United Arab Emirates
The United Arab Emirates, often referred to as the U.A.E, is a federation of seven emirates on the eastern side of the Arabian peninsula. It has coastlines on the Gulf of Oman and the Persian Gulf, with Saudi Arabia to the west, and Oman to the east. It is a country rich in history and culture and an easy starting point for travels in the Middle East.
Comprised of little more than sand dunes, crumbling forts and fishing villages a century ago, the United Arab Emirates has grown into a show-stopping, headline-grabbing destination which offers an intriguing blend of traditional Islamic culture and rampant consumerism.
Powered largely by oil wealth, the UAE today is defined by opulent resort hotels, ultra-modern architecture and a seemingly unending thirst for new and innovative mega-projects. Man-made islands in the shape of palm trees. Billionaire royals taking over Premiership football clubs. Tallest building on the planet.
Seven separate emirates make up the country, but visitor attention falls mainly on Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Both are home to an ever-growing spread of luxury accommodation, gourmet restaurants, branded nightclubs and gleaming shopping malls. Dubai’s most iconic sights include the sail-shaped Burj Al Arab, the Burj Khalifa and the sea-themed Atlantis Resort, which are microcosms of the UAE’s lofty ambitions
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Dessert Safari with BBQ Dinner
Experience the thrill of a roller coaster ride and watch the mesmerizing sunset at the Desert as you drive on the Golden sands with your Desert Safari driver. Take photos with the endless desert and the sun setting in the background, feel the fine sand slipping between your fingers as you make your way to the Desert camp. Here you will be welcomed with flavourful Arabic tea and coffee with dates and soft drinks to quench your thirst. Feel the culture by dressing up in traditional attire and take selfies as the Henna artist paints your hand. This will be followed by Tanoura show (traditional folk dance), Fire show and belly dancer perform to the rhythm of Arabic Music. Enjoy your meal with BBQ items experiencing the Arabic hospitality in this once in a lifetime Desert Safari tour in Dubai.
Ascend to the top of the most outstanding architectural wonder of the modern world: The Burj Khalifa. This impressive building boasts to be the highest in the world with a height of 828 metres (2,716ft), and offers spectacular 360-degree views over the city. Highlights include: Visit the tallest skyscraper in the world - A unique experience that you will want to do again - Access to the observation deck on the 124th floor Enjoy a 1 hour expedition inside the Burj Khalifa, and ascend to the 124th floor in the third fastest elevator in the world! Once up there, you will be impressed with the birds-eye views of the city that “At the Top” offers, which will take your breath away at daytime or night-time. Feast your eyes with a 360-degree panoramic view of the city, the golden desert and the Persian Gulf, and capture forever this moment with your camera.
Dune Safari in Doha
Fasten your seat belts because this is where the fun begins. A trip to Qatar isn't complete without a visit to the inland sea. The journey starts by heading to Khor Al Udaid located southeast of Qatar. Our experienced drivers will take you on a thrilling ride over the sand dunes, some of which are as high as 50 metres. Stop for a photoshoot and admire the beautiful scenery that surrounds you. A stop at our private camp to quench your thirst before heading back to Doha.
Dhow dinner cruise
Soak up the sunset on this evening cruise along the Doha waterfront in a traditional wooden Dhow boat. Admire the glittering lights of the capital’s skyline from the most stunning vantage point and enjoy a picturesque stroll along the Corniche boardwalk. Tours include door-to-door pickup in a private, air-conditioned car, plus your own personal guide.