Dubai Experience – Independent

Dubai Experience – Independent

From $ 715 AUD

Description

Rising out of the surrounding desert, Dubai is one of the fastest growing cities in the world; this short trip into the United Arab Emirates gives you a taste of intriguing old-meets-new Dubai. Explore the tiny historical quarter of Bastakiya – set on the banks of the snaking Dubai Creek – then visit the chaotic souqs, winding your way through the gold and spice markets. A Dhow Cruise with dinner is a wonderful way of spending an evening; sail along the Dubai creek under the moonlight.

Trip Name
Dubai Experience - Independent
Last Updated
2018-12-19
Days
3
Capacity
6
Highlights
  • Discover the different sides of Dubai, from its spectacular futuristic skyline to the narrow alleyways of heritage Bastakiya, and the enticing Spice and Gold souqs to the sprawling beaches
  • Witness the towering minarets of the imposing Jumeriah Mosque, and learn more about Islam with a visit inside the only Dubai mosque open to non-Muslims
  • Experience the Dubai city skyline on board a traditional Dhow Cruise

Itinerary

Occasionally our itineraries are updated during the year to incorporate improvements stemming from past travellers' comments and our own research. The information given in this itinerary may be slightly different to that in the brochure. It's very important that you print and review a final copy of this Essential Trip Information a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans. If you have any queries, please contact your Travel Consultant. We are here to help you! Please note that while we operate successful trips in this region throughout the year, some changes may occur in our itineraries due to inclement weather and common seasonal changes to timetables and transport routes. This can happen with little notice so please be prepared for modifications to the route. The order and timing of included activities in each location may also vary from time to time. LOCAL OPERATOR: Please note that this trip is operated by our local Duabi Operator; Desert Adventures. Please look for their logo on arrival for your transfer FRIDAY TRADING IN DUBAI: Please note that on Friday the museum's and Souq's are closed in the morning and will reopen in the afternoon. For this reason your itinerary will be amended to accommodate this. Please speak to your booking agent for more information.

Day 1 - Dubai
Ahlan Wa Sahlan! Welcome to the United Arab Emirates. On arrival into Dubai Airport please clear customs and collect your luggage before meeting your private transfer. Please look out for your local Desert Adventures representative. From here, you will be transferred to the Arabian Courtyard Hotel. The hotel is centrally located in the downtown Al Fahidi historical area opposite the Dubai Museum and the Ruler’s Court. The rest of the day is free for you to discover what started out as a tiny pearl-diving village and has now grown into one of the world’s fastest growing and most extravagant cities. Bigger is certainly better in Dubai. It’s home to the world’s tallest building – the 829-metre-tall Burj Khalifa, containing the world’s highest restaurant (Level 122), outdoor observation deck (Level 148) and nightclub (Level 143) – one of the largest shopping malls (featuring one of the world’s biggest aquariums), the biggest indoor ski resort and the world’s only seven-star hotel. Here ATMs dispense gold bars and the police fleet includes a Lamborghini and Ferrari, but there are still parts where you're reminded that small and hidden can be beautiful too. Maybe head out for some retail therapy, enjoy the roof-top pool or jump on the complimentary bus service to the beach.
Day 2 - Dubai
Explore Dubai with a half-day tour of the city. Your pick up will be between 8.30am and 9am. Please wait in the lobby of your hotel for your transfer and advise the concierge that your are waiting for a pick up from Desert Adventures. Drive through the heritage area of Bastakiya, full of courtyards, wind towers, and narrow alleyways designed to give pedestrians shade from the sun. Merchants from Iran settled this area in the 1900s, and they built houses sophisticated for the time, including towers that funnelled breezes down into the buildings in an early form of air-conditioning. Next, visit the ornate Al Fahidi Fort and its museum, built in the early 1800s to protect the settlement from rival Bedouin tribes, and later the residence of the ruling sheikh. Ferry across the Dubai Creek alongside abras (water taxis) criss-crossing the water. Follow aromatic smells as you wander through the enticing spice centred around the creek, and then enter the largest gold market in Arabia, where precious metals and jewels glitter all around. Later, make a stop at the imposing Jumeirah Mosque for excellent photos. A Dhow Cruise with dinner is a wonderful way of spending an evening while aboard a traditionally decorated wooden dhow, as it sails along the Dubai creek under the moonlight. The major Dubai landmarks shine through the moonlight sky as the wooden vessel slips silently across the creek. The past and present architecture of the area is brought to its full beauty during this time. Notes: A more conservative dress code applies for some of the sights. Entrance may be denied if these are not followed. On Friday the museums and Souqs are closed in the morning and will reopen in the afternoon. For this reason the city tour will not take place. The alternative activity will be an included ticket to the ‘At the Top’ experience at the Burj Khalifa. Please note your entrance fee allows you entry between 08:30-17:00 and 19:30-23:00 – subject to change. Please speak to your booking agent to organise this. (Transfers not included) The desert safari does include some high-speed dune racing. These activities are operated on a share basis and you will be joined by other travellers.
Day 3 - Dubai
This Dubai Experience comes to an end today. There are no activities planned for the final day and this trip finishes after breakfast. This experience includes a departure transfer back to Dubai Airport. You will be collected from the Hotel's main lobby approximately 3 hours before your scheduled departure flight. Your pick up details will be confirmed in the welcome pack you receive on Day 1. If you wish to extend you stay in Dubai, please speak to your booking agent about additional post tour accommodation.

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Accommodation

Comfortable hotel (2 nights)

Transport

Private vehicle,Coach,Dhow

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