U.A.E – DISCOVER THE EMIRATES

Here is a sample Seven Night programme

The United Arab Emirates sometimes simply called the Emirates or the UAE is a country located in the southeast end of the Arabian Peninsula on the Persian Gulf, bordering Oman to the east and Saudi Arabia to the south. Established on 2 December 1971, the country is a federation of seven emirates (equivalent to principalities). The constituent emirates are Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Dubai, Fujairah, Ras al-Khaimah, Sharjah, and Umm al-Quwain. The capital is Abu Dhabi, which is one of the two centres of commercial and cultural activities, together with Dubai. Islam is the official religion of the UAE, and Arabic is the official language.

DAY 01          DUBAI ARRIVAL / TRANSFER / OVERNIGHT IN DUBAI    

On arrival at Dubai Airport you will be met & transferred to the Hotel in Dubai with assistance of an English Speaking Guide. Check in & overnight at Four Points by Sheraton Downtown or Similar.

DAY 02          FULL DAY DUBAI TOUR / OVERNIGHT IN DUBAI    B / L

Breakfast at the Hotel.  Morning, by 0900 hrs, proceed for a full day tour of Dubai to explore both the modern & ancient face of Dubai. Visit Burj Khalifa & enjoy a lunch at Kaleidoscope Restaurant in Atlantis the Palm. Back to the hotel by evening. Overnight at Four Points by Sheraton Downtown or Similar.

The tour begins with a photo stop near the iconic Burj Al Arab, the very epitome of modern Dubai and the only 7-star hotel in the world. Then the itinerary continues with a drive through the Palm Jumeirah, an awe-inspiring man-made archipelago of islands in the shape of a palm tree. This is also where the impressive Atlantis Hotel is situated. Next stop is the Dubai Marina, a man-made marina and trendy area of Dubai. Then the tour takes through the highly exclusive Jumeirah Beach Residence neighbourhood on to Sheikh Zayed Road and finally stop at the incredible Burj Al Khalifa, which holds the current record for the world’s tallest building in the world thanks to its dizzying height of 828 meters. Here guests will experience a journey through Dubai’s exotic Arabian heritage, the extraordinary story behind Burj Khalifa as the new icon for the Middle East, and the spectacular panorama from At the Top. This is the observatory of Burj Khalifa, located on level 124 of the world’s tallest tower. From here guests will get 360 degrees sweeping views of the skyline of the dynamic city of Dubai.

After an optional lunch break, tour will allow the guests to discover how life in Dubai was before, discovery of the oil as well as to get a deeper knowledge of the Emirati Culture. The tour starts with the eighteenth-century Al Fahidi Fort, which now houses a museum. Opened by the ruler of Dubai in 1971, with the aim of presenting the traditional way of life in the Emirate, it includes local antiquities as well as artefacts from African and Asian countries that traded with Dubai. Then drive to Bastakiya, the old residential area of Dubai and be taken for a guided tour including a visit of the Bastakiya Mosque, where an in-depth explanation on the architecture and the origins of Islam will allow the guests to achieve a deeper understanding of the religion. Afterwards, discover the Bastakiya and its picturesque narrow lanes and traditional homes characterized by the typical wind towers, which were designed to cool the buildings in the days before air conditioning. 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 jewellery, spices and fragrances. Guest will walk around dazzling gold and fresh aromas of traditional Arabic spices, and challenge them in bargaining to get their wished item at the cheapest possible price.

DAY 03          DAY TOUR OF ABU DHABI / OVERNIGHT IN DUBAI          B / L

Breakfast at the Hotel.  By morning, proceed for a day tour of Abu Dhabi with a lunch assisted by English speaking guide visiting Grand Mosque, Heritage Village, Photo stop of Emirates Palace & Corniche with a lunch at Hyatt Capital Gate Hotel or similar. Back to Dubai by evening & overnight at Four Points by Sheraton Downtown or Similar.

FULL DAY ABU DHABI CITY TOUR:

♦ Dubai to Abu Dhabi is a drive of 1 ½ hrs

♦ Drive past, you can see the Jebel Ali Port under Dubai Government

♦ Once reach in Abu Dhabi, visit Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

♦ Grand Mosque is one the world’s largest mosques, with a capacity for an astonishing 40,000 worshippers

♦ Mosque is open from 0900 hrs to 2200 hrs every day except on Friday from 1630 hrs to 2200 hrs

♦  Islamic Dress Code to be followed to visit the Grand Mosque

♦  After the mosque visit, enjoy  a drive through the Palace areas (no photo stops are allowed)

♦  Enjoy a photo stop at Emirates Palace area

♦   Optional Lunch at chosen Restaurant in Abu Dhabi

♦    Photo Stop at Corniche Area

♦   Visit Heritage Village

♦   Drive to Saadiyat Island & Yas Island

♦    Back to Dubai by evening

♦   Tour assisted by an English Speaking Guide

♦   8 Hrs Tour    0900 hrs to 1700 hrs.

DAY 04          DESERT SAFARI / OVERNIGHT IN DUBAI       B / D

Breakfast at the Hotel.  Morning, free for leisure. Late afternoon, proceed for a Desert Safari tour with barbeque dinner. Overnight at Four Points by Sheraton Downtown or Similar.

DESERT SAFARI:

♦ Pick up transfer from Dubai between 1500-1530 hrs during winter

♦ The 4WD Transfers are on SHARING Basis only with a vehicle capacity of 6 pax per car

♦ Drive through the desert along Al Awir Road

♦ Enjoy a Dune Driving followed by Sun Set Photography

♦ Once you reach the Desert Camp, enjoy a Camel Ride, Henna Painting, Sand Skiing or Shisha

♦ Witness a Belly Dance and Tenoura Dance show while enjoying your barbeque dinner at the camp site

♦ Arabic Coffee (gahwa) and Fresh Dates

♦ You can try the Traditional costumes

♦ Unlimited soft drinks, tea coffee and mineral water

♦ Buffet Dinner and B.B.Q

♦ Departure from the camp between 2100 to 2130 hrs

♦ This tour not recommended for children below 3 years and the Dune bashing is quiet bumpy and not safe for the infants also we don’t have any

special seats for babies

♦ Pregnant women and very elderly people are also not recommended for this tour

♦  The Desert Campsite is non-exclusive basis with a capacity of 400 or more people.

DAY 05          SHARJAH TOUR / FUJAIRAH TRANSFER / OVERNIGHT IN                                   FUJAIRAH    B

Breakfast at the Hotel. By morning, check out from the hotel & proceed to Sharjah for half day tour. Post tour, proceed to Fujairah & check in at Fujairah Rotana or Similar Hotel. Overnight at the Hotel in Fujairah.

This tour will take you to Sharjah, the neighbouring emirate of Dubai, also known as the ‘Pearl of the Gulf’. Start with a photo-stop at the magnificent Al Noor Mosque on Al Buhaira Corniche and proceed to the largest mosque in Sharjah, the King Faisal Mosque.

Then visit the Islamic Civilization Museum. Several galleries display carefully restored artefacts from around the Muslim world, celebrating Islamic contribution to the World Heritage. We drive to Sharjah’s ‘Old Town’. After a stroll through the restored traditional market Souk Al Arsa, visit Sharjah Heritage museum for a glimpse of a traditional family home and typical Arabian Gulf architecture. Before returning, you have time to explore Souk Al Markazi – a treasure trove of carpets, jewellery and handicrafts.

Facts About Fujairah – The population currently stands at 180,000;

The coastline extends 90 kilometres along the Gulf Of Oman; It’s Area is approximately 1165 square kilometres and Is the fifth largest Emirate. It is the only Emirate situated On the Indian Ocean; the only Emirate that Is almost totally mountainous; has the highest annual rainfall In The UAE; the Al Bidyah Mosque, UAE’s Oldest Mosque, is Located In The Emirate Of Fujairah; diving In Fujairah is considered to be the best and Is host to diverse coral reefs.

DAY 06          DAY FREE   AT FUJAIRAH / OPTIONAL TOUR / OVERNIGHT IN                          FUJAIRAH    B

Breakfast at the Hotel. Day free to enjoy the beach activities or free for optional excursions.  Overnight at the Hotel in Fujairah.

OPTIONAL MUSANDAM TOUR:

Geographically, the Musandam peninsula juts into the Strait of Hormuz, the narrow entry into the Persian Gulf, from the Arabian Peninsula. The Musandam peninsula is exclave of Oman, separated from the rest of the country by the United Arab Emirates. The Musandam Peninsula has an area of 1,800 square kilometres (695 square miles) and a population of 31,425 people. Musandam is a picturesque region separated from the rest of Oman, with its scenery being quite attractive to tourists. Access to the peninsula was formerly rather difficult, with the only options being limited flights or a ten hour drive through four immigration posts. The world’s fastest passenger ferry service between Muscat and Musandam was launched in August 2008 to alleviate this problem and make the region more accessible.

Thanks to Gulf News Oman for the photo

DAY 07          DAY FREE   AT FUJAIRAH / OVERNIGHT IN FUJAIRAH      B

Breakfast at the Hotel. Day free to enjoy the beach activities or free for optional excursions.  Overnight at the Hotel in Fujairah.

DAY 08          TRANSFER TO DUBAI AIRPORT – DEPARTURE        B

Breakfast at the Hotel. Morning free for leisure. By noon, check out from the Hotel & transfer to Dubai Airport to connect you to home destination.

B = Breakfast – L = Lunch – D = Dinner

Package Inclusions:

  • 04 Nights stay at Dubai City Hotel (4*)
  • 03 Nights stay at Fujairah Rotana or Similar
  • 07 Breakfasts (at the residing hotels)
  • Dubai Arrival & Fujairah departure transfers by air-conditioned vehicle with English Speaking guide assistance
  • Full Day Dubai City Tour with English speaking guide including Burj Khalifa entry, Dubai Museum, Abra water taxi and Monorail to Palm     Jumeirah including lunch in Kaleidoscope Restaurant in Hotel Atlantis      the Palm.
  • Day Tour of Abu Dhabi with lunch assisted by English speaking guide
  • Half Day Sharjah Tour with English speaking guide including entry to Islamic museum followed by drop at Fujairah Hotel
  • Desert Safari with barbeque dinner & 4×4 transfers on sharing basis

Hotel Check- in: 1500 hrs / Hotel Check-out: 12 noon

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