Salam alaykum, and welcome to the United Arab Emirates! Get ready for a truly enchanting and enlightening journey through the Gulf Tiger. Learn about the regions's rich and fascinating history, immerse yourself in Emirati culture, explore the Arabian desert, and get an incredible tan while doing it all! Dubai and the greater UAE offer an absolutely unforgettable experience for travelers. Delve into the magic of the United Arab Emirates without the stress of planning your journey on your own, and leave with memories that will last a lifetime!
Arrival in Dubai!
You will arrive at Dubai International Airport where you will take an easy-to-find metered taxi to your accommodation. Check in to your hotel near Jumeirah Beach Residence - one of Dubai's most glamorous hotspots.
Explore the beautiful beachfront just steps outside your door and take a dip in the waters of the Arabian Gulf.
Next, enjoy a refreshing swim in your hotel pool before taking an evening stroll along JBR's The Walk. Enjoy the endless shops, restaurants, and stalls at your leisure. This is not only a fantastic photo opportunity, but a great chance to pick up souvenirs, experience an interactive Turkish ice cream stand, and more! Take a ride on the world's tallest Ferris wheel - the Ain Dubai (Dubai Eye) - or have dinner on the Flying Cup for a beautiful view of the seaside.
Cultural Introduction to UAE
Spend your day exploring the Al Fahidi Historical Neighborhood and Souks for an incredible glimpse into Emirati Culture.
Begin your day with a visit to the Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Centre for Cultural Understanding. Depending on their availability, you can experience a cultural meal, mosque tour, or desert animal encounter with an experienced, local guide.
Next, immerse yourself in mid-19th-century Dubai as you wander the preserved streets of Al Fahidi. Follow the winding streets to discover a range of cultural activities, museums, art galleries, special events, and traditional food. Stop in an Arabian tea or coffee house, local craft shop, or various museums as you enjoy all Al Fahidi has to offer.
Afterward, visit the nearby souks (markets) for a truly sensory experience. Explore the connecting gold, textile, and perfume souks for unique souvenirs and delicious treats. Even take a local abra (small wooden boat) across Dubai Creek for a beautiful view of the souk area.
Eat dinner in one of the many delicious restaurants in the souks or return to your accommodation in JBR for a lovely sunset view and a yummy sundowner.
Kite Beach and Desert Safari
Spend your morning relaxing on Dubai's beautiful Kite Beach (a short taxi ride from JBR). Soak up the sun or stroll along the waterfront at your leisure. Enjoy lovely views of the famous Burj al Arab and explore the many restaurants and shops.
Next, get ready for a truly fun and unique desert safari experience. You simply cannot miss this adventure in Dubai!
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Jamie is a hopeless travel enthusiast and lover of life. She believes deeply that travel not only allows us to better understand the world, but to better understand our place in it. She grew up in rural Pennsylvania and first moved abroad when she was 18 years old. Since then, she has been to nearly 60 countries and has lived in the United Arab Emirates, South Africa, South Korea, and the UK. Jamie spends her free time exploring her home in the UAE, practicing photography, cuddling her rescue kitties, and, of course, planning her next adventure!
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