Our Arabia Team
The combined knowledge and experience of our 7 Arabia specialists is hard to beat, particularly in the destinations that see rapid change. Sabrina, our Arabia Team Leader, ensures that her team’s product knowledge is second to none.
The phenomenal change in many of our destinations in Arabia means that there is always something new to offer our clients. Our regular visits and daily contact with our representatives in our destinations ensured that we can always offer the best possible options.
This fascinating part of the world has so much to offer and holidays in Arabia are as diverse as the region itself. Record-breaking buildings form the iconic Dubai skyline, while Oman boasts breathtakingly beautiful desert, mountains and fjords. Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, offers a fascinating contrast between the old and new and Fujairah, at the foot of the Hajar Mountains, offers a huge range of adventurous and relaxing activities.
In addition to developments on the ground, the airlines that feature Arabia are constantly growing, adding new routes and products on an almost weekly basis. Our first-hand experience of these airlines also contributes to the perfect holiday in Arabia.
How to make the most of a trip to Arabia during Ramadan
Many of our hotels and resorts offer fantastic savings during Ramadan, when the pace of life changes considerably. Celebratory meals at sundown, major events at the end of Ramadan and an increased observance of the Muslim faith all make this a fascinating time to visit.
During the holy month of Ramadan, Muslims abstain from food and drink from dawn to sunset. Observance of this religious period of fasting is said to teach love, charity, sincerity and devotion. At sunset, prayers are called out to mark the breaking of the fast, which called “Iftar”. This can be a very social affair and many hotels and restaurants offer delicious menus and buffets."Ramadan Mubarak" and "Ramadan Kareem" are greetings used during this period. (Kareem means generous and Mubarak means blessings)
Because the “Islamic” year is shorter than the “Western” year, the date of Ramadan comes roughly 11 days earlier every year according to the Gregorian calendar. Ramadan is comcluded when the new moon appears - on a day called “Eid al Fitr” - which is observed with prayers at the Mosques followed by celebrations with family and friends.
If visiting Arabia during Ramadan, visitors should ;
Refrain from consuming food, drinks and cigarettes in public places from dawn to dusk as a sign of respect
Dress modestly in public areas, particularly when sightseeing. Ladies should cover upper arms and wear skirts or shorts covering the knees. Gents should wear trousers
Plan meals, as public restaurants are closed until sunset. Some hotel restaurants are open and may have a more limited service but do not serve alcohol during the day. Hotel bars are open after sunset.
Not expect too many late nights, as there’s no live entertainment and nightclubs are closed for the duration of Ramadan
Enjoy shopping, as malls are open from 1000 to midnight and shops outside the malls are open from 1000 to 1300 and from 19.30 until well past midnight