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Dubai, Oman and Abu Dhabi

Resort:Dubai, Oman and Abu Dhabi
Operator: Collette Worldwide
Destination: Oman, United Arab Emirates
Price From: £2784.00

Overview

From immeasurable opulence to ancient cultures, uncover the treasures of the fascinating countries of the United Arab Emirates and Oman. In Abu Dhabi, explore the sprawling Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Mosque, a symbol of the diversity in the Islamic world. At the largest falcon hospital in UAE, explore its museum to learn the falcon’s importance to Arabian culture. Venture to the breathtaking desert dunes of Wahiba Sand in Oman and visit with a local tribe. Take a camel ride followed by an exhilarating “dune bashing” by 4×4. In Dubai, set sail on a private family-owned luxury yacht. Enjoy a dune desert safari on an Arabian farm. Savor a barbecue dinner highlighted by a belly dancing performance. Discover the Sheikh Mohammed Center for Cultural Understanding and partake in a lecture on the traditions, customs and religion with a local expert. As you travel through the Arabian Peninsula, you’ll uncover the allures of this unfamiliar world and come to know the kind spirit of its people.

Itinerary

Day 1: Overnight Flight

From immeasurable opulence to ancient cultures, uncover the treasures of the fascinating countries of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Oman.

Day 2: Abu Dhabi, UAE – Tour Begins

Your adventure opens in Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates and one of the world’s most modern cities. The remainder of your day is at leisure to become acquainted with this lavish metropolis and enjoy the amenities of your hotel.

Day 3: Abu Dhabi

This morning, a short drive provides you with insight into the skyline of the city; you’ll also make a stop at the famous Emirates Palace and Corniche. After some free time for lunch, visit the impressive Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Mosque, a sprawling structure initiated by the late president of the UAE who created it in hopes of uniting the cultural diversity of the Islamic world. This evening, join your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner.

Day 4: Abu Dhabi

Learn the importance of falcons to Arabian culture at the largest falcon hospital in the UAE. Explore its museum which takes you through the history of falconry and have the rare opportunity to see these majestic birds up close. Step into the examination room to witness a falcon checkup or perhaps a pedicure. You’ll have the amazing opportunity to have a falcon sit on your arm! Next, get a glimpse of the cultural life of this Middle East city at the Heritage Village, an open-air museum. Experience workshops with craftsmen showcasing their traditional skills. The remainder of your afternoon is at leisure.

Day 5: Abu Dhabi – Dubai – Muscat, Oman

Fly to Oman, a mystical land of contrasts with deep traditions and a friendly nature. Discover the port city of Muscat, the capital city and heart of Oman. This afternoon’s city tour reveals Old Muscat and the Corniche before arriving at Mutrah Souq, the oldest bazaar in Oman. You will have time to wander and browse the souq’s narrow lanes and colorful displays. Tonight, savor dinner at a traditional Omani restaurant.

Day 6: Muscat – Wadi Bani Khalid – Wahiba Sands – Muscat

Board a 4-wheel drive vehicle for your journey to Wadi Bani Khalid. Pass through the striking Western Hajar Mountains with their colorful rock formations before arriving at the stunning wadi (valley floor).Take a stroll through the wadi before pausing to relax and enjoy a picnic lunch. Continue to the breathtaking desert dunes of Wahiba Sand, home to a nomadic Bedouin Wahiba tribe that once crossed the dunes in search of water. Spend time at their camp and get to know their culture. Take a short camel ride followed by an exhilarating “dune bashing” by 4×4, a favorite local activity.

Day 7: Muscat – Nizwa – Jabrin – Muscat

Travel to the traditional city of Nizwa, Oman’s old capital city from the 6th and 7th centuries. Take a stroll through history at the impressive 17th-century fort before exploring the souq, famous for Bedouin silver and beautifully crafted clay items. Next, discover the late 17th-century Jabreen Castle, the finest of Oman’s castles. Pause for a moment to take in the view from the top of the castle…it is mesmerizing.

Day 8: Muscat – Al Ain, UAE

Say farewell to Oman as we drive back to the UAE. En route, visit the Grand Mosque of Oman. Stand in awe of this remarkable sandstone structure that is home to the world’s second-largest hand woven carpet and chandelier. Continue to Nakhal Fort which lies on a hill at the base of Mount Nakhal and was built 350 years ago to protect trade routes. Drive through a date plantation on the way to our next stop at Ain Thowarah, known for its hot springs. Then, cross the border into the UAE, arriving in Al Ain…a lush oasis of palm trees, flowers and fountains.

Day 9: Al Ain – Dubai

Get acquainted with Al Ain, “the garden city” of the UAE. With abundant groundwater springs, this “oasis town” was the perfect stopover on the caravan trail between the UAE to the Sultanate of Oman. Explore the museum to learn about the unique irrigation system – known as “Falaj.” Continue on to Hili Gardens and the city’s archaeological sites where a village and a burial ground dating back to 2700 B.C. were discovered. Later, drive to the city of Dubai, known for its beautiful coasts and magnificent man-made wonders.

Day 10: Dubai

Take to the sea and set sail on a privately owned luxury yacht, pausing along the way for photo opportunities of the famous Dubai skyline, including the famous Burj Al Arab. Later this afternoon, embark on a dune desert safari on an Arabian farm owned by a member of the royal family of Sharjah. Delight in the tranquility of this oasis in the desert. Savor a barbecue dinner highlighted by a captivating belly dancer performance accompanied by Arabic rhythms.

Day 11: Dubai

Begin your day with a visit to the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding located in the oldest traditional Emirati neighborhood, Bur Dubai. Then, take a stroll through the neighborhood’s narrow sikkas (alleyways) and gaze at the beautiful wind towers that adorn the original residences along Dubai Creek. Partake in a lecture on the traditions, customs and religion with a local expert. Visit the Dubai Museum and textile market before taking a ride across the dazzling Dubai Creek in a private “abra” (traditional water taxi). Witness the bustling waterfront as you pass by. Your day concludes at the famous gold souk where you learn firsthand why Dubai has earned its title as “The City of Gold.” Tonight, join your fellow travelers for a farewell dinner at a revolving restaurant with stunning views of Dubai.

Day 12: Dubai – Tour Ends

Your tour comes to a close today.