Touch down in the ‘Pearl of the Arabian Gulf’, Dubai, and marvel at its heady mix of hot sun, high-rise architecture, and boutique shopping. Abu Dhabi is awash with futuristic skyscrapers and vast shopping malls and yet still retains echoes of its ancient past, while Oman’s capital, Muscat is brimming with culture and history. Be sure to visit some of Bahrain's 170,000 “tumuli” or burial mounds, and its ancient fort with foundations dating from 3000 B.C. Sir Bani Yas Island is a wildlife paradise promising pearl diving, scuba diving, mangrove safaris and water sports. Khasab is home to a stunning 17th century castle, the fascinating Alkmazrh Fort and breathtaking palm groves.