|07 Nights Programme of Dubai, Sharjah, Al Ain & Abu Dhabi - PACKAGE PER PERSON – US DOLLARS|
|Number of Pax||14 + 1 pax||20 pax||25 + 1 pax||30+ 1 pax||35 + 1 pax|
|Twin Sharing - Per Person||746.00||708.00||661.00||630.00||607.00|
Dubai is one of the few cities in the world that has undergone such a rapid transformation - from a humble beginning as a pearl-diving centre - to one of the fastest growing cities on earth. Dubai today is a tourism, trade and logistics hub and has earned itself the reputation of being the ‘gateway between the east and the west.
Dubai enjoys an arid subtropical climate, with blue skies and sunshine all year round. Temperatures range from lows of 10°C to extreme summer highs of 48°C. The average maximum daily temperature in January is 24°C and the average maximum daily temperature in July is 41°C when humidity is very high. The temperature in November will vary from an average of 20°C to 30 °C.
The official language of the UAE is Arabic, but English is widely spoken and understood in business and commerce. Although Dubai has a liberal attitude, it is always wise to respect the religion and culture of the city by wearing appropriate, more modest clothing in public places. The electricity supply in Dubai is 220/240 volts at 50 cycles. Plug points are the same as in the UK.
The water in Dubai is desalinated and very safe to drink. Officially, the metric system is followed. The flora of Dubai is filled with indigenous date palms. Towards the east, flat-topped acacia trees and wild grass is found scattered in the mountains. Desert oases are also found in areas where the land is uniquely green. Dubai has a diverse and multi-cultural society. However, Dubai’s culture is shaped by the Islamic traditions of Arabia, with religion touching all aspects of everyday life in the country.
Begin your with drive through the Sheikh Zayed Road towards Dubai Mall.
The Dubai Mall is an integral part of Downtown Dubai, the flagship mega-project by Emaar Properties. At 12 million sq ft, the mall’s total area is equivalent in size to 200 soccer pitches. With a total internal floor area of 5.9 million sq ft, The Dubai Mall has 3.77 million sq feet of gross leasable space and over 1,200 retail stores, two anchor department stores and more than 200 food and beverage outlets.
Burj Khalifa, a megamall skyscraper in Dubai, is also located in Dubai Mall. It is the tallest artificial structure in the world, standing at 829.8 m.
After Dubai mall visit, enjoy a drive through the Dubai Marina. Dubai Marina is a relatively new attraction in Dubai. It’s characterized by a dramatic skyline of skyscrapers and residential apartment blocks, and looks particularly impressive when illuminated at night. With many constructions still in development, Dubai Marina is changing all the time but there’s always something for visitors to explore and enjoy.
Then, drive towards Burj Al Arab. Enjoy a photo stop at Burj Al Arab. Set on an island in a striking sail-shaped building, this luxury hotel is a 5- minute walk from Wild Wadi Water Park and 4 km from Mall of the Emirates.
After the photostop at Burj Al Arab, proceed to Palm Jumeirah. One astounding example is the series of artificial archipelagos in the emerald waters of the Arabian Gulf. The spectacular man-made island is a feat of engineering genius. Resembling the leaves of a palm tree, each ‘leaf’ is lined with luxurious private villas and apartments, resorts, exclusive hotels and restaurants in an area larger than 800 football fields.
Atlantis Hotel, located on Dubai’s Palm Jumeirah Island enjoys a private sandy beach, offers stunning views of the Arabian Gulf. It provides an underwater aquarium, swimming with dolphin’s opportunities and access to the Aquaventure water park and the Lost Chambers Aquarium.
Enjoy a panoramic drive through the Emirate of Sharjah, passing by landmarks such as the King Faisal Mosque and the Blue Souk, an enormous shopping mall embellished with beautiful blue tiles. Winner of the UNESCO-Sharjah Prize for Arab Culture, the emirate takes great pride in its commitment to art and preserving the local heritage, as you will discover at the Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization.
Here, you will deepen your knowledge of the country’s official religion of Islam and see how the Arab civilization developed throughout the centuries. Even the museum building is fascinating. It once held the Souk Al Majarrah and its impressive architecture features traditional Arab-Islamic design elements. Perhaps the most outstanding feature is its majestic gilt central dome, whose inside is decorated with an intricate mosaic depicting the night sky and the signs of the zodiac.
The East Coast of the United Arab Emirates is a small section lying in between two regions of Oman, the Musandam Peninsula and the region surrounding Muscat. Fujairah is the only one which is not surrounded by deserts but by mountains making it a green village with a lot of farming opportunities.
Facts about Fujairah – the population currently stands at 180,000. Coastline extends 90 km along the gulf of Oman. It has an area of approximately 1165 square kilometers, and is the fifth largest emirate. Only emirate situated on the Indian ocean and the only emirates that is almost totally mountainous. It has the highest amount of annual rainfall in the UAE. Al Bidyah mosque, the UAE’s oldest mosque is located in Fujairah. Diving in Fujairah is considered to be of the best sports and is host to diverse coral reefs those sports lovers.
The tour starts with the old residential area of Dubai: the Bastakiya. You will first be taken for a tour through the Bastakiya Mosque, where you will learn on the architecture and the origins of Islam achieving a deeper understanding of this religion. Afterwards, you will go for a walk through the Bastakiya, around the narrow lanes and the traditional homes with wind towers that characterize this historical neighborhood.
A visit to Dubai Museum "Al Fahidi Fort" offers an opportunity to get acquainted with the history of Dubai, which gives an impression that Dubai's current development, modernism and distinction are only a continuation of a journey of a unique and distinguished civilization that was subjected to different cultures and people, as well as an example of the strong bond with Arabism and Islam.
Thereafter, cross the nearby creek with the typical Abra Boat and visit the huge Gold and Spice Souks. Located in the heart of Dubai's commercial business district in Deira, the souks offer hundreds of shops aligned in narrow laneways, trading almost exclusively jewelry, spices and fragrances. The air is filled with pungent aromas emanating from colorful sacks of cinnamon, turmeric, cumin, pepper, cloves, nutmeg & dried fruits. Walk around dazzling gold and fresh aroma of traditional Arabic spices, and challenge yourself in bargaining and getting your wished item at the cheapest possible price.
Post Dubai Tour, drive towards Al Ain, the Garden City of UAE.
Al Ain was once a vital oasis on the caravan route from the UAE to Oman. The history of the 'Oasis City,' the emirate's heritage heartland and one of the world's oldest permanently inhabited settlements, can be explored through visits to the Al Ain forts (one of which has now been transformed into an arts centre), the Al Ain National Museum and a trip to the prehistoric tombs at Hili Fort -known to be over 4,000 years old.
Al Ain is one of the world's oldest permanently inhabited settlements, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Classified by UNESCO as ‘cultural sites’, Al Ain world heritage locations include its six oases and the archaeological sites of Bida bint Saud, Hafeet and Hili, all testimonies of sedentary human occupation of a desert region since the Neolithic period, with vestiges of many prehistoric cultures.
The ‘remarkable vestiges’ cited by UNESCO include circular stone tombs (dating circa 2500 B.C.), wells and a wide range of adobe constructions: residential buildings, towers, palaces and administrative buildings. Moreover, Hili features one of the oldest examples of the sophisticated falaj irrigation system which dates back to the Iron Age. Al Ain vestiges provide important testimony to the transition of cultures in the region from hunting and gathering to sedentarisation.
The picturesque Al Jahili Fort is one of the UAE’s most historic buildings. It was erected in 1891 to defend the city and protect precious palm groves. The former headquarters of the Oman Trucial Scouts, the force that protected the mountain passes and kept inter-tribal peace, it also served as a residence for the local governor. It is set in beautifully landscaped gardens, and visitors are encouraged to explore it.
Known as the Al Ain Palace Museum, the former home of the late UAE founder, Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the Palace was once a political and social hub. Built in 1937 and then renovated in 1998, the building finally became a museum in 2001.
The world's largest hand-loomed carpet, the fastest roller coaster, the highest high tea, the tower with the greatest lean, the largest cluster of cultural buildings of the 21st century – UAE capital Abu Dhabi isn't afraid to challenge world records.
For those looking to engage with Gulf culture, Abu Dhabi offers opportunities to understand the UAE's history through museums, exhibitions and tours. But thankfully Emirati heritage isn't boxed and mothballed; it's also experienced through strolls around the dhow harbour, haggling in markets and absorbing the atmosphere at shisha cafes.
Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, sits off the mainland on an island in the Persian Gulf. Its focus on oil exports and commerce is reflected by the skyline’s modern towers and shopping megacenters such as Abu Dhabi and Marina malls. Beneath white-marble domes, Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque features an immense Persian carpet, crystal chandeliers and capacity for 41,000 worshipers.
Meaning 'Land of the Gazelle' in Arabic, Abu Dhabi was founded when a young antelope led a wandering tribe to fresh water, on an island with no more than 300 palm ('barasti') huts, a few coral buildings and the Ruler's fort. This simple island settlement has since been transformed into the modern, cosmopolitan city of Abu Dhabi and the high-rise capital of the United Arab Emirates.
Abu Dhabi's culture is firmly rooted in Arabia's Islamic traditions, creating a shining example of Islam's true commitment to tolerance and hospitality. The combination of international influences and a strong commitment to local heritage has created an intriguing mix of new and old. From the Arabian splendour of Emirates Palace to the only hotel to straddle an F1 track, from the UAE Pavilion’s striking dunes to the world’s furthest leaning ma-made tower, Abu Dhabi’s architectural wonders astound.
The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, an architectural work of art is one the world’s largest mosques, which features 82 domes, over a 1,000 columns, 24 carat gold gilded chandeliers and the world's largest hand knotted carpet. The main prayer hall is dominated by one of the world’s largest chandeliers –10 metres in diameter, 15 metres in height and weighing twelve tonnes.
The Corniche Road spreads across an impressive eight kilometers of manicured waterfront that includes children’s play areas, separate cycle and pedestrian pathways, cafés and restaurants, and the Corniche Beach - a lifeguarded beach park.
Heritage Village, a traditional oasis village provides an interesting glimpse into the emirate’s past. Traditional aspects of the desert way of life, including a campfire with coffee pots, a goats’ hair tent, and a falaj irrigation system, are attractively displayed in the open museum. There are workshops where craftsmen demonstrate traditional skills, such as metal work and pottery, while women sit weaving and spinning.
Emirates Palace, a real iconic Abu Dhabi landmark, a luxurious hotel blends Arabian splendour with the latest technology to create a magical and memorable experience. During daytime, the hotel’s golden-sandy colour contrasts with its fresh green gardens, silvery water fountains and the blue sky. At night, the hotel’s lighting changes subtly, featuring a majestic rainbow-changing effect over the main dome.
Dubai International Airport is the world's busiest airport by international passenger traffic. It is also the 3rd busiest airport in the world by passenger traffic and the 6th busiest cargo airport in world and the busiest hub for the Airbus A380.
Dubai being a Muslim city, a more modest code of behavior is required. Being drunk and disorderly in public is unacceptable, and may result in a fine or worse. Noise disruptions, bad language, making obscene gestures and showing disrespect in any way to Dubai’s religion or its leaders are all forbidden and may land you in legal trouble.
Although you will see plenty of exceptions, mainly from tourists, there is a dress code for Dubai and this has been implemented as a show of respect and to avoid any offence being given. To sum it up you should cover your shoulders, cleavage and legs above the knees and avoid really tight or sheer clothing.
Normal tourist photography is acceptable but it is considered offensive to photograph Muslim women. It is also courteous to ask permission before photographing men. In general, photographs of government buildings, mosques or military installations should not be taken.
Dubai Weather: Temperatures are at their lowest December, January and February and then steadily climb. April is still ok but by May it's getting hot and you spend less time outdoors. June is hot and hideously humid, July, August and September are hotter again and even more humid. Humidity levels can get unbearable reaching up to around 80-90% mid- summer.