(6 days / 5 nights)
Get carried away by the excitement of Dubai. Get to know the city of the future and experience its elegant restaurants, luxury shopping centers, and the old part of the city to learn how the Bedouins lived before the discovery of oil. End the trip in style in the desert enjoying one of the most iconic hotels in the country, the Bab Al Shams Desert Resort.
Once you arrive in Dubai you will meet our staff just outside the terminal in front of the Dubai Tourism booth (to your left as you exit).
Staff will transfer you to the Hotel, where you are pre-checked in. Overnight Dubai
Breakfast buffet at the hotel. We will go on a half-day excursion to Dubai. We will start by visiting the old merchant houses, galleries, restaurants and cafes in the Bastakia area. We will continue aboard an “Abra” (water taxi), to have a different perspective from the other shore of the "Creek". We will then continue to the aromatic and exotic Souk of Species, as well as the best-known gold bazaars in the world. Return to the hotel and free afternoon at your leisure.
In the afternoon, you will have the possibility of optionally dining onboard a typical “Dhow” cruise (a traditional boat used until the 70s, to transport goods from the neighboring countries to the Emirates), enjoying the views of Dubai at night. We can also go out to dinner at one of the restaurants that overlook the famous dancing fountains of Dubai, which rise to a height of 140m, and dance to the rhythm of some of the most famous songs in the world.
Modern Dubai optional tour
This tour will give you the chance to meet the modern face of Dubai. Dubai is arguably the most developed city on earth, with a host of projects lined up that will secure its place as the city of the future. Your tour will begin at Dubai’s most important mosque, the Jumeirah mosque, and will continue to the Burj al Arab, the second tallest hotel in the world and the face of the country. Later, you will visit Palm Jumeirah, an artificial island in the shape of a palm which is home to the luxurious Atlantis hotel among others. There you will board the hanging monorail for better coverage of the branches of the palm till you reach the Dubai Marina. This area of Dubai is filled with skyscrapers consolidating it as the largest coastal project of its kind. In the Dubai Marina, the housing options project just how luxurious the city really is which will be an opportunity for you to learn more about the future of business in the Emirates.
After this, you will delve into the gigantic Mall of Emirates, a massive shopping center housing Ski Dubai: the world’s largest indoor ski slope. Dubai’s metro is another great step towards modernity: it is the only driverless and fully automated underground in the Arabian Gulf. It even offers its passengers a ride to the “ceiling” of the world: The Burj Khalifa or Khalifa Tower. This incredible skyscraper is the tallest structure in the world and along with Burj Al Arab, are the landmarks of the country. It is 828 meters in height and is visible from a distance of 95 kilometers. End of tour and transfer back to your hotel.
Breakfast buffet. Chance to go on an optional tour to Abu Dhabi. Abu Dhabi is the capital of the U.A.E. as well as the country’s administrative center. It is widely recognized as the Manhattan of the Middle East. On your way to Abu Dhabi, you will pass through the free zone of Jebel Ali, the world's largest artificial harbor.
Upon reaching the city, your first destination will be the imposing mosque of Sheikh Zayed, the third-largest mosque in the world, accommodating up to 40,000 worshippers. This mosque is best known for its giant domes and immaculate white color. You will then visit the neighborhood of Al Bateen, home to the royal palaces and corniche, the city’s seafront and the perfect standpoint from which to admire the artificial island of Lulu. The tour continues into the grounds of Heritage Village and Emirates Palace, a 7-star hotel famously known as the most luxurious hotel in the world. Just before lunch at a typical local restaurant, you will admire the Palace of the Sheikh, which was, of course, once home of Sheikh Zayed, the founder of the country.
After lunch in a typical restaurant, you will head to the Abu Dhabi Louvre museum. A joint venture between the UAE and France, the Louvre has become an instant must-see site in Abu Dhabi. The first of its kind in the region, the Louvre represents the contemporary value of the Arab world. It combines the UAE's vision of cultural progression together with France's rich expertise in the world of arts and museums. It possesses artifacts from the begging of mankind to the present day. Not only is it interesting from a cultural standpoint, but the Louvre is also an architectural masterpiece. Designed by the notorious French architect Jean Nouvel, inspiration was drawn from traditional Arabic architectural culture. In total, 55 individual buildings, including 23 galleries, make up this museum city. The façades of the buildings are made up of 3,900 panels of ultra-high performance fiber concrete (UHPC). A landmark you can't miss.
Buffet breakfast and later check out. In the morning, between 07:00 and 07:30 hours, you will be picked up from the hotel to go on the desert safari in luxurious 4 X 4 vehicles (up to 6 people can fit in each vehicle) that will take you to a personal meeting with a different world, where you will enjoy the adrenaline of surfing the immense dunes of the Arabian desert. The route passes through camel farms and spectacular scenery that provides an excellent chance to take timeless photos. We will make several stops to appreciate the magic and eternal beauty of the desert and surf in the sand, finally arriving at a Bedouin camp to rest and have a drink.
Later, the same 4x4 vehicles will take us to the Bab Al Shams desert resort where we will check-in. Free afternoon at the hotel to enjoy the wonderful facilities of this emblematic resort.
At night you will have an included Bedouin dinner at the Al Hadeerah restaurant with different types of shows:
Breakfast, and at the scheduled time, transfer to Dubai airport to have a safe flight back home or to the next destination.
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