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The city's grandiose building plans are bearing spectacular fruit, says Peter MacNeil

Dubai: 'A place on a human scale'

Over the past 25 years Simon Calder has watched Dubai grow from a tiny port to a vibrant city - but some things never change

Dubai: 'A place on a human scale'

Delhi: Trunk call

Eyebrows shot up when Hamish Mykura said he was taking his young twins to Delhi, but thanks to an elephant, it was a holiday they'll never forget

Long-haul short breaks: Oman

Four days is not long to pack in deserts, forts and souks in this sultanate rich in history. Sholto Byrnes explains how to do it

Prepare to meet thy dune

A 4x4 journey into Oman's remote north-east requires planning, perseverance - and a passing acquaintance with camel-grazing etiquette. Matt Warren learns the lore of the desert

I followed the road to Damascus and was converted

Syria's capital is a laid-back place crammed with spectacular sights. Robert Mighall rises above the politics

48 Hours In: Muscat

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Born again

Some said the city would never recover from its vicious civil war. But out of the rubble, Beirut is swinging again, says Rabih Hage

The Complete Guide To: The Biblical Lands

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Arabian heights

As its oil reserves run out, Dubai has reinvented itself as a high-rise haven for Western tourists. Leonard Doyle visits the jewel of the Emirates

Listen carefully - that's a whale singing

The Al Hallaniyah islands off Oman are rarely visited. That's why they have become a haven for wildlife, says Carolyn Fry

The bleak and blinding road to Jordan's hidden city

A desert kingdom squeezed between the West Bank and Iraq is not an obvious holiday destination. Jeremy Laurance explores a peaceful land of far horizons

Cradle of civilisation

When Tony Wheeler first visited Iran the Shah was still in power. Since then much has changed, but the welcome remains the same
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