A modern global city, Abu Dhabi is the capital of the United Arab Emirates and a symbol of international luxury. Abu Dhabi was once a quiet village, home to fishermen and pearlers. Today, it is in the midst of a construction boom since foreigners were given the green light to snap up prime real estate, creating an east-meets-west culture.
As the heart of the Saudi oil industry, the city of Dammam is more about trade than tourism. However, there is plenty to occupy the time between business meetings and flights. One of the favored spots in Dammam is its sweeping corniche, which attracts people keen to enjoy its modern art installations and panoramic view. An area between Dammam and Al Khobar has been designated for athletics, and local clubs provide sporting facilities.
A tiny peninsula less than 200 kilometers long by 100 kilometers wide, Qatar’s attractions can be enjoyed in just a few days, leaving plenty of time to enjoy the white beaches, warm waters, and endless sunshine of the country. Doha’s heritage is relatively well preserved, and a trip to the Omani Souk evokes a bygone era in which shopkeepers traded perfumed oud and aromatic spices.
Dubai is the UAE's major transit hub. Dubai is ostentatious confidence and it shows little sign of redeveloping any modesty. Otherworldly architecture, shopping, beaches and nightlife are the headliners here and cater to a multinational population.
Jeddah is a city in the Tihamah region on the coast of the Red Sea and is the major urban center of western Saudi Arabia. It is the largest city in Makkah Province, the largest sea port on the Red Sea, and the second largest city in Saudi Arabia after the capital city, Riyadh.
Kuwait City is the capital of Kuwait. It has a population of 2.38 million in the metropolitan area. Located at the heart of the country on the shore of the Persian Gulf, and containing Kuwait's parliament (Majlis Al-Umma), most governmental offices, the headquarters of most Kuwaiti corporations and banks, it is the political, cultural and economic center of the emirate.
The rocky Western Al Hajar Mountains dominate the landscape of Muscat. The city lies on the Arabian Sea along the Gulf of Oman and is in the proximity of the strategic Straits of Hormuz. Low-lying white buildings typify most of Muscat's urban landscape, while the port-district of Muttrah, with its corniche and harbour, form the north-eastern periphery of the city. Muscat's economy is dominated by trade, petroleum and porting.
Riyadh is the capital of Saudi Arabia and its largest city. It is also the capital of Riyadh Province, and belongs to the historical regions of Najd and Al-Yamama. It is situated in the center of the Arabian Peninsula on a large plateau, and is home to 5,254,560 people, and the urban center of a region with a population of close to 7 million people.