I am a UK based person, looking for a trip abroard in January 2010 for about 7 10 days. I am going with my wife. I am keen to get out of Europe and somewhere that is different. I was interested in going to a progressive Middle East country where we could relax, stay in an OK hotel for not too much, eat lots of good food, sample some culture (and by that, I don't mean going on a tent safari, but just seeing how the normal citizens live their lives), possibly do some gold/jewellery shopping and a bit of nightlife.
The two destinations I had in mind are the ones mentioned. Are these good places? Any ideas?
Your help will be much appreciated.