Although Oman has more than 1,000 miles of coastline and some of the best coral reefs in the world, other countries in the Middle East have had to create beautiful beaches, particularly in places like Dubai. The best beaches in the Middle East include:
Emirates Palace Beach in Abu Dhabi is a decadent resort with a mile long private beach surrounded by pristine parks and lawns. Alternatively explore the deserted islands offshore by dhow.
Al Mamzar in Dubai is a man-made beach that's less frenetic than better-known Jumeirah but which still boasts expansive sands and sheltered swimming.
Shell Beach in Oman, close to Muscat, has excellent empty swathes and some superb coral reefs teeming with marine life.
These are just a handful of the options available though. Additionally, tailor-make your beach holiday in the Middle East by adding a city break or excursion to create a truly sensational escape; talk to a destination specialist to see what we can do for you.
Our top itineraries for Middle East Beach holidays
Sample Oman's incredible culture on this tailor-made tour, visiting Nizwa, capital of the interior and birthplace of Islam in Oman, and Muscat, the capital with its bustling souq (market) and sparkling gulf. Stay at Alila Jabal Akhdar and Shangri-La Muscat (al Bandar) during this tour.
Combine palm-studded beaches, duty-free shopping and stays in some of the world's most opulent hotels with desert resorts that seem plucked from the Middle Eastern folk tales of The Arabian Nights.
Straddling the Bosphorus, at the crossroads of Europe and Asia, the ancient city of Istanbul is one of the world's great destinations. Days spent marvelling at the exquisite architecture of the ornate Ottoman Palaces, or haggling for bargains in the Grand Bazaar are sure to live long in the memory.