The United Arab Emirates is a constitutional federation of seven emirates; Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm al-Qaiwain, Ras al-Khaimah and Fujairah. The federation was formally established on 2 December 1971.
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) occupies an area of 83,000 sq km along the south-eastern tip of the Arabian Peninsula. Qatar lies to the west, Saudi Arabia to the south and west, and Oman to the north and east. The capital and the largest city of the federation, Abu Dhabi, is located in the emirate of the same name.
Four-fifths of the UAE is desert, yet it is a country of contrasting landscapes, from awe-inspiring dunes to rich oases, rocky mountains to fertile plains.
The United Arab Emirates, one of the world’s fastest growing tourist destinations, has all the right ingredients for an unforgettable holiday, sun, sand, sea, sports, unbeatable shopping, top-class hotels and restaurants, an intriguing traditional culture, and a safe and welcoming environment.
Resorts: Dubai is an ultramodern city. In appearance it is clean, safe, and ultimately dynamic; a shrine to the ebb and flow of capitalism at its best. Very little which is obsolete remains and markets here tend to sell gold and electronics rather then more traditional goods.
Dubaiâ€™s evolution has been dramatic, with sweeping skyscrapers and gleaming office blocks rising up on the banks of the Creek. Development has been well managed, with a structure and order to the city that demonstrates that the oil wealth has been well handled and channelled. The rulers of Dubai have a penchant for grand projects â€“ one year a new extension to the port facilities, the next the worldâ€™s tallest purpose-built hotel and now the Palm Islands, a massive project that will bring 120km (75 miles) of new beachfront, as well as hotels, villas, shopping malls, cinemas and Dubaiâ€™s first marine park. Dubai seems to know no end to its ambition with new plans constantly on the drawing board, to be the visitor an unforgettable experience.
Activities: Evening Desert Safari (Dune Dinner)
This off-road arabian adventure takes you from the bustle of Dubai city to the desert of golden sand dunes. You will travel to the desert from your pick-up point in a luxury 4WD (Toyota Land Cruiser) and reach there in around 45 minutes. Next, the Arabian roller coaster ride known as dune bashing (desert driving) will begin, where you will shriek and laugh with excitement as the car goes up and down the dunes.
As the sun descends into the horizon, we stop to allow you to take sunset photographs, while standing on top of the fading desert dunes. We now head to the campsite where a convoy of camels awaits your arrival for short camel rides. After returning, you can purchase some souvenirs before relaxing on a majlis (low cushions) in traditional Bedouin tents. Enjoy an Arabian BBQ (barbeque/barbecue) buffet dinner beside a blazing bonfire with traditional cups of coffee and dates, underneath the pitch-black night sky. You can also get more dressed for the occasion by dressing in traditional Bedouin male or female garments, and also have Henna (temporary tattoo) decorate your hands, legs and feet and smoke flavored sheesha (hubbly-bubbly/water pipe). Before we head back to Dubai, we will be entertained by the dancing of a belly dancer to traditional Arabic music, and you are welcome to join along.
Overnight Desert Safar : This safari contains the same events and thrills as the evening desert safari, but instead of heading back to Dubai city in the evening, we spend the night at the campsite. Under the starlit sky, you will slip inside comfy sleeping bags inside spacious tents and savour the genuine exotic beauty of the Arabian nights. In the morning, we have breakfast at the camp before heading back to Dubai city.
Hatta Safari (Wadi Bashing) : Start your day with a ride through the desert to the mountainous region of Dubai known as Hatta. There, we drive through deep trenches, where we see million year-old mountains of different arrays of colors. We splash through the flowing waters of the wadis (natural pools) during the drive, and visit a 16th century fort and some agricultural farms. This is followed by a visit to the Hatta Fort Hotel, where we can take a swim and enjoy lunch before we head back to Dubai.
Standard Dubai City Tour : Our fascinating excursion through the city of Dubai, also referred to as the City of Gold, where we will explore a contrast between the past and present. The journey begins at the magnificent Jumeirah mosque and continues along the Jumeira beach road, which is the most luxurious urban area in Dubai. We pass in front of the Mercato themed shopping mall and stop for photographs at the Burj Al Arab (Arab Tower) hotel. We continue towards the Nad Al Sheeba camel and horse race tracks, where we can see camels coming and going on their training. We then head along the skyscraper area of Sheikh Zayed Road, also referred to as little Manhattan, where we pass by the Emirates Towers and Dubai World Trade Center. Now heading along the Zabeel road, we pass by the palace of Sheikh Mohammed, as well as the Sheikh Rashid palace, which unfortunately we are not allowed to photograph. We now head towards the Dubai creek, where we will stop for photographs of the creek side. We pass by the Al Bastakiyaâ€™s old-wind tower houses, which were built by the wealthy merchants of the past. Our next stop takes us to the historical Al Fahidi Fort, which has been converted into the Dubai Museum. The Museum is the 200 year-old restored Palace of Sheikh Saeed, which has important records of pearl diving and trading activities that went on. The tour takes us to the Abra station, where we will take an Abra (water ferry) to cross to the opposite side of the creek, as was done in the not so distant past. We then set out on foot as we navigate through the bustling alleys towards the spice and gold souks (markets) as you see insight of Dubaiâ€™s growth as a major trading center.
The Big Bus Company Tour : The popular way to see Philadelphia and London is also available in Dubai, where visitors can see the sights onboard an open-top double decker bus. The Big Bus Company has imported buses from the UK with 44 seats upstairs and 28 downstairs and the tour includes a live English commentary. Visitors travelling on the buses can hop on and off the buses at their leisure at the 19 stop tour. The buses operate seven days a week from 9am to 5pm and there is free courtesy shuttle service from selected beach hotels to and from the departure point, Wafi City. The tour offers you a free entry to Dubai Museum, Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum House, and a free Wafi City Advantage Card, offering a discount of up to 20% at various shops and food outlets.The tour starts at the departure point, Wafi City, and passes along the Bur Dubai side of the Dubai Creek, which includes the passing the Dubai Courts, Al Karama, Creek Walk and Danat Dubai Berth, Al Fahidi Fort (Dubai Museum), Dubai Old Souk, and Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum House before crossing the Dubai Creek through the Shindagha Tunnel. Now on the Deira side of the Dubai Creek the tour continues through the Gold Souk, Spice Station, Abra Station, and Deira City Centre before crossing again over to the Bur Dubai side of the Dubai Creek over the Al Garhood Bridge. We then pass the Al Boom Tourist Village and Wonderland amusement park, and then pass Wafi City before heading to the suburbs of Dubai known as Jumeirah. We pass the Dubai World Trade Centre and Emirates Towers (tallest business hotel in the world) followed by the Jumeriah Beach Park, Jumeriah Public Beach, Meridien Mina Seyahi Hotel, Royal Meridien Hotel, Oasis Beach Hotel, Sheraton Beach Hotel, Mercato Mall and then the beautiful Jumeirah Mosque.
Dhow Cruise : Discover the true beauty of Dubai while aboard a traditionally decorated wooden dhow (cabin cruise), as it sails along the Dubai creek under the moonlight. The major Dubai landmarks shine through the moonlit sky as the wooden vessel slips silently across the creek. The past and present architecture of the area is brought to its full beauty during this time, including the National Bank of Dubai, Dubai Chamber of Commerce, Sheikh Saeedâ€™s house, and the Heritage Village. This unforgettable romantic evening cruise includes a buffet dinner of either continental or oriental cuisine, along with soft drinks, traditional coffee, alcohol, and mineral water. The tour also normally contains various sorts of entertainment, which is accompanied by traditional Arabic music and a belly dancer.
Wild Wadi Water Park : Wild Wadi Water Park is a water theme park that covers 12 acres and is comprised of 24 adrenaline-pumping state-of-the-art rides and slides, and is located in the city of Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE).
This water park was designed like an Arabian wadi (oasis) with characteristics from Arabian folklore (myth) and has rides and attractions, many of which interconnect. Its has a variety of rides to suit kids of all ages from tots to grandma, making it a favourite place to spend a day or just a few hours for the family and couples alike.
Once you enter the Wild Wadi water theme park, you will be given access to all the water rides, as well as the use of rubber rings, lifejackets and body boards. The water park has 90 lifeguards on duty, keeping you safe while you are having fun.
The Rides : Jumeirah Sceirah – This ride is the tallest and fastest free-fall slide outside North America. Rising to 33 meters (108 feet) and thrusting riders up to 80 Kms per hour, making it a great experience for thrill-seekers.
Master Blaster – With 8 Master Blaster slides in Wild Wadi that are described as uphill water roller coasters, where riders can sit on either a single or double ring and are propelled uphill by high-powered water jets.
Ring Rides – Wild Wadi contains 7 Ring Rides that are described as downhill gravity slides, where riders sit in either a single or double ring sliding down fast to the bottom of the slide.
Other Rides – The other rides in Wild Wadi Dubai, include Flow Riders, Juha’s Journey, Breaker’s Bay, Juha’s Dhow and Lagoon, Wadi Wash, and Flood River Flyer.
Abu Dhabi City Tour : The Abu Dhabi City Tour takes you around the capital city of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) known as Abu Dhabi City, which is located on an island connected to the mainland by two bridges.
Travelling from Dubai, the tour takes approximately two hours before arriving at Abu Dhabi City. Along the way, we will pass through the Jebel Ali Port & Free Zone, which is the largest man-made port in the world, as well as the Shatti Palace. After arriving in the capital, you will find it filled with skyscrapers, and is sometimes referred to as the Manhattan of the Middle East. Even with all of the development in the city, tourists will still find a lot of fascinating sights to see. We will visit the Petroleum Exhibition and the Heritage Village, which is then followed by a drive along the beautiful Corniche (beach) where you can take photographs of the city skyline, Al Hisn Fort, Old Souk (market), and the Breakwater Island. The tour comes to an end after passing Sheikh Zayed’s (president of the UAE) palace, and visiting the Dhow (boat) yard and Batinah harbour, where the traditional wooden boats are made. At the end of the tour, we eat a delicious lunch and pass the Sports City on our route back to Dubai.