Middle East Diving Holidays: An Overview

The present day Middle East is characterised by a colossal clash between the ultra-modern gltiz and glamour of countries like Dubai and the UAE, and the ancient architecture, religious tradition and cultural history of places like Jordan and Egypt.

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Why we think you’ll love it

  • The Middle East is easily misunderstood but endlessly fascinating, culturally unrivalled and home to some of the finest hotels anywhere in the world.
  • The Egyptian Red Sea, despite the crowds in some places, still offers world-class diving.
  • Oman is one of our favourite countries. The diving is very interesting and the landscapes beautiful.

Our Guide to Middle East Diving Holidays

One of the things that sets us apart from other companies is that we can offer both cultural trips and diving. And what a treat lies in store beneath the waves. The staple for UK divers is of course the Red Sea, and a trip to Sharm El Sheikh or less crowded parts of this coastline is the most accessible, world-class diving destination for those of us based in the UK. Undiscovered it is not but it is still home so some stunning coral and abundant marine life, especially if you know where to look. You don't need to look too far in Egypt to find some fascinating activities on land, whether that's taking a boat along the Nile from Cairo to Luxor taking in some of the country's most iconic sites, or scratching slightly further beneath the surface and heading into the western desert.

Apart from Egypt there is diving in the Middle East in the far less crowded Oman which has long been a favourite destination of ours and offers a very different diving experience to the Red Sea. And we are constantly on the lookout for new hotels and boats that fit the bill.


Top picks for Middle East

Pyramids in Giza, Egypt

Egypt

Middle East

Egypt has vast historical and cultural aspects, and also offers world class diving, all within striking distance of Europe.

Where to go

Desert in Oman

Oman

Middle East

Oman has spectacular scenery, both over and under the water. And the bonus, it's relatively quiet and untouched when compared to its Middle Eastern neighbours.

Where to go

Red Sea Beach, Egypt

Northern Red Sea

Egypt

Sharm el-Sheikh is an oasis in the desert covered Sinai peninsula, featuring luxurious hotels and world class diving.

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Southern Red Sea beach

Southern Red Sea

Egypt

The southern Red Sea combines what we love about Red Sea diving with a more relaxed and quiet atmosphere, that is to say, not as many people know about it as they do Sharm.

Where to go

Musandam Peninsula, Oman

Musandam Peninsula

Oman

Dramatic underwater landscapes and abundant marine life make the Musandam a must for divers looking for something different.

Where to go

Mosque in Muscat

Muscat

Oman

Great hotels, good diving and very few crowds. It's easy to see why Muscat is a viable alternative to the more crowded Red Sea.

Where to go

Picture of the garden at the Four Seasons Sharm El Sheikh

Sharm El Sheikh Four Seasons

Northern Red Sea

Backed by the Sinai Mountains and faced with panoramas of the Red Sea, Four Seasons Resort Sharm El Sheikh is reminiscent of an Arabian palace.

Where to stay

Six Senses Zighy Bay, luxury hotel in Oman

Six Senses Zighy Bay

Musandam Peninsula

Paraglide into a dramatic landscape where Six Senses Zighy Bay is enveloped in a magical desert setting. Based on a traditional Omani village, escape to an oasis by the sea.

Where to stay

The Oberoi Sahl Hasheesh

The Oberoi Sahl Hasheesh

Southern Red Sea

Sitting on the edge of the Red Sea, Oberoi Sahl Hasheesh is an oasis of Egyptian decadence and with a certified PADI dive centre offering a wealth of courses, the resort is a luxurious haven for divers.

Where to stay

Pool at Shangiri- la Barr al Jissah, luxury hotel in Muscat, Oman

Shangri-La Barr al Jissah

Muscat

Nestled between the rugged Hajar Mountains and the Gulf of Oman, you wouldn’t guess the secluded Shangri-La Barr al Jissah is located a mere 15 minutes from the vibrant capital of Muscat.

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