Reasons Why Adventure Lovers Should Visit The Middle East – Thrills Galore in Store!

Are you the kind of person who craves that jolt of adrenaline on your holiday? From discovering exotic creatures of the wild to riding down slopes of sand, the Middle East has plenty of gripping adventures to keep you satisfied!

Wildlife Drives & Horse Riding

A thrilling wildlife drive at areas such as Sir Bani Yas Island’s, Arabian Wildlife Park gives you the chance to witness the wild beauty of animals like Arabian oryxes, ostriches and cheetahs. The island which is also home to Anantara Sir Bani Yas Island Al Yamm Villa Resort is an ideal site for exciting horse riding as well.

Desert Safaris

If you are looking for a way to get in some unique sightseeing in Abu Dhabi along with an adrenaline rush sign up for a desert safari. You could either travel the traditional way on a camel or for a more fast-paced experience, in a 4WD vehicle where you can engage in what is known as “dune bashing”.

Sandboarding

The Middle East has vast tracks of desert home to towering sand dunes; this makes the perfect setting for the thrill-a-second activity known as sandboarding. It’s an extreme sport which is pretty much the same as snowboarding, just with mountains of sand instead of mountains of snow!

Hiking

An adventure doesn’t always have to be action-packed; hiking amidst the imposing wadis and mountains of the Middle East is one such example be it at Wadi Tayyibah in Fujairah, Jebel Hafeet in Al Ain or the “Secret Staircase” at the Musandam Mountains.

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All You Need to Know About Arabian Coffee – Get Your Caffeine Fix!

Whether brewed from Arabica beans or Robusta beans, drinking some warm Arabic coffee is an experience unlike any other. Want to know more about Arabic coffee?

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1) History

Coffee was originally thought to have originated in Ethiopia with a long history that dates back to the 9th century. While it is widely consumed today, it first made its way to the Middle Eastern and Northern African regions around the 15th Century.

2) Preparation

While commonly referred to as Arabic Coffee, there are two distinct varieties. Al-Qahwa is one variety that uses heavily roasted beans, and the other is Turkish coffee is made from roasted and finely ground Arabica coffee beans. Its preparation commonly includes the addition of other spices and ingredients like cardamoms, cloves and saffron.

3) Health Benefits

Studies have shed light into the consumption of Arabic coffee and its help in minimizing the onset of ailments such as dementia, heart disease and even type II diabetes. If you’re looking for an Abu Dhabi Restaurant or Hotel to either indulge or stay in while you discover Arabic coffee, you’ll see many options around, such as the Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara for example.

4) Etiquette

Oft a part of middle eastern customs and hospitality, Arabic coffee has a firm place in traditional Arabic feasts and special occasions such as Eid and Ramadan. It is also served during social gatherings and business meetings as well.

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A Guide to the Exotic Wildlife of the UAE – Wild Inhabitants of the Middle East

Amidst desert landscapes and the waters of the Arabian Sea and Persian Gulf, the UAE is home to a diverse array of wildlife. If you love wildlife safaris, birdwatching or exploring the ocean, here are some of the creatures you may come across here.

Mammals

The Arabian Oryx is the UAE’s national animal and can be found at the Arabian Wildlife Park easily accessible from Anantara Sir Bani Yas Island Al Sahel Villa Resort. Other mammals that call the UAE home include camels, mountain gazelles, the Arabian wolf, the Arabian wildcat and the Arabian leopard.

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Birds

The UAE has recorded more than 400 bird species. Be you staying at Abu Dhabi luxury hotels or budget guesthouses, you can look to get in some birdwatching. The national bird of the UAE, the falcon takes pride of place, while the Kentish plover, sooty gull, short-toed snake eagle, broad-billed sandpiper and the desert lark can also be spotted.

Reptiles & Amphibians

The saw-scaled viper and the sand boa are amongst the terrestrial snakes of the UAE, while there are many lizards as well. As for amphibians, the main species are the Dhofar toad and the Arabian toad.

Marine Life

When it comes to marine life, the UAE is home to Indo-Pacific humpbacked dolphins, humpback whales, whale sharks and hawksbill and green turtles. The surrounding waters also play host to a vast number of fish species the likes of catfish, reef sharks, sweetlips and sunfish.

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Dune Bashing in Desert – Feel the thrills!

An ocean of sands with waves of towering dunes is all that you see in the expansive Arabian Desert. The stunning landscape gives the best opportunity for outdoorsy people to indulge in the thrills of dune bashing! Read on to know more.

What is dune bashing?

Dune bashing is the term that is used to describe cruising over the dunes on an SUV, particularly in desert regions surrounding Abu Dhabi. Desert tour programmes in these regions have a variety of segments and dune bashing is one of the star attractions. During the ride, the skilled drivers manoeuvre the sports utility vehicle at dizzying speeds which allows you to feel the adrenaline rushing through your veins.

What can you expect?

Usually, if you had booked a desert tour you’d be picked up from your resort property and be taken to the site. The same vehicle will take you on a thrill ride once you have arrived at the dune site. There will be a lot of shouting and screaming while your driver pulls off amazing stunts on the 4×4.

Booking a deserts tour

You could find a number of desert tours by going through the web. But be sure to do some research before joining one. If you wish to avoid many hassles you could opt to stay at a resort property the likes of Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara which already has dune bashing in their leisure activity list.

Things to remember

Be sure to wear comfortable clothes – ones that help you to stay at ease as well as off from sand, wear a scarf and try to avoid shoes and wear sandals instead. Brings your camera with you if you are a photography enthusiast – the sceneries will be spectacular. Also, drink plenty of water and stay hydrated during your time in the desert.

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A paradise of greatness, Dubai – Experience both old and new

The beauty of Dubai knows no bounds! From a thriving art and design eco-system, mega malls to constantly changing food scene, there is always something special and exciting to all leisure travellers who visit here.

Miracle Garden

Staying true to its name, the Miracle Garden itself is a miracle! You’ll be certainly surprised seeing two opposite things of nature together: desert and flowers. If you’re staying at one of the many 5 star hotels in Abu Dhabi the likes of Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort, this huge garden in the heart of the desert is 27 minutes away.

Surf the dunes

Want to experience a different type of surf? Head out of the city to enjoy the thrills and spills of a sandboarding experience. A wide variety of sand dunes with varying slopes and heights have made Dubai an ideal destination for many desert-based adventure sports. If you’re looking for more thrill combine your activity with dune bashing.

A foodie’s heaven

The dynamic food scene is undoubtedly one of the main reasons to visit Dubai. Indulge in a memorable culinary journey where you’ll not merely be satiated but learn more on how a wide range of cuisines coexist in one place.

XL zipline

Set in Dubai Marina, XLine Dubai Marina is considered as the fastest and steepest ziplines in the world. All adventurous souls can try out to zip across the line to catch a glimpse of glitzy Dubai Marina, bobbing five-star yachts and the beautiful surroundings.

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A 24-hour Abu Dhabi Experience – Set your timer!

Abu Dhabi is an industrious city with a gorgeous waterside location. Being the modern city and bustling centre, it is today, it features many facets that you can experience in a single day.

1) Morning at the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

Often considered the most popular attraction in all of Abu Dhabi, the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is one of the 8 largest mosques in the entire world. The mosque is open to the public daily from 9 a.m. onwards and is the perfect location to start off your day in Abu Dhabi.

2) Afternoon and Lunch at Ferrari World

The afternoon can be the time for some family fun at Ferrari World, a theme park that is home to an assortment of rides and attractions including the world’s fastest rollercoaster. You can also grab lunch at any of the food outlets present here.

3) A quick stop at Yas Viceroy

While the Yas Viceroy is a hotel, the reason to step in here is to check out its neighbouring racing circuit that is the Yas Marina Circuit. From here you can take a peek at the track and check out a race before you head over.

4) Evening Coffee at the Emirates Palace

Sit down to have a coffee at Le Café in the Emirates Palace, the perfect way to wrap up your day before you check into one of the resorts in Abu Dhabi to rest up, such as the Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara for example.

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Yachting in Abu Dhabi – Ahoy there Sailor!

If sailing aboard a luxury yacht is your thing, then read on to find how it works in Abu Dhabi, one of the most exciting cosmopolitan cities in the world!

Abu Dhabi Sailing and Yacht Club

Claiming its own pristine 100-meter- stretch of beach, on the Corniche Breakwater, and an array of facilities, the Royal Yacht Association is an accredited club which can be easily reached from many an exclusive resort in Abu Dhabi including the likes of Anantara Sir Bani Yas Island Al Yamm Villa Resort.

Yachting and Other Water Sports

In addition to the offered boat rentals and RYA courses, the club also offers guests kayaking, rowing packages and stand-up paddle boarding to engage in.

Things to See

Feast your eyes on panoramic views of the city occupied with modern cutting-edge skyscrapers and architectural marvels during the cruise. Other sites you will take in on the yachting sessions include the Lulu Island, the Emirates Palace and Heritage Villages. You will also be accompanied by pods of playful dolphins!

Safety

Safety is considered to be of utmost importance. The skippers will provide you with a life jacket before you board the top of the line vessel. You will also be required to listen to a safety briefing before starting off.

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Shopping Malls in Abu Dhabi – Every Shopaholics Dream Come True!

Give reign to the shopaholic in you when visiting Abu Dhabi because it is guaranteed to be a fantastic experience! Here are the top 4 shopping malls that are a must visit for a decadent shopping spree!!!

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The Galleria
Home to fashionable luxury brands such as Chanel, Alexander MacQueen, and Jimmy Choo among others, The Galleria is a trendy mall which is located in the Abu Dhabi Global Market Square. It can be easily reached from hotels such as Eastern Mangroves Hotel & Spa by Anantara.

Marina Mall
The Marina Mall opened its doors to avid shoppers in the year 2001 and houses anchor stores such as Gucci and Prada. The complex also features a bowling alley and a revolving restaurant on top of its 30 storied observation tower.

Abu Dhabi Mall
Nestled in the very heart of the city and offering visitors many interactive things to do, Abu Dhabi Mall features over 200 fashion labels. The complex also presents a wide range of dining options such as chic little cafés and fast food outlets to cater to every preference.

Al Wahda Mall
Named after the Al Wahda Foot Ball Club situated next door, this mall opened in 2007. Since then, it has evolved to become one of the largest shopping complexes in the UAE featuring a cinema hall, spa & wellness centre and exclusive speciality concept stores.

 

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Exotic Spa Treatments – The Middle East’s next big thing.

The glittering capital of the United Arab Emirates features sprawling theme parks, soaring high rises and sleek megamalls. Fast becoming one of the key holiday destinations in the world is Abu Dhabi. Resorts in Abu Dhabi exude luxury with modern designs and attractions that are constantly growing bigger and better. In 2015, the city welcomed about three and half million tourists. Abu Dhabi has many dimensions: glamorous, affluent and modern as well as traditional, cultural and religious. There is also tranquility to be found on Sir Bani Yas Island. Here you will find yourself enjoying a slower pace in the midst of the celebrated Arabian Wildlife Park. Within the park is the Anantara Sir Bani Yas Island Al Sahel Villa Resort, one of Abu Dhabi’s leading eco-friendly luxury resorts.

A spa and wellness culture has started to build up along with the boom in tourist traffic to the Middle East. The Middle East has made a name for itself with its theme parks and culinary experiences, now it is looking to market itself as a destination for world class spas. Abu Dhabi already has several established spas and wellness facilities; many are attached to leading hotel chains. Not long ago, Yoga gained much popularity in Abu Dhabi with more residents starting on an active path to a healthy existence.

Spa destinations are as much about the treatments as they are about the location. The Middle Eastern experience draws from the tranquil lull of the dessert, the burbling of a mangrove waterway or the call of the ocean to create its ambience. There are healing rituals that have existed in the region for centuries that have been worked into an array of indigenous treatments. The massages lean towards authentic and natural healing methods. The spas also sell beauty products that are created using highly prized, locally sourced, natural ingredients.

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Traditional Pearl Diving in Abu Dhabi – Abu Dhabi’s Oldest and Most Prestigious Industry

The capital of the United Arab Emirates is the bustling and industrious emirate of Abu Dhabi. Known for serving as the hub of political activity in the UAE, Abu Dhabi is one of the world’s foremost business and financial centers. With numerous attractions, iconic landmarks, and many amazing sights and features, it is also one of the region’s top tourist destinations. Abu Dhabi’s thriving hospitality industry is home to many iconic resorts such as the Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara; a luxurious beach resort Abu Dhabi that makes an ideal base for your travels.

Before the advent of the oil, finance, and tourism industries, there was one industry of Abu Dhabi that not only provided the bulk of its income, but also put Abu Dhabi on the map; that industry was pearling. Abu Dhabi provided the world with some of the finest pearls known to mankind, and maintained a reputation of being the world’s premier pearl supplier till the mid 1900’s. Though pearling is no longer given the prominence it used to be given, pearling and pearl divers still remain a vital component of Abu Dhabi’s culture and heritage.

Abu Dhabi’s pearling industry boomed towards the 18th and 19th centuries, as international demand increased and more and more locals took to pearl diving. The hardships of the pearl divers of this time were legendary, as they faced immense risk both financially and to their own lives, as diving to depths of up to 40m was indeed a daring task. Pearling was essentially a lifestyle for those engaging in pearl diving, as communities of pearl divers and fleets of dhows were formed in Abu Dhabi. Today, with the advent of other industries pearling is no longer practiced widely as it used to be. But there are many dhow tours and museums dedicated to the life and times of Abu Dhabi’s pearl divers; a culture and heritage which was the foundation of modern Abu Dhabi.