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    Poised between the glitzy excess of the Emirates and the rigid conservatism of Saudi Arabia, Oman provides a winning introduction to the Middle East. Politically stable, and packing in a huge range of landscapes from rugged desert and turtle-nesting beaches to misty green mountains, you’ll find off-road adventures, winter sun and old-fashioned Arabian hospitality. Andy Turner introduces what... Read more »

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  • The other Emirate: an introduction to Ras Al Khaimah

    The other Emirate: an introduction to Ras Al Khaimah

    December 2nd, 2016Lottie Gross
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    Mention Ras Al Khaimah to your friends and the response is likely to be along the lines of “Ras Al What?”. Most visitors travelling to the UAE head for hedonistic hubs like Dubai and Abu Dhabi; few have heard of the country’s fourth-largest Emirate. In 2017, the Ras Al Khaimah tourism authority are on an... Read more »

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  • Away from the skyscrapers: how to find the “other” Dubai

    Away from the skyscrapers: how to find the “other” Dubai

    November 22nd, 2016Lottie Gross
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    Pin It’s big, brash and lays claim to so many world records it might even have the world record for the number of world records. But beyond the superlatives, skyscrapers and inexplicably squeaky-clean streets, there’s far more to Dubai than meets the eye. On its surface, the city looks like an ultra-modern adults’ adventure playground... Read more »

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  • 12 of the most beautiful places in the Middle East

    12 of the most beautiful places in the Middle East

    November 16th, 2016Gavin Thomas
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    The Middle East is a paradox. Located at the cultural crossroads between east and west, the region nowadays tends to make headlines for all the wrong reasons, but also served as one of the major cradles of human civilization and birthplace of the world’s three great monotheisms. Myriad stunning mementoes of the region’s cosmopolitan and... Read more »

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  • Middle Eastern majesty: 17 beautiful pictures of Jordan

    Middle Eastern majesty: 17 beautiful pictures of Jordan

    October 31st, 2016Rough Guides Editors
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    We chose Jordan as one of the top destinations to visit in 2016, and after looking at these stunning photographs from Picfair‘s best photographers, you’ll understand why. From the wonders of the ancient city of Petra to the barren desert and vast Dead Sea, it’s a beautiful country to explore. Here are 17 stunning pictures to inspire your... Read more »

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  • A day-by-day itinerary for a perfect weekend in Dubai

    A day-by-day itinerary for a perfect weekend in Dubai

    September 15th, 2016Rough Guides Editors
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    Pin Dubai is a city like no other. One of the world’s fastest-growing metropolises, it has been transformed from a small Gulf trading centre into a glamorous and futuristic destination. Astonishing developments like the Burj Khalifa (the world’s tallest building) and Palm Jumeirah (the world’s largest artificial island) are just a few of the impressive attractions. Not sure where to start?... Read more »

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  • Travel writing competition: win the trip of a lifetime & become a Rough Guides writer

    Travel writing competition: win the trip of a lifetime & become a Rough Guides writer

    March 21st, 2016Rough Guides Editors
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    *This competition is now closed* Always wanted to be a travel writer? Well you’re in luck. Last year we ran our travel writing competition and the winner, Steph Dyson, has become one of our regular contributors. This year, we’re opening it up again to seek out the best untapped travel writing talent. Enter the competition... Read more »

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  • 10 reasons to visit Muscat, Oman

    10 reasons to visit Muscat, Oman

    January 21st, 2016Anita Isalska
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    Compared to flashy Emirati neighbours like Dubai and Abu Dhabi, the capital of Oman is a breath of fresh, sea air. Muscat is famous for dazzling souks and superb seafood, but its terrain brings the biggest thrills. This port city on the Gulf of Oman is backed by the arid Hajar mountains, meaning you can... Read more »

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  • Astonishing drone film captures the scale of Dubai

    Astonishing drone film captures the scale of Dubai

    October 27th, 2015Eleanor Aldridge
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    Dubai is a city like no other on Earth. More than 400 skyscrapers have appeared here in under two decades, including the world’s tallest building, and over 13 million tourists visit each year. It’s a place that defies comprehension. Even when faced with the stats, it’s hard to take in the magnitude of this world-record-breaking metropolis. To really appreciate Dubai’s... Read more »

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  • Go solo: the 20 best places to travel alone

    Go solo: the 20 best places to travel alone

    September 4th, 2015Rachel Mills
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  • Iran: the time to go is now

    Iran: the time to go is now

    December 15th, 2014Anthon Jackson
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    Our editors and authors have named Iran as one of the top countries to visit in 2015. Here, Anthon Jackson explains why now is the time to travel to Iran. The word is out: as far as off-the-beaten-path destinations go, Iran is an absolute gem. More than ever since 1979, intrepid travellers are making their... Read more »

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  • Video: the world’s friendliest cities

    Video: the world’s friendliest cities

    October 10th, 2014Rough Guides Editors
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    Which cities are going to welcome you with open arms? Where will the locals be likely to buy you a beer, and who’s going to invite you in for tea when it’s cold? We asked our social media followers to vote for the friendliest city in the world. These are the results.

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