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We were in Abu Dhabi and not sure if we would get home. I spoke to Jessica and she reassured me that if there was a problem with our flight she would let us know. It made me relax knowing that DialAFlight would update me if necessary.
Thank you Tony. We had a wonderful time and we will book again for our next holiday.
As always personal service and exceptional value from DialAFlight. Thanks personally to Andrew, always friendly and efficient.
Sebastian always goes over and above to help with anything. I also deal with Jacob in his absence and he does the same
Special thanks to Lucas. Very professional and helpful
Arrived home safely. Lucas was most helpful.
I have asked my husband to contact Jonny today to book his flight. Excellent service from him.
Thanks Greg for organising such an amazing trip
Excellent as always
Libby was excellent from start to finish - excellent and prompt communication.
Oscar was amazing. Every detail went to plan and a pre-review to ensure we had covered everything a few days before the visit was perfect
Mike and his team always give the best service.
As usual Max was an excellent guide and support
Had a great holiday, all went smoothly
Brilliant service! Ashley has been really helpful and informative sorting our first trip with our little one.
Flight amazing, hotel has too many children for our liking but perhaps I should have mentioned adults only ... but accommodation good
Very friendly staff who guided me in the right direction and booked my flights and accommodation. Tony dealt with my bookings and was in touch with me to guide me further.
Only room for improvement would have been requesting an early check in at the hotel, otherwise a flawless service and experience. Thank you!
Another fantastic trip, thanks DialAFlight.
One person makes using this platform the best holiday experience. Connie Lau is outstanding, professional and always has enough time to answer all your worries comprehensively. Being a return customer I won’t go anywhere else. Well done DialAFlight. Amazing set up. Don’t think any other company can offer same service at these prices.
Roy and his team, as usual were fantastic, attentive and informative.
Very efficient staff. Thank you Jacob for all your help.
Trevor was very helpful
Booked a number of holidays with Miles and the service is excellent - he always picks the best holidays for us
Very helpful, had a great holiday
Noah was excellent throughout
Very efficient and helpful
A problem did occur, but one phone call to DialAFlight and it was all sorted. Excellent service and would use again
W hotel at Yas Lidl and great half board deal. Amazing
What you have to under-stand,' a fellow guest says to me, 'is that Oman is the Scotland of the Middle East.'
We are on the Jabal Akhdar with vultures circling around us. The view below is a vast canyon of steep precipices and gorges mixed in with tiny villages clinging to the cliff side, surrounded by terraces cut into the rock.
With a cloudless sky, the air is desert-dry. We are at nearly 7,000-ft above sea level. The scenery is breathtaking and every bit as dramatic as the Scottish Highlands. For those who want to holiday in a quiet part of the Middle East without being overwhelmed by bling, Oman offers a serene (and safe) option.
In 1986, Charles and Diana flew by helicopter to this spot to spend the day in glorious isolation. Did it remind the royal pair of Balmoral? Thirty years on, there's a luxury hotel here and the view has been accessorised with a palatial spa, fountains and gardens, cocktails and gourmet food.
The Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar hotel is owned by the Oman army's pension fund and featured in the BBC series Best Hotels In The World.
The guests include Western ex-pats from the UAE, as well as Middle Eastern families, in search of temperate temperatures.
High altitude, cool climate
The royal picnic spot has become a terrace with a glass balcony, sofas and a fire-pit, while a cocktail trolley is wheeled out for sunset when the mountains turn a rosy pink.
The hotel has also thoughtfully provided blankets – temperatures can veer towards the Scottish and it's always about 15 degrees lower than in the capital, Muscat, two hours away. A combination of sunglasses and down jackets is the sartorial norm.
The scenery is dramatic but the atmosphere is calm. Oman's citizens - all 4.6million of them - belong to the gentle Ibadi practice of Islam. Oman has oil, but it has always been one of the most understated parts of the Middle East.
The Anantara is very luxurious, with 82 rooms that face the cliff, full of power showers and kingsize beds. Oman is famous for its marble and there's plenty of it on display. There are also 33 spacious villas, some of which have private pools.
An enjoyable blend of glamour and lycra-based activity, this is a hotel with its own via ferrata - an abseiling and zip-lining route that sees adventurous guests popping out by the infinity swimming pool after a couple of hours.
There's also a two-hour walk between a series of deserted villages, involving rock scrambles and balancing along narrow waterways. But it's worth it. We walk in the middle of steep terraces used by farmers to cultivate roses which have an intensity of scent that's famous.
We also see walnut and pomegranate trees, a reed-fringed spring and, as we inch around a rock with a sheer fall below, a tiny waterfall, fed by the short period of rain that usually comes in February or March.
In the 1950s, the children who lived here faced a three-hour climb to get to school. But only a handful of people live in the villages these days. Most have built new homes in the hills above the hotel, but come back to farm the land.
The ancient houses are still there, with mud walls and beams made from juniper wood.
Jabal Akhdar translates as Green Mountain, but the terraces are looking a bit parched, despite an ingenious water canal irrigation system called falaj that the farmers use and which has been developed over centuries. A desalination plant is being built to help the farmers.
Back at the hotel, on Diana Point, as it is known, I fall into conversation with Andrew Bickerdike, who lived in Oman in the 1990s when he served with the Sultan's armed forces and was back on Jabal Akhdar for the first time since then. He says: 'Getting up here on the small local tracks took the best part of a day back then.'
On our last morning, there's a misty start to the day and clouds gather. Finally, a few drops of rain turn into a downpour.
Instantly, you can tell who is Omani and who comes from the real Scotland. Out on Diana Point, whole families are huddled under umbrellas, in a state between gratitude and amusement.
'We've never seen rain in Oman before,' say a young Omani couple as they pull the hoods up on their puffer jackets.
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