Best of both: Dubai and Muscat

From Oman’s dramatic Hajar mountain range to Dubai’s spice souk, discover what to do in two of the world’s most alluring destinations


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Dubai is an intriguing city with extraordinary architecture, luxurious shopping malls and a man-made archipelago. But just as impressive is Muscat, an ancient port city perched on the Gulf of Oman, full of historic sites and lofty mosaic-covered mosques. From trekking across Oman’s dramatic Hajar mountain range to shopping for spices at Dubai’s spice souk, here’s what to do when discovering two of the world’s most alluring destinations.



Staying at Jumeirah Dubai

Rising out of the cerulean waters of the Arabian Gulf, Burj Al Arab is Dubai’s most iconic (in the truest sense of the word) hotel, its instantly recognisable sail shape a global symbol of this 21st century city. Home to sophisticated duplex suites, restaurants helmed by Michelin-starred chefs and the beautiful Talise spa with panoramic views, it also sports a rooftop helipad for arriving and departing guests as well as an idyllic (and artificial) beach alongside an infinity pool terrace. Jumeirah Al Naseem is a stunning contemporary beachside retreat with world-class restaurants just steps away from our exclusive beach, and Jumeirah Creekside Hotel is the perfect option if you’re looking for an urban haven with unforgettable views of Dubai’s skyline. For palatial splendour inspired by 1001 Arabian Nights, there is Jumeirah Al Qasr, while Jumeirah Beach Hotel is perfect for families and offers the most extraordinary sea views from every room.

Aerial view of Burj Al Arab


Delightful dining

From fine French cuisine to the best of Arabesque feasting, Dubai’s dining scene is startling, and it is no wonder the city has become a major culinary powerhouse. Al Muntaha, overseen by acclaimed Chef Saverio Sbaragli, serves decadent French and Italian dishes against the backdrop of the azure waters of the Arabian Gulf and the glinting horizon of Dubai. Located on the 27th floor of the legendary Burj Al Arab, it features floor-to-ceiling panes with stunning views. Rockfish serves exquisite Italian fresh seafood next to the water and recently partnered with UAE start-up Seafood Souq that will see Rockfish become the first restaurant in the region to have certified traceable seafood implemented across its menu, and Shimmers is a beachside restaurant serving Mediterranean delicacies and award-winning drinks.

Getting active

Dubai shimmers with architectural wonders, from Jumeirah Emirates Towers, to Dubai Expo, where you’ll find cuisine from around the world. There are also an array of traditional Arab markets in Dubai to really get under the skin of this ancient culture. Meander around Spice Souk Dubai for a sensory experience and take your pick from dozens of fragrant dried herbs and spices to take home, from cardamom to sumac. For an action-packed family adventure, head to Wild Wadi, a huge aquatic amusement park, and brave the Jumeirah Sceirah, a slide that hurls guests at speeds of around 80km an hour through daunting dives, twists and bends.

Wild Wadi Waterpark Riptide and Wipeout

Muscat Bay

Staying at Jumeirah Muscat Bay 
Nestled in the secluded cove of Bandar Jissah, between the Al Hajar Mountains and the Gulf of Oman, Jumeirah Muscat Bay features 196 beautifully decorated rooms, the state-of-the-art Talise Spa with its selection of world-class treatments, and fantastic restaurants with extraordinary views of the surrounding landscape. It’s located just 15 minutes away from Muscat’s city centre and is within striking distance of Oman’s historical sites. The hotel also features a dive centre for those wanting to get under the waters of the stunning coastline and explore its flourishing coral reefs and wildlife. This is a sanctuary for those seeking the truly authentic experience and undiluted Arabian beauty.

Getting active

Much of Muscat’s allure lies in its mysterious archeological sites and majestic palaces, from the Al Jalali and Al Mirani forts to the extravagant Al Alam Palace. The Al Jalali and Al Mirani forts were built by the Portuguese in the 16th-century and loom over Muscat’s harbour, seemingly rising out of the cliffs. They are accessed by stone steps carved into the rockface. Built in 1972, the Al Alam Palace was one of the ruling monarch Sultan Qaboos’s six palaces, and features glorious blue and gold columns. Nearby you’ll find the National Museum where you can learn all about the history of Oman. The country also has some 3,000 kilometres of coastline, so you can easily travel to deserted and flamingo-strewn stretches of sand like Khalouf Beach, enjoy an array of exhilarating hikes or go dolphin-watching aboard a traditional dhow.

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