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Oman by motorbike

With centuries-old culture to discover, pristine new roads through majestic mountains and cheap petrol for sale, the Sultanate is a compelling choice for a road trip

A haven blessed by the sun

Abu Dhabi is a perfect escape from the winter’s cold, with uncrowded beaches, an exciting culinary and cultural scene, and the most magnificent mosque in the UAE. It’s also home to the country’s F1 race circuit 

Turkey's finest: Istanbul is the most popular kid on the 21st-century

If you want a metaphor for modern Istanbul, look no further than the Marmaray tunnel. It's currently being dug under the Bosphorus to link Sirkeci Station, near the Grand Bazaar, with the ferry port of Uskudar on the Asian shore. The work will take three years to finish; maybe more because workmen keep discovering ancient objects that have to be removed and lovingly catalogued.