|07 Nights UAE-Oman Programme - PACKAGE PER PERSON – US DOLLARS|
|Number of Pax||15 + 1 pax||20 + 1 pax||25 + 1 pax||30+ 1 pax|
|Twin Sharing - Per Person||1255.00||1121.00||1049.00||999.00|
|Single Supplement - Per Person||425.00||425.00||425.00||425.00|
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.
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. Step back in time and enjoy the atmosphere of Al Fahidi Historic District, one of the oldest traditional Emirati neighborhoods in Bur Dubai. Join our experienced tour guides for a walk through the unique narrow sikkas and beautiful wind towers that adorn the original residences along the Dubai Creek.
Further, the journey through the city will allow you to visit popular landmarks, such as the eighteenth-century Al Fahidi Fort, which now houses The Dubai Museum. It includes local antiquities as well as artifacts from African and Asian countries that traded with Dubai. 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.
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.
Al Ain, also known as the Garden City due to its greenery, is the second largest city in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and the fourth largest city in the United Arab Emirates. A one and a half hour drive from Abu Dhabi city, Al Ain is one of the world's oldest permanently inhabited settlements, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 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. Other attractions include the Al Ain oasis, Al Ain Wildlife Park & Resort and the camel market.
Nizwa is one of the oldest cities in Oman and it was once a center of trade, religion, education and art. Its Jama (grand mosque) was formerly a center for Islamic learning. Nizwa acquired its importance because it has been an important meeting point at the base of the Western Hajar Mountains.
Set amid a verdant spread of date palms, it is strategically located at the crossroads of routes linking the interior with Muscat and the lower reaches of Dhofar thus serving as the link for a large part of the country. Today, Nizwa is a diverse prosperous place with numerous agricultural, historical and recreational aspects. Nizwa is a center for date growing and is the market place for the area.
Meet Oman representative at the Al Ain Border by around 1000 hrs and the air conditioned vehicle will be ready for you to start the journey to Nizwa.
Forts and castles are Oman's most striking cultural landmarks and together with its towers and city walls, they have historically been used as defensive bastions or look-out points. It is estimated that there are over 500 forts, castles and towers in Oman. Your visit today would include few of them, which are more remarkable & striking in their architecture & style.
Proceed to Nizwa, the ancient capital of Oman. Nizwa was a seat of learning and the birthplace of Islam in Oman.
Move on to Jabreen. Built as a defensive stronghold, the Jabreen is perhaps the finest of Omani castles. The castle has dungeons, passages, rooms and ceilings decorated with fine carvings & paintings. Before going to the hotel you would be at Bahla famous for its handmade pottery. Bahla is listed in UNESCOS world heritage sites; however the fort here is now under renovation and is not open to public. Photo Stop at Bahla Fort.
Visit of the Nizwa fort and the Nizwa souq. The 17th century round fort and the souq famous for silver jewelry is the major attractions of Nizwa, not to mention the popular & interesting cattle auction, which takes place on every Friday. Built on a solid base of rock, the huge tower was designed to withstand the vibrations of 24 cannons.
After completing the Nizwa city tour 4WDs will be ready for you to continue with the rest of the journey.
Today you would also see some fascinating diversity of Oman’s landscape; from the dunes of Wahiba to verdant wadis, and some pretty oasis towns too. The drive takes you through a cross section of Oman’s geography through arid lands, wadis, and oasis villages.
After passing the town of Ibra (where there is a women’s souq every Wednesday) you would start getting some nice views of the sand dunes on your right hand side as you drive closer.
On the inland side of the great mountainous backbone of the Sultanate of Oman, where sands lap at the thresholds of farmlands, a string of border towns marks the zone of transition between nomadic and settled peoples. In the oasis villages of Oman, however, desert and village economies have mingled for ages to their mutual benefit.
Living within and along the Sands are approximately 3000 pastoralist Bedouins belonging to different tribes and who owns mainly herders of goats and camels. On our way, we will stop at a Bedouine house, and people here are very hospitable and not spoilt by tourism and would be glad to offer you Omani “kahwa” and dates.
Running south from the Eastern Hajjar Mountains to Arabian Sea, the Wahiba Sands, described a Sand sea, stretches almost 200 kms in length and about 100 kms in width. The dunes rise above 100- 150 meters in different shades of colour and shifting sands, is the perfect place for both the romantic and the adventurous. A roller- coaster ride over the dunes would a thrilling fun especially for those who are first time visitors to the desert.
If you manage to come early, enjoy spectacular suset over the dunes! You will certainly enjoy the ambience and of course the BBQ dinner.
Getting up early in the morning provides you a fantastic opportunity to explore the dunes by foot or to just watch the shifting colours of the dunes. We now say good bye to the desert.
Turning left, you will first take the winding road up to Wadi Bani Khalid. The Wadi has several beautiful mountain formations and landscapes. The walk to the pools of Wadi Bani Khalid is quite interesting, along the falaj (small irrigation canals) and past mango trees and other crops.
Farmers in the area, despite the rough terrains, have managed to cultivate land at the foothills of the mountains by using the water streams to irrigate the crops. This is quite a refreshing visit; and you would be able enjoy a swim in the waters here.
Continue your drive towards Sur and immediately after Al Kamil, there is an area where there are good chances of seeing camels (crossing the road!). Sur has historical importance and dhows used to sail to India and other countries from Sur.
Many of the rich people of Oman belong to Sur and you can see many big seaside mansions along the way. Driving on to Sur, we would visit the Dhow building yard (though in recent times, unfortunately, the amount of dhows built here is very few! We are therefore unable to guarantee ant activity during the visit).
You would also visit the village of Ayja, a small town on the other side of Sur, lulled by the sea and quite charming with quaint houses on both sides of narrow alleys, with goats and sheeps wandering the narrow streets, this is really an interesting town for the visitors.
Sur, a placid sea coast town with its striking traditional dwellings is a pleasant getaway and one of the most important towns in the Eastern region. A trip through Sur's labyrinth of streets reveals many fine old houses with carved doors and arabesque windows. From the corniche, the dhows in the harbor can be seen against the scenic backdrop of the Gulf of Oman.
Today you would embark on a long thrilling drive from Sur to Muscat. With stunning views of the waters of the Arabian Sea on one side and the rocky cliffs on the other, this is an exciting drive along the coast road to Muscat.
We drive along the coastal road to Muscat. First stop is the ruins at Qalhat (this will be a photo stop), one of the oldest towns and seaports in Oman. However, only the remnants of the city walls remain here today. Visit ruins of the tomb of the holy lady, Bibi Miriam, which stands high up on the cliff top.
Qalhat is a historical successful harbour city situated on the Gulf of Oman and situated north of Sur. It was considered as an important sea port in the centuries before 1500 BC and welcomed ships coming from India, Yemen and Dhofar through Arab Sea. The town was under the control of the kings of Hormuz and became destroyed in 1508. The site became never overbuilt or stone robbed. Most houses and walls of coral and cobble stones collapsed over the time.
Continue to Wadi Tiwi. A walk through the narrow roads leads you to lush plantations and pools with clear water.
With its string of emerald pools and thick plantations, Wadi Tiwi almost rivals Wadi Shab in beauty, especially in the spring when the allotments turn a vivid green. Known as the ‘Wadi of Nine Villages’, there are excellent walking opportunities through the small villages that line the road. Wadi Tiwi can be accessed by car but villagers prefer visitors to approach on foot. The road is narrow and steep in parts towards the upper reaches and it is easy to get a large vehicle stuck between the plantation walls.
Continue your drive and stop at the white sandy Fins beach for a swim or for a photo. Your final stop would be at Bimah Sinkhole, a spectacular limestone crater with blue green water at the bottom.
Today you will explore Muscat, the clean capital city. A unique blend of the ancient & the modern, Muscat is a beautiful clean city, which lies in the middle of a maze of brown pleated mountains, lulled by the Arabian Sea. The city has undergone dramatic development in the past two or three decades, however it has never lost its pride in its heritage & culture.
You will start our tour with a visit to the Grand Mosque, which is an architectural marvel and is perhaps the new landmark of the city. You will continue your drive through the ministries area where you can see a number of modern buildings with touches of Islamic architecture.
The Grand Mosque is open from Saturday to Wednesday from 0800-1100 hrs only. Ladies visiting the Grand Mosque are required to cover their head with scarf and do not wear shorts, beachwear or sleeveless outfits as they are to be fully covered. Men visiting the Grand Mosque should wear long trousers.
A photo stop at the magnificent Al Aalam Palace (the official residence of Sultan Qaboos) flanked by the twin Portuguese forts of Mirani & Jalali. The palace has a history of over 200 years, built by Imam Sultan bin Ahmed the 7th direct grandfather of the current Sultan. The existing palace, which has a facade of gold and blue, was rebuilt as a royal residence in 1972.
Your next visit would be to the Bait Al Zubair Museum, which has a fine exhibit of Omani history and culture. Bait Al Zubair (House of Al Zubair) is a private museum that opened its carved wooden doors to the public in 1998.
Finally you would enter the enchanting Muttrah souq with its narrow covered alleys where the exotic smells of mounds of spices, coffees, ancient remedies and enticing perfumes fill the air.
Muttrah, is located in the Muscat province of Oman. Before the discovery of oil, Muttrah was the center of commerce in Oman (Muscat). It is still a center of commerce as one of the largest sea ports of the region is located there. Other landmarks include Souq Muttrah, a traditional bazaar and Sour Al-Lawatiah, a small community of houses surrounded by an old wall.
Drop off at the airport in time to catch the departure flight.