Dubai Expo Sample Itinerary
On arrival at Dubai International Airport we will be met by our local representative and transferred to our hotel for check in for the next 6 nights.
|Duration||Overnight: 6 Nights|
FULL DAY CITY TOUR
This morning, after breakfast, our English-speaking Guide will meet us in the lobby of our hotel. We will have the opportunity to discover the spectacular and lively metropolis of Dubai on our full-day city tour.
The city, developed from a small fishing village on the Dubai Creek, nowadays presents itself as a glamorous metropolis in the Arabian Gulf. We will drive by Jumeirah Mosque and the Jumeirah Coastline with a stunning view of Burj Al Arab, one of the world’s top luxury hotels.
Later we will visit Madinat Souk. The Madinat Souk in Jumeirah combines the traditional Middle Eastern shopping culture of stands, barrows and stalls with a mix of boutique brands and souvenir gift shops.
Our tour will continue on to visit one of new Dubai’s most prestigious areas – The Dubai Marina with its high-class boutiques, restaurants and many skyscrapers.
We will then drive on the largest man-made Island "The Palm Jumeirah" where we will have a photo stop opposite the luxurious Atlantis the Palm Hotel: a magnificent oceanic tribute to a mythological age.
Then we will head to Dubai Mall home of state-of-the-art aquariums and the world’s tallest tower Burj Khalifah. No building in modern history has aroused so much curiosity and intrigue as has Burj Khalifa. With our “At The Top” ticket, our Burj Khalifa visit will answer all your questions from your vantage point on levels 124 & 125 of the world’s tallest buildings. We will leave the reception area aboard the 65-metre-long travelator on a trip that transports us through time, from the earliest days of Dubai to the present. Pause briefly at a unique viewing point for our first close-up view of the soaring Burj Khalifa, seen through a skylight framing its awe-inspiring height. Begin our vertical ascent to the observation deck in a high-speed elevator, travelling at 10 metres per second. As the doors open, floor-to-ceiling glass walls provide a breath-taking unobstructed 360-degree view of the city, desert and ocean. By night, sparkling lights and stars compete for your attention. Special telescopes provide virtual time-travel visions of the scenes beyond and below.
We then take time to visit the Dubai Aquarium to explore the Aquarium Tunnel, Underwater Zoo and the Underwater Observatory. After a full morning of incredible sights, we take a break for some free time for lunch and relaxing (own expense.)
This afternoon our first stop is at the creekside to witness the beautiful skyline of Dubai. We then take a guided walking tour in the Bastakiah area - step back in time and enjoy the atmosphere of Bastakiah, one of the oldest traditional Emirati neighborhoods set in Bur Dubai. Our final activity is via water taxi
to the bustling Spice souk with its vast array of authentic Arabian spices, incenses and traditional perfumes. The big entrance of the Gold souk will also draw us in with its vast array of gold and diamonds for purchase.
We return to our hotel to freshen up before we transfer to the wharf for our evening Dhow dinner cruise.
What could be more fun than a dinner aboard a dhow as its slips silently along Dubai Creek by moonlight? We cruise aboard one of these traditional wooden vessels that offers an intriguingly different view of this amazing city. We will see all the splendid modern architecture of Dubai along with Sheikh Saeed's house, the birthplace of Sheikh Rashid and the Heritage village are reminiscent of days gone by.
Return to hotel at approximately 10:30 pm for our overnight.
AFTERNOON DESERT SAFARI
We have a free morning to explore the city on our own. This afternoon at approximately 3 pm, we will be picked up for our amazing desert safari. The mysterious desert beckons us for a magical evening out - an adventure we'll never forget. Leaving behind the bustle of the city in the afternoon, our safari guides transport us by four-wheel-drive vehicles for a thrilling journey over rolling dunes through the Dubai Desert Sands deep into the heart of the desert. From the crest of a high dune, watch the sun cast its orange glow over the vast expanse of rippling sand all round us as it sets. Like a shimmering mirage in the distance, we will see the flickering lights of our camp where a traditional Arabian welcome awaits us. The encampment conjures up images of Arabian nights. As we relax on comfortable low cushions in Beduoin tents with our pre-dinner drinks, we can choose to have our hands painted with intricate henna designs, experience a short camel ride, or just enjoy the aromatic shisha. While we enjoy a feast of grilled meats, fresh salads and delectable Arab sweets served under a galaxy of stars, we will be entertained by the bewitching belly dancer swaying to the haunting strains of Arabian music. We won't want this enchanting evening to end.
A DAY AT THE DUBAI EXPO
After breakfast, we transfer to the Dubai Expo for a fantastic day of activities, sights and sounds that World Fairs are famous for. At a pre-determined time, we will be transferred back to the hotel.
A DAY AT THE DUBAI EXPO
Another great day at Dubai Expo.
FULL DAY ABU DHABI TOUR
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel.
After breakfast, drive to the capital of the UAE - Abu Dhabi.
We first stop for a guided tour to Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, which is considered as the most architectural treasure of contemporary UAE society - and one of the Largest in the world. We continue afterwards to the Women’s Handicraft Centre for a display of the handcrafts made by the local ladies. Drive through the Corniche road with a photo stop at the breakwater and the iconic hotel of Abu Dhabi Emirates Palace and then we visit the Heritage Village for a discovery of the pre-oil life.
We then visit the Heritage Village, a reconstructed traditional "oasis". Here, journey to the past and experience life in Abu Dhabi before oil revenues altered the landscape. We’ll experience different aspects of desert life attractively displayed in the open-air museum, along with workshops, where craftsmen demonstrate traditional skills and women sit weaving and spinning.
Visit Qasr Al Hosn -the oldest and most significant building in Abu Dhabi, holding the city’s first permanent structure; the watchtower. Built around the 1790s, the commanding structure overlooked the costal trade routes and protected the growing settlement established on the island.
Then we head to the Emirates Palace for a guided tour and a taste of the famous Gold Cappuccino.
Also known as the Palace Cappuccino, this superior blend of aromatic coffee is sprinkled with gold flakes to give you a taste of royalty, making it, unlike anything you have ever tried before. Served on a polished silver tray, you can enjoy the cappuccino with a special date and dark chocolate.
Drive around Yas Island and take a photo stop outside Ferrari world, before driving back to Dubai.
Enjoy a farewell dinner at a local restaurant.
Transfer back to the hotel overnight.
**Please note in order to visit the Sheikh Khalifa Mosque you need to adhere to the following dress code:
- Men have to wear long trousers and no sleeveless shirts
- Women have to cover their arms till the wrists with a long-sleeved shirt, cover their hair, shoulders and neck with a headscarf and wear long trousers covering their ankles. No white or tight clothing.
Overnight in Dubai
After breakfast, check out and your group will be transferred to the airport for your flight.
Check out time: 11am. Late check out is not included.
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