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Hurray for holidays!

Get your Eid break or half-term hols sorted with these family-friendly escapes, all less than four hours from Dubai

Best for... Exploration

How far? Just a 55-minute flight, Muscat lies on the Arabian sea along the Gulf of Oman.

Why? Natural wonders, sandy beaches, friendly people, plus great resort hotels.

Family fun Explore the mountains, dunes, beaches, wadis and waterfalls. Hire a 4X4 or take an organised tour. Nomadic Adventures & Tours (www.nomadicdesertcamp.com) offers one- and two-day, family-friendly excursions to the Wahiba Sands dunes and the must-vist Wadi Bani Khalid, where you can splash around in the crystal-clear mountain pools. Oman Diving (www.omandiving.com) offers a guided tour of the spectacular Wadi Shab, with its vast rocks, palm trees and emerald-green pools. Visit Sur (150km southeast of Muscat) and take a dhow from the picturesque Ras Al Hadd bay, then check out the turtle reserve at Ras al-Jinz. In Muscat, older kids will love exploring the secret passageways of the twin forts of Al Jalali and Al-Mirani, while young ones will revel in the goat market in Nizwa.

Stay at... Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah This resort has three hotels, with Al Waha the most family-friendly. It offers a Little Turtles kids club, kids’ splash pools and a lazy river, as well as two beaches.

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