A rich and opulent place, Dubai is a city with futuristic buildings that almost touch the sky, man-made white sandy islands and beaches and every luxury available. Shop, dine and discover the culture and history behind the city. Spend time in Al Ain, a lush green city where the last of the traditional Camel Souks can be explored. Relax in luxury and stay at Qasr Al Sarab, a stunning hotel by Anantara,a true desert oasis where every luxury imaginable is available .The last stop on the journey is to Abu Dhabi, a city that rivals Dubai with the same glitz and glamour and luxuries at every turn.This itinerary is an example. It’s designed to inspire you and provide you with thoughtfully curated ideas. You can choose to do this exact itinerary or completely personalize it. All trips are 100% bespoke.
• Glittering Skylines: Take in the high-rise cityscapes of Dubai and Abu Dhabi, then contemplate that a mere century ago these were simple fishing villages relying on the pearl trade.
• Camel Souq: Traders haggle aggressively over dromedaries at Al Ain's colorful and chaotic camel market.
• 600 Mosques: Sharjah's number of religious monuments is astounding and one of the most visually impressive is the Turkish-style Al Noor Mosque.
Arrive in Dubai and be greeted by a skyline that almost touches the heavens, taking in the energy of the city when chauffeured to your hotel of choice - the luxury accommodation options here are seemingly endless.
Discover museums, forts, Emirati life and of course the incredible sky-high buildings and man-made white sandy beaches. The city is brimming with galleries, restaurants, shops and museums. Tour the Dubai Museum which offers a look in to life through the centuries and go shopping at the Mall of the Emirates, one of the largest malls in the world with over 560 shops before heading back to the hotel for a relaxing night.
Visit the lush greenery of Al Ain, which literally means ‘The Spring’ - almost an hour and a half from Dubai over 77 miles, where there is much to enjoy. Explore the traditional Camel Souk where traders haggle over camels, sheep and goats and then look into the past at Al Ain National Museum at artifacts that date back to 3rd millennium BC including surgical instruments, weapons, silver jewellery and more. Enjoy an evening back the hotel.
A day tour of Sharjah with over 600 mosques is in the cards today, including the incredible Turkish-inspired Al Noor Mosque, as well as 20 museums to explore with the most impressive collection of Islamic artifacts stretching back 1,400 years housed at the Museum of Islamic Civilization. Enjoy the bustling Blue Souk with jewellery, gold, clothing and Arabian carpets and purchase some memories to take home before heading back to the hotel.
Qasr Al Sarab resort is only four hours away from Dubai, crossing 218 miles through flat desert landscapes dotted with local life, until the dunes start to become magically peaked and the stunning Qasr Al Sarab resort appears like a luxury oasis in the desert.
Spend the day enjoying all the resort has to offer including decadent pampering packages and treatments at the spa, first-class cuisine at any of the restaurants and cafes or spend time with the Saluki dogs (Arabian greyhounds), resident falcons and of course camels.
Wake to travel to the city of Abu Dhabi, only 130 miles away and just over two hours to visit this modern landscape abuzz with energy and every luxury available.
Discover the city of Abu Dhabi, with sky-high buildings and intricately-designed mosques, including the iconic Sheikh Zayed Mosque - renowned as the most important site of worship in the country. Visit the Date Market and explore hundreds of sweet and delicious varieties grown and harvested locally, take some back to the hotel to enjoy in the evening.
A 90-minute journey covering 86 miles from Abu Dhabi to Dubai, bids farewell to this adventure and opens the door to the next.
Evoking memories of Bedouin palaces, the One&Only Royal Mirage sits on an expansive plot of coastal land in Dubai. It features three unique environments: The Palace, Arabian Court, and Residence & Spa. The Palace area has beachfront rooms, temperature-controlled swimming pools, and a watersports center. The Arabian Court’s regal architecture makes for a majestic atmosphere, featuring rooms and suites with sprawling sea views, and three fantastic restaurants. The Residence & Spa features its own private reception, as well as Arabian-styled rooms, suites and villas in an ornate environment. Here, guests will also find the indulgent One & Only Spa, an Oriental Hammam, and designer beauty and hair studios. Guests may choose from an incredible array of eight different dining venues, featuring fine cuisines from all over the world, including European, Moroccan, and of course, Arabian. A beach bar, nightclub, and sports lounge make excellent spots for guests to enjoy a casual drink with friends or family. Among the vast selection of facilities available are a fitness center, a selection of pools, floodlit tennis courts, and putting green, and much more.
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.
Set amidst the rolling dunes of Rub'Al Khali, the largest uninterrupted sand desert in the world, this hotel is like none other in the UAE. Providing a true escape into the ancient sands surrounding Abu Dhabi, the Qasr al Sarab Desert Resort is like an oasis for body and mind where guests can’t fail to be enchanted. Total relaxation is in store for guests who choose to lounge by the pool or indulge in ancient treatments in the spa. Meanwhile, adventure lies ahead for those wishing to plunge into the desert on camel back or for yoga beneath endless skies. International cuisine, traditional tea, fragrant shisha and elegant cocktails are available across the hotel’s numerous food and beverage outlets, and when the day is done, guests can retreat to their own private oases and relax in beautifully decorated and comfortably equipped rooms.
The centerpiece of Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, the Yas Viceroy Hotel is a state-of-the-art architectural awe which spans the Yas Marina Circuit racetrack and the island. The hotel offers 499 luxury rooms and 75 suites boasting at least 580 square feet of living space and floor-to-ceiling windows. The rooms are also equipped with high tech amenities such as a 42-inch LCD television, centralized speakers in the all-glass bathroom with rain shower, mood lighting and “Facility Panel” control for guestroom music players, gaming consoles and televisions. Guests may choose to dine at one or more of the twelve hotel restaurants and lounges which serves a range of Asian, Italian, Mediterranean and Japanese cuisines. Other facilities include an infinity pool, an ESPA spa, and a fitness center with professional equipment. The Yas Viceroy is approximately 10 minutes from the Abu Dhabi airport and 50 minutes from the Dubai International Airport.
Traditional design meets contemporary luxury in this award-winning five-star resort and is enjoyed by celebrities, heads of states as well as royal families from all over the globe. With 302 rooms and 92 suites adorned with the finest upholstery and craftsmanship, the Palace stands apart from its competition in the city, a testament to the renowned quality and bespoke service of this iconic Abu Dhabi landmark. Guests can treat their taste buds to a culinary adventure in one of the fourteen restaurants and lounges throughout the Palace. Choices range from the all-day restaurant, Le Vendome Brasserie, with its incredible international buffet, to the award-winning Emirati restaurant Mezlai, boasting more than 100 different local dishes. If that’s not enough, an authentic taste of Italy at Mezzaluna or succulent meats off the grill is available at BBQ Al Qasr, as well as fresh seafood at Sayad or contemporary Chinese cuisine at Hakkasan. Emirates Palace is a culinary mecca of award-winning restaurants with something for everyone.
Housed in a 34 story tall building designed by the Manhattan-based Handel Architects, the sleek and stylish Rosewood Abu Dhabi is the handiwork of New York-based BBG-BBGM architecture firm. With impressive panoramic views of the city, the hotel is a beacon of luxury. Each of the 189 opulent rooms and suites are fitted with floor-to-ceiling windows, warm dark wood tones, and a large variety of premium amenities. The hotel’s diverse range of bars and restaurants satisfy the most discerning of guests while its Sense Spa provides rejuvenating treatments. There are a luxurious outdoor pool and a state-of-the-art fitness center.
Abu Dhabi is an opulent bastion of commerce and industry in the United Arab Emirates as well as the burgeoning nation’s capital. Situated on the waterfront of Al Bateen in the Abu Dhabi Marina, The Abu Dhabi Edition boast sleek, modern lines of décor in keeping with the modish high-rise buildings of the city set amid lines of palm trees and carefully manicured walkways. The property has 198 guest rooms and 57 serviced residences. A pool bar and three-story nightclub, a state-of-the-art fitness center, a spa with seven treatment rooms, two signature restaurants, and a gourmet market, are just a few amenities that are available to hotel guests.
Price is based on double or twin hotel room occupancy and includes accommodation, transfers, car/driver, English-speaking guide, activities and entrance fees, breakfasts and some casual lunches while touring. Flights and optional special activities will be quoted separately. Most personal expenses, including dinners, alcoholic beverages, spa treatments and gratuities can be paid on the spot while traveling. Prices may vary depending on season, choice of accommodation and other factors.
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