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Arabian Peninsula: Art On The Beach

The affluent United Arab Emirates is revered for the luxury of its modern cities but it also has a thriving art scene - an eclectic mix of modern works and heritage pieces. Oman is also known for its lavish taste, but the port city of Muscat is full of surprises, mixing contemporary art with traditional Arabian souks and stone buildings reminiscent of a different era. You will stay at opulent hotels, spend blissful afternoons relaxing on the beach, all the while discovering the diverse artwork of the Arab peninsula from beautifully minimalistic galleries – such as the Salwa Zeidan – to the more quirky modern art spaces and studios.

Highlights
  • Enjoy exploring the first artist community space to be established in the UAE - Art Hub Discover beautiful traditional handicrafts in the vibrant Muttrah Souq
  • Browse one of the largest art exhibitions in the Gulf region at the Sharjah Art Museum
  • Try your hand at painting in the DIY studio of ‘thejamjar” gallery
Day by Day Itinerary
Day 1

Arrive in Abu Dhabi. Take this evening at your leisure, perhaps indulge your tastebuds at one of Abu Dhabi’s many sumptuous restaurants such as Scott’s (for glorious ocean views and exquisite seafood), Li Beirut (for delectable Lebanese cuisine), or Bord Eau (for fine French dining).

Day 2

A day of exhibitions awaits you; explore the exhibitions of the newly finished Louvre Abu Dhabi, the diverse collection of contemporary art products at Gallery One, the dynamic Etihad Modern Art Gallery and the minimalist Salwa Zeidan Gallery. Your final activity for today is a visit to Art Hub Community – the first artist collective space established in the UAE.

Day 3

After flying from Abu Dhabi to Muscat, start at the diverse Al Madina Art Gallery, where the curator or one of the artists will accompany you during your visit, followed by a visit to MuscArt, which is considered one of Oman’s premier photography and art spaces. Complete your day with an exploration into the visual arts of Stal Gallery in the heart of Muscat.

Day 4

Start your day with a visit to the Ghalya Museum of Modern Art, in its juxtaposed setting of a period Omani house, browse the work at Bait Muzna – whose mission is to provide “fresh and exciting” pieces – and stop by the Muttrah Souk (a vibrant traditional Arabian market) if you wish. Take the afternoon at leisure; enjoy the beach or a private dolphin watching cruise.

Day 5

After a short flight to Sharjah, enjoy an art-themed walk (or drive) through Sharjah’s art and heritage areas, such as the Bait Obaid Al Shamsi Studios – set in a beautifully restored creek-side house – and the Emirates Fine Art Society, who strive to promote art education among the public.

Day 6

Visit the Sharjah Art Museum which boasts one of the largest art exhibitions in the Gulf region and then venture towards the Sharjah Art Foundation venues including the Al Mureijah Square and Calligraphy Square galleries with an expert. Take the afternoon at leisure to enjoy the serene blue ocean waters at the beach.

Day 7

Drive 30 minutes from Sharjah to Dubai where you’ll explore the innovative Maraya Art Centre and Art Park, the XVA Art gallery – one of the leading galleries specialising in contemporary Arab art – the Tashkeel Art Space and/or Thejamjar studio, with the option for a two-hour painting session in the DIY studio.

Day 8

Discover hidden gems and quirky coffee shops in the once industrial, but now up-and-coming, trendy neighbourhood of Al Quoz, before moving on to explore the galleries and museums of cultural hub Alserkal Avenue (largely considered home to Dubai’s growing art scene) with the guidance of an expert.

Day 9
Departure

Your private transfer will take you to the airport for your onward travel or flight home.

 

Suggested Accommodations

Location
Accommodation
ABU DHABI
Anantara Eastern Mangroves Abu Dhabi, Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi

Anantara Eastern Mangroves Abu Dhabi

The majestic architecture of this beautiful hotel sprawls along the waterfront, overlooking the exotic mangrove lagoon. Surrounded by nature and tranquility, a visit to Anantara Eastern Mangroves is an escape and yet, the excitement and bustle of the city is within easy reach. The high, arched ceilings soar overhead as guests stroll through the hotel’s hallways, and beautiful lavish decor enchants within the luxurious rooms and suites. Diners can indulge in international cuisine from the all-day buffet or sample Asian delicacies at the renowned Thai restaurant. Sitting poolside with a cocktail, on the roof at sunset, or enjoying afternoon tea, guests will never want for refreshments and with a range of state-of-the-art facilities, they can remain as active or pampered as they please.

 

Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi

Savvy travelers choose the Park Hyatt when they stay in Abu Dhabi; this elegant five-star resort has everything covered. Located right on Saadiyat beach with stunning views of the ocean, surrounded by a pristine green golf course, it’s also just a short drive from the airport and close to Saadiyat’s cultural quarter. The hotel’s 306 spacious and comfortable suites and villas boast elegant touches like private balconies with views of the golf course, ocean or exclusive open-air plunge pools. The hotel’s range of restaurants, cafes and bars provide a range of delicious cuisines in various stylish settings, from the chic and laid back to the sophisticated and elegant. Business guests will be delighted with the excellent conference facilities, while visitors in town for more leisurely pursuits are also catered to, whether it’s a game of tennis, a round of golf or a thorough workout in the fitness center. Alternatively, guests can simply laze by the pool or indulge at the spa.

 
 
MUSCAT
Anantara Al Jabal Akhdar

Anantara Al Jabal Akhdar

In Oman's northwest lies Green Mountain, and here, upon Saiq Plateau, sits Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar. More than 6500 feet above sea level, it is the Middle East’s highest five-star resort and, perched on the rim of a vast plunging canyon, the views from every vantage point are stunning. Surrounded by gorgeous mountain scenery, and with all the benefits of a temperate climate, the resort is perfectly situated just two hours’ drive from Muscat, and near to all the wonders of Nizwa. Based on the awe-inspiring architecture of its ancient counterparts, guests will be enchanted by the towers and courtyards of Al Jabal Akhdar, where historic elegance meets modern luxury. The comprehensive range of facilities include an infinity pool, fitness center and tennis courts, library and spa, not to mention a huge array of dining options. Kids and teens have their own dedicated clubs so the whole family will be well occupied and happy, and the stylishly appointed rooms and private villas offer accommodation to suit all parties.

 
 
SHARJAH
Armani Hotel Dubai

Armani Hotel Dubai

Designed with typical Armani flair and set in the heart of downtown Dubai, The Armani Hotel Dubai is one of the city’s most chic addresses and a must for fashion-conscious travelers. The hotel has 160 beautifully designed rooms and suites, some designed by Giorgio Armani himself and many offering incredible views of the city, with personal Lifestyle Managers on hand to make sure your stay goes smoothly. The hotel also has as many as seven restaurants and lounges offering Asian, Indian, Mediterranean and Italian cuisine and lavish cocktails, the opulent Armani Spa & Fitness Centre, and an ultra-luxe retail area.

 
 
DUBAI
Armani Hotel Dubai

Armani Hotel Dubai

Designed with typical Armani flair and set in the heart of downtown Dubai, The Armani Hotel Dubai is one of the city’s most chic addresses and a must for fashion-conscious travelers. The hotel has 160 beautifully designed rooms and suites, some designed by Giorgio Armani himself and many offering incredible views of the city, with personal Lifestyle Managers on hand to make sure your stay goes smoothly. The hotel also has as many as seven restaurants and lounges offering Asian, Indian, Mediterranean and Italian cuisine and lavish cocktails, the opulent Armani Spa & Fitness Centre, and an ultra-luxe retail area.

 
 
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