Overflowing with wealth, Dubai is a great city to explore with futuristic skyscrapers and malls with endless shopping for every luxury available. Visit Sharjah, with an incredible 600 mosques and over 20 museums to explore, a great way to gain insight into the Emirati culture and ways of life now and in the past. Moving on to Abu Dhabi, a city to rival Dubai, with the same luxuries but a greater feeling of culture pulsing through the air. Spend time in Al Ain, a stunning lush green oasis where the last of the traditional Camel Souks can be found before the last stop on the journey, Al Maha, a stark contrast to city life flowing with lush flora and a variety fauna with sand dunes on the horizon.
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Arriving in Dubai, the city known for luxury shopping, ultramodern architecture, lively nightlife and man-made islands with marine-animal parks, a chauffeur will transfer to your ultra-luxury hotel for the evening.
Dubai city is alive with Emirati life, museums, forts and countless shops and restaurants. Gain an insight into local culture at the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding and look into life many centuries ago at the Dubai Museum before Shopping at the Meena Bazar, Spice Souk, Gold Souk or the Mall of the Emirates, one of the largest malls in the world.
On the third day, visit Sharjah, the third-largest Emirate in the UAE with over 600 mosques including the incredible Turkish inspired Al Noor Mosque, the most famous of its mosques. Explore the Museum of Islamic Civilization; an impressive collection of Islamic artifacts stretching back 1,400 years and shop at the infamous Blue Souk for gold, fabrics, Arabian rugs and more..
Around 130 miles away and just over two hours is the city of Abu Dhabi, the next stop on the journey. Much like Dubai, with its modern landscape, it is a unique city with much to discover including the iconic Sheikh Zayed Mosque that is considered the most important site of worship in the country and discover the Date Market, with countless sweet sticky varieties to sample before relaxing for the evening at the hotel.
This lush green city with Al Ain meaning ‘The Spring’ is an hour and a half from Abu Dhabi where there is so much to explore. The noisy traditional Camel Souk is steeped in Arabic culture where traders haggle over these ‘ships of the desert’. Discover the past excavated objects from nearby tombs which date back to 3rd millennium BC, weapons, silver jewellery traditional costumes, pottery and more. Enjoy an evening back the hotel.
Located within the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve 118 miles and just shy of two hours from Abu Dhabi, the flora and fauna of this landscape creates an amazing desert oasis and feels worlds away from city life.
Awake to a day of leisure in Al Maha and discover the magical world of falconry, learning about these majestic creatures or trek the desert with a guide to discover the sandy dunes or perhaps enjoy the thrill of the dunes in a 4x4 with an experienced driver before heading back to the hotel for an evening of leisure..
A short 35-minute journey covering 25 miles from Al Maha to Dubai, sees the end to this adventure, ready for the next.
Designed with typical Armani flair and set in the heart of downtown Dubai, The Armani Hotel Dubai is one of the city’s most chic addresses and a must for fashion-conscious travelers. The hotel has 160 beautifully designed rooms and suites, some designed by Giorgio Armani himself and many offering incredible views of the city, with personal Lifestyle Managers on hand to make sure your stay goes smoothly. The hotel also has as many as seven restaurants and lounges offering Asian, Indian, Mediterranean and Italian cuisine and lavish cocktails, the opulent Armani Spa & Fitness Centre, and an ultra-luxe retail area.
The world’s first six-star hotel, it is regularly voted as the world’s most luxurious hotel and has taken opulence to a new level. All 202 duplex suites have at least 170 square meters of space and all come with their own private butler, Jacuzzi and spectacular views. The hotel also boasts six award-winning restaurants, the exclusive Assawan Spa & Health Club, a private beach, and a whole new level of personalized service.
Mirrored only by the beauty of the elegant Grand Canal as its backdrop, the Ritz Carlton Abu Dhabi is an architectural vision, blending Venetian and Bedouin influences to create a glowing, lavish resort. From its beachside spa to its eight unique restaurants, this five-star luxury hotel offers something for everyone, featuring sweeping views of Al Maqta creek, lush gardens, and the iconic Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. Guests may spend their days lounging by the Grand Canal or the resort’s outdoor pool, or explore Abu Dhabi’s thriving and elegant city center, just minutes away from the resort. With over 500 guestrooms, suites and villas, as well as an opportunity to be a part of the Club Level class, guests can choose the accommodation that best suits their needs, and focus on what’s really important: relaxation and exploration.
The majestic architecture of this beautiful hotel sprawls along the waterfront, overlooking the exotic mangrove lagoon. Surrounded by nature and tranquility, a visit to Anantara Eastern Mangroves is an escape and yet, the excitement and bustle of the city is within easy reach. The high, arched ceilings soar overhead as guests stroll through the hotel’s hallways, and beautiful lavish decor enchants within the luxurious rooms and suites. Diners can indulge in international cuisine from the all-day buffet or sample Asian delicacies at the renowned Thai restaurant. Sitting poolside with a cocktail, on the roof at sunset, or enjoying afternoon tea, guests will never want for refreshments and with a range of state-of-the-art facilities, they can remain as active or pampered as they please.
Within the Qaryat Al Beri complex, the Shangri-La stands on its own stretch of beach, with views across the strait to the mainland. While it’s only a 10-minute drive from the airport and just 15 minutes from the city center, the hotel inhabits its own world, where guests can escape for a little peace and privacy. Traditional abras convey guests around the hotel, along its waterways, amidst impressive architecture and gorgeous decor. The rooms are similarly decked out with warm tones and lush fabrics, their private balconies afford stunning views and the self contained suites come with private butlers for total convenience. Guests can indulge in international cuisine across five highly-acclaimed restaurants and enjoy drinks at sunset, on the roof or by the pool. The Shangri-La’s private beach lures guests with glittering waves while the health club and spa promise relaxation and invigoration amidst world class facilities.