The UAE, a small desert nation on the Persian Gulf, has recently become a premier destination attracting visitors around the world. Dubai, known for luxury shopping and ultramodern architecture, garners the lion's share while the capital, Abu Dhabi, is equally as luxurious though understated by comparison and lesser seen. Visit both emirates on this journey which has all the quintessential glitz Dubai is known for, as well as a dive into its lesser-seen heritage and culture. Survey the land from the tallest building in the world, then sail across the creek on a traditional boat to the old souks. Visit a manmade archipelago filled with mega malls and global restaurants, then head out to the desert to ride a camel and relax at a bedouin camp. This 5-day classic journey of UAE shows you all the different facets that make this desert jewel truly shine.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.
Your journey to this small Persian Gulf nation kicks off in high style in glitzy Dubai as you're met right off the plane and escorted with expedited service through the airport and whisked off via private car to your luxury hotel. Settle in and freshen up. In the late afternoon, head out of the city for a desert adventure. Begin with the exhilarating local sport known as 'dune bashing,' a wild ride up and down giant sand dunes in 4x4s. Then, head to a desert camp where you can enjoy dinner and entertainment under the stars, including camel rides, henna art, falconry, belly dance and fire show, and much more. Return to your hotel in the evening.
This morning, head for the heavens via elevator. The Sky Deck observatory is perched on the 148th floor of the Burj Khalifa, the highest in the world. Those wanting a true bird's eye view of the city can opt to charter a seaplane over the city which flies over Dubai Creek and downtown area. Back on ground, continue to the souks, atmospheric traditional Arab markets that sell everything from gold and organic fruit to handwoven textiles and mounds of colorful spices. Then, like the locals do, take the abra taxi across the creek to the Dubai Museum to learn about the city's humble beginnings as a fishing village prior to the discovery of oil. For lunch, enjoy traditional Emirati cuisine and enlightening conversation hosted at SMCCU, a learning center with the mission of introducing visitors to Emirati culture and traditions. Round out the day with a visit to the eye-catching Palm Jumeirah. A monorail takes you down the heart of this artificial palm-shaped archipelago known for its flashy hotels and celebrity-chef restaurants.
Go beyond Dubai's shiny veneer of global brands and imports to find authentic local culture and flavor on this morning's culinary and heritage walking tour. Discover local favorite hangouts and eateries and get a taste of what locals really eat. Then, it's time to move onward to Abu Dhabi, the capital, just over an hour's drive south. Get acquainted with the national bird, the falcon, at the Falcon Hospital. These revered birds were once essential to the survival of Bedouin families; now these prized sporting pets have passports and sometimes get their own business class seat on airplanes. Drive by Yas Island, a popular leisure island that is home to the F1 race track, Ferrari World themepark, golf course, mall, and more. Arrive at the beautiful Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in the late afternoon as the setting sun casts a symphony of colors on the mosque's pure white marble cladding. The mosque is opulently detailed from the world's largest hand-knotted carpet to intricate glasswork and massive crystal chandeliers.
Take a peek at the uber-yachts docked at Yas Marina before a stroll along the waterfront Corniche nearby where you can take in the seafront and surrounding landscaped gardens and tower blocks. Then take in classic artwork at the new Louvre located on Saadiyat Island, a sanctioned cultural and leisure area of luxury hotels, restaurants, shops, museums, and a NYU campus. Stop at a date market to sample and learn more about the local fondness for this sweet dry fruit. Explore the natural mangroves on a private cruise and spot local wildlife including flamings, foxes, and sea snakes. End the day at Qasr Al Hosn, the symbolic birthplace of Abu Dhabi and its oldest building. Restored as a museum, this landmark tells the story of the emirate.
Spend the morning as you wish, whether another stroll along the promenade or a relaxing long breakfast, until it is time for your private transfer to the airport for your flight onward.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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