Travel challenge: A week in Oman

Every week we invite competing companies to give us their best deal for a specified holiday. Today: a week in Oman in early November. Prices are for two people travelling together and include return flights from Heathrow to Muscat on 2 November...

48 Hours In: Doha

As the Qatari city prepares for its year in the sun as Arab Capital of Culture in 2010, Cathy Packe checks out what it has to offer

Travel challenge: A post-Ramadan break in Dubai

Every week we invite competing companies to give us their best deal for a specified holiday. Today: a five-night break for two in Dubai, departing on 14 October, including flights, transfers and breakfast.

For a real taste of Lebanon, go back to the land

A Beirut-based organisation is trying to promote Lebanese traditions. Its initiatives open up a whole new view of this country, for locals and visitors alike, says Joy Lo Dico

On The Road: A capital cacophony in Cairo

I am slowly going deaf. There is a tell-tale ringing in my ears and a new-found tendency to shout: definite symptoms of graduating from tourist to local. Most foreigners last only a few days in the Egyptian capital, and leave with nerves rubbed raw by the never-ending noise. I have been in Cairo long enough to develop hearing loss. This city is adopting me.

Egypt's Sinai Peninsula is in vogue as BA scraps New York flights in favour of Sharm El Sheikh

A fatal attraction: that is one dimension of the Blue Hole, a 100m-deep underwater pothole just off the shore of the Sinai Peninsula. This fissure has claimed many divers' lives, as becomes clear as you approach it; small shrines and memorials to lost loved ones line the route to the sea. But despite its notoriety, for the snorkeller who intends to descend only a few metres it is (weather-permitting) a relatively tame swim that gives you an amazing insight into what can exist just below the surface of the water.

Good Oman: Acquire a taste for Musandam

Musandam: north-eastern Arabia. Once ruled by Portugal, then used by Britain to unite a vast empire, its isolation could drive men 'round the bend'. Now it's a rational antidote to Dubai, says Simon Calder

Iran: The view from the streets'

Iran may suffer bad press in the West, yet more of us are travelling to this fascinating destination than ever before. Sarah Barrell finds out why

On The Road: Sink or swim on the Sinai peninsula

Nothing beats sharing a pot of Bedouin tea between scuba dives. Sitting cross-legged at a low table by one of Dahab's best-loved dive sites, I was given enough of a recharge by the syrupy, warm tea to turn down a kofta sandwich with chips

Trail of the Unexpected: Greenery and grandeur in Oman

We must be in the wrong place. This was the immediate conclusion I arrived at as our guide, Mahad, pulled off to the side of the road and killed the engine. While he pottered about in the boot for the picnic, laying out a blanket and several bowls of exotic-looking food, I held a quick internal debate about whether or not I should believe my eyes.

48 Hours In: Dubai

Getting there is easy and room rates are reasonable, so now's the time to enjoy some desert sunshine in this ultra-modern Arabian metropolis.

Oman: An authentic taste of Arabia

Talk about a holiday in the Gulf and everyone thinks of Dubai – understandably so, for the Emirate is by far the most popular destination in the region. But if you want to see real Arabia, as opposed to a mass of shopping malls and luxury hotels, there is a far better option: Oman.

Small steps through Oman's mountains

This trendy holiday spot isn't all about the beach. Amar Grover headed on foot into the interior – with his young family

Five luxury Gulf shore getaways

Dubai or not Dubai? That's the question posed by these Middle-Eastern marvels.

The Complete Guide To: Petra

Retrace the footsteps of Roman generals, nomads and Indiana Jones as you explore the ancientmonuments of Jordan's desert.
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