U.A.E. Cities of the Desert: Dubai & Abu Dhabi
Tour Highlights & Inclusives:
Day 1: Dubai
Arrival at Dubai airport. Meet & Greet by our representative. After you pick up your luggage, transfer to your hotel in a car or coach with air condition. Overnight in Dubai
Day 2: Dubai
Breakfast at your hotel. Afterwards you will have the opportunity to discover the spectacular and lively metropolis of Dubai during an optional half-day city tour. Dubai, developed from a small fishing village at the Dubai Creek, nowadays presents itself as a glamorous metropolis at the Arabian Gulf. The distinctive skyscrapers and gigantic shopping-malls will impress every visitor. On your way you will visit the awe-inspiring Grand Mosque of Jumeirah, which is also open to non-Muslim visitors. After this experience you will continue on to Bastakyia, the old town district of Dubai museum, located in the ancient fortress of Al-Fahidi. Another highlight will follow: you will use the local water taxis, called “Abras”, to cross the Dubai Creek. Enjoy the spectacular view of the city while heading towards the district of Deira. Here you will be enchanted by the large variety of exotic spices in the famous Spice Souk. Take the chance to get a unique and affordable souvenir when you visit the adjacent Gold Souk. Afterwards, return to your hotel. Dinner at your hotel and overnight in Dubai.
Day 3: Dubai – Sharjah – Dubai (70 km)
Breakfast at your hotel. Today your program contains a tour of the city of Sharjah, well known as “cultural capital of the Emirates”. You will see the Pearl Monument and discover the restored old town. You will visit the historic fortress of Al-Hisn and the unique King Faisal mosque. One of today’s highlights is the exciting Clue Souk, where more than 600 local traders offer their goods. In the early afternoon you will join a guided shopping tour in Dubai. You will visit the famous shopping malls Burjuman and the Mall of the Emirates, with the well-known skiing-area. Dinner and overnight in Dubai.
Day 4: Dubai – Abu Dhabi (150 km)
Breakfast at your hotel. Afterwards you will be on the two hours transfer to Abu Dhabi, the largest and the capital city of the United Arab Emirates. The name Abu Dhabi means: “Father of the Gazelle”. On a city tour of the modern metropolis of Abu Dhabi you will visit the women’s handicraft centre where you can admire the women’s handiwork while producing the traditional goods. Next stop will be at the oldest building in town, the palace of Al-Husn. You will enjoy a breathtaking view, while having your buffet-lunch at an observation restaurant high above the city. In an exhibition you will get later on all the information about the history of the “Black Gold” in the region. The tour continues along the Corniche, the coastal road, where you stop at a traditional dhow yard. Here you can discover how the wooden Arabian dhows are built and repaired. In the afternoon you will join a tea ceremony in the famous Emirates Palace hotel, which was built with an investment of 1 billion USD in 2005. Overnight in Abu Dhabi
Day 5: Abu Dhabi – Liwa – Abu Dhabi (400 km)
Breakfast at your hotel. Today you will join another off-road experience into the sandy desert. You will drive towards the oasis town of Liwa in the south of the Emirates. On your way you will use small unpaved roads, only accessible with 4×4 vehicles. Unique landscapes and unadulterated pure nature will take you into another world. On your way you will enjoy an outdoor picnic lunch in the sandy dunes. After an exciting day you will return to the hotel in the evening. Overnight in Abu Dhabi.
Day 6: Abu Dhabi – Al Ain – Abu Dhabi (300 km)
Breakfast at your hotel. Then departure for a half-day excursion to the oasis city of Al Ain, located submontane of the Hajar Mountains. You will visit the largest camel market of the region and you will stop at the national museum of Al Ain, where you will learn everything about the history of this region. Afterwards you will visit the ancient Buraimi-fortress with the adjacent oasis. Here you will be amazed at the ingenious irrigation system named Falaj, which was used by the native Bedouins since hundreds of years. Lunch in a local restaurant. After the meal you will return to the Arabian Gulf. Overnight in Abu Dhabi.
Day 7: Abu Dhabi
Breakfast at your hotel. This day is at your disposal. Stroll through downtown or visit one of the shopping malls to get your souvenir. Depending on your departure time, during the day transfer to the airport. Departure