- Year-round warmth and sunshine with little rain
- Very clear waters, endless sandy beaches
- Modern meets traditional with new high-rise cities alongside ancient culture
“magic isn’t imaginary...
it’s just very well planned”
Be aware of local customs and laws – e.g. some medicines readily bought over-the-counter in the West could land you in jail.
It is advisable not to carry any medication with you into Dubai – if you need specific medicines you’ll need prescriptions, doctor’s and hospitals letters explaining why you need them; prior authorization from your local UAE embassy is advisable.
There is some excellent diving to be had – we advise you select a yacht with an on-board divemaster, compressor and kit.
The Arabian Gulf is still a relatively new destination to the superyacht charter scene, despite many yachts being owned by locals here. Unsurprisingly, there are some excellent superyacht marinas; in Abu Dhabi there is one right next to the Grand Prix circuit – great fun for fans of F1.
With cities such as Dubai in permanent growth, there are many fine resorts plus some excellent shopping and dining opportunities. Despite all this feted newness, there is a rich cultural tradition from the Bedouin, Arab and Islamic worlds with some fine museums and historical sites.
The sultanate of Oman gives you a taste of old Arabia, still with largely unspoilt beaches and fishing villages, date palm groves and old forts. But perhaps the real gem is the water itself; clear and warm (little rainfall on shore means less run-off to muddy things).
There are some stunning dive sites, comprised of both natural reefs and wrecks. The Arabian Gulf is a great destination for Europeans looking for a warm winter break relatively close to home and will provide entertainment for lovers of nature, diving, shopping and eating out in equal measure.
Best time to visit:
From May to September it is extremely hot in the Gulf – with daytime maxima in high 30˚Cs-low 40˚Cs
The ideal time to visit is between November and March when daytime temperatures reach the mid-high 20˚Cs.