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United Arab Emirates: The 7 Emirates

Minimum Passengers 2
Category Guaranteed Departures
Duration 7 days / 6 nights
Available Dates
Nov, 2017 7,14,21
Dec, 2017 5,12
Jan, 2018 9,23,30
Feb, 2018 6,20,27
Mar, 2018 6,13,20
Apr, 2018 10,17,24
May, 2018 1,15,22
Jun, 2018 5,19,26
Jul, 2018 3,17,31
Aug, 2018 7,21,28
Sep, 2018 4,18,25
Oct, 2018 2,16,30
Nov, 2018 6,13,20
*Always small groups, 10 - 14 people.


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Tour Includes: 

•    5 nights in Dubai at 4 stars Jumeira Rotana or similar hotel
•    1 night in Abu Dhabi at 4 stars Ramada Abu Dhabi Downtown or similar hotel
•    Personalized meet & assist upon arrival at the airport in Dubai
•    Arrival and departure transfers
•    16 meals: 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, and 5 dinners
•    Full day Dubai City Tour
•    4x4 Desert Safari with BBQ Dinner
•    Full day Al Ain City tour
•    Full day Abu Dhabi City Tour
•    Dhow Cruise Dinner in Dubai
•    Half day tour of Sharjah
•    Full day Musandam Cruise (Oman) on board with lunch
•    Local taxes (except Hotel Taxes in Dubai, it will be billed directly to clients $5/night and Abu Dhabi, it be billed directly to clients at $6/night)

IMPORTANT NOTICE: About our Tours 
* UPGRADED HOTELS AVAILABLE (for an additional fee)
* All tours and entrance fees are included.
* All taxes are included and NO HIDDEN FEES
* International Airfare is not included, but we can book it for you at very competitive rates.
* A transfer fee may be assessed for alterations to packages, itineraries/tours and suggested arrival/departure dates.

 

* Prices are per person and based on double occupancy. All prices are expressed in US dollars. Prices for vacation packages are subject to change without notice. All travel documents are the responsibility of the passenger. A valid passport with at least 6 months validity after the date of travel is required. Travel insurance is highly recommended.
Day 1 : Dubai (Arrival)

Arrival at Dubai airport. Meet & Greet by our representative. Transfer to your hotel by air conditioned vehicle.

Overnight in Dubai.

Day 2 : Dubai

Breakfast at your hotel. Departure for a half day guided tour of Dubai.

You will have the opportunity to discover the spectacular and lively metropolis of Dubai. The city, developed from a small fishing village at the Dubai Creek, nowadays presents itself as a glamorous metropolis at the Arabian Gulf. The distinctive skyscrapers and gigantic shopping-malls will impress every visitor. We start with Bastakyia, the old town district of Dubai. Learn everything about the local history and geography of the city when visiting the Dubai museum, located in the ancient fortress of Al-Fahidi. Another highlight will follow: you will use the local water taxis, called “Abras”, to cross the Dubai Creek. Enjoy the spectacular view of the city while heading towards the district of Deira. Here you will be enchanted by the large variety of exotic spices in the famous Spice Souk. Take the chance to get a unique and affordable souvenir when you visit the adjacent Gold Souk. We then proceed to Jumeirah area, where we will have a photo stop of the awe-inspiring Grand Mosque of Jumeirah. Built in the medieval Fatimid tradition, this stone structure is a tribute to modern Islamic architecture. After that, photo stop of Burj Al Arab hotel and continue to Atlantis hotel located at crescent of Palm Jumeirah. Lunch in town.

In the afternoon, we will join a Desert Safari, after settling down in the 4WD vehicles, the jeeps will speed through the desert of the golden sand dunes. The dune bashing or desert driving continues with the thrill of going up and down the dunes provoking many shrieks and laughter full of excitement. The final leg of this program takes us to the main camp site. This will be the highlight of the trip. After witnessing a memorable sight – the true Arabian sunset with its glory and magic. A delicious Barbecue Dinner is prepared on open fires and a variety of beverages are available. The beat of the music increases as a Belly dancer starts dancing to the rhythm of the music. What a better way to experience a true Arabian night than this.

Overnight in Dubai.

Meals : Breakfast
Day 3: Dubai – Abu Dhabi

Breakfast at the hotel .

Start the tour to Abu Dhabi, the capital city of the United Arab Emirates. This comprehensive tour is the ideal introduction to the UAE capital and the island on which it stands. The name Abu Dhabi means: “Father of the Gazelle”. We will start at Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, one of the largest Mosques in the world; able to accommodate more than 30,000 worshipers. The beautiful Mosque is completely cladded in marble and features intricate Islamic decoration and carvings as well as extensive landscaping.
Afterward, head towards Abu Dhabi downtown. Pass through the old city and pass by the oldest building in town, the palace of Al-Husn (closed for renovation, in process of opening). We will proceed to the Heritage Village, which houses a small museum and depicts the traditional daily activities of the Arab community prior to the discovery of oil. We will drive along the spectacular Corniche, past gleaming white mosques, glass-clad offices and elegant high-rise apartments to the tip of the breakwater for a superb view of the city’s magnificent skyline. Then will drive through the famous giant Saadiyat Island project where the Louvre Museum and Guggenheim Museums are being built to complete the image of ABU DHABI as a cultural city. Lunch in the city.

In the afternoon, we will continue towards the famous Yas Island which houses the Formula 1 YAS Vircuit & the first attraction park of Ferrari in the world. An impressive attraction park, the largest covered air-conditioned park in the world with a huge Red Ferrari sign as landmark. Finally, after the tour, check in at the hotel. Dinner at the hotel.

Overnight in Abu Dhabi.

Meals : Breakfast
Day 4: Abu Dhabi – Al Ain – Dubai

Breakfast at your hotel. Leave Abu Dhabi in the morning to Al Ain.
Al Ain is located on the Hajjar Mountains; it is one of the oldest cities in the UAE, rich in traditions. For thousands of years the oasis of Al Ain has been an important caravan stop on the ancient trade routes across Arabia. We will visit the camel market, the largest in the UAE and the Al Ain Palace, it is one the most important cultural places in Al Ain city. It is a direct testimony to the period of rule of the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan in Al Ain and his original place of residence there. The Palace is also the birthplace of HH Sheikh Mohamad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Crown Prince of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.
We will visit also the Jahili fort, one of the largest castles in Al Ain and best-in-class example of the Islamic military architecture locally. Lunch in the city. Then we proceed to visit the National Museum of Al Ain, where you will learn everything about the history of this region. In the afternoon, we will step back in time at the Hilli Gardens, famous for the archaeological excavations from the third millennium B.C.

At the end of the afternoon, we will return to Dubai that we will reach in the evening. In the evening, transfer for a cruise dinner on board of a traditional Arabian dhow. After the cruise, transfer to your hotel.

Overnight in Dubai

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5: Dubai – Sharjah – Dubai

Breakfast at your hotel.
This morning we will proceed for a half day Sharjah tour. This tour will take us to Sharjah, the cultural capital or known as the ‘Pearl of the Gulf”. You will pass by the King Faisal Mosque, one of the largest mosques in the Emirates. Pass by the renovated Fort of Sharjah, former residence of the ruling family. Continue to the Sharjah Heritage Museum which conserves and displays the rich traditional customs and culture of Sharjah as a source of pride and inspiration to Emiratis and to visitors to the UAE. Begin a journey of discovery through Sharjah's rich and diverse heritage and explore traditions that have endured the test of time. You will see handcrafted works of art and objects that date back to a time when local people relied solely on fishing and pearling. Trace the development of education, currency and the early postal system. We will discover the traditional skills and crafts relating to jewelry, costumes, herbal medicines, music and folklore.
After the visit, it’s now time to explore the colorful Souk Al Arsa set up in a traditional way. You will also have an opportunity to see how the traditional Omani Halwa (sweet) is made in one of the shop in Souk Al Arsa. Before returning to Dubai we will have time for a quick stroll at the Blue Souk – a treasure trove of carpets, jewelry and handicrafts. Lunch will be served in a local restaurant. After the tour, we return to Dubai where you will have some free time, or you will be able to enjoy some of the additional tours some visits we propose. Dinner at Hotel.

Overnight in Dubai

Meals : Breakfast
Day 6: Dubai – Fujairah – Musandam Cruise (Oman) – Dubai

Breakfast at your hotel.
Today, go for a cruise in the waters of the Indian Ocean. Musandam is a spot where the waters of the “Gulf of Oman” are the gateway to the natural sea treasures. The Musandam Peninsula is the northern-most part of Oman, it has one of the most rugged, isolated and beautiful coastlines in the world, the towering Hajar Mountains rise directly out of the sea creating spectacular fjords-like scenery, providing an awe-inspiring backdrop for the caves, bays and pebble beaches along the coast. The sheltered bays also offer a safe environment for snorkelers and non- divers to explore. Marine life of the Gulf of Oman is rich in diversity with fish, corals, turtles and invertebrates. We will take a dhow cruise trip in the fjords of Musandam that offers us an insight into this fantastic landscape, guarantees an ambience of peace and tranquility. There is also a possibility of seeing dolphins along the cruise. Lunch on board. This traditional type of dhows is equipped with comfortable seats, cushions and carpet. We will enjoy sea safaris, snorkeling, swimming, playing and more. (Note: Please carry your passport along with you, as it is required for Police Check)
We will back in Dubai at the end of the day to relax in the hotel after that long adventure day. Dinner in hotel.

Overnight in Dubai.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch
Day 7: Departure

Following breakfast at your hotel, your morning is at leisure.
Check out time is 12h00 (noon).
Depending on your departure time, you will be transferred to Dubai airport for your flight home.

Meals : Breakfast

Airport Facilities

In June 2001 Emirates airline designated a special handling area at departures and arrivals for passengers with special needs. As a result, wheelchair passengers will receive a more personalized service.

Health

No special immunizations are required; however, it would be wise to check beforehand if you are traveling from a health-risk area. Tetanus inoculations are usually recommended if you are considering a long trip. Polio has been virtually eradicated in the UAE and hepatitis is very rare and can be avoided by taking precautions. Hepatitis A is transmitted by contaminated food and water, Hepatitis B, C, D through sexual contact, the use of unsterilized needles, and blood transfusions.

Mobile Phones

GSM services are available and the mobile phone code within the UAE is 050. "Speak Easy" is a GSM mobile service for those visitors and tourists who cannot use their own mobile phones in the UAE. You can either buy a new mobile phone and purchase a temporary SIM card or use your own handset with a temporary card. Contact ETISALAT for details.

Public Holidays

Since Muslim festivals are timed according to local sightings of phases of the moon, the dates outlined below for Islamic religious holidays are approximate. The precise dates are not announced until a day or so before they occur. If a public holiday falls on a weekend, the holiday is usually taken at the beginning of the next working week.

A three-day mourning period is usually announced when a member of the ruling families or a government minister or the head of a neighbouring state dies. Government offices and some private companies will close for the period.

1 Jan New Year's Day.

2 Dec National Day.

Al-Hijra (Islamic New Year).

Mouloud (Birth of the Prophet).

Leilat al-Meiraj (Ascension of the Prophet).

Eid al-Fitr (End of Ramadan).

Eid al-Adha (Feast of the Sacrifice).

Security

Personal Safety

The UAE is one of the safest places in the world to visit. In fact, it has been designated the world's safest holiday destination by the international travel industry on two occasions. Nevertheless, it is a good idea to take out travel insurance and to take the normal precaution to safeguard yourself and your valuables.

Money

The currency in Dubai is the UAE dirham (Dhs or AED), which is pegged to the US dollar at the rate of Dhs3.675 to US$1. There are 100 fils in a dirham. The notes in circulation are Dhs 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1,000. Be warned that the brown Dhs1,000 note looks a lot like Dhs200. Generally, it’s good to carry Dhs100 notes and lower values for day-to-day transactions. The most common coins are the silver Dhs1, 50 fils and 25 fils. 

Tipping

Tipping is not expected, but is common practice. Gratuities to staff at hotels are at your discretion. Most restaurants add service charges to the bill (Abu Dhabi 16 per cent; Sharjah 15 per cent; Dubai 10 per cent). If this charge is not included, add 10 per cent of the total to the bill. Taxi drivers do not expect to be tipped. Supermarket baggers, bag carriers and windscreen washers at petrol stations are generally given Dh2.

Our suggestions for daily tipping are the following:

Drivers: $ 2.00 to $ 5.00

Tour Guide: $ 10.00 to $ 20.00

House Keepers: $ 2.00

Porters: $ 1.00 per luggage

Photography

Film is readily available, so too are processing facilities and color prints are produced in record time. Ask permission before photographing people in general. Avoid photographing Muslim women and do not photograph airports, docks, and telecommunications equipment, and government buildings, military and industrial installations.

Time

The UAE is four hours ahead of GMT. The time does not change during the summer. This means that there is a three hour difference between UK and UAE local times in summer and a four hour difference in winter.

Electricity

Domestic supply is 220 volts. Sockets suitable for three-pin 13 amp plugs of British standard design are the norm, however, it is a good idea to bring an adapter with you just in case. Adapters can be purchased in local supermarkets. Appliances purchased in the UAE will generally have two-pin plugs attached.

Weight and Measures

The UAE uses the metric system, although British and U.S. standard weights and measures are understood.

Clothing

Lightweight summer clothing is ideal with a wrap, sweater or jacket for cooler winter nights and air-conditioned premises. Although the dress code in the UAE is generally casual, guests in the larger hotels do tend to dress more formally in the evening. Since you are visiting a Muslim country, bikinis, swimsuits, shorts and revealing tops should be confined to beach resorts.

Women are usually advised not to wear short skirts and to keep their shoulders covered. Note that in Sharjah women are prohibited from wearing swimsuits on public beaches.

Food and Water

The standard of food hygiene and water quality is extremely high, especially in all of the larger centers. You should take the time to investigate conditions in smaller cafés in remote areas, although again standards are usually good. Raw salads and shawarmas (meat cooked on a spit and served in a pIta bread sandwich) are to be avoided if you have any doubts.

Water is usually produced by desalination so it is normally safe to drink, nevertheless you may prefer the taste of bottled water. In any case it is advisable to drink plenty of water in the heat so carry a bottle with you at all times.

Jumeira Rotana – Dubai
Jumeira Rotana is conveniently located a 10-minute drive away from Dubai International Financial Centre and Dubai World Trade Centre and in close proximity to the Dubai Mall and Burj Khalifa, making it an ideal destination for both business travellers and holidaymakers.
 
The five-story property boasts 125 rooms offering splendid views of the Sheikh Zayed skyline as well as the city of Dubai. All of the rooms and suites are furnished to the highest degree to provide guests with the comfort and warmth of a home away from home experience.
Ramada Downtown Abu Dhabi
When true Ramada heritage meets the fabled Arabic tradition of hospitality, the outcome is unimaginably overwhelming. Ramada Downtown Abu Dhabi offers the perfect haven with a great locational advantage at the heart of the downtown banking district, just a short drive from Abu Dhabi Mall.
 
A landmark of refined comfort, Ramada Downtown Hotel features unrivalled city views, elegant styling in every detail and a fresh, contemporary ambience that define the character of all Ramada Hotels and Resorts.

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Abu Dhabi

Al Ain

Sharjah