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A Wealth of Culture in Dubai

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Escape Kit

  • A Seven-Day Trip to Dubai and Abu Dhabi ($1,499 to $1,799 per Person), Including:
  • Round-Trip International Flights Between New York City (LGA, JFK, or EWR) and Dubai
  • Double-Occupancy Accommodations for Five Nights at Royal Ascot Hotel in Dubai
  • Five Breakfasts and Two Dinners
  • Dubai City Tour, Abu Dhabi City Tour, Traditional Dhow Dinner Cruise, and a Ticket to the Observation Deck of Burj Khalifa
  • Airline Taxes, Airline Fuel Surcharges, Hotel Fees, and Entrance Fees Included
  • Priced per Person Based on Double Occupancy (See Fine Print)

See the world from the top of its tallest building—and that's only the beginning of the thrills Dubai offers.

The Destination
The United Arab Emirates—tucked between Saudi Arabia and Oman near the mouth of the Persian Gulf—plays an outsized role on the Middle Eastern stage. Despite its small size 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).

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.

Together, these cities make for a once-in-a-lifetime Escape. Experience it for yourself, courtesy of Gate 1 Travel.

The Itinerary
day 1: Depart from New York (LGA, JFK, or EWR) for Dubai (DXB) in the United Arab Emirates. Your international flight includes meals, drinks, and in-flight entertainment.

day 2: Arrive in Dubai, an intriguing city of opulence and wealth, where astonishing skyscrapers stand alongside ancient mosques. Take the rest of the day to rest, relax, and acclimate to the adrenaline-charged tempo of this city and your new time zone.
Overnight at Royal Ascot Hotel.

day 3: After breakfast, spend a fabulous day discovering one of the world's most futuristic cities, once a tranquil port of Bedouin traders and pearl divers. Hop on an air-conditioned motor coach for a tour of the city that starts at Dubai Creek, which cuts through the heart of the city. See the unique architecture of Jumeirah Mosque, as well as the Dubai Marina and its amazing views of man-made Palm Island.

Continue past Dubai's signature landmark, Burj Al-Arab, the celebrated sail-shaped hotel facing the Arabian Gulf. Then, ascend to the very top of Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world, to view the unequaled panoramic vistas of the city, ocean, and desert. Next, go inside the Atlantis hotel to see an aquarium inhabited by thousands of marine species from around the world.

After a stop at the Dubai Museum, end the day at the Dubai World Trade Center's lively alleys of gold souks. Spend some time on your own before the evening's welcome dinner with your fellow travelers and tour manager.
Overnight at Royal Ascot Hotel. Breakfast and dinner provided.

day 4: The day is yours to spend at your leisure. See more of the city, or pay to go on an optional half-day tour to Sharjah, the cultural center of the Emirates known for its major museums, distinctive landmarks, and elegant mosques. Visit the Islamic Museum to see more than 5,000 artifacts, then check out the Heritage Museum, which depicts Sharjah's rich and diverse heritage. Stroll through the unique covered souk and bargain for jewelry, handicrafts, and carpets before returning to Dubai.
Overnight at Royal Ascot Hotel. Breakfast provided.

day 5: Spend another day on your own in the city. You could take a leisurely stroll along Dubai's vast coastline this morning or head to the colossal Dubai Mall. In the evening, the group will depart the Dubai Marina aboard a traditional dhow sailing ship. Cruise along the shoreline of the Persian Gulf and enjoy beautiful views of the city's skyline, as well as an international buffet dinner and live entertainment.

Or, purchase the optional afternoon desert safari and drive a four-by-four vehicle toward the city's surrounding desert. Feel the thrill of "dune bashing" as you spiral up and down the enormous golden dunes. Stop to watch the sunset before reaching a Bedouin campsite, where guests are welcomed with traditional Arabic coffee and might have the opportunity to ride a camel. Then, enjoy a specially prepared barbecue dinner prepared over an open fire.
Overnight at Royal Ascot Hotel. Breakfast and dinner provided.

day 6: Embark on an excursion to Abu Dhabi. Often called the "Arabian Jewel," this city is the ultra-sophisticated capital of the United Arab Emirates. Aboard your city tour, ride past Jebel Ali, the largest man-made port in the world, before arriving at the magnificent Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque—an iconic symbol of Abu Dhabi. Continue along the city's glamorous corniche—blue waters glittering on one side and skyscrapers lining the other—before pausing at the breakwater to take photos of the city's skyline.

Then, travel to Heritage Village, a reconstructed traditional "oasis" where guests experience life in Abu Dhabi before oil revenues altered the landscape. After lunch on your own, visit Zayed House for a fascinating peek into the life of the late Sheikh Zayed, "Father of the Nation." Return to Dubai via Yas Island, where the Ferrari World theme park and a brand-new Formula 1 race track awaits thrill seekers.
Overnight at Royal Ascot Hotel. Breakfast provided.

day 7: Enjoy breakfast, then travel to the airport for your flight back to the US. Once you're in the air, enjoy a bird's-eye look at the shimmering glamour of Dubai.
Breakfast provided.

The Dates
October 20, 27, or 28 ($1,499); November 3, 4, 17, 24, or 25 ($1,499); December 1 or 9 ($1,499); December 16 ($1,599); December 22 and 23 ($1,799); or December 29 ($1,699)
Priced per person based on double occupancy (see fine print).

  • "Passengers arriving by air are transfixed by the view: futuristic skyscrapers flanked by a glittering coastline and surrounded by endless desert."

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the fine print

  • Vouchers cannot be combined to extend stay
  • Reservations required and subject to availability; must be made by April 30, 2014
  • Not valid toward existing or room block reservations
  • Voucher is valid for one person only
  • Must be 18 or older to check-in
  • When purchasing and gifting vouchers please list name as it is listed on their passport
  • Rates are per person based on double occupancy. Each of two guests must purchase an Escape and arrange to stay together at the hotel. Single occupancy requires an additional fee of $500 due at booking
  • Triples are available
  • Merchant cancellation policy applies. For more information, please see www.gate1travel.com/terms.aspx#CANCELLATION
  • Upon confirmation, voucher will be considered used and 100% non-refundable and airfare in non-refundable once ticketed
  • Includes Double-Occupancy Accommodations for Five Nights at Royal Ascot Hotel in Dubai, Five Breakfasts and Two Dinners, Dubai City Tour, Abu Dhabi City Tour, Traditional Dhow Dinner Cruise, and a Ticket to the Observation Deck of Burj Khalifa, Airline Taxes, Airline Fuel Surcharges, Hotel Fees, and Entrance Fees
  • Does not include gratuities, personal or baggage insurance, meals or drinks not specified in the itinerary, other personal expenses, passport and visa fees
  • Hotels of a similar standard may be substituted
  • All other major US airports available for a surcharge to be collected at time of booking; subject to availability
  • Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary. For visa information, check Gate 1's Visa page
  • Review the State Department's website for passport/visa requirements and important announcements before traveling to your destination
  • Due to physical constraints and space limitations, wheelchairs, walkers and motorized scooters may not be taken aboard motor coaches, nor are these devices suitable for touring. These devices may be utilized in public spaces such as airports, however may not be used while sightseeing
  • The promotional value is valid only for date range purchased and may not be exchanged or redeemed for any other dates
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