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United Arab Emirates Expedition

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Discover the hidden gems and incredible destinations beyond the opulence and modern cities on this unique journey through the United Arab Emirates. Catch a glimpse of two unique worlds as you compare the new with the old on this tour of Dubai, Abu Dhabi and other Emirates. Leaving the skyscrapers in the rear-view mirror, you will visit remarkable oases in the desert, experience heart-warming Bedouin hospitality, and gaze at both mighty peaks in the mountains and sublime beaches on the Arabian Gulf.

This private tour goes beyond the glitter of the cities, into a diverse mosaic showcasing the natural beauty of the land that is unknown to many travelers.

7 Days 6 Nights: Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, Ras Al Khaimah

WHY YOU’LL LOVE THIS TOUR

Tourist riding a camel in Dubai

Ties to Culture and Tradition
Despite its Rapid Modernization

Despite UAE’s fast growth and modernization, what makes it unique is its ability to stay true to its local culture, religion, and traditions. Many young Emiratis are still aware of and practice their traditions and culture.  Nonetheless they are also proud to embrace change and newcomers.

Unique Architecture

Dubai is known worldwide for its architecture. It’s hard to believe that only four decades ago, the city did not have a single skyscraper. Now, the Dubai skyline is full of unique skyscrapers designed by some of the best architects in the world. Don’t miss the sprawling views from the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa.

City of Dubai
Jebel Hafeet, UAE

Mighty Mountains and Rolling Sand Dunes

Journey outside the metropolitan city to the natural beauty of the other Emirates. You will find fierce mountains surrounding towns fed by oases that have supported the Bedouin for 4000 years, and the magical sand dunes in the desert and contrasting pristine beaches by the Gulf of Oman.

    1

    Dubai (DXB)

    Upon arrival into Dubai, you'll be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is free.

    RISING FROM THE DESERT
    See how Dubai quickly became world famous as a business and tourism hub.

    PALM ISLAND 
    Holds the record for the world's largest man-made islands.

    SUN, SEA, AND SAND
    A visit to Dubai is incomplete without a visit to Jumeirah Beach.

    2

    Dubai | Old Dubai

    Today is about exploring Dubai’s humble beginnings, beginning with Old Dubai in the Al Fahidi Historical Neighborhood.
    Explore a traditional Bedouin tent, old Persian house, Calligraphy Museum and Coffee Museum that highlight the fascinating culture. Take a water taxi across the Dubai Creek for local delicacies and must-try luscious dates covered with creamy white chocolate made with camel milk.
    Get a sense of what commerce was like back in the day, by strolling through one of the city's traditional souks or bazaars, Gold Souk (Gold Market) and Spice Souk (Spice Market).
    • Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast

    DUBAI MUSEUM IN AL FAHIDI FORT
    Discover the ancient history of Dubai and authentic rural life.

    OLD DUBAI
    This neighborhood is a historic district, that still retains views of its ancient past.

    TRADITIONAL GOLD MARKET
    An amazing 20 percent of the world’s gold passes through this market!

    3

    Dubai – Abu Dhabi | City Tour

    Meet your Bedouin guides and set off for Abu Dhabi by private vehicle.
    Today we explore a more authentic side of Abu Dhabi. Appreciate its history and culture by visiting one the world’s largest mosques, Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. Marvel at one of the most luxurious hotels in the world, the Emirates Palace. Get a glimpse into the past through Heritage Village. There are workshops where craftsmen demonstrate traditional skills such as metalwork and pottery, while women sit weaving and spinning. The craftsmen are happy to share their skills and may occasionally give you the chance to try it yourself.
    The little spice shops are a treat with a range of dried herbs, handmade soap and plenty of chatter!
    • Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast

    SHEIKH ZAYED GRAND MOSQUE
    With 24-carat gold gilded chandeliers and the world's largest hand-knotted carpet.

    HERITAGE VILLAGE
    Glimpse into the past with a remake of a traditional oasis village.

    LOCAL CRAFTSMEN AND WOMEN
    See Arab Emirates heritage with traditional crafts.

    4

    Abu Dhabi - Al Ain | Life of Bedouin

    Fed by natural springs and set amid date palm plantations, Al Ain’s six oases have sustained Bedouin life here for 4000 years. UNESCO recognizes Al Ain’s cultural sites as World Heritage sites.
    Glance into the heritage of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and the by-gone-era of crossing the world’s largest contiguous sand desert, the Empty Quarter at Al Jahili Fort. Immerse yourself into traditional Arabic culture in the famous camel market, the last of its kind in the UAE. It’s dusty, noisy, pungent and chaotic but never mind; you can watch camels being traded in the morning or see them all day long.
    • Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast

    AL JAHILI FORT
    Built in 1890 as the summer residence of Sheikh Zayed I and later expanded by the British.

    LAND OF 300,000 CAMELS
    Camels play key roles in transportation, food, entertainment and more in the UAE.

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    Al Ain - Ras Al Khaimah

    Continue to the northern most emirate in UAE. Ras Al Khaimah (RAK) has everything from sandy beaches, sprawling oases, hot springs to sun-baked desert, all backed by the fierce Hajar Mountain range.
    En route to explore the 17th century Al Bithnah Fort. Check out the panoramic mountain views at the highest peak in the UAE, Jebel Jais (6345 ft /1934m).
    • Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast

    DESERT BEAUTIES
    From sprawling oases to sun-baked desert and fierce Hajar Mountains, RAK as it all.

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    Ras Al Khaimah – Dubai | Dubai City Tour

    Return to Dubai. Discover the best of modern Dubai on today’s city tour. Engage and be inspired by its cultural diversity and unique architecture. Step out onto the world’s highest outdoor observation deck at the Burj Khalifa. Visit The Dubai Mall as you continue to Jumeirah Palm, yet another man-made island and then a photo stop at Atlantis hotel. Visit Souq Madinat Jumeirah (Little Venice) followed by a photo opportunity at Burj Al Arab and Jumeirah Mosque.
    • Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast
     

    DUBAI MALL AQUARIUM
    Next level shopping at the largest mall in the world, with an extra something that’s amazing!

    BURJ KHALIFA
    Don’t miss the sprawling views from the Tallest Building in the World.

    ATLANTIS THE PALM RESORT
    A majestic 5-star hotel situated on the ingenious man-made Palm island.

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    Dubai (DXB)

    After breakfast, your tour ends.
    Please provide details of your flight home so we can schedule your transfer to Dubai International Airport.
    • Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast