NAME THAT COUNTRY Episode 63

Qasr Al Sarab is a luxury desert resort near Abu Dhabi, the capital of our mystery country. Located in the world’s largest uninterrupted sand desert, the Rub’ Al Khali, the resort is an oasis base for exploring the surrounding dunes. Camel trekking, dune bashing, desert sailing (yes, desert sailing),  and fat-tire biking are just some of the activities available. Desert animals like oryx and gazelles freely wander the grounds and sometimes drink from the swimming pools.

Can you name that country? 
See below for answers.

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Foto Friday – Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Oman

As promised, here are a few more images from our fam trip to the Arabian Peninsula, specifically, Dubai, Abu Dhabi and northern Oman. All of these photos were taken by two travelers on the trip. I hope you enjoy the viewing as much as I have. There are still lots more to come.

DUBAI

Dubai, photo by Sue Alstedt

Dubai, photo by Sue Alstedt

Dubai, photo by Sallie Volotzky

Dubai, photo by Sallie Volotzky

ABU DHABI

Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi, photo by Sue Alstedt

Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi, photo by Sue Alstedt

Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi, photo by Sue Alstedt

Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi, photo by Sue Alstedt

Men & their falcons, Abu Dhabi, photo by Sue Alstedt

Men & their falcons, Abu Dhabi, photo by Sue Alstedt

ARABIAN DESERT

Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort near Abu Dhabi, photo by Sue Alstedt

Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort near Abu Dhabi, photo by Sue Alstedt

Arabian Desert, photo by Sallie Volotzky

Arabian Desert, photo by Sallie Volotzky

OMAN

northern coast of Oman, photo by Sue Alstedt

northern coast of Oman, photo by Sue Alstedt

leaning in for a pat, Muscat, Oman, photo by Sue Alstedt

leaning in for a pat, Muscat, Oman, photo by Sue Alstedt

somewhere in Oman, photo by Sue Alstedt

somewhere in Oman, photo by Sue Alstedt

Muscat, Oman, photo by Sue Alstedt

Muscat, Oman, photo by Sue Alstedt

Muscat, Oman, photo by Sue Alstedt

Muscat, Oman, photo by Sue Alstedt

Nizwa Fort, Oman, photo by Sue Alstedt

Nizwa Fort, Oman, photo by Sue Alstedt

northern coast of Oman, photo by Sue Alstedt

northern coast of Oman, photo by Sue Alstedt

See our website for tours to Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Oman. We have 10 tours published there with detailed itineraries, from 3 and 4-day stopover tours focused on the highlights of Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Muscat or Salalah, to a 15-day comprehensive tour of Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Doha and Oman. In between, we have two 8-day tours, Wonders of Arabia and Glory of Arabia, with different configurations of Abu Dhabi, Dubai and the Arabian Desert in UAE. In Oman, we have a 6-day tour that includes both Muscat in the north and Salalah in the south, two very different regions, and a 9-day tour covering Muscat, Salalah, Nizwa, Sur and the Wahiba Sands desert. All itineraries are privately escorted and so totally flexible. We will also create custom itineraries to any of our destinations in the Arabian Peninsula.

Happy weekend!

Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Oman: A Few Photos from Our Recent Arabian Peninsula Fam Trip

A couple of weeks ago our fam group returned from the Arabian Peninsula, specifically the UAE and Oman, bringing with them some great stories and thousands of photographs that I’m still happily sorting through. For those of you not in the travel industry, “fam” is short for familiarization and a fam trip is a discounted trip offered by a travel supplier to travel agents to educate them on a particular destination, product or service. In this case, Ya’lla Tours is the travel supplier. Our policy has always been to work with travel agents, not directly with travelers, so we put a lot of emphasis on educating travel agents about our destinations, which can be tricky to sell to Americans (the Middle East, Cuba…)

The Arabian Peninsula is a new product for Ya’lla Tours, just launched over the Summer of 2013. So, in addition to travel agency owners, managers and senior agents, most of our sales team traveled on the fam trip. In the coming weeks, we’ll roll out impressions of the experience here on the blog, in words and images, from some of the trip participants. We’ll start with some random images just to whet your appetite:

DUBAI

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OMAN

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ABU DHABI

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