Middle East

Concise Business Travel Guides for countries in the Middle East including the UAE, Oman & others. Find useful travel advice, tips & resources for travellers. The guides include local country information, facts, visa requirements, business customs & etiquette, public holidays and more.

The United Arab Emirates located in the south east of the Arabian Peninsula in the Middle East. A confederation of seven emirates including Abu Dhabi and Dubai. The city of Dubai has become a global city and a regional hub for tourism, aviation and financial services. Major cities include Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, Al Ain and Ajman. Well known attractions include Burj Khalifa, Dubai Mall, Jumeirah Beach, Global Village, Burj al Arab, Palm Jumeirah & Palm Islands. Globalisation and increasing international trade has offered increasing business opportunities in the UAE & visitors on business trips can combine a trip with some sightseeing & visiting local attractions.

Oman is located on the south west coast of the Arab Peninsula, sharing borders with the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Yemen. The economy includes prominent sectors in oil and gas, agriculture and tourism. Major cities include Muscat, Seeb, Salalah, Bawshar and Sohar. Well known attractions include Bahla Fort, Five Falajs, Qantab Beach, The Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, Niwza Fort, National Museum of Oman. The country has a lower profile among international visitors than neighbour Dubai however it is increasing in popularity as both a business and leisure destination.

Saudi Arabia is the largest country in the Middle East, it has one of the largest economies in the region with prominent sectors in oil and gas. Major cities include Riyadh, Jeddah, Mecca, Medina and Al-Ahsa. Well known attractions include Kingdom Centre, National Zoo, Al Musmak Castle, Al Maktaba Park, National Museum, Al-Murabba'a Historical Palace, Geant Supermarket Mall and Al Faisaliyah Center.

Middle East Quick Facts:

Population: 394,409,000 (approx)

Area total: 8,641,070 km sq (approx)

Major cities: Cairo (Egypt), Tehran (Iran), Istanbul (Turkey), Baghdad (Iraq), Riyadh (Saudi Arabia), Dubai & Abu Dhabi (UAE) Jerusalem & Tel Aviv (Israel).

Official Languages: Arabic, Persian, Turkish, Kurdish & others.

Major Currencies: United Arab Emirates Dirham, Saudi Riyal, Omani Rial and Bahraini Dinar

Time Zone: UTC+3.3 to UTC+2

Major International Airports: Dubai International Airport, Jeddah (King Abdulaziz International Airport), Riyadh (King Khalid International Airport), Bahrain International Airport, Muscat International Airport.

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