(Dubai, Al Ain, Abu Dhabi)
Welcome to Arabia.... From Arab Sheiks driving Ferraris & nomadic Bedouins atop camels, the opulence of the world`s tallest building & lunar-like landscapes of the desert wadis, this private guided journey invites you to explore two exotic lands awash in contrast. Discover the treasures of United Arab Emirates and Oman as you visit Dubai, Muscat, Nizwa Al Ain & Abu Dhabi. Sharpen you bartering skills as you shop through bustling gold souks, buckle up for a thrilling Jeep Safari on rugged sand dunes, savor traditional Arabic cuisine and watch as dolphins show off along the Omani coast! Featuring private guide & driver, transfers, 24/7 support, charming hotels & much much more.
A private vehicle with driver will provide a transfer between the airport and hotel.
To experience the ancient city tour of Dubai, our route takes us past the highest buildings in the Middle East. After a short break by the Creek we arrive to the oldest part of the city, Bastakia where old wind-towered houses of wealthy merchants are still to be seen. Close by we visit the fascinating Dubai Museum in the Al Fahidi Fort, which has been there almost for two centuries defending the settlers of early days. We continue our tour through material market taking a closer look at the wind-towers on our way to Abras, local water taxis that will take us across the Creek to the area of spice and gold souks. As the final destination of this four hour tour we will walk through the bustling alleys of these souks being amazed by mystical aromas of numerous spices and the breath-taking amount of dazzling jewelry varying from traditional to the latest designs at amazingly affordable prices displayed by almost 200 shops. This tour includes a private vehicle and driver for transfers to sites and return trip to hotels.
This desert safari gives you an opportunity to see the golden sand dunes of Arabia on 4-wheel drive jeep, where you will experience the thrill of a life time - roller coaster ride on the sand dunes. While on the journey, you stop on the highest sand dune to view the beautiful sunset for taking some breathtaking photographs and to refresh yourself with a mineral water. The adventure then continues with a drive to an exquisite Bedouin Campsite, right in the heart of the desert, where henna design, local dresses, soft drinks, water, tea or coffee are available for your enjoyment. Try your hands on some camel rides and Hubbly Bubbly (water pipe) in different flavors that suit your taste. Adding to the atmosphere of the night, an enchanting belly dancer performs a fascinating dance to a rhythm of Arabic music. To top it all, the delicious BBQ buffet dinner is served for all the guests.
This is the tour where you “shop till you drop”! including visit to shopping Malls like Bur Juman, Al Ghurair and Deira City Center the biggest shopping mall in Dubai with more than 300 shops. We will take you to Al Fahidi Street which is also called the Electronics Street and the Naif souk with abundance of textiles adds color to the trip and tests your bargaining skills. Dubai Golf souk, which proves Dubai as the “City of Gold”, is the place where to buy some of the finest and purest gold at competitive prices with a dazzling array of international designs attracting our attention!
Tonight your driver will pick you up and transfer you for an unforgettable evening cruise along the Dubai Creek on board a traditionally decorated Dhow. A sumptuous buffet dinner will be served including continental and Pan-Asian dishes. Soft drinks and mineral water are included. Experience the atmosphere of Dubai by night accompanied by Arabic music. The cruise takes approximately two hours.
Drive to Barka to visit the fish market and witness how local people barter their fresh catches. Continue to Rustaq and Nakhl. Rustaq is famous for its hot water springs. The springs (Ain Al Kisfa) are said to have natural healing powers and in the olden days, people used to travel from far to take a healing dip in the waters. Along the way, make a short photo stop at Al Hazm Fort in Rustaq. The fort is well-known for its beautiful gates which are adorned with verses from the Holy Koran and flower etchings. Travel to Nakhl which also has the highest fort in Oman, standing proudly on top of a hill. Proceed to the Al Thowara Oasis where you can see the source of the natural springs. Enjoy a picnic lunch in the shade of the palm trees at the Al Thowara Oasis, before returning to Muscat in the early evening.
Dolphins in Oman are a common sight. Oman is home to a variety of dolphins and whale species including the spinner and bottle nose dolphin. Almost all year round, dolphins can be spotted within close proximity of the coast. Since these are untamed creatures in their natural habitat, sightings cannot be guaranteed. However, the trip onto the ocean is a treat in itself!
Your afternoon starts with a drive to the Grand Mosque for a photo opportunity. The mosque is beautiful by night, as it is illuminated from all sides with floor spot lights and the grandeur of its architectural genius truly comes alive. Drive through the Embassy Road, which is a lovely sight with the tress flanking the pavements and the embassies built like typical Arabic villas. From here, you will continue on to the Corniche which fringes the old Muscat town – better known as Muttrah. The Corniche is near the main Mina Al Sultan Qaboos port of Oman and the Muttrah Souk. A short halt will allow you to visit the souk (market) and purchase some typical Oman souvenirs. Visit the Bait Al Zubair Museum which is one of the most informative museums in Oman and focuses mainly on the traditional culture and lifestyle of the people of the Sultanate. From here travel on to see the Sultan’s Palace and the two forts Jalali and Mirani which guard it. Afterwards enjoy a dinner at a typical Arabic restaurant, situated in the heart of the “new” Muscat. Your meal is a set menu consisting of a variety of delectable Arabic specialties followed by a flavored “hubly-bubly” (water pipe or shisha).
Visit the Nizwa souq and fort which has been strategically built atop a hill overlooking the ancient villages with its colorful domes and bustling market below. The trip will be with a 4WD. Here one can see the ancient rock carvings and paintings which are said to be more than 2,000 years old. There is also a pre historic hut. The Jabal Shams is the highest peak in the 700 km long Hajar mountain range. You might even be pleasantly surprised to see a few shepherds accompanying their grazing sheep! Experience an untamed and rugged countryside, a pristine world interrupted here and there by tiny settlements. Drive to Birkat al Mauz, the deserted village of clay.
Visit the Nizwa Fort. Then proceed on to the Oasis of Tanuf springs (where the mineral water “Tanuf” is also bottled). Tanuf village has ruined houses nestled in the mountain side and these houses were destroyed during the War of Al Jabal in 1953 (between Muscat and Oman – which were considered two separate states). Halt at the Bahla fort, the oldest and first Omani fort to be built in the Islamic style. From here, proceed on to the Jabreen castle (45 km from Nizwa), the finest of Oman’s castles built during the late 17th century, which became a seat for Omani education and learning. The castle displays beautiful ceiling paintings and intricate wood carvings. Drive to Al Ain.
A private vehicle and driver will pick you up for a day tour of Al Ain city. This town is an oasis framed by red and golden sand dunes along with bizarrely shaped hills. Because of its constant blooms throughout the year, Al Ain acquired the attributed name of the "Flower City". The town winds itself around the border of the Sultanate of Oman. It is also famous by charming Buraimi oasis, the amazing souk and the 1000 years old falj system. The ancient heritage of this civilization is surrounded by a botanical garden, while the history of the Bedouins is displayed in the biggest Museum in the Emirates. The camel souk also distributes to the town's Arabian cultured atmosphere. Al Ain is a flourishing greenery in the middle of the golden desert.
Enjoy a private tour of Abu Dhabi, with visits to a selection of carefully-chosen highlights of the UAE's lovely capital; from the remarkable buildings featuring some of the most stunning architecture to be found anywhere, to glimpses into the past. Soak up Abu Dhabi's unique blend of culture and fine traditional arts and crafts in the oriental markets and handicrafts centre. Enter a world where Islamic designs and elements feature modern architecture, blending the new with ancient traditions of the East and the West, in this city where the glorious greens of its gardens vie with the blues of the sea and sky. This tours makes visits to sites and monuments which include the Heritage village, Grand Mosque, Al Hosn Fort, and Dates Market. This tour takes approximately 5 hours.
Manzil Downtown Dubai is a 4 star deluxe hotel that presents a perfect fusion of old and new. The property is just minutes away from Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest tower which is the central focus of the world famous downtown commercial and residential precinct, as well as the spectacular Dubai Mall, hailed as the world's largest shopping experience. Distinguished by a unique palette of brown, beige, and white, Manzil Downtown Dubai will features guestrooms intricately designed to provide a warm and embracing welcome for visitors.
Millennium Resort Mussanah has been meticulously crafted with a vivid blend of Arabian and Asian themes with panoramic views over-looking the resorts private 54 berth marina nestled on the coast of the Gulf of Oman with panoramic views. Designed for both business and leisure travelers and families alike, the resorts 234 spacious guestrooms and 74 fully furnished serviced apartments ranging from studios, one bed and two bed duplexes are well facilitated with hotel High Speed Internet Access, in room media hubs and the latest in meeting & conference services and a choice of two cosmopolitan restaurants.
The Sahab Hotel is situated on the Saiq Plateau located 2,004 meters above sea level on Jabal Al Akhdar in the western Hajjar Mountains, overlooking a canyon that contain ancient villages and famous terraced farms. The hotel is designed and built in tribute to the charm of the mountain, life style and the modern way of life. Over 5000 sqm of native plants and 270 million years old marine fossils located in the garden surrounding the 27 luxurious hotel rooms and suites. All the rooms feature satellite TV, Mini Bar, Electronic Safe, WIFI, Private Outdoor Seating, Air Conditioner and Hair Drier. The Sahab Restaurant offers a large selection of international and local dishes. There is also a choice of indoor and outdoor dining. Sahab Snack Bar superbly locates on a stylish terrace overlooking the pool and the canyon. The hotel also offers the Outdoor Pool and Jacuzzi to its guests.
Mercure Grand Jebel Hafeet with 124 rooms is a unique mountain oasis resort, located at 915 m on Hafeet Mountain, just a 2hr drive from Abu Dhabi and Dubai. With refined authentic architecture reflecting the magic atmosphere of the region, the hotel offers 2 restaurants, a coffee shop and a bar with breathtaking views of the city. There are also various recreational activities available such as a health club, 3 swimming pools with water slides, mini golf and a kids playground.
Surrounded by the sparkling blue waters of the Arabian Gulf, the Radisson Blu Hotel, Abu Dhabi welcomes guests to picturesque Yas Island. Choose from one of the well-appointed rooms and suites, each featuring spectacular views of the sea, the marina or the pristine golf course. Only 11 kilometers from Abu Dhabi International Airport, the hotel's Yas Island location affords guests easy access to attractions like the marina, golf course, Ferrari World theme park and Formula 1 racetrack. Several on-site restaurants, a full-service spa and fitness center ensures a relaxing and pleasant stay.
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