The affluent United Arab Emirates is revered for the luxury of its modern cities but it also has a thriving art scene - an eclectic mix of modern works and heritage pieces. Oman is also known for its lavish taste, but the port city of Muscat is full of surprises, mixing contemporary art with traditional Arabian souks and stone buildings reminiscent of a different era. You will stay at opulent hotels, spend blissful afternoons relaxing on the beach, all the while discovering the diverse artwork of the Arab peninsula from beautifully minimalistic galleries – such as the Salwa Zeidan – to the more quirky modern art spaces and studios.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.
Arrive in Abu Dhabi. Take this evening at your leisure, perhaps indulge your tastebuds at one of Abu Dhabi’s many sumptuous restaurants such as Scott’s (for glorious ocean views and exquisite seafood), Li Beirut (for delectable Lebanese cuisine), or Bord Eau (for fine French dining).
A day of exhibitions awaits you; explore the exhibitions of the newly finished Louvre Abu Dhabi, the diverse collection of contemporary art products at Gallery One, the dynamic Etihad Modern Art Gallery and the minimalist Salwa Zeidan Gallery. Your final activity for today is a visit to Art Hub Community – the first artist collective space established in the UAE.
After flying from Abu Dhabi to Muscat, start at the diverse Al Madina Art Gallery, followed by a visit to MuscArt, which is considered one of Oman’s premier photography and art spaces. Optionally, if available, have a curator, expert or one of the artists will accompany you during your visit. Complete your day with an exploration into the visual arts of Stal Gallery in the heart of Muscat.
Start your day with a visit to the Ghalya Museum of Modern Art, in its juxtaposed setting of a period Omani house, browse the work at Bait Muzna – whose mission is to provide “fresh and exciting” pieces – and stop by the Muttrah Souk (a vibrant traditional Arabian market) if you wish. Take the afternoon at leisure; enjoy the beach or a private dolphin watching cruise.
After a short flight to Sharjah, enjoy an art-themed walk (or drive) through Sharjah’s art and heritage areas, such as the Bait Obaid Al Shamsi Studios – set in a beautifully restored creek-side house – and the Emirates Fine Art Society, who strive to promote art education among the public.
Visit the Sharjah Art Museum which boasts one of the largest art exhibitions in the Gulf region and then venture towards the Sharjah Art Foundation venues including the Al Mureijah Square and Calligraphy Square galleries with an expert. Take the afternoon at leisure to enjoy the serene blue ocean waters at the beach.
Drive 30 minutes from Sharjah to Dubai where you’ll explore the innovative Maraya Art Centre and Art Park, the XVA Art gallery – one of the leading galleries specialising in contemporary Arab art – the Tashkeel Art Space and/or Thejamjar studio, with the option for a two-hour painting session in the DIY studio.
Discover hidden gems and quirky coffee shops in the once industrial, but now up-and-coming, trendy neighbourhood of Al Quoz, before moving on to explore the galleries and museums of cultural hub Alserkal Avenue (largely considered home to Dubai’s growing art scene) with the optional guidance of an expert.
Your private transfer will take you to the airport for your onward travel or flight home.
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.
A stay at The Chedi in the Omani capital of Muscat is an experience like no other. Sitting on its own private beach, with the glittering waters of the Gulf of Oman on one side and views of the Al Hajar mountains rising up behind, yet right in the thick of the city, The Chedi is an urban oasis from its sultry, lantern lit lobby to its lush Moroccan gardens and sumptuous Balinese spa. Guests relax in rooms combining traditional Omani architecture balanced with influences from around the world for a sleek, elegant and ultimately relaxing experience. A culinary whistlestop tour is on offer with cuisines from nearby and as far afield as Europe and Southeast Asia, in artfully-designed restaurants, indoors beneath sparkling chandeliers and alfresco, with the sand underfoot. Leisure guests have every whim catered to with outdoor pools, a 13-suite spa, fitness club and souvenir boutique, while business guests can keep things afloat in the well-equipped business center.
The rugged Al Hajar mountains make a rustic backdrop behind the fortress-like Al Bustan Palace, which overlooks a canopy of perfectly-manicured lawns and an expansive half-mile private beach. Authentic Arab influences run throughout the hotel and its 150 rooms to remind guests of the rich and ostentatious Arabian culture. Beautifully-designed interiors are an artistic combination of old and new, fusing local traditions and art deco hints to create a unique melange of Middle Eastern culture and art. Particularly notable is the spectacular 125-foot-high domed atrium lobby, which, along with the ornate wall covers and intricate carvings has earnt the hotel the extravagant reputation as the ‘Jewel of the Sultanate’. Its idyllic location and range of facilities gives guests the opportunity to indulge in a number of watersports or simply relax in one of the five outdoor pools. Four exquisite dining options from alluring beachfront restaurants provide guests with spectacular sea views while they savour exceptional flavors from around the world.
Just 15 minutes from the hustle and bustle of Muscat, Oman, the spectacular Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa sprawls over a rugged peninsula, reaching out into the crystal blue water of the Sea of Oman. Featuring a long, sandy beach and surrounded by mountains, this resort matches its spectacular natural environment with its exquisite design and architecture, calling back to times of Arabian Palaces and local markets. Guests may choose between three distinct hotels located across the property: Al Waha, “the Oasis,” a family-friendly hotel turned seaside paradise; Al Bandar, “the Town,” which serves as the shopping-and-eating hub of the resort, and the palatial Al Husn, "the Castle,” the most luxurious of them all. With world-class restaurants and seaside cafes and bars, a wide variety of water activities including sea kayaking and scuba diving, and –of course –CHI, The Spa, guests at Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa will lose themselves in fun, in adventure, in luxury, and in style.
Nestled within the unique, luxury destination of Al Zorah, Ajman rests the Oberoi. The resort lies among a 247-acre protected forest with lush, green mangroves and azure lagoons that border expansive, white sand beaches. Lying in harmony with its natural surroundings, the resort features premium accommodations with stunning views, spacious private terraces, and premium amenities. Villas are even equipped with temperature controlled, private pools and spaces to host exclusive parties. Two on-site restaurants are beautifully decorated with elegant, modern designs and serve international and seafood dishes. For those who don’t wish to leave their rooms, 24-hour in-room dining is also available. Guests can relax at the resort’s spa or unwind at the 80-meter infinity pool. The resort also houses a 24-hour gymnasium, yoga studio, and meditation room. A gently curving wooden boardwalk is excellent for gentle strolls or cycling excursions through the resort’s nature-rich grounds.
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.
This 5-day classic journey to the superlative-laden UAE reveals its complete rags-to-riches story, from quiet bedouin life to glittering sky-soaring megalopolis. In Dubai, see the tallest building in the world, manmade islands in the shape of a palm, malls with penguins and ski jumps. An hour away in Abu Dhabi, see some of the world's finest art, taste the subleties of dates, and see the nation's bird in action.
Experience the best that Abu Dhabi has to offer on this lavish 5-day trip. You’ll dine beneath the desert stars to the beat of bellydancing, visit important spiritual sites like the Grand Mosque, take the ride of your life at Ferrari World, kayak through dense mangroves, and stay at the plush Yas Viceroy Hotel.
This nine-day itinerary starts and ends in two most well-known cities in the UAE, Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Discover the opulence and wealth of the country along with history and culture as the journey stops at Sharjah, Al Ain and more.
This eight-day itinerary starts off in the best-known UAE city where opulence and wealth can be seen at every turn. Moving on to Abu Dhabi, a city to rival Dubai, the extravagance continues before traveling to Al Ain and Al Maha to discover the desert, wildlife, traditional markets and souks and true Emirati life.
This nine-day itinerary starts and ends in two of the most iconic cities in the UAE, Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Shop to your heart’s content with travel through Al Maha and a stay at the Qasr Al Sarab for some pure indulgence in this desert oasis.
Ideal for an engaged couple who wish to pause their busy schedules and take a quick getaway, this 7-day itinerary through Dubai and Oman promises to clear the mind and re-energize the spirit.
Hop between the UAE’s two most opulent desert emirates on this exclusive 6-day luxury tour. You’ll experience a few nights in the world-renowned Armani Hotel Dubai, see the sand dunes on a safari ride, visit important mosques, and spend time at the fast-paced Ferrari World, on this exciting adventure.
Lights, camera, action: your highlight reel of Abu Dhabi, Oman, and Dubai is set to begin with this 14-day tour of all the luxurious hotspots in this exciting region of the Middle East. From desert islands to stunning fjords, this tour showcases the very best these countries have to offer, at the intersection of adventure and luxury.
Jetset between two of the world’s most luxurious destinations: the Maldives and Dubai on this 9-day tour. You’ll relax in the paradise of North Malé Atoll, dive into the lively azure waters that surround, and fly to Dubai, where you’ll see the city from a private plane, all the while staying in the world’s best hotels.
This fun-filled ten-day adventure promises to entertain and fascinate visitors of all ages. Experience the beguiling combination of otherworldly deserts and action-packed excitement as you explore the lively culture and relaxing resorts of Abu Dhabi.
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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