The calm waters of the Arabian Gulf are becoming more popular with travellers within the region.
Culture and history are the pride of the Gulf States and there's much to see in each of the popular destinations. The ancient markets are full of colour, charm and atmosphere – whilst the modern air-conditioned malls rival any to be found in Europe.
The warm weather of the Gulf region provides ideal conditions December until April and is a popular choice for those looking for a winter getaway – perhaps combining a short cruise with a stay in a five-star hotel in Dubai.
It's clear to see that opulence and affluence are in abundance in this part of the world and, with countries like Oman and Qatar also nearby, it is great to get a feel for what life is like here.
The region, including Egypt, Israel and Jordan, has increased in popularity in recent years and attracts those seeking a healthy combination of history, water sports and relaxation.
The Nile is possibly the best way to travel between the sights of ancient Egypt. A river cruise along this world famous waterway offers a unique opportunity to view some of the world's most ancient treasures.
Egypt offers ideal winter sunshine and an opportunity to see such treasures as the Tomb of Tutankhamen and the unique inscriptions of the temples at Kom Ombo or Edfu, while the great temples at Karnak and Abu Simbel are far more dramatic than any book or film can convey.