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AN ARABIAN ODYSSEY - UAE ROUND TRIP

AN ARABIAN ODYSSEY - UAE ROUND TRIP

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An Arabian Odyssey - UAE Round Trip, 7 Days / 6 Nights (Code: FIT0115)

 

Day 01:

Arrival at Dubai International Airport.

Meet, greet and assist outside the Airport.

Transfer to Golden Tulip Al Barsha or similar.

Overnight Golden Tulip Al Barsha or similar.

Day 02:

Breakfast at the hotel.

Dubai - Ras Al Khaimah- Khor Fakkan

On the way to the local camel race track in Ras Al Khaimah, you will pass by the Falaj Al Mualla oasis. After a brief stop at the race track, you will continue to your next destination: The exciting Jebel Jais Mountain, tallest peak in the UAE with more than 1900meters. The mountain is rugged, at times windswept and will provide you with sweeping views of the valleys beyond. Continue to the East coast by passing the old town of Dibba. Drive along the coast passing fishing villages and reach Khor Fakkan.

Picnic Lunch enroute.

Overnight at Oceanic Hotel Khor Fakkan Resort & Spa or similar.

Day 03:

Breakfast at the hotel.

Today afternoon your off-road trip starts with a scenic drive to the Emirate of Sharjah and continues through the sand dunes to reach Fossil Rock and later Camel Rock, an unusual rock formation hidden among the dunes.  Your tour now kicks into high gear as you join one of the most popular activities in the desert, the ‘Desert Safari’.  Enjoy an exciting dune drive with many photo stops in between including a stop at a camel farm. As the drive continues across the desert you watch a beautiful sunset before reaching an Arabian campsite where you have the opportunity to do camel riding, sand boarding and try a henna design on hands or feet. Be mesmerized by a Tanoura performance – a traditional folk dance then having worked up an appetite enjoy a delicious barbecue dinner and a ‘shisha’ (renowned Arabic water-pipe). Afterwards watch an exotic belly dancer perform before sleeping the dreams of the desert beneath a star-studded sky in tents.

Overnight at the Orient Tour’s Campsite.

Day 04:

Light camp breakfast.

This morning you will be transferred to a meeting point at the edge of the desert for a change of vehicles into a regular Sedan / Van for your onward journey to Abu Dhabi Emirate’s second largest city, Al Ain.  Enjoy a great day taking in the sights of the beautiful ‘Garden City’ of Al Ain. The tour begins with a drive through the fascinating and ever changing desert scenery before reaching the Hajar Mountains. In Al Ain, visit Al Ain National Museum and Al Jahili Fort. During a stop at the Al Ain Oasis you will learn about the ‘Falaj’, an underground irrigation system, before driving to the renovated Old Palace of H.H. Sheikh Zayed, the late ruler of Abu Dhabi and former President of UAE. Before stopping at a hot spring at the foot of Jebel Hafeet, the highest mountain peak in the area, visit the region’s largest camel market to hear about the “Ships of the Desert”.  Afterwards you will drive to Mercure Grand Jebel Hafeet, a unique mountain oasis resort located 915 meters above sea level on the top of Hafeet Mountain. Check-in and enjoy an overnight stay with breathtaking views of Al Ain city sprawled below.

Rest of the day is at leisure to enjoy the pool and other recreational activities on offer.

Overnight at Mercure Grand Jebel Hafeet or similar.

Day 05:

Breakfast at the hotel.

After checking out from the hotel, proceed to UAE’s capital city, Abu Dhabi. On arrival you will once again change to 4WD vehicle for another exciting desert trip to see an ocean of dunes and sands in the Liwa Desert! Enroute you stop at the unique Car Museum to see an extraordinary collection of vehicles owned by one of Abu Dhabi’s royal family members, H.H. Sheikh Hamad Bin Hamdan Al Nahyan. The tour continues to the beautiful red sand dunes on the outskirts of Abu Dhabi for an exciting dune drive. You will enjoy a great day out with plenty of opportunity for photos of the curious shapes the dunes take as they are constantly molded by the harsh desert winds. A picnic lunch is served amidst the sand dunes. Afterwards drive back to Abu Dhabi and arrive at your hotel.

Overnight at Ramada Corniche hotel or similar.

Day 06:

Breakfast at the hotel.

Abu Dhabi and Dubai sightseeing: Discover the highlights of Abu Dhabi, capital of the Emirates, known as the Arabian Jewel. The first destination is Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, one of the largest in the world. Continue to the Sheikh Zayed Centre for a glimpse into the private life of H.H. Sheikh Zayed, who is revered as “Father of the Nation”. Your final stop this morning will be at the artificial Breakwater for a visit of the Heritage Village where you journey into the past to explore life before oil was discovered. Thereafter drive along the beautifully manicured Corniche (waterfront) on the way to Dubai.

Dress Code for Mosque: Loose long trousers or long skirts & long sleeves. No shorts for men, no tight & transparent clothing. Women must cover their head with a scarf.

Arrive in Dubai and continue with a panoramic tour of UAE’s commercial and entertainment capital, starting with a drive onto Palm Jumeirah, a fully reclaimed, palm tree-shaped island that is home to the magnificent $1.5b Atlantis, The Palm resort. Later make a photo-stop near the iconic Burj Al Arab hotel built on its own island. Admire the glittering high rises of the city as you drive down Sheikh Zayed Road en route to Downtown Dubai. Arriving at The Dubai Mall, you will stop for photos at the base of what is currently the world’s tallest building, Burj Khalifa. At the bottom of this mega-structure there is time to snap pictures of Dubai Fountain, the world’s tallest performing fountain laid out inside Burj Dubai Lake and see the water jets soar to a height of almost 150 meters (500 feet).

Later you drive to your hotel and check in.

Overnight at Golden Tulip Al Barsha Hotel or similar

Day 07:

Breakfast at the hotel.

Transfer to Dubai International Airport for your departure flight.
 

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