A Wealth of Culture in Dubai and Abu Dhabi
Africa Answers • Dubai, United Arab Emirates
- A Seven-Day Trip to Dubai and Abu Dhabi ($1,899 to 2,499 per Person), Including:
- Round-Trip Flights from New York, Washington, Houston, Dallas-Forth Worth, Los Angeles, San Francisco, or Seattle to Dubai via Emirates
- Round-Trip Ground Transportation from the Airport to Hotel and Sightseeing Destinations
- Five Nights of Double-Occupancy Accommodations at the Five-Star Media Rotana - Dubai
- Five Breakfasts and One Dinner
- Half-Day Dubai City Tour
- Full-Day Abu Dhabi City Tour
- Dhow Dinner Cruise on Dubai Creek
- Priced per Person Based on Double Occupancy (See Fine Print)
The United Arab Emirates—tucked between Saudia Arabia and Oman near the mouth of the Persian Gulf—plays an outsized role on the Middle Eastern stage. Despite its small footprint and remote location, the nation claims some of the world's most glamorous and influential destinations: Dubai and Abu Dhabi.
Dubai's reputation as a global economic hub and an ultra-luxurious playground for oil magnates is perfectly encapsulated by the Burj Al Arab, a sleek 1,000-foot-tall hotel whose curved facade was built to resemble a ship's sail. Sometimes called the Cloud City, this Western-style metropolis is famous for its skyscrapers, including the 211-story Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building at 2,722 feet. Dubai's cultural heritage remains alive and thriving at the traditional Gold Souk market, home to more than 300 jewelry vendors (and approximately ten tons of gold at any given moment).
Farther south, the capital city of Abu Dhabi blends Dubai-like cosmopolitanism with distinct Arab culture and stark desert scenery. The majesty of the city's Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is sure to leave a lasting impression—the mosque's countless domes and archways were inspired by elements of Arab and Moorish architecture, and its massive prayer hall can accommodate 40,000 worshipers. A concentration of oil wealth and financial corporations made Abu Dhabi the world's richest city as of 2007.
Discover the intersection of ancient culture and modern extravagance with this seven-day trip to Dubai and Abu Dhabi, courtesy of Africa Answers.
The Itinerary (schedule varies by departure date)
day 1: Board your overnight Emirates flight from the US to Dubai.
day 2: Touch down in at the Dubai International Airport, where you'll be transferred to the five-star Media Rotana - Dubai, your home for the next five nights.
day 3: This morning, you'll embark on a half-day city tour of Dubai, the leading tourism destination in the Middle East. The tour route gives you magnificent views of the Dubai Creek and takes you past the historic area of Bastakia, where wealthy merchants constructed their homes with windcatcher towers, forcing air through the buildings for natural ventilation. From here, you'll move on to visit the 180-year-old Fort Al Fahidi and its Dubai Museum filled with records of the city's rich history.
Board an Abra—a traditional wooden boat—to cross the Dubai Creek on your way to the Spice Market and the Gold Souk. After browsing the traditional stalls of exotic spices and gleaming gold, you'll stop to take photos at the famed Jumeirah Mosque, then continue on to see the Burj Al Arab, the world's most luxurious hotel.
day 4: Today is devoted to a full-day city tour of Abu Dhabi, roughly 95 miles south of Dubai. Though Abu Dhabi is principally known as the capital city of the United Arab Emirates and the world's leading oil producer, the city is equally rich with cultural treasures. See for yourself when you visit the majestic Grand Mosque—the third-largest mosque on earth. From here, you'll head toward the city center and Union Square to see the Cultural Foundation and admire its vast collection of artifacts and customs symbolic of the UAE.
Next, drive along the Corniche on your way to the Heritage Village, where historical reenactments provide a glimpse of life in Abu Dhabi's pre-oil days. Here, you'll find a souq, an old-style mosque, bedouin camps, and workshops filled with craftsmen making everything from brass pots to traditional textiles. The last stop brings you to the Abu Dhabi Marina Mall, filled with truly world-class shopping and a unique revolving restaurant hundreds of feet above the ground.
day 5: You'll have the early part of the day to do as you please, but return to your hotel in time to get ready for a romantic dinner cruise on Dubai Creek. You'll set sail on a traditionally decorated Dhow—a wooden ship with an enclosed cabin and plenty of windows—and enjoy a delicious dinner as the moonlight illuminates Dubai's landmarks.
day 6: Today is free of scheduled activities, giving you the time to explore Dubai, check out the sights left on your to-see list, and pick up souvenirs from your trip.
day 7: Like all good things, your time in the UAE has to come to an end. Return to the Dubai Airport to catch your overnight flight back to the US.
New York (JFK) or Washington (IAD) departures: Now to May 14 ($2,199); May 15 to June 7 ($1,999); August 27 to September 23 ($2,199); September 24 to October 21 ($2,299)
Houston (IAH) departures: Now to May 14 ($2,099); May 15 to 23 ($1,899); August 1 to August 24 ($1,899); August 25 to September 23 ($2,099); September 24 to October 24 ($2,099)
Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) departures: Now to May 14 ($2,199); May 15 to 23 ($2,199); August 1 to August 24 ($2,099); August 25 to September 23 ($2,299); September 24 to October 24 ($2,299)
Los Angeles (LAX) departures: Now to May 14 ($2,399); May 15 to 23 ($2,299); August 1 to 24 ($2,299); August 25 to September 23 ($2,499); September 24 to October 24 ($2,499)
San Francisco (SFO) departures: Now to May 14 ($2,299); May 15 to 23 ($2,199); August 1 to 24 ($2,199); August 25 to September 23 ($2,399); September 24 to October 24 ($2,399)
Seattle (SEA) departures: Now to May 14 ($2,299); May 15 to June 7 ($2,199); August 27 to September 23 ($2,299); September 24 to October 21 ($2,399)
*Priced per person based on double occupancy (see fine print)
"Glitzy, glam, over-the-top, and a little overexposed, Dubai lives for attention. On the surface it’s materialistic beyond anyone’s wildest dreams. But this is the whole idea. We’re talking about a city that virtually invented the ‘shopping festival.’"-- Lonely Planet
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the fine print
- Vouchers may not be combined to extend stay
- Reservations required and subject to availability; must be booked by May 17, 2013
- Not valid toward existing or room block reservations
- Credit card information and photo ID is required at check-in; must be 18 or over to check-in
- Merchant cancellation/rescheduling policy and fees apply once booking is made; voucher subject to forfeiture and is non-refundable once booked
- Airfare non-refundable once ticketed
- $300 fee to make changes plus airline and hotel fees once reservation is made
- Rates are per person based on double occupancy (two people sharing a room). Each of two guests must purchase an Escape and arrange to stay together at the property. Single occupancy requires an additional fee of $500 per person do at booking
- Voucher includes five nights at Media Rotana, five breakfasts, one dinner, half-day Dubai City Tour, full-day Abu Dhabi City Tour, Dhow Dinner Cruise on Dubai Creek
- Voucher does not include passport/visa fees, gratuities, personal or baggage insurance, meals or drinks not specified by itinerary and any costs not specified as included
- Hotels are subject to change based on availability
- Departures from the US on Saturday and Sunday incur a $50 surcharge due at booking
- All other major US airports available for a surcharge due at booking
- Review the State Department's website for passport/visa requirements and important announcements before traveling to your destination
- Nights must be spent consecutively; all inclusions must be redeemed during one stay
- The promotional value is valid only for date range purchased and may not be exchanged or redeemed for any other date
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