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Experience the UAE from its modern cities to the rugged coastline, lush oasis and red dunes of the desert.
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Seven nights accommodation, meals as indicated, sightseeing as specified, transportation by air-conditioned 4WD vehicle and English speaking guide.
This journey ventures through the best of the United Arab Emirates, and is a perfect introductory trip. Venture further than Dubai and Abu Dhabi and experience the rest of the emirates from their modern cities to the rugged coastline, lush oasis and red dunes of the desert.
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Visit the modern city of Dubai, where you'll have time to explore Burj Al Arab, Al Fahidi Fort, Dubai Museum, the Gold and Spice Souks and the famous Burj Khalifa the world's tallest tower.
Visit the deserted village with an old fort on the
hill and the oasis in Bithnah.
Experience the impressive coastline with its spectacular and varied deserts.
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On arrival transfer to your hotel.
This morning after breakfast, meet with your local tour guide for a short briefing at the hotel. On completion of the briefing, depart on Dubai City Tour. Our first stop is at Burj Al Arab one of iconic landmarks in Dubai. Then we continue our tour to Al Fahidi Fort, one of the most important historical monuments in Dubai. Built in the year 1787, this magnificent Fort is believed to be the oldest architectural masterpiece in Dubai. Al Fahidi Fort was built with an aim to defend Dubai in case of attacks from the sea. Major expansion work was carried between the 1830s to the 1850s under the rule of Late Sheikh Maktoum Bin Buti.
The Fort was converted into a renowned museum famously known as 'Dubai Museum' in the year 1970. The Museum is one of the greatest attractions for tourists visiting Dubai. It displays a rich collection of objects showcasing the cultural richness of the region in the past. You can witness almost everything of fascinating Arab ranging from Arabian sailing boats to old weapons and pearl-diving outfits to an impressive range of military artifacts.
The museum houses colourful life size dioramas, sets of pearl, merchants eights and scales and many more, providing a deep insight into the old Arabian lifestyle. The most impressive and amazing exhibit at the Museum is a 3,000- 4,000 years old complete grave from the Al-Qusais archaeological site. We continue our journey by “Abra” – a local water taxi. As we cross the Creek we see the modern metropolis with its splendid architecture dwarfing the bustling alleys of our next destination, the gold and spice souks. Then we proceed to World Tallest Tower ""Burj Khalifa"" through Dubai Mall one of the largest malls in the region. Our tour guide will take you around the mall till we reach our time slot to get to Burj Khalifa observatory deck""At the Top"" on the 124th floor.
From your vantage point on level 124 of the world’s tallest building, you will experience first-hand this modern architectural and engineering marvel and know at last what it is like to see the world from such a lofty height. Return to the hotel.
After breakfast, we check-out depart on a Tour of Sharjah. We start near the Sheikh Mohammed bin Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qassimi Mosque to visit Islamic museum and walk along the Corniche. In the direct neighbourhood you find a lot of little shops selling all kind of goods for the more modern day to day life. The shop owners are mostly Iranians. While strolling along, you might even find something you would like to take home. A little further down the street we come across the old Souq.
Beautiful small shops selling traditional bits and pieces, traditional clothing for Him and Her, the Kandoura, Agal, Gutrah and Kaffia or the Abaya, Sheila and Sirwal. Take your time and even stroll through little alleyways to get a feeling for it all. Following a short stroll through Al Arsah Souk we visit the Blue Souq, where more than 600 shops sell carpets, gold, silver, antiques, perfumes, clothes and many other temptations. From the souq we have a view of the King Faisal mosque next to the Ittihad monument. Lunch on own arrangements.
We drive along the northern coast through cities Ajman & Umm Al Quwain to Ras Al Khaimah and check-in to our hotel and dinner at the hotel. (B, D)
After breakfast, check-out and transfer in 4WD vehicles for a mountain safari which include a packed (picnic) lunch. All baggage will be transferred separately to the hotel. On the way back, visiting the oldest mosque in the UAE at Bidiya, In Fujairah. (B,L)
After breakfast, checkout and (we are back to using the coach) proceed to Al Ain. En route, we stop to see the deserted village with the old fort on the hill and the oasis in Bithnah. It is now time to continue to Friday Market in Masafi, where we see a display of house plants, carpets, fruit and vegetables, before proceeding to Al Ain.
Al Ain a charming desert oasis that has been a stop on the caravan trail since time immemorial. In Al Ain our first stop and visit is Al Ain’s National Museum next to the old fortress, and then walk through the oasis located nearby which highlights the traditional irrigation system. We then visit the ancient Camel Market (OR Fruits and vegetable market) and Al Ain Palace Museum before we proceed to the hotel for check-in and dinner at the hotel. (B, D)
After breakfast we checkout and proceed to Abu Dhabi. Our first stop at the impressive Grand Mosque named after His Highness Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the late President of the UAE. It is one of the largest mosques in the world, able to accommodate more than 41,000 worshippers.
After a short trip to the tip of the breakwater for a superb view of Abu Dhabi’s magnificent skyline, we drive past the presidential palace and Emirates Palace. Driving along the spectacular Corniche, with its gleaming white mosques and elegant high-rise apartments, we stop at the Heritage Village, which houses a small museum that depicts the traditional daily activities of the Arab community before the discovery of Oil. Lunch stop at Central Souk (own arrangements).
Then proceed to Manarat Al Saadiyat - it literally means ‘the place of enlightenment’. It is a 15,400 square metre arts and culture centre, designed to bring the vision of the island to life through The Saadiyat Story. Dinner in the hotel. (B, D)
After breakfast we checkout and proceed to Dubai via the Yas Marina F1 race circuit, passing Jebel Ali Port – the world’s largest man made port and Palm Island. Check in to the hotel.
Meet with your safari guides and proceed on a dune drive at Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve. The mysterious desert beckons you for a magical evening out – an adventure you’ll never forget. Leaving behind the bustle of the city in the afternoon, our safari guides will transport you, by four-wheel drive vehicles, for a thrilling journey over rolling dunes deep into the heart of the desert. From the crest of a high dune, watch the sun cast its orange glow over the vast expanse of rippling sand all round you as it sets. Like a shimmering mirage in the distance you will see the flickering lights of your camp where a traditional Arabian welcome awaits you.
The encampment conjures up images of the Arabian nights. Relax on comfortable low cushions in Bedu tents and quench your thirst, have your hands painted with intricate henna designs, experience a short camel ride, or just enjoy the aromatic shisha. A feast of grilled meats, fresh salads and delectable Arab sweets is served and under a galaxy of stars, you will be entertained by the bewitching belly dancer swaying to the haunting strains of Arabian music. You won’t want this enchanting evening to end. (B, D)
Check-out and transfer to either Dubai Airport or Abu Dhabi Airport. (B)
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