The Persian Gulf is a large body of water that stretches to the north-west from The Arabian Sea and Indian Ocean, just north of The Tropic of Cancer. Also known as The Arabian Guld, the area boasts fantastic fishing grounds, huge coral reefs and prospering cities.
The capital and largest city in Bahrain, Manama is an important trading centre in the Persian Gulf. The city is home to the Al-Fateh Mosque – one of the largest mosques in the world and capable of accommodating over 7,000 worshippers.
Al Khuwayr, Qatar
Tourism is booming in the seaside town of Al Khuwayr mainly because of the warm mornings on the beach and the cool evenings that melt into the night. Fishing is a big money spinner for the local economy where hamour is the most popular fish. Be sure to try some at a local eatery.
Having had massive amounts of money pumped into this city, Doha is set to become an important hub in the Gulf within a few years. The city’s Heritage Library features over 51,000 books in Arabic and other languages of Qatar and the Middle East.
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Abu Dhabi, regarded as one of the richest cities in the world, is home to an abundance of eye-catching high-rise buildings and international luxury hotel chains. Desert safari trips are a popular tourist activity and most tours include a bumpy but memorable ride over the dunes.
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
The most modern and progressive Emirate in the region, the desert city of Dubai prides itself on luxury. Among other landmarks, the Dubai Fountain features a jet that shoots water up to 150m making it the world’s largest dancing fountain.
Ras Al-Khaimah, United Arab Emirates
Beautiful blue seas with pure white beaches have established Ras al-Khaimah as a tourism favourite in the area. The National Museum of Ras Al Khaimah is housed in the former palace of the ruling Al Qawasim family and boasts a variety of fascinating exhibits on natural history, arts and crafts.
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