Dubai, United Arab Emirates Tour Package
Eco - Tourism
Tour package Price: $3,200.00 per person based on double occupancy hotel accommodation
Miniumum Tour Group size: 10 people Maximum Tour Group Size: 20 people
Duration: 8 days and 7 nights Airline Carrier: Emirates (Direct Flight)
Departure Airport: JFK International Airport, New York or Dulles International Airport, Washington DC
Arrival Airport: Dubai International Airport, Dubai
A Cultural Heritage, Adventure, Leisure and Shopping experience
Day 1: Saturday November 2nd, 2013
Depart JFK International Airport, New York on Emirates Airlines flight # EK 0204 at 11.20 a.m. to Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Depart Dulles International Airport, Washington DC on Emirates Airlines flight # EK 0232 at 10.55 a.m. to Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Day 2: Sunday November 3rd, 2013
Emirates Airlines flight # EK 0204 out of New York arrives at Dubai International Airport at 7.45 a.m.
Emirates Airlines flight # EK 0232 out of Washington DC arrives at Dubai International Airport at 8.00 a.m.
After completion of Customs and Immigration formalities, retrieve your luggage and head to the airport terminal exit. As you walk towards the exit, you will see several Currency Exchange Centers on your left hand side. Stop at one of these Currency Exchange Centers and change some (not all) of your US Dollars into Dirham (AED).
Proceed to the airport terminal exit where our tour manager will facilitate your transfer to a waiting tour bus. Upon boarding the tour bus, refreshments in the form of mineral water and delicious Arabic dates will be offered in accordance with Arabian hospitality and welcome.
Transfer directly from the airport to your hotel for check in. After completion of the hotel check in process which includes a scan of the Bio-data page of your passport, spend the rest of the morning and afternoon at leisure recuperating from your trans-continental flight.
Early evening (7.30 p.m.) pick up from the hotel to embark on a Dinner Cruise aboard a traditional Arabic Dhow. The cruise aboard this traditional wooden vessel offers an intriguingly different view of this amazing city.
During the Dhow cruise, enjoy a delicious dinner under a starry sky as it silently glides along the Dubai Creek. You will see other wooden vessels which still brave the open seas to deliver their cargo to faraway places in contrast to the super modern yacht's anchored along the creek. Admire the architecture of places such as the Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club, the spectacular Chamber of Commerce building, Sheikh Saeed’s house and the Heritage Village.
Enjoy the delicious taste of true Arabian hospitality as well as an international buffet dinner. Relax! Indulge, and enjoy the unforgettable scenery of a well lit, beautiful city by night. Take the opportunity to meet and introduce yourselves to tour group members who flew in either from New York or Washington DC.
After completion of this mesmerizing experience, transfer back to your hotel.
Lunch on own account, Dhow Dinner Cruise included, Overnight: Asiana Hotel Dubai
Day 3: Monday November 4th, 2013
After breakfast, depart the hotel at 9.00 a.m. for a City tour of Dubai, a city where Old meets New, a city with culture, glitz and glamour exposing you to the heart beat of Modern Arabia.
We start off with a tour of the Jumeirah Mosque, a large and beautiful mosque with city landmark status. Built out of stone in the medieval Fatimid tradition, it serves as an example of modern Islamic architecture.
Your tour guide will use the visit to the mosque to provide an overview of Muslim – Islamic religion and practices in Dubai. You can walk around the grounds of the mosque but entry is not permitted. After taking pictures of the mosque, continue the city tour of New Dubai by driving along the skyscraper area along the famed Sheihh Zayed road referred to as “Little Manhattan” with landmarks such as the Emirates Towers, Dubai World Trade Center and the Burj Al Arab.
A stop over will be made at Jumeirah Beach to view the Burj Al Arab, a luxury hotel which stands on an artificial island 280 meters (920 feet) offshore of the beach and connected to the mainland by a bridge. The building is designed to resemble the sail of a Dhow (a traditional Arabian sea vessel) The Burj Al Arab has become an iconic symbol for Dubai and a universally recognizable image of the city.
After this brief stopover, we will head over to the Madinat Jumeirah Resort to view an authentic recreation of an Ancient Arabian citadel exhibiting the natural beauty of buildings from that era. The resort features two grand boutique hotels, namely the Al Qasr and Mina A’ Salam, 29 traditional summer houses, 7 Malakiya villas interconnected by 3 kilometers (1.15 miles) of landscaped gardens and waterways.
Spend some time shopping at the Souk Madinat Jumeirah, a traditional retail and shopping experience showcasing the best of Arabia.
Board the tour bus and transfer to the Atlantis Hotel Resorts Aqua-venture metro station to board a train for the “Jumeirah Palm Islands monorail viewing experience”
The elevated train ride provides you with good views of the Palm Jumeirah Island, an artificial archipelago of islands created using land reclamation technology involving a dredging technique known as “Rainbowing”. This island was created using 94 million cubic meters of sand and 7 million tons of rock poured into 10.5 meter sea beds using dredgers.
The island is one of three called the Palm Islands, the other two namely the Palm Jebel Ali and the Palm Deira. The Palm name is derived from the palm tree like shape of the artificial islands consisting of a trunk, a crown with 16 Fronds and a Crescent Island.
During the train ride, enjoy the picturesque scenery of Atlantis hotel located on the crescent of the Island and luxury private villas with their gardens located on the fronds. The Palm Islands are widely considered to be a major 21st Century real estate and construction achievement.
After completion of the monorail train tour, board the tour bus and transfer to the Dubai Mall for lunch. A food court located on the side of the mall facing the Dubai Fountains offers several international cuisine options. After lunch, walk through the mall to the entrance of Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world for the “At the Top, Burj Khalifa Experience”
Burj Khalifa is currently the tallest sky scrapper in the world with a height of 828 meters (2,717 feet) The building is part of the 2 km2 (490-acre) flagship development called Downtown Burj Khalifa.
The building, based on its current status as the world’s tallest arouses so much curiosity and intrigue. Your visit to “At the Top, Burj Khalifa” experience will place you at a vantage viewing point on the 124th floor of the building and give you a first-hand experience of this modern architectural and engineering marvel with lofty views of Dubai.
Begin the vertical ascent to the observation deck in a high-speed elevator, travelling at 10 meters (32.8 feet) 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. Special telescopes provide virtual time-travel visions of the scenes below and beyond.
The next stage of the tour focuses on the “Old Dubai” with a visit to the Al Fahidi Fort, built in 1787. The fort, which once guarded the landward approaches to Dubai when it was a town, was renovated in 1971 and currently accommodates the Dubai Museum. Museum exhibits include colorful life size dioramas vividly depicting everyday life prior to the discovery of oil. View the recreation of scenes from the Creek, traditional Arab houses, mosques, the souk, date farms, the desert and marine life.
Other exhibits on display focus on Pearl Diving with sets of pearl merchants’ weights, scales and sieves. Artifacts from several excavations in the Emirate, recovered from graves that date back to the 3rd Millennium BC are also on display.
After completion of the museum tour, cross from one side of the Dubai Creek to the other side on an Abra (a traditional water taxi). Upon disembarking, you will enter the Souk – an Arabic word which means the Market or place where goods of any kind are bought or exchanged.
Dubai’s location on the shores of the Arabian Gulf positioned it as a trade exchange center for seafarers and merchants over the course of several centuries. Historically, Arabic shipping vessels unloaded their cargoes brought from the Far East, China, Ceylon and India at the docks. Sale of this cargoes consisting of textiles, spices and gold would occur at the Souks, located adjacent to the docks.
Fast forward to current times and the Souks still serve as centers for the exchange of goods. Enter the Textile and Spice Souks to shop for local items at these colorful and lively bazaars. Proceed on to the Gold Souks from which the city of Dubai derives the moniker, “City of Gold.”
Gold is serious business in Dubai and the Gold Souk is truly a dazzling sight to behold. Gold earrings, rings, necklaces, bracelets and pendants in different designs are available for sale. It is purported that at any given time, over 25 tons of gold is on display at the Gold Souk and jewelry shops in Dubai.
After this brief shopping tour of the Souks, we proceed on to the Hatta Village, also called the Dubai Heritage Village for deeper insights into Old Dubai. The village, a recreation of a traditional style mountain village set in an oasis, is constructed around an old settlement near the mouth of the Creek. The village is recognized as one of the most ancient village locations in the Emirate of Dubai and focuses on the city’s past maritime, pearl and diving traditions as well as architecture.
The Hatta Village is distinguished by its fortified buildings and 30 houses fully restored to their old village style. Handicraft exhibits within the village shows various types of traditional and regular occupations engaged in during that era and provides a glimpse into the traditional and social life of the village.
After completion of the Heritage Village tour, transfer back to the hotel. Spend the rest of the afternoon relaxing and recuperating from the city tour.
Meet in one of the hotel restaurants for dinner during which you will have another opportunity to introduce yourself to tour group members who flew in from either New York City or Washington DC. After dinner, spend the rest of the evening at leisure or retire for the night.
Lunch on own account, Dinner included, Overnight: Asiana Hotel Dubai
Day 4: Tuesday November 5th, 2013
After breakfast, depart Dubai on a road trip to Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the center of the country’s Oil Business and administration of the country.
Abu Dhabi, the largest of the 7 emirates is located 100 miles away from Dubai and takes 2 hours to get to by road. Your drive to this city will expose you to the topography of the UAE outside the borders of Dubai.
The capital city which is built on a natural sand island, includes a number of offshore islands and vast expanses of desert, is renowned for its lush greenery, planned development and beautiful cornice. The city also has mangrove swamps, coral reefs and fine beaches.
Upon arrival in Abu Dhabi, head directly to the magnificent Sheikh Zayed Mosque, the largest mosque in the UAE and sixth largest mosque in the world. It is named after Sheikh Zayed bin sultan Al Nahyan, founder and the first President of the UAE who is buried there.
The mosque which officially opened in the 2007 during the Islamic month of Ramadan, is noted for its unique architectural design and is constructed out of natural materials including marble, stone, ceramics, crystals, semi-precious stones and gold. The furnishings within the edifice currently hold some world records including the world’s largest carpet with measurements of 60,570 square feet made by 1,200 weavers, 20 technicians and 30 laborers using 30 tons of wool and 12 tons of cotton. The carpet which weighs 47 tons has 2,268,000 knots within it.
The aesthetic beauty of the mosque’s interior is highlighted by the world’s largest chandelier. There are 7 gold and copper plated chandeliers imported from Germany hanging from the roof with the diameter and length of the largest one measuring 33 feet and 49 feet respectively.
The city tour also includes a drive through some of the suburban residential areas, the downtown business district and around the Emirates Palace Hotel. This landmark luxury hotel is owned by the Abu Dhabi government and was built at reported cost of US $3 Billion. Some of the unique features of the hotel, which according to the New York Times is the most expensive hotel and conference center ever built, are a private Marina and Helipad, 2 swimming pools, and underground parking for 2500 vehicles. The hotel is constructed on 1.3 kilometers of private white sand beach and surrounded by 85 hectares of beautifully landscaped gardens.
Enjoy a delicious lunch at an Arabian restaurant serving a variety of local cuisines. After lunch, the tour proceeds to the Heritage Village located at a site overlooking the Cornice, near the Breakwater in Abu Dhabi. Your visit to the Heritage Village provides a journey into the past to experience traditional life in Abu Dhabi before Oil exploration and revenues altered the landscape and the economic and social life. In addition to Bedouin tents, there are reconstructions of palms (Arish), traditional homes, old fishing villages and traditional souks.
Due to the village’s location along the seafront, maritime traditions are featured prominently. Spend some time shopping at the souks and bazaars for traditional arts and crafts. Alternatively, view the large photographic exhibition or unique collections of the Holy Quran.
From the Heritage Village, drive over the Sheikh Khalifa bridge to Saadiyat Island, a multifaceted island offering a variety of great attractions to people of different interests
As envisaged, the island is poised to develop into an international business center, a home for dazzling architectural icons, a cultural magnet for art aficionados, and a pristine beachfront tourism destination.
We will visit the Manarat Al Saadiyat, a purpose built exhibition center designed to showcase Saadiyat Island’s exciting projects and to host art exhibitions from around the world. The tour of the exhibition center’s galleries includes viewing of models of the proposed Louvre Museum Abu Dhabi, The Zayed National Museum, Guggenheim Museum Abu Dhabi, The Maritime Museum and The Performing Arts Center. All the buildings listed above are designed by world renowned architects and poised to eclipse the building designs of these same cultural centers located in other countries in the world.
New York University Abu Dhabi which is currently under construction on Saadiyat Island, when completed will be a world class Research, Liberal Arts and Science University.
Upon completion of the Exhibition Center tour, start the return road trip to Dubai in the late afternoon and transfer directly to the hotel upon arrival. After dinner, spend the rest of the evening at leisure.
Lunch included, Dinner on own account, Overnight: Asiana Hotel Dubai
Day 5: Wednesday November 6th, 2013
Independent Day set aside for shopping at the:
Mall of the Emirates
Souks (Gold and Spice)
No transportation or tour guide services provided. Spend as much time as you want doing what you want!
The Mall of the Emirates, http://www.malloftheemirates.com/en , the ultimate leisure, entertainment and shopping resort strategically located in the heart of an area called “New Dubai.” The mall has 520 international and diverse brand stores, a variety of dining options and the largest Carrefour in the city. Its major attraction is Ski Dubai – an indoor snow recreational resort.
The Dubai Mall billed as the world’s largest shopping and entertainment destination. http://www.thedubaimall.com/en The mall which has 1200 retail outlets, 2 anchor department stores and over 160 food and beverage outlets, is a strategic partner of the Dubai Shopping Festival and the venue for most of the premium events which take place during the festival. The malls major attraction is the Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo. The aquarium which has a capacity of 10 million liters of water (2.64 million gallons) illuminates the marvels of the ocean floor and showcases one of the most fascinating collections of marine life worldwide. Dubai Aquarium’s 270-degree acrylic walkthrough tunnel makes for incredible close encounters with some of the most fascinating underwater creatures.
A visit to the Underwater Zoo for a Rainforest, Rocky Shore and Living Ocean environment experience exposes you to dangerous piranha, giant catfish and the Humbolt Penguin colony. You can view these exhibits from the safety of a suspension rope bridge-walk way along the tree canopies high above the river. Other attractions at the mall include the Dubai Ice Rink and SEGA Republic.
Lunch and Dinner on own account, Overnight: Asiana Hotel Dubai
Day 6: Thursday November 7th, 2013
After breakfast, depart Dubai for a road trip to Al Ain, the verdant “Garden City” of the United Arab Emirates and the Persian Gulf due to its greenery. The city has many oasis, parks, tree-lined avenues and decorative roundabouts.
Historically, the city served as a charming oasis and important stop on the trade and transportation routes from UAE to Oman due to it being an isolated area of vegetation and a water source in the middle of the desert. Trade Caravans must travel via oasis so that supplies of food and water can be replenished. Prior to independence, Al Ain was part of the Arabian Slave Network that extended from East Africa into the Persian Gulf.
Upon arrival in the city, we will tour the Al Ain Palace Museum, which was home to the UAE's late ruler Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan from 1927 until the early 1970s. The tour of this palace museum provides insight into how members of the royal family lived. There are several exhibits on male and female living quarters, meeting rooms and servants’ quarters.
After lunch at a hotel restaurant, transfer directly to the Al Ain Museum, with its adjoining fortress. Tour the museum and fortress to learn more about the city’s role in historical Middle Eastern trade. After the museum tour, take a short walk through the Oasis with its ancient Falaj Irrigation System. This underground irrigation system brings water from boreholes to water crops on farmlands, palm trees and the lush green vegetation. This system dates back thousands of years and is used widely in China and other countries.
You will also visit a traditional and highly colorful Camel Market. The last Souk of its kind in the UAE provides an excellent opportunity to see camels up close and learn about the integral role camels have played in Middle Eastern culture and development.
Our final stop before returning to Dubai is the Hili Archaeological Park, a settlement that dates back some 4,000 plus years to the Bronze Age. Here we will see the remains of settlements and “bee hive” tombs from the Umm an-Nar culture dating from the 3rd Millennium BC.
Arrive in Dubai in the early evening and transfer to the hotel. After dinner, spend the rest of the evening at leisure.
Lunch included, Dinner on own account, Overnight: Asiana Hotel Dubai
Day 7: Friday November 8th, 2013
After breakfast at the hotel, spend the morning and early afternoon at the public beach also known as the Russian Beach. Alternatively, spend the morning and early afternoon at leisure or continue your shopping spree by visiting the Malls or Souks.
Return to the hotel by 2.00 p.m. to get ready for a 3.30 p.m. pick up for the “Desert Safari Extravaganza.” For this experience, 4 wheel drive vehicles (SUVs) with 6 passenger seating capacity will be utilized for transportation. Experienced safari drivers will take you on a roller coaster ride through the massive desert.
Your 4 wheel drive vehicle will ascend to the top of a sand dune and descend to the bottom. The repetition of this ascent and descent is called “Dune Bashing.” Throughout the drive, the desert sand constantly forms changing patterns around your vehicle akin to that of a fluid artist canvas leaving memorable impressions in your mind.
Your Desert Safari climaxes with an ascent to the top of a dune to view a “Magical Desert Sunset”. After this dizzying experience, we drive to a Bedouin Camp for dinner. Upon arrival, you will be welcomed in traditional Arabic style with dates and coffee while the sound of Arabic music and desert winds envelope you. Delve further into your Arabian Desert experience by having a short camel ride before dinner.
Depending on the weather, a bonfire will be burning in the middle of the camp site. The glow from the bonfire along with campsite tent furnishings in the form of low tables and Arabic cushions for seating magnifies the rustic aura of a true Arabian Desert night.
While you enjoy a sumptuous barbeque dinner, you will be treated to an exotic Belly Dance Show performed by an expert dancer. Enjoy mineral water and soft drinks from the open bar while eating and viewing the evening’s entertainment.
Ladies can have their hands painted with beautiful designs drawn by Henna Ladies and men and women can smoke flavored tobacco in the “Sheesha” (Hookah Water Pipe) popularly called the “Hubbly-Bubbly.”
Upon completion of this once in a life time experience, board the 4 wheel drive vehicles for the return journey to Dubai. During the drive, view the night time scenery of the desert.
Arrive in Dubai and transfer directly to your hotel. Spend the next 2 hours refreshing yourself and packing for your return flight to the USA. Check out of your hotel room by midnight and transfer to the airport.
Desert Safari & Bedouin Camp Dinner included, Overnight: Asiana Hotel Dubai
Day 8: Saturday November 9th, 2013
Midnight Friday or early Saturday morning transfer to Dubai International Airport to check in for:
Emirates Airlines flight # EK 0231departing to Washington DC, USA at 2.20 a.m.
Emirates Airlines flight # EK 0203 departing to New York, USA at 2.25 a.m.
After completion of the check in process, spend some time shopping at one of the world’s best duty free shopping centers before final boarding for your flight.
Arrive at Dulles International Airport at 8.10 a.m. in the morning.
Arrive at JFK International Airport at 7.45 a.m. in the morning.
Transfer to connecting flights or rides home.