When was the last time you have done something for the first time? The United Arab Emirates is like nowhere else on earth. Made up of seven Emirates, the UAE is an ever changing country that is both glamorous and extraordinary. Here the modern metropolises of the Emirates contrast with the traditional Bedouin way of life in the desert. Luxury experiences come aplenty in the UAE.
There is a lot more to the UAE than meets the eye. A popular destination for travelers from all over the world, there are luxury experiences to suit everyone. The UAE is dominated by the cities of Abu Dhabi and Dubai but beyond these cities await a diverse montage of five more emirates, each with its own character and allure.
Dubai, the second largest emirate, is the city of iconic skyscrapers, palm-shaped islands, city-sized malls, palatial beach resorts and pockets of traditional architecture from tea houses to wind towers.
Abu Dhabi, the UAE capital and the largest emirate, is a cultural destination with plans to open a Louvre and Guggenheim in the near future.
After the UAE make your way to the Musandam Peninsula located on the northern tip of Oman, dubbed the ‘Norway of Arabia’ for it’s dramatic scenery, stunning fjords and small fishing villages. These villages are habituated by the region’s semi-nomadic Shihuh tribe who make a living farming goats, terraced fields and fishing, whilst retaining a very traditional lifestyle.
1. Seaplane Tour to Sir Bani Yas Island
Embark on an exhilarating journey of discovery with Seawings for a unique seaplane safari from Dubai to Sir Bani Yas Island, where stunning scenery and free-roaming wildlife await you.
Behold views like never before of the Arabian Gulf from the comfort of your seaplane that transports you from a modern land of towering skyscrapers, to the detached and quiet islands where nature is your only company. Explore the magnificence of the wildlife reserve with a wildlife safari on a four wheel drive vehicle accompanied by an expert field guide. Savour the culinary delights of a three course lunch while relaxing in the peaceful ambiance of the Anantara resort. Luxury experiences don’t come any better than this.
2. Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
Rising majestically from beautifully manicured gardens, the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is a masterpiece of modern Islamic architecture and design. With more than 80 marble domes on a roofline, the mosque is a vision in pure white Greek and Macedonian marble. While it includes references to Mamluk, Ottoman and Fatimid styles, the overwhelming impression of the breath-taking interior is contemporary and innovative, with three chandeliers filling the main prayer hall. The chandeliers, sparkle with Swarovski crystals and shine with 24-carat galvanised gold. One of the prayer hall’s most impressive features is the world’s largest loomed carpet. The medallion design with elaborate arabesque motifs took 1200 craftsmen two years to complete.
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque represents a befitting welcome to Abu Dhabi – grand, opulent and traditional.
3. Cruise on a Private Yacht
Redefine luxury experiences as you cruise on a private yacht charter for a day of pampering, custom created to give you memories for a lifetime. Your skipper and crew will be waiting for you aboard your very own luxury yacht. Cruise through the Arabian Gulf and watch the subtly changing hues of the sea water. Spot Dubai’s iconic skyscrapers overlooking the Gulf while we spoil you into deep comfort and leisure. Modern, stylish and lush – your private yacht will have spacious, air conditioned interiors with world class amenities including the option of 5-star catering.
4. Private Dinner on the Dunes
Enjoy complete privacy with endless views of the Arabian Desert. You will be taken by your Field Guide to a private spot nestled inside the exclusive grounds of a luxurious desert resort where a private majlis with carpet, cushions and a low rise table surrounded by gleaming flame torch light are arranged for dinner. Enjoy the tranquility of the desert and a very private meal with a scrumptious selection of cold starters, hot main course and desserts along with drinks. This is an exclusive picnic done in the evening under the stars.
5. Six Senses, Zighy Bay
Escape the city life and immerse into the charm of traditional Omani hospitality. Nestled into the Musandam Peninsula, the Six Senses Zighy Bay resort is fringed by untouched white beach and azure waters. The natural elements of the exclusive pool villa will be refreshing to the senses. Indulge yourself in a bevy of physical activities such as paragliding, mountain biking, water skiing and more, or simply relax and feel the sand beneath your toes, while you listen to the slow murmur of the sea, watching the distant sunset dhow cruise gliding through the waves. And if that isn’t enough, indulge in an exotic series of culinary delights of the region in East Coast opulence.
Experience a rapidly growing new world in the UAE or escape to the Northern Oman’s endless golden beaches. These bespoke luxury experiences can be arranged for you by Seawings Lifestyle .
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