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Arabian Shopping Spree Bargain Deal ► All in One

Burj Al Arab Prestige Palace Memories

Shop Till You Drop ► ►

12 Premium Stay ► Royal Stay ► Majestic Stay ► Abu Dhabi Getaway

Let the Games Begin

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Bonding with Loved Ones

Rugby Seven Formula - 1 ► Dubai World Cup 2014 ► Under the Surface ► ►

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Family Escapade ► Double Up Family Fun ► Fun All the Way ► Abu Dhabi Family Special ►

Dubai & Abu Dhabi From Modern to Traditional ► UAE & Musandam ► UAE & Oman ► UAE & Jordan ► UAE & Qatar ► Self Drive in a Rent-a-car ► Self Drive on a Motorbike ►

Exclusive Retreat Arabian Fairy Tale ► A Stay to Remember ► ►

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Specialities ►

For Your Wellbeing ► Relaxing Ras Al Khaimah ► Luxurious Talise Treatment ►

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Indulgent Treats to Enhance Your Wellbeing

Explore & Discover

Platinum Safari Lobster Caviar Evening Cruise

Behind the Scenes YAS 3000 Experience ► Microlight Flight ► Aromatherapy and High Tea in Burj Al Arab ► ►

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SYRIA

JORDAN

IRAQ

IRAN

Amman Petra

PERSIAN GULF

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RED SEA OMAN

ARABIAN SEA

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Petra

Amman

Qatar

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Day 1: Arrival Arrival at Dubai International Airport. Meet and Assist with transfer to the hotel for check-in.

Day 2: Modern Dubai Tour with Burj Khalifa Experience Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before pick-up for a tour to get to know the beautiful city of Dubai. This is the fastest growing city in the world, and it will always charm you with its impressive skyline and the most luxurious hotels ever built. Modern Dubai offers you a diverse experience from the unforgettable charm of traditional souks to inspiring modern skyscrapers. We will start with the world’s tallest building Burj Khalifa, situated right next the one of the world’s largest shopping mall, The Dubai Mall, where you will have the opportunity to experience ‘At The Top’. Begin your vertical ascent to the observation deck in a high-speed elevator, Travelling at 10 metres per second. As the doors open, floor-to-ceiling glass walls provide a breathtaking unobstructed 360–degree view of the city, desert and ocean. While at The Dubai mall, you will also visit the 50–metre long world-class aquarium and experience the exotic wonders of aquatic life first-hand through breathtaking views. You will be treated to an exceptional underwater experience as you meet eyeto-eye with sharks, stingrays and other species of fish in their natural habitat. We will then drive towards Dubai Marina district, which offers an exclusive environment for living, leisure and business followed by the world`s largest man-made island, that has captured the world’s imagination with its magnificent scale and ingenuity, called The Palm Jumeirah. We will have a photo stop opposite the luxurious Atlantis The Palm Hotel a magnificent, oceanic tribute to a mythological age. We will conclude our unforgettable tour with Souk Madinat Jumeirah, a colourful and vibrant market in an Arabian city. Meandering paths lead visitors through a bazaar-like atmosphere in which open-fronted shops and intimate galleries spill onto the paved walkways. Here you will experience the sounds of craftsmen and women at work combined with the aroma from street cafes and boutique restaurants. At Souk Madinat Jumeirah, the emphasis is on unique brands, crafted quality and an interactive experience.

Day 3: Desert Safari Enjoy the breakfast buffet at the hotel. The day is free at leisure for you to enjoy before we take you out on an adventure in the desert in the afternoon. Our safari gives you an opportunity to see the golden sand dunes of Arabia in a 4–wheel drive where you experience the thrill of a lifetime roller coaster ride on the sand dunes. You stop on the highest sand dune to view the beautiful sunset and refresh yourselves with mineral water. We then continue our journey to our Bedouin Campsite in the heart of the desert, where Henna design, Arabic Gava, local dresses, soft drinks, water, tea or coffee is available for you to choose from. Try out the camel rides and Hubbly Bubbly with different flavours to suit your taste. Adding to the atmosphere of the night, an enchanting belly dancer performs a fascinating dance to the rhythm of Arabic music. To top it all, you get to enjoy a delicious BBQ buffet dinner.

Day 4: Abu Dhabi City Tour After breakfast at the hotel we will pick you up and head south, for a city tour of Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates which is also home to the Federal National Council. One of the world’s largest producers of oil, Abu Dhabi, has actively attempted to diversify its economy in recent years through investments in financial services and tourism. You will be mesmerised by the grandeur of the new addition to Abu Dhabi’s skyline the majestic Grand Mosque - the third largest mosque in the world. We will then visit the Cultural Foundation at the heart of the city next to the famous Union Square, which gathers symbolic themes inspired by the customs of the country. After a drive along the Corniche, we will visit the Heritage Village, specially designed by the late HH Sheikh Zayed Ben Sultan al Nahyan, as reminder of the past for the younger generation.


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Evening Dhow Cruise In the evening, we will take you to Dubai Creek to get onboard a traditional Arabian Dhow where dinner will be served. Dhow Cruise with dinner is a beautiful way of spending an evening as the decorated wooden vessel 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.

Day 5: Dubai Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and the day free at leisure in Dubai.

Day 6: Burj Al Arab After breakfast you check out of the hotel. A private transfer will be arranged to the world’s most luxurious 5-star hotel, Burj Al Arab, where you will be checking in for the night. The afternoon is at leisure to enjoy the facilities and services of Burj Al Arab.

Day 7: Departure Have breakfast at the hotel and check out before noon. A private transfer is arranged to take you to Dubai International Airport for departure.

General Conditions Duration: 7 days / 6 nights Minimum 2 participants Maximum 9 rooms

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5 nights in 4–star Sheraton Four Points Sheikh Zayed Road 1 night in 5–star Burj Al Arab Ground Handling Meet and Assist at the airport Private airport transfers Private internal transfer English speaking drivers Daily Breakfast Excursions as per itinerary Meals mentioned in the itinerary (food only) All taxes

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Day 1: Dubai Arrival at Dubai International Airport. Meet and Assist with transfer to the hotel for check-in.

Day 2: Dubai’s Top 5 by Night Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and morning free at leisure before pick-up for a tour to see the highlights of Dubai. This exclusive city tour begins with a visit to Saga World Dubai, a standalone mall, probably the only one in the world that displays and presents nothing but the finer things of life that human hands can create. The only mall that compares to a museum and allows the connoisseur to choose stuff that a museum would be proud to display. Our journey will continue by embarking a traditional boat, cruising along Mina Seyahi Lagoon and Dubai Marina, the largest man-made marina in the world. We also call it a city within the city that delights residents with its cosmopolitan free-spirited atmosphere and one of a kind innovative lifestyle. We will then drive to the largest man-made island, the Palm Jumeirah, where we will have a photo stop opposite the luxurious Atlantis The Palm hotel, a magnificent oceanic tribute to a mythological age. After that you will have the opportunity to visit one of the most authentic Islamic souks, Souk Al Bahar. This is an Arabesque shopping mall and entertainment destination located in the heart

of the prestigious Downtown Dubai, on the old town island. From there, you will be taken to Burj Khalifa, where you will have the opportunity to experience ‘At the Top’. Floor-to-ceiling glass walls provide a breathtaking, unobstructed 360–degree view of the city, desert and ocean. Prepare yourself for the heady delights and panoramic views of a dancing fountain in Dubai’s most desirable dining destination by having sumptuous fusion buffet dinner at Armani Hotel.

Day 3: Bateaux Evening Cruise Have breakfast at the hotel and enjoy the morning free at leisure. In the evening, we will take you to Dubai Creek. Tonight you will have a unique dining cruise experience on water. A cruise onboard the glass-enclosed and elegant Bateaux Dubai is as inspiring as the city itself. You will enjoy a freshly prepared 4-course gourmet dinner menu accompanied by live entertainment, atmospheric lighting, an extensive selection of beverages and exceptional services whilst cruising pass the spectacular sights of Dubai Creek.

Day 4: Dubai Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and the day free at leisure in Dubai.

Day 5: Private Abu Dhabi After breakfast, check out from the hotel. Our tour guide will pick you up for a private tour of Abu Dhabi. Abu Dhabi is the capital of the United Arab Emirates and home to the Federal National Council. One of the world’s largest producers of oil, Abu Dhabi has actively attempted to diversify its economy in recent years through investments in financial services and tourism. You will be mesmerised by the grandeur of the new addition to Abu Dhabi’s skyline, the majestic Grand Mosque -the third largest mosque in the world. We will then visit the Cultural


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Foundation at the heart of the city next to the famous Union Square, which gathers symbolic themes inspired by the customs of the country. After a drive along the Corniche, we will visit the Heritage Village, specially designed by the late HH Sheikh Zayed Ben Sultan al Nahyan, as reminder of the past for the younger generation. After the city tour, we will drive you to the majestic Emirates Palace for you to check-in for the night.

Day 6: Departure Have breakfast at the hotel and check out before noon. A private transfer is arranged to take you to Dubai International Airport for departure.

General Conditions Duration: 6 days / 5 nights Minimum 2 participants Maximum 9 rooms

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4 nights in 4–star Towers Rotana Hotel Dubai 1 nights in 5–star Emirates Palace Ground Handling Meet and Assist at the airport Private airport transfers Private internal transfer English speaking drivers Daily Breakfast Excursions as per itinerary Private Abu Dhabi City Tour Meals mentioned in the itinerary (food only) All taxes

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Day 1: Arrival in Dubai We welcome you to the UAE where our representative will escort you and get all the formalities done while you relax in the VIP lounge. A private limousine transfer will be arranged to take you to the hotel for check-in.

Day 2: Private Modern Dubai with High Tea at Burj Al Arab The fastest growing city in the world will always charm you with its impressive skyline and the most luxurious hotels ever built. Modern Dubai offers visitors a diverse experience from the unforgettable charm of traditional souks to inspiring modern skyscrapers. We will start with the world’s tallest building Burj Khalifa situated right next the one of the world's largest shopping malls The Dubai Mall, where you will have the opportunity to view the city from the highest observation deck ‘At The Top’. You will visit the 50–metre long world class aquarium and experience the exotic wonders of aquatic life first-hand. You will be treated to an exceptional underwater experience as you meet eye-to-eye with sharks, stingrays and other species of fish in their natural habitat. We will then drive towards Dubai Marina district, which offers an exclusive environment for living, leisure and business. We will conclude our unforgettable tour with ‘High Tea’ at Burj Al Arab, designed to resemble a billowing sail, soaring to a height of 321 metres, dominating the Jumeirah skyline. Illuminated at night by choreographed art-light, representing water and fire, Burj Al Arab is simply individual, inspired and impressive!


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Day 3: Private Abu Dhabi City Tour with Lunch at Emirates Palace The capital of UAE is situated about 170 kilometres south-west of Dubai. Many of the city’s striking examples of modern architecture show fascinating interpretations of Islamic themes captured in today’s materials. Visit the magnificent Sheikh Zayed Mosque in the morning. A reminder of the historical past is the renovated Al Hosn Palace, now home of the Centre for Documentation and Research. A drive along the beautiful Corniche gives a magnificent view of the city. You will get a chance to experience the best parts of the city before ending the tour with a sumptuous lunch at Emirates Palace.

Day 7: Departure Check out from the hotel and departure transfer to the airport by private limousine. Marhaba service is booked for you to take care of all the formalities throughout the airport.

General Conditions: Duration: 7 days / 6 nights Minimum 2 participants Maximum 9 rooms

Day 4: Strawberry Champagne Morning Cruise

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Enjoy a morning cruise along the magnificent Dubai coastline with exquisite views of the orange sun rising above the horizon, casting a million diamonds across the Arabian Sea. Sip on cool sparkling champagne, taste fresh strawberries and delight in the luxury and comfort of a gorgeous yacht. Moet Chandon, refreshing wind and a professional crew – the perfect way to start your day!

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Day 5: Afternoon Royal Safari Royal Safari gives you an opportunity to see the golden sand dunes of Arabia in a 4–wheel drive where you experience the thrill of a lifetime of a roller coaster ride on the sand dunes. You stop on the highest sand dune to view the beautiful sunset for some breathtaking photographs and refresh yourselves with mineral water. We then continue our journey to experience the wide expanse of the desert and the magic of lively entertainment at Al Hadheerah, the region’s first open-air traditional Arabic desert restaurant. As the resort’s signature restaurant, Al Hadheerah offers diners a unique experience with scenes straight out of an Arabian legend featuring belly dancers, henna painters, live bands and a falcon display.

Day 6: Dubai Day free at leisure.

6 nights at 5–star Sofitel The Palm Ground Handling Meet and Assist at the airport Premium Ahlan airport services on arrival Marhaba Diamond Airport services on departure Private airport transfers by hummer limousine English speaking drivers Daily Breakfast Private Excursions as per itinerary Tour guide on day 2/Modern Dubai tour and day 3/Abu Dhabi Tour Meals mentioned in the itinerary (food only) All taxes

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metres. Illuminated at night by choreographed art-light, representing water and fire, Burj Al Arab is simply an inspiring and impressive landmark! At the Sky View bar, you will enjoy the view on the 27th floor; Burj Al Arab will give you an evening that you won’t forget easily.

Day 1: Arrival in Dubai

Day 3: Private Dubai City Tour

Arrive in style at Dubai International Airport. From the moment you step out of the plane, a representative will meet you. Lean back and relax in the lounge while all the formalities are taken care of. A private limousine transfer will take you to your hotel for check-in.

Dubai is a city that provides a new setting at every turn, richly mixing together the old and the new. It is a city that rises out of the desert and crowns the Gulf coast with its presence. Our route takes us to the magnificent view of Dubai Creek, passing by the heritage area of Bastakiya, with its fascinating old Wind Towered Houses built by wealthy merchants. We will visit the 180-year old Al Fahidi Fort, which today houses the Dubai Museum. We continue our journey by Abra - a traditional water taxi across the creek and stroll through the spice and gold souks or markets. Our last stop will be at the Jumeirah Mosque for a photo opportunity.

Day 2: Private Sea Plane with Lunch at Armani Hotel Prepare yourself for a breathtaking Sea Plane flight that will give you a unique experience of Dubai. We will be flying over the outstanding Dubai Marina with its magnificent skyline after which you will be treated to a bird’s eye view of the world famous ‘Palm Jumeirah‘ and Burj Al Arab hotel. We will then move inland to Downtown Dubai, past the world’s tallest building, Burj Khalifa, followed by views of ‘The World’ islands, before heading back along the coastline for a second pass and a gentle splash back down to earth. After the flight you will be treated to a succulent lunch at the trendy Armani Hotel Dubai.

Evening drinks at Burj Al Arab To give the day a great end, we will take you for drinks to the famous Burj Al Arab. It is designed to resemble a billowing sail and soars to a height of 321

Afternoon Platinum Safari In the afternoon, you will be picked up for a Platinum Desert Safari with dinner under the stars at an exclusive desert retreat. Your chariot will be the legendary Mercedes G-Wagon, an off-road vehicle choice of royalty, the rich and famous. Your expert safari guide will lead you on a fascinating journey through the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve as you search for exotic native wildlife. As the sun goes down, experience a falcon soar above you. A gentle camel ride will take you on a journey to a secluded luxurious camp. Here you will enjoy a delectable dinner nestled amidst the dunes. Relax under the stars in this once-in-a- lifetime opportunity that only a privileged few will be lucky to experience.


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Day 4: Caviar Lobster Evening Cruise

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Morning is free at leisure. Hop aboard a luxury yacht that combines a wonderful sailing experience with an exquisite gourmet serving as you will be treated to a freshly cooked lobster and caviar accompanied by smoked salmon, vegetable crudités, cold shrimps and fruit platter. This unique two-hour cruise will take you around the magical Dubai coastline which is famous for a lot of architectural wonders such as the Palm Jumeirah, Burj Al Arab, Atlantis The Palm Hotel, Madinat Jumeirah and other magnificent sights. Relax and experience the refreshing wind, crystal blue waters, gorgeous views and delicious food. Enjoy!

Duration: 7 days / 6 nights Minimum 2 participants Maximum 9 rooms

Day 5: Private Abu Dhabi City Tour with Lunch at Emirates Palace The capital of UAE is situated about 170 kilometres south-west of Dubai. Many of the city’s striking examples of modern architecture show fascinating interpretations of Islamic themes captured in today’s materials. Visit the magnificent Sheikh Zayed Mosque in the morning. Learn everything about the oil, the so called ‘black gold’ and how it has transformed Abu Dhabi into the wealthy city it is today. A reminder of the historical past is the renovated Al Hosn Palace, now home of the Centre for Documentation and Research. A drive along the beautiful Corniche gives a magnificent view of the city. You will get a chance to experience the best parts of the city before ending the tour with a sumptuous lunch at Emirates Palace.

Day 6: Dubai Day free at leisure.

Day 7: Departure Check out from the hotel and departure transfer to the airport by private limousine. Premium Ahlan service is booked for you to take care of all the formalities throughout the airport.

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6 nights 5–star Malakyia Villas, Dar Al Masyaf Madinat Jumeirah Ground Handling Meet and Assist at the airport Premium Ahlan service on arrival Diamond Marhaba service on departure Private airport transfers by hummer limousine English speaking drivers Daily Breakfast Private Excursions as per itinerary Tour guide on days 3 and 5 Meals mentioned in the itinerary (food only) Drink Package in Burj Al Arab All taxes

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Caviar Lobster Evening cruise

We welcome you to the United Arab Emirates where our representative will escort you and get all the formalities done while you relax in the VIP lounge. A Royce Rolls transfer will be arranged to take you to the hotel for check-in.

Hop aboard a luxury yacht and combine a wonderful sailing experience with an exquisite gourmet serving as you are treated to freshly cooked lobster and caviar accompanied by smoked salmon, vegetable crudités, cold shrimps and fruit platter . This unique two-hour cruise will take you around the magical Dubai coastline which is famous for a lot of architectural wonders such as Palm Jumeirah, Burj Al Arab, Atlantis The Palm, Madinat Jumeirah and other magnificent sights. Relax and experience the refreshing wind, crystal blue waters, gorgeous views and delicious food! Enjoy!

Day 2: Private Helicopter Tour

Day 3: Afternoon Platinum Safari

You will have the chance to experience a private helicopter tour and watch the amazing Burj Al Arab Hotel, Jumeirah Beach, Palm Jumeirah and many other landmarks from an bird’s eye perspective. You will witness the current and upcoming developments of the world’s fastest growing region, the unfolding of a truly extraordinary city of the 21st century.

Check-out and transfer to Al Maha Desert Resort. In the afternoon you will be picked up for a Platinum Desert Safari with dinner under the stars at an exclusive desert retreat. Your chariot is the legendary Mercedes G-Wagon, the off-road vehicle choice of royalty and the rich and famous. Your expert safari guide will lead you on a fascinating journey through the Dubai Desert Conservation

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Reserve as you search for exotic native wildlife. A gentle camel ride will take you to a secluded luxurious camp. Here you will enjoy a delectable dinner while you relax under the stars in this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

Day 4: Dubai Day free at leisure and activities of your choice at the hotel.

Day 5: Private Abu Dhabi City Tour and Evening Dinner at Shangri- La Enjoy breakfast at the hotel then check out. Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, and home to Federal National Council, is one of the world's largest producers of oil. In recent years, the Emirate has actively attempted to diversify its economy through investments in financial services and tourism. You will be mesmerised by the grandness of the new addition to Abu Dhabi's skyline, the majestic Grand Mosque - the third largest mosque in the world. We then visit the Cultural Foundation at the heart of the city next to the famous Union Square, that gathers symbolic themes inspired by the customs of the country. After a drive along the Corniche, we will visit the Heritage Village, specially designed by the late HH Sheikh Zayed Ben Sultan al Nahyan, as reminder of the past for the younger generation. In the evening indulge in a sumptuous dinner at the luxurious Shangri-La›s ‘Pearls and Caviar’.

Day 6: High Tea at Jumeirah at Etihad Towers Today you will enjoy an exhilarating view from the highest point in Abu Dhabi, the Observation Deck at 300. Indulge in light snacks and refreshing beverages in addition to the highest high tea in town! With a classy décor and a setting ornamented with imaginative artworks and luxurious marble, this is definitely a landmark you would visit in high spirit.

Day 7: Departure Check-out from the hotel and departure transfer to the airport by private limousine. Marhaba service is booked for you to take care of all the formalities throughout the airport.

General Conditions: Duration: 7 days / 6 nights Minimum 2 participants Maximum 9 rooms

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2 nights in 5–star Burj Al Arab 2 nights in 5–star Al Maha Desert Resort 2 nights in 5–star Emirates Palace Ground Handling Meet and Assist at the airport Premium Ahlan airport services on arrival Merhaba Diamond Airport services on departure Private arrival transfer by Rolls Royce Private departure transfer by Hummer limousine Private internal transfers English speaking drivers Daily Breakfast Private Excursions as per itinerary Tour guide day 5/Abu Dhabi Tour Meals mentioned in the itinerary (food only) All taxes

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� •ˆ€ Explore Abu Dhabi in this comfort and luxury-filled tour as you enjoy some of the best sights and experiences this Emirate has to offer.

Day 1: Arrival We welcome you to the United Arab Emirates. Whether you arrive at Dubai or Abu Dhabi airport, our representative will be waiting for you and assist you at the airport. A private limousine is arranged for your transfer to the hotel for check-in.

General Conditions: Duration: 5 days / 4 nights Minimum 2 participants Maximum 9 room

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You will visit and be mesmerised by the grandeur of the majestic Grand Mosque, the third largest mosque in the world during your visit. Continue your tour to the Cultural Foundation next to the famous Union Square that gathers symbolic themes inspired by the customs of the country. After a drive along the Corniche, you will visit the Heritage Village, specially designed by the late HH Sheikh Zayed Ben Sultan al Nahyan, as reminder of the past for the younger generation.

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Day 3: Helicopter Transfer to Anantara Qasr Al Sarab

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Check out and transfer to Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara. While you are onboard your helicopter flight to your hotel, catch sight of the amazing Emirates Palace Hotel, Abu Dhabi Corniche, Yas Island, Saadiyat Island, Motor Racing Track, Grand Mosque, Port Zayed and many other landmarks from an bird's eye perspective. You will witness the current and upcoming developments of the world's fastest growing region, the unfolding of a truly extraordinary city of the 21st century.

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Day 2: Private Abu Dhabi City Tour

Day 4: Abu Dhabi Day free at leisure and activities of your choice at the hotel.

Day 5: Departure Check out from the hotel and transfer to the airport by a private limousine.

2 nights in 5–star Emirates Palace 2 nights in 5–star Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara Ground Handling Meet and Assist at the airport Golden Class Plus airport services on arrival and departure Private airport transfers by Hummer limousine Private helicopter transfers to Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara English speaking drivers Daily Breakfast Private Abu Dhabi tour with tour guide - day 2 All taxes


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Day 1: Arrival We welcome the entire family to the United Arab Emirates. A private car will be waiting at the airport to transfer you to JA Jebel Ali Beach Hotel for check-in.

Day 2: Modern Dubai with a Twist of Fun After breakfast at the hotel, you will be picked up by our tour guide for a fascinating day in the city of Dubai. You will be visiting ‘At The Top’ in the world’s tallest building Burj Khalifa that is situated right next to the largest shopping mall of the world, The Dubai Mall. Here you will visit the 50–metre long aquarium and experience the exotic wonders of aquatic life first-hand through breathtaking views. We will then drive towards Dubai Marina district, which offers an exclusive environment for living, leisure and business followed by the world’s largest man-made island, Palm Jumeirah, that has captured the world’s imagination with its magnificent scale and ingenuity. You will drive past Atlantis The Palm Hotel, a magnificent, oceanic tribute to a mythological age. You will conclude this unforgettable tour with Souk Madinat Jumeirah, a colourful and vibrant market in an Arabian city. Meandering paths lead visitors through a bazaar-like atmosphere in which open-fronted shops and intimate galleries spill onto the paved walkways.

Day 3: Full Day Wild Wadi Waterpark Experience After a great breakfast, you will enjoy a day at the fun-filled Wild Wadi Waterpark. It is wet! It is wild! It is Wild Wadi, the wildest water park ever! Situated just


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between the landmark Burj Al Arab and Jumeirah Beach Hotel, this waterpark is 12 acres of pure fun with 23 adrenaline pumping rides that leave you gasping for more. For the not so brave, Wild Wadi Waterpark offers hours of relaxation. It is the perfect place to unwind, sit back and have a great time.

worry about ski clothing or equipment either. Ski Dubai has thought of it all and offers guests the use of winter clothing, ski and snowboarding equipment. Your skis will carry you down the slope, and the quad chairlift or tow lift will promptly carry you back to the top for another turn.

Day 4: Abu Dhabi and Ferrari World

Day 6: Day at leisure

Enjoy the breakfast at your hotel before our tour guide picks you up for a day in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates. You will be mesmerised by the grandness of the new addition to Abu Dhabi’s sky line, the majestic Grand Mosque - the third largest mosque in the world. We will then visit the Cultural Foundation at the heart of the city next to the famous Union Square, which gathers symbolic themes inspired by the customs of the country. After a drive along the Corniche, we will visit the Heritage Village, specially designed by the late HH Sheikh Zayed Ben Sultan al Nahyan, as reminder of the past for the younger generation.

Day free at leisure.

You will then visit the world’s first Ferrari theme park and largest attraction of its kind. Ferrari World pays tribute to the passion, performance and technical innovation, which Ferrari has established over the years and represents today. Step through the main gates into an intense multisensory experience celebrating the Ferrari spirit. Families, fans and racing fanatics alike, will experience the race, the culture, the indulgence and history like no one has before. The park hosts more than 20 state-of-the-art attractions. Try the Formula Rossa, the world’s fastest roller coaster, reaching speed of up to 240 km/h, emulating the feeling of being in a Ferrari F1 car or the G-force experience that will take you on an adrenaline-pumping ride up over 62 metres, through the roof and back down again. This will give you the ride of your life.

Day 5: Mall of the Emirates and Ski Dubai Today we will take you to the Mall of the Emirates the ultimate leisure, entertainment and shopping resort that offers 520 international brands, including department, fashion, lifestyle, sports, electronics and home furnishing stores and the largest Carrefour in the city. The compelling family leisure offerings include a Magic Planet family entertainment area, a 14-screen multiplex cinema, the world-renowned Ski Dubai, over 85 coffee shops and restaurants and more. You will get the chance to enter Ski Dubai, the first indoor ski resort in the Middle East that offers an amazing snow setting to enjoy skiing, snowboarding and tobogganing or just playing games in the snow. Young or old, there is something for everyone, from the beginner to the snow sport enthusiast. You don’t have to

Day 7: Departure Breakfast at the hotel and check out. Transfer to Dubai International Airport.

General Conditions: Duration: 7 days / 6 nights Minimum 2 adults and 1 child up to 11 years old Maximum 9 rooms

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6 nights at 5–star JA Jebel Ali Beach Hotel Ground Handling Meet and Assist at the airport Private transfers English speaking drivers Daily Breakfast Private Excursions with tour guide on day 2 and day 4 Wild Wadi Waterpark ticket Ferrari World General Admission Ticket Ski Dubai experience All taxes

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Sofitel The Palm

� Š‚€ This package allows you to double your fun at two different family beach resorts, in two different Emirates of the UAE. Enjoy the pristine beaches of Fujairah and Dubai while children delight in special dedicated kids clubs and kids swimming pools at these beautiful hotels.

Day 1: Arrival We welcome the entire family to the United Arab Emirates. A private car will be waiting at the airport to transfer you to Le Meridien Al Aqah for check-in.

Day 2: Prince of Sea Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before heading to Ras Al Khaimah. Today you will enjoy your day onboard the ‘Prince of Sea’. The luxurious yacht with its two mastsailing motors was named after Ahmed bin Majid - one of the greatest navigators of all times, who was born in Ras Al Khaimah and revolutionised navigation by numerous inventions and innovations. Prince of Sea invites you to explore the beauty of the Arabian Sea while you enjoy fun-filled activities with the guidance of the experienced crew. Feel like a brave navigator yourself, taste the delicious seafood buffet and bathe in the azure waters of Arabian Gulf, close to the virgin beaches of Al Marjan island.


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Day 3: Ras Al Khaimah Day free at leisure.

atmosphere in which open-fronted shops and intimate galleries spill onto the paved walkways.

Day 4: Sea Plane Experience

Day 7: Departure

After breakfast, check-out from the hotel. Get on the sea plane which will take you to Dubai. Today, you will soak in breathtaking panoramic views of the UAE’s stunning landscape with the Dubai Seaplane Adventure. Enjoy thrilling water takeoff in a 9-seater Cessna Caravan followed by an unforgettable aerial journey from Ras Al Khaimah to Dubai. After a smooth landing back on the glistening waters of the historic Dubai Creek you will be escorted to Sofitel, The Palm for check-in and an afternoon at leisure. For those looking for a unique and memorable leisure experience in the UAE, this 30 minute flight is a must!

Breakfast at the hotel and check-out. Transfer to Dubai International Airport.

Day 5: Aquaventure visit At Aquaventure, you will splash right into the heart of fun at this exciting water theme park! With 42 acres of master blasters, speed slides, rivers, rapids, lush tropical landscapes and access to a private beach, expect to get wet! Discover the lost world of Atlantis and explore a labyrinth of elaborately themed chambers at The Lost Chambers. Here, you will discover a remarkable array of marine life forgotten artifacts and mysterious scripts. Over 20 fresh and seawater marine exhibits including piranha, arapaima, moon jellies, giant grouper, lionfish and much more. No place keeps that much underwater mystery, as The Lost Chambers of Atlantis!

Day 6: Modern Dubai tour After breakfast at the hotel, you will be picked up by our tour guide for a fascinating day in the city of Dubai. This is the fastest growing city in the world; it will charm you with its impressive skyline and the most luxurious hotels ever built. You will start by visiting ‘At The Top’ in the world’s tallest building Burj Khalifa that is situated right next to the largest shopping mall of the world, The Dubai Mall. You will begin the vertical ascent to the observation deck in a high-speed elevator, travelling at 10 metres per second. As the doors open, floor-to-ceiling glass walls provide a breathtaking unobstructed 360–degree view of the city. In The Dubai Mall, you will visit the 50–metre long aquarium and experience the exotic wonders of aquatic life first- hand through breathtaking views. You will be treated to an exceptional underwater experience as you meet eye-to-eye with sharks, stingrays and other species of fish in their natural habitat. We will then drive towards Dubai Marina district, which offers an exclusive environment for living, leisure and business followed by the world`s largest man-made island, Palm Jumeirah, that has captured the world’s imagination with its magnificent scale and ingenuity. You will drive past Atlantis The Palm Hotel, a magnificent, oceanic tribute to a mythological age. You will conclude this unforgettable tour with Souk Madinat Jumeirah, a colourful and vibrant market in an Arabian city. Meandering paths lead visitors through a bazaar-like

General Conditions: Duration: 7 days / 6 nights Minimum 2 adults and 1 child up to 11 years old Maximum 9 rooms

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3 nights at 5–star Le Meridien Al Aqah 3 nights in 5–star Sofitel the Palm Ground Handling Meet and Assist at the airport Private airport transfers English speaking drivers Daily Breakfast Prince of Sea Cruise Sea Plane from Ras Al Khaimah to Dubai Aquaventure ticket The Lost Chambers ticket Private Modern Dubai tour with tour guide Meals mentioned in the itinerary (food only) All taxes

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�� •Š Your family can experience warm Arabian hospitality at this boutique hotel on the shores of the Arabian Gulf. Numerous waterways within the hotel, a traditional souk, a world-class spa, outstanding eateries, dedicated children’s areas and swimming pools will make your stay here worthwhile for the entire family.

Day 1: Arrival We welcome the entire family to United Arab Emirates. A private car will be waiting at the airport to transfer you to Mina A' Salam for check-in.

Day 2: The Downtown Experience Known as the Centre of Now, Downtown Dubai is home to some of the city's most iconic landmarks including The Dubai Mall and Burj Khalifa. We will start with a journey to the observation deck ‘At the Top’ at Burj Khalifa - the world’s tallest building. Here you will begin the vertical ascent in a high-speed elevator, Travelling at 10 metres per second. As the doors open, floor-to-ceiling glass walls provide a breathtaking unobstructed 360–degree view of the city. No building in modern history has aroused so much curiosity and intrigue as Burj Khalifa. Your next stop is the magnificent Dubai Aquarium, one of the largest tanks in the world with more than 33,000 living animals, representing more than 85 species including over 400 sharks and rays combined. In the Underwater Zoo, you will find yourself face-to-face with dangerous piranha, giant catfish, playful otters, a Humboldt penguin colony and much more. Thereafter, you will visit Sega Republic where you ‘Live it! Feel it! Ride it! Fly it! Love it!’. As the largest indoor theme park in the Middle East, this place is a visually-stimulating, adrenaline pumping attraction. Sega Republic is where you create your own rules, rebel against the senses and go into overdrive. The place offers roller coasters, motion simulators and thrilling rides. With most of the attractions based on individual skill levels, visitors are guaranteed that no two experiences are ever the same! The tour ends with a buffet lunch which will be served at Armani Hotel Dubai's Mediterraneo restaurant overlooking the famous Dubai Fountain and Souk Al Bahar.

Day 3: Atlantis The Palm with Dolphin Bay, Aquaventure and The Lost Chambers Today we will be heading to Palm Jumeirah and the magnificent Atlantis The Palm with its great attractions . Ever dreamed of wading into crystal-clear waters and entering the intriguing and playful world of dolphins? A visit to Dolphin Bay makes those dreams come true! The family of Indo-Pacific Bottlenose Dolphins is waiting to welcome you and share a fun and memorable play date filled with hugs, kisses, smiles and treats. At Aquaventure, you will splash right into the largest and most exciting water theme park in the Middle East! With 42 acres of master blasters, speed slides, rivers, rapids, lush tropical landscapes and access to a private beach, expect to get wet! Discover the lost world of Atlantis and explore a labyrinth of elaborately themed chambers at The Lost Chambers. Here, you will discover a remarkable array of marine life, forgotten artifacts and mysterious scripts. Over 20 fresh and seawater marine exhibits including piranha, arapaima, moon jellies, giant grouper, lionfish and much more. No place keeps that much underwater mystery, as The Lost Chambers of Atlantis!

Day 4: Al Ain Zoo Visit with Lunch Enjoy your breakfast at the hotel before our tour guide picks you up for a wonderful day in the city of Al Ain. You will visit the Al Ain Zoo which provides animal encounters, education and entertainment in a natural outdoor environment. Learn about the wildlife in UAE – Al Ain Zoo is home to almost 4,000 animals, 195 species and one of the largest collections of Arabian Oryx. You will get in touch with nature and experience wild Africa right here at the Mixed African Exhibit, one of the most popular exhibits at the Al Ain Zoo. Like on a real safari, it provides a spectacular concentration of African wildlife in an open range exhibit - giraffes, zebras, gazelles and rhinoceros roam freely on more than five hectares

of land. Don’t miss out on the giraffe feeding experience. The beautiful giraffes belong to the very rare species of Rothschild’s Giraffe. Come and be dazzled as falcons, eagles, owls and vultures demonstrate their extraordinary hunting skills. Here, you will also have lunch before returning to Dubai.

Day 5: Fishing Trip Today, you will be treated to a wonderful fishing trip in the Arabian Gulf onboard a private boat with a professional crew. The entire family will have the opportunity to experience fishing in the crystal blue waters of UAE. Relax, lay back and have fun!

Day 6: Dubai Day free at leisure.

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St. Regis, Saadiyat Island

‡ � Š •€ With captivating activities and thoughtfully selected experiences for families, St Regis takes special care of your little ones with dedicated facilities for the children. This package is for an ideal getaway that combines relaxation and fun.

Day 1: Arrival We welcome the entire family to the United Arab Emirates where a private car for transfer is awaiting to take you to the hotel for check-in at St. Regis Saadiyat Island.

Day 2: Abu Dhabi and Ferrari World

technical innovation, which Ferrari has established over the years and represents today. Step through the main gates into an intense multisensory experience celebrating the Ferrari spirit. Families, fans and racing fanatics alike, will experience the race, the culture, the indulgence and history like no one has before. The park hosts more than 20 state-of-the-art attractions. It is not just a park, but an immersive experience that will spark the Ferrari spirit inside you. Try the Formula Rossa, the world's fastest roller coaster, reaching speeds of up to 240 km/h, emulating the feeling of being in a Ferrari F1 car or the G-force experience that will take you on an adrenaline-pumping ride up over 62 metres, through the roof and back down again. This park will give you the ride of your life.

Enjoy the breakfast at your hotel before our tour guide picks you up for a day in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates. You will get a chance to experience the best parts of the city before entering the one-of-a-kind theme park; Ferrari World.

Day 3: Yas Waterworld

You will be mesmerised by the grandness of the new addition to Abu Dhabi's sky line, the majestic Grand Mosque - the third largest mosque in the world. We then visit the Cultural Foundation at the heart of the city next to the famous Union Square, which gathers symbolic themes inspired by the customs of the country. After a drive along the Corniche, we will visit the Heritage Village, specially designed by the late HH Sheikh Zayed Ben Sultan al Nahyan, as reminder of the past for the younger generation.

Located in the centre of Yas Island’s exciting entertainment complex, Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi pays tribute to the UAE's pearl-diving heritage, and is themed around 'The Lost Pearl', an original story about Dana, a young Emirati girl on a quest for the legendary pearl that had once brought prosperity to her village. Visitors can join the adventure on 43 rides, slides and attractions, some which have never seen before in this region, including a 20-metre high Tornado ride, the world’s largest in-park surfable wave and the first roller coaster to be built inside a waterpark anywhere in the world! Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi guarantees everyone an unforgettable day, whether enjoying individual adventures or sharing memorable experiences with family and friends.

Ferrari World Abu Dhabi is the world's first Ferrari theme park and largest attraction of its kind. The park pays tribute to the passion, performance and

After a great breakfast for maximum energy, you will enjoy a day at the newly opened Yas Waterworld.


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Enjoy a sumptuous breakfast at your hotel before our tour guide picks you up for another exciting day in Abu Dhabi. Al Forsan International Sports Resort is the first of its kind in the UAE and the Middle East. The resort features five world class sports for both novices and professionals and includes a comprehensive shooting area, Water Sports area featuring the first cable ski lakes in the Middle East, Equestrian Centre, Motor Sports and themed indoor air conditioned Paintball and a Flight Simulator. Here you will also enjoy your lunch before returning to the hotel.

Duration: 7 days / 6 nights Minimum 2 adults and 1 child up to 11 years old Maximum 9 rooms

Day 5: Emirates Zoo Enjoy your breakfast before leaving for a day at the zoo. With 660 animals, including a majestic pair of white tigers, a 31-year old, 300kg plus Siberian bear, lions, cheetahs and dozens of zebras housed in the zoo’s Predators and Wild Animals enclosures, the Emirates Park Zoo in Al Bahia, a north-east suburb of the UAE capital features a park-wide misting system which keeps animals and patrons cool in the summer months. The Emirates Park Zoo is a place of fun, learning and adventure for the young and the young at heart. Launched in 2008 as the first private zoo in the UAE, it is now the home to a colourful menagerie of wildlife and an ever growing menu of features, attractions and interactive activities. With a laid-back and familyorientated atmosphere, the zoo is a place that inspires and encourages kids and adults alike to explore, have fun ad stay connected to nature and wildlife.

Day 6: Abu Dhabi Day free at leisure.

Day 7: Departure Breakfast at the hotel and check out. Transfer to Dubai or Abu Dubai International Airport.

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� ı† •� From the luxury desert resort amidst a tranquil sanctuary to the resort where magical moments and all mythical charms of old Arabia come alive, we have carefully selected two of the most peaceful, relaxed and magnificent resorts in the UAE, in exquisite locations, to celebrate this special occasion.

Day 1: Arrival The journey to an unforgettable stay begins from the moment you step in at Dubai International Airport. Our hotel representative will meet you at the airport and escort you to your private car for transfer and check-in at Banyan Tree Al Wadi.

Day 2: Ras Al Khaimah Enjoy your day at the hotel, relax and surrender to the beauty of nature in the exclusivity of the swimming pool.

Optional: Dine Under the Stars Take a romantic journey on a sunset camel ride with a bottle of sparkling wine through the nature reserve, making your way to the Safran Tower the most intimate of tête-à-têtes, where a personal butler will orchestrate a romantic dinner.

Day 3: Ras Al Khaimah Day free at leisure.

Optional: Prince of Sea You may choose to enjoy your day onboard the ‘Prince of Sea’. The luxurious yacht with its two mast-sailing motors was named after Ahmed bin Majid - one of the greatest navigators of all times, who was born in Ras Al Khaimah and revolutionised navigation by numerous inventions and innovations. Prince of Sea invites you to explore the beauty of the Arabian Sea while you enjoy fun-filled activities with the guidance of the experienced crew. Feel like a brave navigator yourself, taste the delicious seafood buffet and bathe in the azure waters of Arabian Gulf, close to the virgin beaches of Al Marjan island.


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Banyan Tree Al Wadi Resort

Day 4: Checkout and transfer to the Dubai hotel Breakfast at the hotel and check-out. Transfer to Royal Mirage The Palace.

Optional: Evening Bateaux Cruise Experience the unique dining cruise onboard the glass-enclosed, air-conditioned Bateaux Dubai. Guests will enjoy a freshly prepared gourmet dinner menu accompanied by live entertainment, atmospheric lighting, an extensive selection of beverages and exceptional services whilst cruising pass the spectacular sights of Dubai Creek. The elegant vessel presents an unusual yet exceptional venue for a honeymoon celebration.

Day 5: Ras Al Khaimah Breakfast at the hotel.

Optional: Private Modern Dubai with High Tea at Burj Al Arab The fastest growing city in the world will always charm you with its impressive skyline and the most luxurious hotels ever built. Modern Dubai offers visitors a diverse experience from the unforgettable charm of traditional souks to inspiring modern skyscrapers. We will start with the world’s tallest building Burj Khalifa situated right next the one of the world’s largest shopping malls The Dubai Mall, where you will have the opportunity to view the city from the highest observation deck ‘At The Top’. You will visit the 50–metre long worldclass aquarium and experience the exotic wonders of aquatic life first-hand. You will be treated to an exceptional underwater experience as you meet eye-to-eye with sharks, stingrays and other species of fish in their natural habitat. We will then drive towards Dubai Marina district, which offers an exclusive environment for living, leisure and business. We will conclude our unforgettable tour with ‘High Tea’ at Burj Al Arab, designed to resemble a billowing sail, soaring to a height of 321 metres, dominating the Jumeirah skyline. Illuminated at night by choreographed art-light representing water and fire, Burj Al Arab is simply individual, inspired and impressive!

Day 6: Departure Breakfast at the hotel and check-out. Transfer to Dubai International Airport by a private car.

General Conditions: Duration: 6 days / 5 nights Minimum 2 participants Maximum 9 rooms

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3 nights at 5–star Banyan Tree Al Wadi Resort, Ras Al Khaimah 2 nights at 5–star Royal Mirage The Palace Ground Handling Meet and Assist at the airport Private airport transfers Private internal transfer English speaking drivers All taxes

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Dar Al Masyaf, Madinat Jumeirah

�•Š From the ultimate luxury retreat in the heart of the desert, amidst stunning golden sand dunes of UAE to the peaceful and traditionally-inspired summer courtyard houses, we have the perfect hideaway for you to celebrate this special occasion.

opportunity that only a privileged few will be lucky to experience.

Day 4: Dubai Day free at leisure.

Day 1: Arrival Meet and Assist at Dubai International Airport and private transfer to the hotel.

Day 2: Dubai Day free at leisure.

Optional: Strawberry Champagne Morning Cruise Enjoy a morning cruise along the Dubai coastline with exquisite views of the orange sun rising above the horizon, casting a million diamonds across the Arabian Sea. Sip on cool sparkling champagne, taste fresh strawberries and delight in the luxury and comfort of a gorgeous yacht. This exclusive cruise pampers you for two hours or more, as you desire. Moet & Chandon, refreshing wind and a professional crew – the perfect way to start your day!

Day 3: Dubai Day free at leisure.

Optional: Platinum Safari In the afternoon, you will be picked up for a Platinum Safari with dinner under the stars at an exclusive desert retreat. Your chariot will be the legendary Mercedes G-Wagon, an off-road vehicle choice of royalty, and the rich and famous. Your expert safari guide will lead you on a fascinating journey through the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve as you search for exotic native wildlife. As the sun goes down, experience a falcon soar above you. A gentle camel ride will take you on a journey to a secluded luxurious camp. Here you will enjoy a delectable dinner nestled amidst the dunes. Relax under the stars in this once-in-a- lifetime

Optional: Modern Dubai Tour with High Tea at Burj Al Arab The fastest growing city in the world will always charm you with its impressive skyline and the most luxurious hotels ever built. Modern Dubai offers visitors a diverse experience from the unforgettable charm of traditional souks to inspiring modern skyscrapers. We will start with the world’s tallest building Burj Khalifa situated right next the one of the world’s largest shopping malls The Dubai Mall, where you will have the opportunity to view the city from the highest observation deck ‘At The Top’. You will visit the 50–metre long world class aquarium and experience the exotic wonders of aquatic life first-hand. You will be treated to an exceptional underwater experience as you meet eye-to-eye with sharks, stingrays and other species of fish in their natural habitat. We will then drive towards Dubai Marina district, which offers an exclusive environment for living, leisure and business. We will conclude our unforgettable tour with ‘High Tea’ at Burj Al Arab, designed to resemble a billowing sail, soaring to a height of 321 metres, dominating the Jumeirah skyline. Illuminated at night by choreographed art-light, representing water and fire, Burj Al Arab is simply individual, inspired and impressive!

Day 5: Dubai Day free at leisure.

Optional: Abu Dhabi City Tour with Lunch at Emirates Palace Abu Dhabi is the capital of United Arab Emirates and the residence of the Federal National Council. One of the world’s largest producers of oil, Abu Dhabi, has


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actively attempted to diversify its economy in recent years through investments in financial services and tourism. You will be mesmerised by the grandeur of the new addition to Abu Dhabi’s skyline, the majestic Grand Mosque - the third largest mosque in the world. We will then visit the Cultural Foundation at the heart of the city next to the famous Union Square, that gathers symbolic themes inspired by the customs of the country. After a drive along the Corniche, we will visit the Heritage Village, specially designed by the late HH Sheikh Zayed Ben Sultan al Nahyan, as reminder of the past for the younger generation.

Day 6: Departure from Dubai International Airport Check-out by noon, private transfer from the hotel to Dubai International Airport.

Optional: Extend with two nights in Bab Al Shams Desert Resort Breakfast at hotel, check-out and private transfer to Bab Al Shams. Afternoon free at leisure.

Day 7: Day Free at leisure Day free at leisure.

Day 8: Departure Check-out by noon, private transfer from the hotel to Dubai International Airport.

General Conditions: Duration: 6 days / 5 nights (+optional 2 nights) Minimum 2 participants Maximum 9 rooms

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� † •‡ A perfect combination of a luxurious and peaceful stay with the most romantic experiences for the two of you, this package ensures to make this occasion an unforgettable one.

Day 1: Arrival The journey to an unforgettable stay begins from the moment you step in at Dubai International Airport. Our hotel representative will meet you at the airport and escort you to your private car for transfer and check-in at Park Hyatt.

Day 2: Dubai Day free at leisure.

Optional: Dubai Top 5 Tour Get the chance to explore Dubai through our exclusive Dubai’s Top 5 tour. The tour begins with a visit to the first indoor ski resort in the Middle East. Ski Dubai is a unique mountain-themed attraction that offers you the opportunity to enjoy real snow in Dubai all year round. You will have a chance to experience a ride on the chair lift followed by a cup of hot and delicious chocolate. Your journey will continue by embarking on a traditional boat, cruising alongside Mina Seyahi Lagoon and Dubai Marina - the largest man-made marina in the world, also referred to as a city within a city, that delights residents and visitors with its cosmopolitan, free-spirited atmosphere and one-of-a-kind invigorating lifestyle. We then move onto Downtown Dubai, the city’s most desirable dining and entertaining landmark. Prepare yourself for the panoramic views of a dancing fountain and to enjoy a sumptuous fusion buffet dinner at Armani Hotel.


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Park Hyatt Dubai

Day 3: Dubai Day free at leisure.

Optional: Aromatherapy Massage and High Tea at Burj Al Arab Enjoy an aromatherapy massage for 55 minutes in Burj Al Arab’s Assawan Spa. This massage is essential, professional and specific. Based on consultation and smell-testing, aroma therapeutic oils are incorporated with a full body massage designed to uplift and calm the mind and body. Now you are in total balance to enjoy your ultimate Afternoon Tea in Sahn Eddar Lobby Lounge with a sevencourse menu while appreciating the world’s tallest atrium.

Day 4: Dubai

by the grandeur of the new addition to Abu Dhabi's skyline, the majestic Grand Mosque - the third largest mosque in the world. We then visit the Cultural Foundation at the heart of the city next to the famous Union Square, which gathers symbolic themes inspired by the customs of the country. After a drive along the Corniche, we will visit the Heritage Village, specially designed by the late HH Sheikh Zayed Ben Sultan al Nahyan, as reminder of the past for the younger generation. The tour is brought to an end with lunch at the Yas Viceroy hotel, before returning to your hotel in Dubai.

Day 6: Day free at leisure Day free at leisure.

Day 7: Departure

Day free at leisure.

Breakfast at the hotel and check-out. Transfer to Dubai International Airport by private car.

Optional: Just For You Experience

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You may choose to spend your evening being treated to an exclusive experience in the desert. If you fancy a private moment with your loved one, our exclusive package is just the thing for you. We will custom-make your evening as you would have imagined in your dream. Watch the sunset with your partner and indulge in a scrumptious dinner during this cozy evening at a secluded spot in the desert set with carpets, cushions, shisha and authentic table, away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Take home with you a framed captured moment as a unique souvenir from us.

Duration: 7 days / 6 nights Minimum 2 participants Maximum 9 rooms

Day 5: Dubai Day free at leisure.

Optional: Private Abu Dhabi City Tour with Lunch at Yas Viceroy Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before our tour guide picks you up for a private city tour in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates. The Emirate is also home to the Federal National Council. As one of the world's largest producers of oil, Abu Dhabi has actively attempted to diversify its economy in recent years through investments in financial services and tourism. You will be mesmerised

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��Œ � Š This package allows you the flexibility to choose your treatment on each day while we suggest the best spa rituals that you can experience on your vacation. Featuring carefully selected wellness treatments from the best of the spas in this city, you will find balance, tranquility and complete relaxation whilst you are here.

Day 1: Arrival Arrive at Dubai International Airport. Our representatives will meet you outside the airport and assist with your arrival. A private car will be waiting to take you to your hotel for check in.

Day 2: Dubai Have breakfast at the hotel and choose how you want to start your stay. Suggested programme: Highlights of Dubai Seat in coach: Mon/Wed/Sat Private tour: Daily Kick-start your stay with a royal treatment at the Palace Downtown Dubai Spa. Here you will get exactly what you need. This 120-minute session is based on the expertise of your therapist as they will give you the facial treatment your skin needs and the body massage that suits you. In the afternoon, you can experience Dubai’s highlights. This exclusive city tour begins with a visit to Saga World Dubai, a standalone mall, probably the only one in the world that displays and presents nothing but the finer things of life that human hands can create. It is the only mall that compares to a museum and allows the connoisseur to choose souvenirs a museum would be proud to display. Our journey will continue by embarking a traditional boat, cruising along Mina Seyahi Lagoon and Dubai Marina, the largest man-made marina in the world. We also call it a city within the city that delights residents with its cosmopolitan, freespirited atmosphere and one of a kind innovating lifestyle. We will then drive on the largest man-made island, Palm Jumeirah, where we will have a photo stop opposite the luxurious Atlantis The Palm Hotel, a magnificent oceanic tribute


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to a mythological age. After that you will have the opportunity to visit one of the most authentic Islamic souks, Souk Al Bahar. This is an Arabesque shopping mall and entertainment destination located in the heart of the prestigious Downtown Dubai, on the old town island. The experience is followed by a trip to Burj Khalifa, where you will have the opportunity to experience ‘At the Top’. Floor-to-ceiling glass walls provide a breathtaking, unobstructed 360–degree view of the city, desert and ocean. Prepare yourself for the panoramic views of a dancing fountain in Dubai’s most desirable dining destination by having sumptuous fusion buffet dinner at Armani Hotel Dubai.

Day 3: Dubai Have breakfast at the hotel and choose how you want to enjoy your day. Suggested programme: Burj Al Arab Treat - Daily. Let us take you to the world famous 5-star hotel Burj Al Arab to enjoy an Aromatherapy Massage for 55 minutes in Assawan Spa. This massage is essential, professional and specific. Based on consultation and smell-testing, aroma therapeutic oils are incorporated with a full body massage designed to uplift and calm the mind and body. Now you are in total balance to enjoy your Ultimate Afternoon Tea in Sahn Eddar Lobby Lounge with a seven-course menu while appreciating the world’s tallest atrium.

Day 5: Dubai Have breakfast at the hotel and choose how you want to enjoy your day. Suggested programme: Caviar Luxury - Daily. Indulge in a spa and lunch treat at Burj Al Arab, the icon of Dubai, with a luxurious caviar body treatment followed by a delightful meal at Junsui. Begin with an exclusive nourishing and energising experience at Assawan Spa, using nature’s most exquisite bounty, caviar, the source of this body treatment. Thereafter, treat yourself to the rich flavours of Far East Asia at Junsui. Bathed in Swarovski crystals, this stylish restaurant and cocktail lounge offers an opulent setting for a spectacularly flavoursome culinary journey.

Day 6: Departure Enjoy breakfast at your hotel and check-out before noon. A private car will be arranged to take you to Dubai International Airport for your departure.

General Conditions: Duration: 6 days / 5 nights Minimum 2 participants Maximum 9 rooms

Day 4: Dubai

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Have breakfast at the hotel and choose how you want to enjoy your day.

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Suggested programme: Turkish Treat with an Arabic twist - Daily Your day starts with a hammam experience at Raffles Dubai Spa. This treatment purifies your soul, body and mind bringing ancient Arab traditions to your own personal spa suite. The hammam experience cleanses your body, followed by several steams with an invigorating exfoliation. You are then wrapped in a hydrating Rassoul mask during which you will receive an express mini-facial, finishing with a cleansing shower and full body massage. In the evening, we will take you to Dubai Creek for a dhow cruise. It is a beautiful way of spending an evening while aboard a traditionally decorated wooden boat, as it sails along the creek under the moonlight. The major Dubai landmarks shine through the moonlit sky as the vessel slips silently across the creek. The past and present architecture of the area is brought to its full beauty during this time.

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’•† � This exclusive desert resort features an award-winning spa with lavish treatment pavilions and state-of-the-art facilities. Set against the waters of the Arabian Gulf and the magnificent Hajjar mountains, this oasis of indulgence brings to you the ultimate retreat in the majestic desert.

Day 5: Departure Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before checking out latest at 12:00 noon. A private car will be arranged to take you to Dubai International Airport for your departure.

General Conditions: Day 1: Arrival in Dubai Arrive at Dubai International Airport. Our representatives will meet you outside the airport and assist with your arrival. A private car will be waiting to take you to the luxurious Banyan Tree Al Wadi Resort in Ras Al Khaimah for check in.

Day 2: Dubai Have breakfast at the hotel before enjoying a full treatment in the spa. You will have the 150-minute Royal Banyan Experience. This signature therapy features the Royal Banyan Herbal Pouch Massage where a herbal pouch dipped in warm sesame oil, complements the East-meets-West massage techniques to improve blood circulation and muscular tension. The Jade Face Massage improves skin condition and firms up facial muscles, leaving behind a glowing complexion. You will feel reborn after a Lemongrass Cucumber Body Scrub, Royal Banyan Herbal Pouch Massage, Jade Face Massage and a Therapeutic Herbal Bath.

Day 3: Banyan Tree Al Wadi Resort, Ras Al Khaimah Have breakfast at the hotel and enjoy the day at leisure with the activities at the resort such as the spa, archery, guided walks, horseback riding and camel riding or just relax by the pool.

Day 4: Banyan Tree Al Wadi Resort, Ras Al Khaimah Have breakfast at the hotel and enjoy the day at leisure.

Duration: 5 days / 4 nights Minimum 2 participants Maximum 9 rooms

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�‰ � Get pampered with personalised treatments in a true oasis of relaxation making your vacation the perfect escape amidst tranquil waterways, luxury cruises and beautiful beaches.

Day 1: Arrival in Dubai Arrive at Dubai International Airport. Our representatives will meet you outside the airport and assist with your arrival. A private car will be waiting to take you to Al Qasr Madinat Jumeirah in Dubai for check-in.

Day 2: Talise Spa After breakfast, you will experience a full-day treatment at the hotel’s Talise Spa. You will have a day of seclusion within the hidden oasis of Madinat Jumeirah with the special treatment package called Madinat Seclusion, that will pamper your every need for a total of six hours. This package incorporates Talise Spa’s favourite signature treatments and a healthy lunch from their lifestyle cuisine which will leave you feeling balanced, hydrated and invigorated. Begin your treatment with a footbath which will condition and soothe the feet. Drift off as your skin is layered in a velvety body butter. Exotically scented flowers such as jasmine, patchouli and geranium harmoniously work together to help lift emotions, nourish the skin and leave you feeling enriched. The journey continues with a mini facial and a balancing hair oil which moisturises and conditions the scalp and hair. Your facial will give you a boost of all natural vitamins and minerals, tailored to your needs to purify, nourish and hydrate the skin. You will then enjoy the Sole Treatment for your feet with Sodashi’s invigorating Himalayan Salt Polish and a soothing foot massage using Mint Foot Cream with lavender and peppermint.

Day 3: Dubai Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and the day free at leisure.

Optional: Modern Dubai Tour The fastest growing city in the world will always charm you with its impressive skyline and the most luxurious hotels ever built. Modern Dubai offers visitors a diverse experience from the unforgettable charm of traditional souks to inspiring modern skyscrapers. We will start with the world's tallest building Burj Khalifa situated right next to world's largest shopping mall, The Dubai Mall, where you will have the opportunity to experience ‘At The Top’. Begin your vertical ascent to the observation deck in a high-speed elevator, Travelling at 10 metres per second. As the doors open, floor-to-ceiling glass walls provide a breathtaking unobstructed 360–degree view of the city, desert and ocean. You will visit the 50–metre long world-class aquarium, and experience the exotic wonders of aquatic life first-hand through breathtaking views. You will be treated to an exceptional underwater experience as you meet eye-to-eye with sharks, stingrays and other species of fish in their natural habitat. We will then drive towards Dubai Marina district, which offers an exclusive environment for living, leisure and business followed by the world`s largest man-made island, that has captured the world's imagination with its magnificent scale and ingenuity, called The Palm Jumeirah. We will have a photo stop opposite the luxurious Atlantis The Palm Hotel a magnificent, oceanic tribute to a mythological age. We will conclude our unforgettable tour with Souk Madinat Jumeirah, a colourful and vibrant market in an Arabian city. Meandering paths lead visitors through a bazaar-like atmosphere in which open-fronted shops and intimate galleries spill onto the paved walkways. Here you will experience the sounds of craftsmen and women at work combined with the aroma from street cafes and boutique restaurants. At Souk Madinat Jumeirah, the emphasis is on unique brands, crafted quality and an interactive experience.

Day 4: Dubai Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and the day free at leisure.

Optional: Bateaux Dinner Cruise After some time at leisure in your hotel, you will have the unique dining cruise experience on water. A cruise onboard the glass-enclosed and elegant Bateaux Dubai is as inspiring as the city itself. You will enjoy a freshly prepared four-

course gourmet menu accompanied by live entertainment, atmospheric lighting, an extensive selection of beverages and exceptional services whilst cruising past the spectacular sights of Dubai Creek.

Day 5: Dubai Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and the day free at leisure.

Day 6: Departure Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and check-out latest by noon. A private car will be arranged to take you to Dubai International Airport for your departure.

General Conditions: Duration: 6 days / 5 nights Minimum 2 participants Maximum 9 rooms

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� ‡ • If you are looking for a unique and traditional shopping experience here in the UAE, this is the package for you. Gear up for exotic and eclectic experiences as we take you from the modern malls with amazing architecture to the old and mysterious souks.

Day 1: Arrival Arrival at Dubai International Airport. Meet and Assist with transfer to the hotel.

Day 2: Naif and Karama souks Enjoy breakfast at your hotel before starting your private shopping tour in old Dubai. We start with Naif Souk located in the Deira district of Dubai. This souk is one of the oldest air-conditioned souks with more than a hundred shops. The souk is famous for its souvenirs, leather, watches, jewellery, handbags and textiles. We then move on to one of Dubai’s most popular souk areas – Karama. Here you will find everything from bags, shoes, DVDs, watches, jewellery and what not! It also has shops for souvenirs. Your lunch will be served at the revolving restaurant, Al Dawaar where you will enjoy a delectable buffet meal with an amazing view. Thereafter, you will head back to your hotel for an afternoon free at leisure.

Day 3: Downtown shopping Today, you will be escorted to Downtown Dubai to experience its highlights. We welcome you to The Dubai Mall, world’s largest shopping and entertainment destination. You will visit ‘At The Top’ in the world’s tallest building Burj Khalifa that is situated right next to the mall. From your vantage point on level 124, you will experience the modern architectural and engineering marvel.


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The Dubai Aquarium is one of the largest water tanks in the world featuring the world’s largest viewing panel. In the Underwater Zoo, you walk along the rainforest, rocky shore and living ocean environments to find yourself face-toface with dangerous piranha, giant catfish, playful otters, a Humbolt penguin colony and more.

of wood and collections made of ivory. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant. In the evening, you will experience a great contrast that the UAE offers. We will take you to the icon of Dubai, Burj Al Arab. Illuminated at night by choreographed art-light, representing water and fire, Burj Al Arab is simply an individual, inspiring and impressive landmark! At the Sky View bar on the 27th floor, you will have a magical end to the day.

Your buffet lunch will be served at the Mediterraneo restaurant, Armani Hotel Dubai in Burj Khalifa with the view of the famous Dubai Fountain area and old town Souk Al Bahar.

Day 6: Day free at leisure

Day 4: Gold and Spice Souk and Mall of the Emirates

Day free at leisure. BurJuman Arjaan by Rotana is directly connected to BurJuman Metro Station via the shopping mall.

We will take you to the world famous Dubai Gold Souk, where narrow streets are lined with shop windows glinting with ornaments made in 22 and 24 carat gold. Each shop window is crammed with gold necklaces, rings, bangles, earrings and brooches. Dubai Gold Souk is worth a visit even if you have no intention of buying. Right next to it, you will visit the spice souk with its colourful array of spices and their tantalising aroma. You will be awestruck by the incredible number of spices that are available. As you move from one shop to another, you will be enveloped by sensory delights. The spices are brought from the Middle Eastern region as well as from other parts of the world. After lunch at the local restaurant, we will conclude this shopping journey with a visit to Mall of the Emirates. Strategically located in the heart of what is now deemed ‘New Dubai’, this 223,000 square-metre centre offers a full range of shopping, leisure, and entertainment. You can find 520 international brands, including fashion, lifestyle, sports, electronics and home furnishing stores. This mall also houses the largest Carrefour in the city.

Day 5: Sharjah Feel Enjoy your breakfast before heading to Sharjah for a private tour around the city. We will visit the Blue Souk, also known as Central Souk located next to Khalid Lagoon. The twin column-shaped shopping centre has over 600 shops split over two levels and its two columns are connected by overhead enclosed walkways. The east column features antiques, gifts, and electronics, while the west column and walkways feature jewellery shops. We will then proceed to Souk Al Arsah (Courtyard Souk),which dates back to more than half a century and has a very large number of small and large shops exhibiting brass, silver, handicrafts, jewellery, local garments, medical herbs, traditional articles made

Day 7: Departure Breakfast at the hotel and check-out. Transfer to Dubai International Airport.

General Conditions: Duration: 7 days / 6 nights Minimum 2 participants Maximum 9 rooms

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€ •� Not only is the UAE home to most brands that you find anywhere else in the world, it also has options where you can get the best bargains and deals. With offers that you cannot miss, be prepared to pack light and stock up on everything from electronics to clothes, jewellery, home goods and more!

landmark of Dubai before returning to the hotel.

Evening Dhow Cruise

Arrival at Dubai International Airport. Meet and Assist with transfer to the hotel.

Dhow cruise with dinner is a romantic way of spending an evening whilst onboard a traditionally decorated wooden dhow, as it sails along the Dubai Creek under the moonlight. The major Dubai landmarks shine through the moonlit sky as the dhow slips silently across the creek. The past and present architecture of the area is brought to its full beauty during this time.

Day 2: Private Dubai City Tour

Day 3: Dragon Mart and the Outlet Mall

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel before our tour guide picks you up for a private tour of Dubai, the city that richly mixes together the old and the new; it is without a doubt the leading tourist destination in the Middle East. Dubai is a city of ages that rises out of the desert and crowns the Gulf coast with its presence. Our route takes you to the magnificent view of Dubai Creek, passing by the heritage area of Bastakia. We will stop at the 180-year old Fort Al Fahidi. Here, the Dubai Museum records the city’s past with all its stages of development. We continue our journey by abra - traditional boat, crossing the creek towards the Spice Market followed by the Gold Souk. On our way to the most luxurious hotel in the world, Burj Al Arab, we will stop next to Jumeirah Mosque, an architectural

Your first visit will be to Dragon Mart, the 150,000 square-metre dragon-shaped structure which has a total length of 1.2 kilometres, making it the largest trading centre for Chinese products outside the mainland of China. You will find 3,950 shops engaged in the wholesale and retail trade of a variety of Chinese products including home appliances, stationery, office appliances, communication and acoustic equipment, lamps, household items, building materials, furniture, toys, machinery, garments, textiles, footwear and general merchandise. You will then visit the Dubai Outlet Mall, the only ‘outlet’ concept mall in the Middle East and home to over 1,200 of the world’s premium and top brands. The mall is dedicated to being a true and ultimate value retail destination and you can snap

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up discounts between 30%-90% on the majority of products available in the 240 stores. With very comprehensive food and beverage choices, the mall is also home to the first Chuck-E Cheese’s family entertainment venue in the UAE.

Day 4: Ibn Battuta Mall Ibn Battuta Mall, world’s largest themed shopping mall has revolutionised the retail and entertainment experience in Dubai. Uniquely designed to celebrate the travels of the famous Arabic explorer Ibn Battuta, the exciting mix of over 275 retailers, 50 restaurants and food outlets, 21 cinema screens including the UAE’s only IMAX theatre and a continual array of events and promotions have helped evolve and develop one of the city’s fastest growing areas.

Afternoon Desert Safari In the afternoon, our jeep will pick you up for a safari through the desert. Our safari gives you an opportunity to see the golden sand dunes of Arabia in a 4– wheel drive where you experience the thrill of a lifetime with a roller coaster ride on the sand dunes. You will stop on the highest sand dune to view the beautiful sunset and refresh yourselves with mineral water. We then continue our journey to our Bedouin campsite in the heart of the desert, where henna design, Arabic ‘gava’, local dresses, soft drinks, water, tea or coffee are available. Experience a camel ride or try a Hubbly Bubbly with different flavours to suit your taste. Adding to the atmosphere of the night, an enchanting belly dancer performs a fascinating dance to the rhythm of Arabic music. To top it all, you will enjoy a delicious BBQ buffet dinner before returning to Dubai.

Day 5: Day free at leisure Day free at leisure.

Day 6: Departure Breakfast at the hotel and check-out. Transfer to Dubai International Airport.

General Conditions: Duration: 6 days / 5 nights Minimum 2 participants Maximum 9 rooms

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JA Ocean View Hotel

� • Shop in the UAE's best malls by day and unwind each night at the luxurious JA Ocean View Hotel. This hotel provides you with rejuvenating facilities such as a private beach and spa ensuring a rewarding stay every time.

Day 1: Arrival Arrive at Dubai International Airport. Meet and Assist with transfer to the hotel.

Day 2: Deira City Centre with Lunch at a Local Restaurant Today, you will visit Deira City Centre. It is a popular shopping, entertainment and leisure complex with two levels. It has over 1.2 million sq. ft. of retail space, with over 300 shops and 6,000 free car-parking spaces. Similar to all of the malls in the city centre chain, Deira City Centre houses an 11-screen movie theatre, Magic Planet, popular retail outlets such as Debenhams, Plug-ins, Woolworths, Paris Gallery, Virgin Megastore, Zara, Massimo Dutti and others. The majority of shops and stores offer middle range products. After a fantastic shopping experience, you will be treated to lunch at a local restaurant.

Day 3: Mall of the Emirates and Ski Dubai Our day will start with a visit to the Mall of the Emirates where shopping is just the beginning. Strategically located in the heart of what is now deemed ‘New Dubai�, this 223,000 square metre centre offers a full range of shopping, leisure, and entertainment. You can find 520 international brands, including fashion, lifestyle, sports, electronics and home furnishing stores. It also houses the largest Carrefour in the city along with over 85 coffee shops and restaurants. While in the mall, you will have the chance to experience Ski Dubai, the first indoor ski resort in the Middle East that offers an amazing snow setting to enjoy skiing, snowboarding and tobogganing or just playing games in the snow. Young

or old, beginner or snow sport enthusiast, there is something for everyone. Ski Dubai is a unique mountain-themed attraction that offers you the opportunity to enjoy real snow in Dubai all year round. You do not have to worry about ski clothing or equipment either. Ski Dubai has thought of it all and offers guests the use of winter clothing, ski and snowboarding equipment. Your skis will carry you down the slope, and the quad chairlift or tow lift will promptly carry you back to the top for another turn.

Day 4: The Dubai Mall and High Tea at Burj Al Arab After breakfast at the hotel, we will visit world’s largest shopping and entertainment destination, The Dubai Mall with its 1,200 retail outlets, two anchor department stores, and over 160 food and beverage outlets. This is the ultimate destination for great shopping and entertainment in the city. Following this fantastic shopping treat, you will visit the famous Burj Al Arab hotel for an afternoon tea at Sahn Eddar .

Day 5: Abu Dhabi City Tour and Shopping at Abu Dhabi Marina Mall Abu Dhabi is the capital of United Arab Emirates and home to the Federal National Council. One of world's largest producers of oil, Abu Dhabi, has actively attempted to diversify its economy in recent years through investments in financial services and tourism. You will be mesmerised by the grandeur of the new addition to Abu Dhabi's skyline, the majestic Grand Mosque - the third largest mosque in the world. You will then visit the Cultural Foundation at the heart of the city next to the famous Union Square, that gathers symbolic themes inspired by the customs of the country. After a drive along the Corniche, we will visit Heritage Village, specially designed by the late HH Sheikh Zayed Ben Sultan al Nahyan, as a reminder of the past for the younger generation. You will also have the opportunity to enjoy shopping at the Abu Dhabi Marina Mall . This stop concludes our tour of the Emirate, that is so like Dubai and yet so different.


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Day 6: Day free at leisure Day free at leisure.

Optional Desert Safari: In the afternoon, our jeep will pick you up for a safari through the desert. Our safari gives you an opportunity to see the golden sand dunes of Arabia in a 4– wheel drive where you experience the thrill of a lifetime with a roller coaster ride on the sand dunes. You will stop on the highest sand dune to view the beautiful sunset and refresh yourselves with mineral water. We then continue our journey to our Bedouin campsite in the heart of the desert, where henna design, Arabic ‘gava’, local dresses, soft drinks, water, tea or coffee is available. Experience a camel ride or try a Hubbly Bubbly with different flavours to suit your taste. Adding to the atmosphere of the night, an enchanting belly dancer performs a fascinating dance to the rhythm of Arabic music. To top it all, you will enjoy a delicious BBQ buffet dinner before returning to Dubai.

Day 7: Departure Breakfast at the hotel and check-out . Transfer to Dubai International Airport.

General Conditions: Duration: 7 days / 6 nights Minimum 2 participants Maximum 9 rooms

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Day 1: Dubai Arrival at Dubai International Airport. Meet and Assist and private transfer to your hotel.

Day 2: Dubai Day at leisure.

Optional Dubai Modern City Tour Modern Dubai offers visitors a diverse experience from the unforgettable charm of traditional souks to inspiring modern skyscrapers. We will start with the world’s tallest building 'Burj Khalifa' situated right next the one of the world’s largest shopping malls 'The Dubai Mall', where you will have the opportunity to experience 'At The Top'. You will visit the 50–metre long aquarium, and experience the exotic wonders of aquatic life first-hand through breathtaking views. You will be treated to an exceptional underwater experience as you meet eye-to-eye with sharks, stingrays and other species of fish in their natural habitat. We will then drive towards 'Dubai Marina' district, which offers an exclusive environment for living, leisure and business followed by the world`s largest man-made island, The Palm Jumeirah. We will have a photo stop opposite the luxurious Atlantis The Palm Hotel. We will conclude our unforgettable tour in Souk Madinat Jumeirah. A colourful and vibrant market or part of a market in an Arabian city.


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Day 3: Dubai

Day 5: Dubai

Day at leisure.

Day at leisure.

Optional: Private Abu Dhabi City Tour

Day 6: Dubai

Abu Dhabi is the capital of the United Arab Emirates and the residence of the Federal National Council. One of the world’s largest producers of oil, Abu Dhabi, has actively attempted to diversify its economy in recent years through investments in financial services and tourism. From Dubai we will travel past the words largest man-made port at Jebel Ali an onward for a two–hour drive to Abu Dhabi. You will be mesmerised by the grandness of the new addition to Abu Dhabi’s skyline, the majestic Grand Mosque - the third largest mosque in the world. We will then visit the Cultural Foundation at the heart of the city next to the famous Union Square, that gathers symbolic themes inspired by the customs of the country. After a drive along the Corniche, we will visit the Heritage Village, specially designed by the late HH Sheikh Zayed Ben Sultan al Nahyan, as a reminder of the past for the younger generation. This stop concludes our tour of the Emirate, that is so like Dubai and yet so different.

Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens.

Day 4: Dubai Day at leisure.

Optional Desert Safari and BBQ Dinner Our safari gives you an opportunity to see the golden sand dunes of Arabia on a 4–wheel drive where you experience the thrill of a life time - roller coaster ride on the sand dunes. While on the journey, you will stop on the highest sand dune to view the beautiful sunset for taking some breathtaking photographs and to refresh yourself with a mineral water. We then continue the drive to our Bedouin Campsite, right in the heart of the desert, where henna design, local dresses, soft drinks, water, tea or coffee are available for your enjoyment. Try your hand at camel riding and Hubbly Bubbly (water pipe) in different flavours that suit your taste. Adding to the atmosphere of the night, an enchanting belly dancer performs a fascinating dance to rhythmic Arabic music. To top it all, the delicious BBQ buffet dinner is served to all the guests.

Day 7: Dubai Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens.

Day 8: Departure Check out and private transfer to Dubai International Airport.

General Conditions: Duration: 8 days / 7 nights Minimum 2 participants Maximum 9 rooms

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Meet and Assist upon your arrival at Abu Dhabi International Airport. Private transfer to your hotel.

Day 1: Arrival Meet and Assist upon your arrival at Abu Dhabi International Airport. Private transfer to your hotel.

Day 2-4 Formula 1 Grand Prix Abu Dhabi Head to Yas Marina Circuit for the race and all its activities accompanying the event. You will get to experience the power of Formula 1. It is not only the world’s most glamorous sport, but also the world’s largest annual sporting event.

Day 5: Departure Check out and private transfer to Abu Dhabi International Airport.

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Ground Handling Fees Meet and Assist Private return airport transfers 4 nights accommodation on Bed and Breakfast 3 days F1 tickets in Grand Stand (West or North) Local taxes

5 Days / 4 Nights

Day 2 Day at leisure.

Optional: Ferrari World Day 3-4 Formula 1 Grand Prix Abu Dhabi Head to Yas Marina Circuit for the race and all its activities accompanying the event. You will get to experience the power of Formula 1. It is not only the world’s most glamorous sport, but also the world’s largest annual sporting event.

Day 5: Departure Check out and private transfer to Abu Dhabi International Airport.

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OPTION -3 4 Days / 3 Nights Day 1: Arrival Meet and Assist upon your arrival at Abu Dhabi International Airport. Private transfer to your hotel.

Day 3-2 Formula 1 Grand Prix Abu Dhabi Head to Yas Marina Circuit for the race and all its activities accompanying the event. You will get to experience the power of Formula 1. It is not only the world’s most glamorous sport, but also the world’s largest annual sporting event.

Day 4: Departure Check out and private transfer to Abu Dhabi International Airport.

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�� — € Be a part of this premier event in the worldwide racing calendar with its top quality field of participants from across the globe. This unique package is designed to give you the best experience while you are here.

Day 3: Dubai Day at leisure.

Optional Desert Safari and BBQ diner Day 1: Arrival Arrival at Dubai International Airport. Meet and Assist and private transfer to your hotel.

Day 2: Dubai Day at leisure.

Optional Dubai Modern City Tour The fastest growing city in the world will always charm you with its impressive skyline and the most luxurious hotels ever built. Modern Dubai offers visitors a diverse experience from the unforgettable charm of traditional souks to inspiring modern skyscrapers. We will start with the world's tallest building 'Burj Khalifa' situated right next the one of the world's largest shopping malls 'The Dubai Mall', where you will have the opportunity to experience 'At The Top'. You will visit the 50–metre long aquarium, and experience the exotic wonders of aquatic life first-hand through breathtaking views. You will be treated to an exceptional underwater experience as you meet eye-to-eye with sharks, stingrays and other species of fish in their natural habitat. We will then drive towards 'Dubai Marina' district, which offers an exclusive environment for living, leisure and business followed by the world`s largest man-made island, The Palm Jumeirah. We will have a photo stop opposite the luxurious Atlantis The Palm Hotel. We will conclude our unforgettable tour in Souk Madinat Jumeirah. A colourful and vibrant market or part of a market in an Arabian city.

Our safari gives you an opportunity to see the golden sand dunes of Arabia from a 4–wheel drive where you will experience the thrill of a life time - roller coaster ride on the sand dunes. While on the journey, you will stop on the highest sand dune to view the beautiful sunset and a photo shoot opportunity. You can also refresh yourself with mineral water. We then continue the drive to our Bedouin campsite, right in the heart of the desert, where henna design, local dresses, soft drinks, water, tea or coffee are available for your enjoyment. Try your hand at camel riding and Hubbly Bubbly (water pipe) in different flavours that suit your taste. Adding to the atmosphere of the night, an enchanting belly dancer performs a fascinating dance to rhythmic Arabic music. To top it all, the delicious BBQ buffet dinner is served for all the guests.

Day 4: Dubai Morning at leisure.

Option 1: Premium Seating Today’s Dubai World Cup at Meydan Racecourse will be the highlight of the day. Your seats are reserved in the Premium Seating area, the perfect place to witness the stimulating 'Sound / Light' Opening Ceremony. The premium seat gives you access to a lavish food buffet with beverages and a bar serving beer and wine.

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everyone’s fizzy favourites and hosting the Jaguar Style Stakes. We expect the 2014 Dubai World Cup ‘Best Dressed Lady’, ‘Best Dressed Man’, ‘Best Dressed Couple’, ‘Best Hat’, ‘Most Creative Hat’, and ‘Most Elegant Lady’ competitions to be fiercely contested and attract even more contestants as Dubai’s increasingly style conscious race goers battle it out for the fantastic prizes on offer.

General Conditions:

Day 5: Dubai

Included:

Day at leisure.

• 5–star Raffles Hotel or 4–star Towers Rotana Hotel or 3–star Arabian Park Hotel, in Dubai • Ground Handling • Meet and Assist at the airport • Private airport transfers • English speaking drivers • Daily Breakfast • Tickets for Dubai World Cup 2014, Saturday 29/03/2014 • All taxes

Optional Abu Dhabi City Tour Abu Dhabi is the capital of the United Arab Emirates and the residence of the Federal National Council. One of the world's largest producers of oil, Abu Dhabi, has actively attempted to diversify its economy in recent years through investments in financial services and tourism. From Dubai we travel past the words largest man-made port at Jebel Ali an onward for a two–hour drive to Abu Dhabi. You will be mesmerised by the grandness of the new addition to Abu Dhabi’s skyline, the majestic Grand Mosque - the third largest mosque in the world. We then visit the Cultural Foundation at the heart of the city next to the famous Union Square, that gathers symbolic themes inspired by the customs of the country. After a drive along the Corniche, we will visit the Heritage Village, specially designed by the late HH Sheikh Zayed Ben Sultan al Nahyan, as reminder of the past for the younger generation. You will also have the opportunity to enjoy shopping at the Abu Dhabi Marina Mall with its unique revolving restaurant (advance booking is required). This stop concludes our tour of the Emirate, that is so like Dubai and yet so different.

Day 6: Departure Breakfast at the hotel and check out. Transfer to the airport for departure.

Duration: 6 days / 5 nights Minimum 2 participants Maximum 9 rooms

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� ‥ This beautiful journey will take you to the fascinating world of maritime life. Jump into the sea and have a close look into the wide variety of fishes and sea species. This programme is for all certified divers and also available for non divers with same programme including snorkelling.

Day 1: Arrival Arrival at Dubai International Airport. Meet and Assist with transfer to Le Meridien Al Aqah Beach Resort in Fujairah.

Day 2: Water sports in Al Aqah Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and the morning free at leisure. If you, as a certified diver, did not dive for six months time you need to do a refreshment dive before proceeding with the programme, which is available at Le Meridien Al Aqah, for a supplement. In the afternoon you will experience a snorkelling trip at Snoopy Island Fujairah followed by a Sunset Boat Cruise. Overnight stay at Le Meridien Al Aqah Beach Resort in Fujairah.

Day 3: Diving in Al Aqah Enjoy two dives with full kit provided and a gourmet sub-sandwich between dives. Literally teeming with fascinating marine life, you will dive in the tropical waters off the East Coast of the UAE on dive sites like Dibba Rock, a natural reserve and home to a multitude of sea turtles; or Martini Rock, where sea horses can be found on occasion. Overnight stay at Le Meridien Al Aqah Beach Resort in Fujairah.

Day 4: Diving in Musandam Enjoy two guided boat dives in the 'Norway of Arabia' where the dive sites are unlimited in this remote area. An arabic buffet lunch will be served in between dives. There is a good chance to see whale sharks, black tip reef sharks, spotted eagle rays, sea turtles and coral reef bursting with colour. Soft drinks and water will be available all day on board and dive kit is fully provided. Overnight stay at Le Meridien Al Aqah Beach Resort in Fujairah.

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Day 5: Snorkelling in The Dubai Mall Aquarium After breakfast at your hotel, transfer back to Dubai for a cage snorkelling experience at The Dubai Aquarium, located in The Dubai Mall. The aquarium is home to 33 sharks, a variety of rays, a giant grouper and many other species, making of this a must-do activity in Dubai. the cage snorkelling is an exhilarating experience. Overnight stay at Flora Grand Hotel Dubai. Optional for certified divers: Shark Dive in The Dubai Mall Aquarium.

Day 6: Dubai Have breakfast at the hotel and enjoy your day free at leisure in Dubai. Overnight stay at Flora Grand Hotel Dubai.

Day 7: Dubai Have breakfast at the hotel and enjoy your day at leisure.

Optional: Modern Dubai Tour Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and before you are picked up for an exciting getto-know Dubai city tour. This is the fastest growing city in the world, and it will always charm you with its impressive skyline and the most luxurious hotels ever built. Modern Dubai offers you a diverse experience from the unforgettable charm of traditional souks to inspiring modern skyscrapers. We will start with the World's tallest building Burj Khalifa situated right next the one of the world's largest shopping malls, The Dubai Mall, where you will have the opportunity to experience 'At The Top'. Begin your vertical ascent to the observation deck in a high-speed elevator, Travelling at 10 metres per second. As the doors open, floor-to-ceiling glass walls provide a breathtaking unobstructed 360–degree view of the city, desert and ocean. Whilst at The Dubai mall, you will also visit the 50 metre long aquarium, and experience the exotic wonders of aquatic life firsthand through breathtaking views. Travelling through these, you will be treated to an exceptional underwater experience as you meet eye-to-eye with sharks, stingrays and other species of fish in their natural habitat. We will then drive towards Dubai Marina district, which offers an exclusive environment for living, leisure and business followed by the world`s largest man-made island, that has captured the world's imagination with its magnificent scale and ingenuity, called The Palm Jumeirah. We will have a photo stop opposite the luxurious Atlantis The Palm Hotel a magnificent, oceanic tribute to a mythological age. We will conclude our unforgettable tour with Souk Madinat Jumeirah, a colourful and vibrant market or part of a market in an Arabian city. Meandering paths lead visitors through a bazaar-like atmosphere in which openfronted shops and intimate galleries spill onto the paved walkways. The sounds of craftsmen and women at work combine with the aroma from street cafes and boutique restaurants. At Souk Madinat Jumeirah, the emphasis is on unique brands, crafted quality and an interactive experience.

Day 8: Dubai

Optional: Afternoon Desert Safari Our safari gives you an opportunity to see the golden sand dunes of Arabia in a 4–wheel drive where you experience the thrill of a lifetime, roller coaster ride on the sand dunes. You will stop on the highest sand dune to view the beautiful sunset to refresh your selves with mineral water. We then continue our journey to our Bedouin Campsite in the heart of the Desert, where henna design, Arabic GAVA, local dresses, soft drinks, water, tea or coffee are available for you to choose from. Try your hand at camel riding and Hubbly Bubbly on different flavours to suites your taste. Adding to the atmosphere of the night, an enchanting belly dancer performs a fascinating dance to a rhythm of an Arabic music. To top it all with the delicious BBQ buffet dinner.

Day 10: Departure Have breakfast at the hotel and check out before noon. Private transfer to Dubai International Airport will be arranged for your departure.

General Conditions: Duration: 10 days / 9 nights Minimum 2 participants Maximum 9 rooms All divers must be certified and bring certification

Have breakfast at the hotel and enjoy your day at leisure.

Included:

Optional: Abu Dhabi City Tour

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Abu Dhabi is the capital of the United Arab Emirates and the residence of the Federal National Council. One of the world's largest producers of oil, Abu Dhabi, has actively attempted to diversify its economy in recent years through investments in financial services and tourism. You will be mesmerised by the grandness of the new addition to Abu Dhabi's skyline, the majestic Grand Mosque - the third largest mosque in the world. We will then visit the Cultural Foundation at the heart of the city next to the famous Union Square, which gathers symbolic themes inspired by the customs of the country. After a drive along the Corniche, we will visit the Heritage Village, specially designed by the late HH Sheikh Zayed Ben Sultan al Nahyan, as reminder of the past for the younger generation.

Day 9: Dubai Have breakfast at the hotel and enjoy your day at leisure.

4 nights Le Meridien Al Aqah 5–star or similar 5 nights Flora Grand 4–star or similar Ground Handling Meet and Assist Transfers Daily breakfast Excursions as per the itinerary All equipment is provided English speaking driver Entrance fees All taxes

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˜• � € This beautiful journey takes you to the vibrant metropolitan city of Dubai, the fascinating and magical capital Abu Dhabi and the exploration of Musandam.

Day 1: Arrival in Dubai Arrival at Dubai International Airport. Meet and Assist with private transfer to your hotel.

Day 2: Private Modern Dubai City Tour with Burj Khalifa experience The fastest growing city in the world will always charm you with its impressive skyline and the most luxurious hotels ever built. Modern Dubai offers visitors a diverse experience from the unforgettable charm of traditional souks to inspiring modern skyscrapers. We will start with the world’s tallest building Burj Khalifa, situated right next the one of the world’s largest shopping malls The Dubai Mall, where you will have the opportunity to experience ‘At The Top’. You will visit the 50–metre long aquarium and experience the exotic wonders of aquatic life first-hand through breathtaking views. You will be treated to an exceptional underwater experience as you meet eye-to-eye with sharks, stingrays and other species of fish in their natural habitat. We will then drive towards Dubai Marina district, which offers an exclusive environment for living, leisure and business followed by the world’s largest man-made island, Palm Jumeirah. We will have a photo stop opposite the luxurious Atlantis The Palm Hotel. We will conclude our unforgettable tour at Souk Madinat Jumeirah, a colourful and vibrant market in an Arabian city.


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Day 4: Musandam Cruise Early morning you venture out to Musandam in a comfortable air-conditioned bus or car. On the way to Dibba, you will pass by beautiful scenery of rugged mountains between the border of UAE and Oman until you reach the East Coast Peninsula of Musandam in Oman. From Dibba Al Byah’s Fishing Port, you board your vessel and start cruising past the famous stone houses, fishing villages, Zeke, Haffa village, Haffa beach, white mountains, cutting rocks, beautiful caves, salty mountain and the magnificent bays of Musandam. Lunch, refreshments and fruits are served on board. In the afternoon you return back to the harbor and transfer to your hotel.

Day 5: Private Abu Dhabi City Tour Check out and drive to Abu Dhabi. The capital of UAE is situated about 170 kilometres south-west of Dubai. Many of the city’s striking examples of modern architecture show fascinating interpretations of Islamic themes captured in today’s materials. Visit the magnificent Grand Mosque in the morning. Learn everything about the oil, the so called ‘black gold’ and how it transformed Abu Dhabi into the wealthy city of today. A reminder of the historical past is the renovated Al Hosn Palace, now home to the Centre for Documentation and Research. A drive along the beautiful Corniche gives a magnificent view of the city. Check-in and stay overnight at your hotel in Abu Dhabi.

Day 6: Dhow Cruise Dinner Day at leisure. In the evening we will take you on a dhow cruise, a romantic way to spend your time aboard a traditionally decorated wooden boat, as it sails along the Gulf under the moonlight. The major Abu Dhabi landmarks shine through the moonlight sky as the wooden vessel slips silently across the sea overlooking Lou Lou Island and the Emirates Palace hotel. The present architecture of the area is brought to its full beauty during this time of the night. Transfer back to the hotel.

Day 7: Abu Dhabi Day at leisure.

Optional: Ferrari World (ticket only – general admission) Day 8: Departure from Dubai or Abu Dhabi Check-out before noon and transfer to Dubai or Abu Dhabi International Airport for departure.

General Conditions: Duration: 8 days / 7 nights Minimum 2 participants

Day 3: Dubai Day at leisure.

Optional: Desert Safari and BBQ Dinner In the afternoon, our safari guides will take you in a 4–wheel drive into the golden sand dunes of Arabia. Experience the thrill of a life time while riding through the dunes. Enjoy a beautiful scenic sunset overlooking the desert, from where you will continue to our Bedouin campsite to enjoy camel riding, Henna design, Arabic gava, local dresses, soft drinks, tea or coffee, a Hubbly Bubbly and delicious BBQ buffet. Adding to the atmosphere of the night is an enchanting belly dancer performing to the Arabic rhythms.

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�„Š This unique roundtrip can be tailor-made to cater to your preferred language. We will show you many exciting sites of the UAE from very cultural to magnificently modern, through scenic coasts and mountain landscapes to polo ponies.

Day 1: Arrival in Dubai Arrival at Dubai Airport. Meet and Assist with transfer to your hotel. Overnight stay at Dubai.

Day 2: Private Modern and Cultural Dubai The fastest growing city in the world will always charm you with its impressive and unique skyline. Modern Dubai offers visitors a diverse experience, from the unforgettable charm of traditional souks to inspiring modern skyscrapers. We will start with the world’s tallest building, Burj Khalifa, situated right next to one of the world’s largest shopping malls, The Dubai Mall, where you will have the opportunity to visit the aquarium showcasing the exotic wonders of aquatic life. We continue to the Dubai Marina district, which offers an exclusive environment for living, leisure and business followed by the world’s largest manmade island, Palm Jumeirah. We will have a photo stop opposite the luxurious Atlantis The Palm Hotel. The unforgettable tour concludes with a visit to Souk Madinat Jumeirah - a colourful market in an Arabian setting. In the afternoon we offer you a fascinating insight into the secrets of Arabia. We begin with a visit to a Heritage House, built in 1890 and owned by Sheikh

Ahmed bin Dalmouk, the most famous pearl merchant in Dubai at that time. It is one of the best examples of a traditional Emirati family home. We will then walk to Al Ahmadia School, which was the first school in the Emirates and played a very important role in the history of education. On the other side of the creek we will explore the charming Bastakiya, with its narrow lanes and houses with tall chimney like structures called Wind Towers. We will also learn about architecture, culture and arts while visiting this part of Dubai. In the courtyard outside the mosque we will introduce you to the basics of Islam. We have arranged for a magical Arabic dinner experience at the ‘Bastakiya Nights’ restaurant. You will be able to enjoy local culinary delights in one of the oldest houses of Bastakiya. Experience the true Arabic hospitality, with a lavish dinner, dates and Arabic coffee in a wonderful charming surrounding, almost like a guest in one’s home. After the dinner transfer back to the hotel and stay Overnight stay at Dubai.

Day 3: Private Stable Tour and Safari with BBQ Dinner Early morning pick-up from the hotel for the stable tour. An aura of elegance and refinement draws visitors into the exclusive world of polo and other equestrian sports. The prestigious Dubai Polo and Equestrian Club hosts international polo events and consists of 336 air-conditioned stables, a world-class exercise track and three polo fields. Accompanied by an experienced guide from the club, we start our tour by watching magnificent thoroughbreds being put through their paces at the training grounds. This is followed by a leisurely stroll around the facilities where you will learn about the training and care of Arabian horses, polo ponies, thoroughbreds and show jumpers. The tour ends with a sumptuous breakfast at the Epona Terrace overlooking the polo arena, where one may see a ’chukka’ being played.


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In the afternoon, you will enjoy a desert safari in a 4–wheel drive vehicle amidst the golden sand dunes. Then we will proceed to the main campsite at dusk, where there is an opportunity to try some camel riding. A delicious barbecue dinner will be prepared on open fires. Persian rugs and traditional accessories create a typical Bedouin camp under the stars. The tempo of the music increases as a belly dancer starts dancing to the rhythmic Arabic music.

Day 4: Musandam Cruise Early morning drive to Dibba. On the way, we will be passing by beautiful golden sands and the magnificent Hajar mountains, before reaching Dibba in the Musandam peninsula. Mid-morning, you start your cruise on board of a typical Omani dhow. Enjoy your time lazing and sunbathing, whilst you feast your eyes upon the beauty of the white salty mountains. You will pass by the natural beautiful carved caves, through the deserted Haffa village and Zighy beaches. Take a thrilling plunge or snorkel down the crystal clear waters of the Indian Ocean while the crew prepares a traditional Arabic lunch. Return to your hotel for an overnight stay in Fujairah.

Day 5: Day at leisure

General Conditions: Duration: 8 Days / 7 nights Minimum 2 participants

Included: • • • • • • • • • • • • •

3 nights at Arabian Courtyard and Spa Dubai (hotel 4–star or similar) 2 nights Radisson Blu Resort Fujairah (hotel 5–star or similar) 2 nights Yas Island Rotana (hotel 4–star or similar) Ground Handling Daily Breakfast Private Transfers Excursions as per the itinerary Meals outilned in the itinerary (food only) Tour guide on guided tours English speaking drivers Water during long journeys Entrance fees All taxes

Day at leisure

Excluded:

Day 6: Private Abu Dhabi City Tour

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Breakfast at the hotel followed by transfer to Abu Dhabi. After check in, you will enjoy a tour of the capital. You will be mesmerised by the grandeur of the new addition to Abu Dhabi’s skyline, the majestic Grand Mosque, the third largest mosque in the world. Learn everything about the oil, the so called ‘black gold’ and how it transformed Abu Dhabi into the wealthy city of today. After a drive along the Corniche, we will visit the Heritage Village, specially designed by the late HH Sheikh Zayed Ben Sultan al Nahyan, as reminder of the past for the younger generation. You will also have the opportunity to enjoy shopping at the Abu Dhabi Marina Mall. This stop concludes our tour of the Emirate.

Day 7: Abu Dhabi Day at leisure.

Optional: Dhow Cruise Dinner (with transfers) A dhow cruise with dinner is a romantic way of spending an evening aboard a traditionally decorated wooden dhow, as it sails along the Dubai Creek under the moonlight. The major Dubai landmarks shine through the moonlight 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.

Day 8: Departure Check-out from the hotel and transfer back to Dubai International Airport.

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˜„ •� On this wonderful roundtrip, we will show you the metropolis Dubai, the oasis town Al Ain and the magnificent mountains and beautiful scenic Fjords of Musandam, a stunning peninsula in Oman.

Day 1: Arrival in Dubai Arrival at Dubai International Airport, Meet and Assist with transfer to the hotel. Check-in and Overnight stay at Dubai.

Day 2: Private Dubai City Tour Dubai is a city that provides a new setting at every turn, richly mixing together the old and the new. It is a city of ages that rises out of the desert and crowns the Gulf coast with its presence. Our tour takes you on a journey through old and new Dubai; we will visit the spice market, the gold souk and the Bastakiya area with its traditional wind towered houses and the old Fahidi Fort, which is today the Dubai Museum. We also make a photo stop at the Jumeirah mosque, an architectural landmark of Dubai.

Optional: Desert Safari with BBQ Dinner In the afternoon, our safari guides will take you in a 4–wheel drive into the golden sand dunes of Arabia. Experience the thrill of a lifetime while riding through the dunes. Enjoy a beautiful scenic sunset overlooking the desert, then continue to our Bedouin campsite, where you can enjoy camel riding, Henna design, Arabic gava, local dresses, soft drinks, tea or coffee, a Hubbly Bubbly and a delicious BBQ buffet. Adding to the atmosphere of the night is an enchanting belly dancer performing to the Arabic rhythms.

Day 3: Private Oasis of Al Ain Today, we will visit Al Ain, known as the garden city with its charming desert oasis, surrounded by red golden sand dunes and curiously shaped hills. The town

winds itself around the border of the Sultanate of Oman. We will pass by the archaeological Hilli tombs dating back 5,000 years, which are surrounded by a marvellous botanical garden. The history of the Bedouins is well displayed in the largest museum of the Emirates. The traditional camel market also gives the town a very special atmosphere. Al Ain is a fantasy of greenery and flowers in the middle of the golden desert.

Day 4: Khassab - Mountain Safari Drive to Khassab through the panoramic, coastal road, overlooking the Gulf of Arabia and the Straits of Hormuz. Check-in at the hotel in Khassab. In the


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afternoon depart for a half-day mountain safari to Jebel Harim, translated as the mountain of women, the highest peak of the Musandam Peninsula at 2,087 metres above sea level, where you will enjoy views of the Hajjar Mountains. Along the way you will be able to observe fossils dating back several million years. Also we will visit an old Bedouin village and the Khalidiya Park where we will take you to Khor Nadj Mountain to see the wonderful sceneries of the Indian Ocean. Overnight stay at Khassab.

Day 5: Musandam Fjords Transfer to Khassab Harbour. Enjoy a full-day dhow cruise in the spectacular Fjords of Musandam. The dhow anchors at the famous Telegraph Island, where you can swim and snorkel in the pleasant clear waters. You might even get to spot dolphins on the way. Lunch, refreshments and fruits are served on board. After lunch, you will have free time for swimming and snorkelling. Return to Khassab.

Day 6: Private Khassab City Tour Depart for a Khassab City Tour, with a visit to the Khassab Fort, neighbouring village Qadah and the pre-historical cave paintings in Wadi Tawi, followed by lunch at a local restaurant. Then head to Fujairah for an overnight stay.

Day 7: Fujairah Day at leisure on the beach. Overnight stay in Fujairah.

Day 8: Departure from Dubai Check-out before noon and transfer to Dubai International Airport.

General Conditions: Duration: 8 days /7 nights Minimum 2 participants

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3 nights at Arabian Courtyard and Spa Dubai (hotel 4–star or similar) 2 nights Golden Tulip Khasab (hotel 3–star or similar) 2 nights Radisson Blu Resort Fujairah (hotel 5–star or similar) Ground Handling Daily Breakfast Private Transfers Excursions as per the itinerary Meals outilned in the itinerary (food only) Tour guide (expect for all transfers, days 4 and 5 excursions and optional desert safari) English speaking drivers Water during long journeys Entrance fees All taxes

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˜ •� Join us on this unforgettable journey where we show you the incredible modern and traditional highlights of the UAE, you get to explore the desert, see and experience the stunning natural and cultural beauty of Oman.

Day 1: Arrival Arrival at Dubai International Airport, Meet and Assist at the airport with transfer to your hotel in Dubai.

Day 2: Private Dubai City Tour Dubai is a city that provides a new setting at every turn, richly mixing together the old and the new. It is a city of ages that rises out of the desert and crowns the Gulf coast with its presence. Our tour takes you on a journey through old and new Dubai; we visit the spice market, the gold souk, the Bastakiya area with its traditional wind towered houses and the old Fahidi Fort, which is today the Dubai Museum. We also make a photo stop at the Jumeirah mosque, an architectural landmark of Dubai.

proceed to the magnificent building that houses the Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization since 2008. Its most outstanding feature is its majestic, gilt central dome, decorated on the inside with an intricate mosaic depicting the night sky and the signs of the zodiac. We will conclude our tour by a stop at Qanat Al Qasba- one of the most beautiful walking areas in Sharjah, where you will indulge in Arabic coffee, tea, sweets and the famous ‘Kunafah’ to then have a panoramic view of the whole city from Sharjah Eye.

Optional: Dhow Cruise Dinner A dhow cruise dinner is a romantic way of spending an evening while aboard a traditionally decorated wooden boat, 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.

Day 4: Dubai Day at leisure.

Day 3: Dubai

Optional: Desert Safari with BBQ Dinner

Day at leisure.

In the afternoon, our safari guides will take you in a 4–wheel drive into the golden sand dunes of Arabia. Experience the thrill of a lifetime while riding through the dunes. Enjoy a beautiful scenic sunset overlooking the desert, then continue to our Bedouin campsite, where you can enjoy camel riding, Henna design, Arabic gava, local dresses, soft drinks, tea or coffee, a Hubbly Bubbly and a delicious BBQ buffet. Adding to the atmosphere of the night is an enchanting belly dancer performing to the rhythmic Arabic music. Overnight stay at Dubai.

Optional: Private Cultural Sharjah Sharjah is an exciting, lively city with colourful souks filled with interesting artifacts in every corner. You will first visit the Al Noor Mosque – the first mosque in Sharjah to open its doors for non-Muslim residents and tourists seeking to learn about the culture and religion. From here, we continue our journey through Sharjah’s famous Blue Souk where more than 600 shops sell carpets, gold, silver, antiques, perfumes, garments and much more. On foot, stroll through Sharjah’s fish and vegetable markets before we proceed to Al Arsa Souk, one of the few remaining traditional market places which used to serve as a meeting place for the Bedouins and their camels in the old days. Step back in time and visit the peaceful air-conditioned alleyways of the covered market designed with solid wooden doors, beautiful coral brick walls and hanging lanterns. We then

Day 5: Private Nakhl – Rustaq Pick up from Dubai and drive to visit Rustaq and Nakhl via Al Musannah passing by Al Hazm fort for a photo stop. The fort is known for its beautiful gates which are adorned with verses from the Holy Koran and followers travel far to take a healing dip in the waters and experience the nostalgia of days gone by. The next


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stop is Nakhl which hosts the highest fort in Oman, standing proudly on top of a hill. We will then proceed to Al Thowara Oasis where one can witness the source of the natural springs. Enjoy a picnic lunch in the shade of the palm trees. Rustaq is famous for its hot water springs. The hot springs (Ain Al Kisfa) were said to have medicinal value in the olden days.

Day 6: Private Muscat City Tour The first stop on the Muscat City Tour is the Grand Mosque, the most beautiful architectural piece of work. The main chandelier is made of pure Swarovski crystal and the pure Persian silk carpet adorning the large prayer hall was woven by experts. From the mosque, we proceed to The Muttrah Souk, a traditional Omani market. The next stop is the Bait Al Zubair Museum, a small town house that has been converted to display the old archaeological findings and Omani traditions such as national dress and jewellery. From here we shall proceed to see the Sultan’s Palace surrounded by the two forts of Mirani and Jalali built by the Portuguese in the 16th century during their rule of the coastal cities of Oman. Afternoon at leisure. Overnight stay in Muscat.

Day 7: Dolphin Watching Dolphins in Oman are familiar sights almost all year around; the coast is home to a variety of dolphins and whale species, the spinner and bottle nose dolphin being the most common. Of course since these are wild creatures in their natural habitat, it may sometimes be the case that no sightings can be made. However, the trip onto the untamed ocean is a treat in itself! Afternoon at leisure.

Day 10: Private Transfer Al Ain - Abu Dhabi Breakfast at the hotel and check out. Transfer to Abu Dhabi (approximately a two-hour drive) and check in. Afternoon at leisure.

Day 11: Private Abu Dhabi City Tour Abu Dhabi is the capital of UAE. We will visit The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, completely clad in marble and also features intricate Islamic decoration and carvings. Many of the city�s striking examples of modern architecture show fascinating interpretations of Islamic themes captured in today�s materials. Learn everything about the oil, the so called ‘black gold' and how it transformed Abu Dhabi into the wealthy city of today. A reminder of the historical past is the renovated Al Husn Palace, now home of the Centre for Documentation and Research. A drive along the beautiful Corniche gives a magnificent view of the city. Check in and stay overnight at your hotel in Abu Dhabi.

Day 12: Abu Dhabi Day at leisure.

Optional: Ferrari World (ticket only – General Admission) Day 13: Departure Check-out before noon and transfer to Dubai International Airport for departure.

Day 8: Private Nizwa City Tour

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Breakfast at the hotel and check out. Drive to Nizwa, where you will visit the Nizwa Fort and souq, which is famous for the enormous tower guarding the city as Nizwa was once the capital of Oman. Then you will continue your journey to the villages of Misfah also known as Misfat Al Abreen. Misfah has a falaj system and green terraces which provides the dwellers abundant bounty in terms of fruits (mango, papaya, banana and dates) and vegetables in spite of the dry vegetation elsewhere. It is a typical Omani village that gives guests an insight on how the locals used to live centuries ago. The houses are made of clay and mud in order to keep the interior cool even during the summer months. The next stop is the Al Hoota caves – These are one of the most accessible caves in Oman. It is situated close to Al Hamra. The Hoota caves system was formed by the dissolution of limestone by acidic water. The caves appear in the cretaceous Natih formation. It is a breathtaking sight to see the stalagmite and stalactites in the caves – a desert ‘grotto’ experience. Lunch at Al Hoota Cave Restaurant.

Duration: 13 days / 12 nights Minimum 2 participants

Day 9: Private Bahla/Jabreen Tour Breakfast at the hotel and check out. Pick up by 08:00 AM. Start your tour from photo stop at the Bahla fort, the oldest and first Omani fort to be built in the Islamic style. Then proceed on to the Oasis of Tanuf, with its springs (where the mineral water 'Tanuf' is also bottled). Drive to visit the Jabreen castle, the finest of Oman�s castles built during the late 17th century, which became a seat for Omani education and learning. The castle displays beautiful ceiling paintings and intricate wood carvings. Picnic lunch / lunch at local restaurant. Continue to Al Ain and check in at the hotel.

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Day 1: Arrival

the opportunity to visit one of the most authentic Islamic souks, Souk Al Bahar located in the heart of the prestigious Downtown Dubai. Once at the Downtown Burj Khalifa, you will have the opportunity to experience ‘At the Top’. Floor-toglass walls provide a breathtaking, unobstructed 360–degree view of the city, desert and ocean. Prepare yourself for the heady delights and panoramic views of a dancing fountain in Dubai’s most desirable dining destination by having sumptuous fusion buffet dinner at Armani Hotel Dubai.

Arrive at Dubai International Airport, Meet and Assist with transfer to your hotel.

Day 3: Tradition and Grandness of the Capital

Day 2: From Behind the Scenes to the Top of the World

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before joining your guide for todays tour to Abu Dhabi. It is the capital of the United Arab Emirates and the residence of the Federal National Council. One of the world's largest producers of oil, Abu Dhabi, has actively attempted to diversify its economy in recent years through investments in financial services and tourism. You will be mesmerised by the grandness of the new addition to Abu Dhabi's skyline, the majestic Grand Mosque - the third largest mosque in the world. We then visit the Cultural Foundation at the heart of the city next to the famous Union Square, which gathers symbolic themes inspired by the customs of the country. After a drive along the Corniche, we will visit the Heritage Village, specially designed by the late HH Sheikh Zayed Ben Sultan al Nahyan, as reminder of the past for the younger generation.

Designed for the curious explorer, this Middle Eastern package will take you from Dubai, the city of world records, to the capital of black gold, Abu Dhabi. The trip is complete with a journey into Jordan and an exploration of the country's rich history and natural wonders.

Driving through the Jumeirah district you will learn about Dubai's unique history by visiting one of the city's oldest and most beautiful neighbourhoods. See how the local community lives, where they work and how their everyday life is. We will take a walk through hidden locations known only by locals and long term residents. From there, you will take a drive through to Dubai’s main trade district for an incredible walking tour of the city�s back streets where you will be able to experience and capture the everyday hustle and bustle of the streets. Visit shops, stop at a cafeteria for a fresh juice or sandwich, visit hidden mosques and learn about how the local society functions, by being at the centre of it. This tour will then lead to the famous Dubai Gold and Spice Souks which are an absolute mustsee on any visit to the city. An abra will take you from the souk areas, across the creek to continue the walk in the traditional Bastakiya district where you will have lunch in a local restaurant. Then proceed to visit Saga World Dubai, a standalone mall that displays hand crafted fine goods. The shop compares to a museum and allows the connoisseur to choose items that a museum would be proud to display. Our journey will continue by embarking a traditional boat, cruising along Mina Seyahi Lagoon and Dubai Marina, the largest man-made marina in the world. We will then drive on the largest man-made island, the Palm Jumeirah, where we will have a photo stop opposite the luxurious Atlantis The Palm Hotel. After that you will have

Representing the passion and love of the Arab Bedouins, falcons are the national emblem of the UAE. Dating back centuries, falconry and falcons are a unique tradition that is well preserved in Abu Dhabi. The Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital has become one of the main tourism attractions and recognised internationally for its unique and unforgettable tour programme. It has won several awards including International Award for Tourism, Hotel and Catering Industry for excellent tourism programme. The tour itself includes a visit to the two beautiful museums with rare falcons and falconry displays.


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Day 4: Dubai to Amman, Jordan After breakfast and check out from your hotel, we will take you to Dubai International Airport for your flight to Amman, Jordan. Upon arrival at Queen Alia Airport, our guide will be there to meet you and assist with your arrival before introducing you to the city of Amman. Here you will visit the Citadel which is the site of ancient Rabbath-Ammon, and excavations there have uncovered Roman, Byzantine and early Islamic remains . The most impressive of which is Al Qasr, simply known as 'The Palace', dates back to the Islamic Umayyad period. At the foot of the Citadel lies the 6,000 seat Roman Theatre, which is a deep-sided bowl carved into the hill and is still used for cultural events. In Beit Sitti you will see and join the preparing of lunch before continuing to your hotel for check in and evening at leisure in Amman.

Day 5: Petra – One of the new 7 Wonders of the World After breakfast and check out at your hotel the journey continues to the South of Jordan. The Desert Highway will take you to the Rose-Red City of Petra; which is one of the new seven Wonders of the World. Petra is without a doubt Jordan’s most valuable treasure. It is a vast, unique city, carved into the sheer rock face by the Nabataeans; an industrious Arab people who settled here more than 2,000 years ago, turning it into an important junction for the silk, spice and other trade routes that linked China, India and southern Arabia with Egypt, Syria, Greece and Rome. Upon arrival at Petra, you will check in at your hotel before heading for a historical treasure hunt. As you enter the historical site of Petra, a narrow path, the Siq, will lead you through the majestic cliffs and rocks filled with ancient and historical remains and carvings. Your guide will tell the tale of Petra when walking along the Siq and two kilometres later the great treasury will rise, in front of you. Surrounded by history you continue to the Theatre the Courte, the church, the cardo, Royal Tombs and Qasr Al Bent. You have the afternoon to explore Petra's breathtaking treasures and pathways before heading back to your hotel.

Day 6: Spectacular views at Wadi Rum Desert Camp Enjoy breakfast and a morning at leisure in Petra before checking out and continuing your journey to the south of Jordan. When arriving at the Wadi Rum Desert Camp, a jeep will take you along for a ride over the dunes to explore the spectacular view of the nature in Wadi Rum. You will visit both Lawrence of Arabia and the Seven Pillars of Wisdom when making your way through the desert enjoying a beautiful sunset. When back at the camp dinner will be served.

Day 7: Dead Sea – Lowest point on earth You will have breakfast at the desert camp before heading north-west and to the coast of the Dead Sea. It is the lowest point on earth, dropping down to more than 400 metres below sea level, and one of the most spectacular natural and spiritual landscapes in the world. By the Jordan coast of the Dead Sea you will enjoy your time just as the kings, emperors, traders, and prophets in antiquity did. The main attraction of the Dead Sea is of course the soothing, abnormally salty water itself. The salt content of the water is 31.5% making the water so buoyant that it is impossible for the visitor to sink. The water also contains 21 minerals including high levels of magnesium, sodium, potassium, and bromine and 12 of these minerals are found in no other body of water in the world. Studies have shown the combination of the Dead Sea water and the rich black mud found along the shoreline to have significant health benefits including increasing circulation, easing discomfort from arthritis, healing allergies, and revitalising skin. Your beach resort is located along the coast of the Dead Sea and here you will check in to enjoy the afternoon at leisure.

Day 8: Departure After breakfast and check out, a private car will take you to Queen Alia Airport approximately 50 minutes away, for your departure.

General Conditions: Duration: 8 days / 7 nights Minimum 2 participants

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3 nights accommodation in Dubai 1 night accommodation in Amman 1 night accommodation in Petra 1 night in Wadi Rum Desert Camp 1 night in Dead Sea Beach Resort Ground Handling Daily Breakfast Meet and Assist Private Transfers Excursions as per itinerary Meals as outlined in the itinerary based on food only Entrance fees All taxes

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˜š •� Discover the Middle East with a package that takes you from the glamorous shores of Dubai and cultural heart of Abu Dhabi, to the sophisticated elegance of Doha. Relax, unwind and enjoy this modern take on the Gulf region.

Day 1: Arrival Upon arrival our representatives will meet you and assist with the necessary procedures before a your private transfer takes you to the hotel for check in.

famous and luxurious Burj Al Arab. From Souk Madinat Jumeirah we will drop you off at your Dubai hotel. After some time at leisure in the afternoon we will take you for a Dhow Cruise Dinner. It is a beautiful way of spending an evening 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 moonlight 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.

Day 2: Private Modern Dubai Tour and Dinner Dhow Cruise

Day 3: Private Abu Dhabi City Tour

Modern Dubai offers visitors a diverse experience from the unforgettable charm of traditional souks to inspiring modern skyscrapers. We will start with the world's tallest building Burj Khalifa situated right next the one of the world's largest shopping malls, The Dubai Mall, where you will have the opportunity to experience the view ‘At The Top’. Begin your vertical ascent to the Observation Deck in a high-speed elevator, traveling at 10 metres per second. As the doors open, floor-to-ceiling glass walls provide a breathtaking unobstructed 360-degree view of the city, desert and ocean. You will visit the 50-metre long aquarium, and experience the exotic wonders of aquatic life first-hand through breathtaking views.

Abu Dhabi is the capital of the United Arab Emirates and the residence of the Federal National Council. One of the world's largest producers of oil, Abu Dhabi, has actively attempted to diversify its economy in recent years through investments in financial services and tourism. You will be mesmerised by the grandness of the new addition to Abu Dhabi's skyline, the majestic Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque - the third largest mosque in the world. We will then visit the Cultural Foundation at the heart of the city next to the famous Union Square, which gathers symbolic themes inspired by the customs of the country. After a drive along the Corniche, we will visit the Heritage Village, specially designed by the late HH Sheikh Zayed Ben Sultan al Nahyan, as reminder of the past for the younger generation.

We will then drive towards Dubai Marina district, which offers an exclusive environment for living, leisure and business followed by the world's largest manmade island, that has captured the world's imagination with its magnificent scale and ingenuity, called The Palm Jumeirah. We will have a photo stop opposite the luxurious Atlantis The Palm Hotel a magnificent, oceanic tribute to a mythological age. We will conclude our unforgettable tour with Souk Madinat Jumeirah, a colourful and vibrant market or part of a market in an Arabian city. Meandering paths lead visitors through a bazaar-like atmosphere in which open fronted shops and intimate galleries spill onto the paved walkways. At Souk Madinat Jumeirah, the emphasis is on unique brands, crafted quality and an interactive experience. From here you also have one of the best views over the

Optional: Ferrari World Before heading back to Dubai, you can choose to visit the world's first Ferrari theme park and largest attraction of its kind. The park pays tribute to the passion, excellence, performance and technical innovation, which Ferrari has established over the years and represents today. Step through the main gates into an intense multisensory experience celebrating the Ferrari spirit. Don’t miss out on the chance to take a ride on the fastest rollercoaster in the world, Formula Rossa, which takes you to a speed of 240 km/hour.


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Day 4: Dubai Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and day at leisure in Dubai.

Day 5: Dubai – Qatar Breakfast at the hotel before checkout latest at 12:00noon, and transfer to Dubai International Airport for your flight to Qatar. When arriving in Doha, our representatives will meet and assist with your arrival before your private transfer to your hotel for check in and afternoon at leisure.

Day 6: Doha City Tour Discover the charm of Doha and visit many attractions in this fast changing city, which is a fascinating blend of traditional and modern. The journey begins by visiting Doha Corniche. Extending seven kilometres along Doha's waterfront from Ras Abu Abboud to Sheraton park, the picturesque palm tree-lined Corniche is flanked by rolling green lawns, banks of flowers, a medley of old and new buildings, hotels and landmark architecture. Next we will visit Islamic Cultural Center and the Museum of Islamic Art, which showcases an internationally recognised collection of Islamic artifacts in its permanent gallery, while the temporary Gallery houses internationally-curated short-term exhibitions. The last stop will be at the traditional old souk where you will enjoy the traditional architecture, visit the falconry shop, spice, material, perfume and traditional handy craft shops.

General Conditions: Duration: 8 Days / 7 nights Minimum 2 participants

Day 7: Inland Sea Safari

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The adventure starts by heading south of Qatar with one stop at a beach resort. Professional drivers will deflate the tires to make the vehicle ready for the dune bashing and your breathtaking trip across the desert and over the sand dunes more enjoyable. We will reach the spectacular inland sea area near the Qatari / Saudi Arabia boarders and back to our permanent desert camp located on the crystal sandy beaches. At the camp, you will enjoy the view of the sand dunes and the beach. Our professional chef will prepare the BBQ dinner. The camp is equipped with Bedouin style tents, carpeted and with traditional seating.

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Day 8: Departure Check out before noon and transfer to Doha International Airport.

4 nights in 4-star Conrad Hotel Dubai 3 nights in 4-star Mercure Grand Hotel Doha City Center Ground Handling Daily Breakfast Private Transfers Excursions as per the itinerary Meals outilned in the itinerary Tour guide on guided tours English speaking drivers Entrance fees All taxes

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Any item of personal nature Meals not mentioned in the itinerary Beverages unless stated otherwise Tips and porterage Visa charges


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‚�ı† ‡ Explore the UAE in the true sense with the steering wheel in your own hands. This package allows you the freedom and mobility to traverse on your own path and make your own discoveries as you drive around in a car of your choice.

Day 1: Arrival Arrival at Dubai International Airport. Meet and Assist with transfer to Flora Grand Hotel.

Day 2: Dubai The car (Group D: Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla, automatic or similar) will be dropped at the hotel by 10 am and it is time to explore this amazing city. Overnight at Flora Grand Hotel.

Accommodation: • • • •

3 nights Flora Grand Dubai (4–star city hotel) 1 night Radisson Blu Resort Fujairah (5–star beach hotel) 1 night Al Ain Rotana (5–star city hotel) 1 night InterContinental Abu Dhabi (5–star beach hotel)

Distances in the Emirates: • • • •

Dubai city to Fujairah city approximately 180 km Fujairah to Al Ain city approximately 180 km Al Ain to Abu Dhabi city approximately 130 km Abu Dhabi city to Dubai city approximately 130 km

Terms and Conditions:

Breakfast, check out from hotel then drive to Sharjah and Ajman then to Fujairah. Overnight stay at Radisson Blu Resort, Fujairah.

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Day 4: Fujairah - Al Ain

Included:

Breakfast, check out from hotel and drive from Fujairah to Al Ain. Overnight stay at Al Ain Rotana.

• Accommodation in selected hotels with breakfast buffet • Ground Handling including Meet and Assist with transfers • Rent-a-car (Group D: Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla or similar) for up to 3 participants – including free mileage. • Rent-a-car (Group I: Toyota Fortuner or similar) for 4 participants – including free mileage

Day 3: Dubai - Sharjah - Ajman - Fujairah

Day 5: Al Ain - Abu Dhabi Breakfast followed by check out. Self drive from Al Ain to Abu Dhabi City. Spend the night at InterContinental Abu Dhabi.

Day 6: Abu Dhabi - Dubai Begin your day with breakfast then check out of the hotel. Drive from Abu Dhabi to Dubai. Overnight stay at Flora Grand Hotel.

Day 7: Departure Breakfast and check out. Drive the car to the airport and drop off the vehicle before check-in and flight home.

Offer is valid for above arrival dates only All accommodation is on BB basis. The driver(client) must have an international driving license Driver has to be over 21 years old

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Any item of personal nature Any other meals not mentioned in description or at hotels All beverages unless stated otherwise Tips and porterage All road tolls – will be charged direct by guest’s credit card to R.A.C.


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„‡ ı� ‚ This beautiful journey takes you to the vibrant metropolitan city of Dubai, the fascinating and magical capital Abu Dhabi and the discovery of the other Emirates as well as Musandam.

Day 1: Arrival in Dubai Arrival at Dubai International Airport. Meet and Assist with private transfer to your hotel in Dubai. Transfer to Prestige Motorcycle office for information session and back to the hotel.

Day 2: Dubai Ride to Dubai Marina, Jumeirah Beach Residence, Bur Dubai and Electronic and Textile souks on the waterfront. From there take the abra to Deira, walk through the Gold and Spice souks, then take the abra back to Bur Dubai. Ride back to the hotel.

Day 3: Dubai - Hatta Check out and ride to Hatta Fort Hotel for check in. Explore Hatta Village before returning to the hotel for a nice quiet evening. The hotel is one of the biker’s best stops, located in the mountains, about two hours outside Dubai.

Day 4: Hatta - Dibba Check out and ride through the mountains to Fujairah via Huwayfat, Harrah and Kalba. A lunch at Fujairah Hilton is optional. Then ride through Downtown Fujairah on to Dibba for check in at Golden Tulip Dibba. The resort is located close to the beach and in the historical district of Dibba.

Day 5: Dibba – Ras Al Khaimah – Khassab Check out and ride to Ras Al Khaimah towards the Oman border (visas will be processed at an additional charge) then to Khassab on Hwy 2, towards Musandam for check in at Golden Tulip Resort Khassab. :O lDhow Cruise. a n tio p

Day 6 Khassab – Abu Dhabi Check out and ride towards Abu Dhabi on to Yas Island where you will visit the Race Track and Ferrari World. Proceed to the Grand Mosque, then to Abu Dhabi city centre via the Corniche. Visit the old souks before check in at Radisson Blu Yas Island, Abu Dhabi. l:Dhow Cruise. a n tio p O

Day 7 Abu Dhabi – Al Ain Check out and ride to Al Ain Oasis. Ride up the Jebel Hafeet mountain and check in at the Mercure Grand Hotel situated on top of the mountain for overnight stay.

Day 8 Al Ain – Dubai Check out and proceed to Dubai for check in at Le Meridien Mina Seyahi. l: a n tio p O Heritage Safari.

Day 9 Dubai – Prestige Motorcycle Office Check out from Le Meridien Mina Seyahi and ride to Prestige Corporate office to return the motorcycle and settle outstanding bills. Transfer to the airport.

Your Hotels: 2 nights at Le Meridien Mina Seyahi, Dubai 1 night at Hatta Fort Hotel, Hatta 1 night at Golden Tulip Resort, Dibba 1 night at Golden Tulip Resort, Khassab 1 night at Radisson Blu Yas Island, Abu Dhabi 1 night at Mercure Grand Hotel, Jebel Hafeet, Al Ain 1 night at Le Meridien Mina Seyahi, Dubai

Inclusions: • • • •

Ground Handling fees and return airport transfers Above accommodation BB basis 1 motorbike (insurance, 2 helmets, mileage of 250km/per day) Map


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� ‥ Enjoy an experience like no other with this special safari for those who want to see the magnificent sand dunes of Dubai in a different perspective You are cordially invited for dinner under the stars at an exclusive desert retreat. Your chariot is the legendary Mercedes G-Wagon, the off-road vehicle of choice of royalty, the rich and famous. Your expert Safari Guide will lead you on a fascinating journey through the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve as you search for exotic native wildlife. As the sun goes down experience a falcon soar above you. A gentle camel ride will take you on a journey to a secluded luxurious camp. Here you will enjoy a delectable dinner nestled amongst the dunes. Relax under the stars in this once in a lifetime opportunity that only a privileged few will be lucky enough to experience. Days of operation Duration Dress code Remarks

Daily Half-day (afternoon) Casual / Comfortable English Guide

A portion of your fee is contributed towards local conservation


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� — ı•‰ Luxury gets redefined on this special cruise, for those who want to relax and enjoy the splendours of Dubai in comfort. Hop aboard a luxury yacht and combine a wonderful sailing experience with an exquisite gourmet serving as you are treated to freshly cooked lobster and caviar accompanied by smoked salmon, vegetable crudités, cold shrimps and fruit platter . This unique two-hour cruise will take you around the magical Dubai coastline which is famous for a lot of architectural wonders such as Palm Jumeirah, Burj Al Arab, Atlantis The Palm, Madinat Jumeirah and other magnificent sights. Relax and experience the refreshing wind, crystal blue waters, gorgeous views and delicious food! This exclusive cruise sets sail every day and pampers you for two hours or more, as you wish. Enjoy! Days of operation Duration Dress code

Daily 2 hours Smart Casual


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�ˇ� ‹• Discover Dubai�s most famous architectural landmarks in the company of a professional architect guide who will help you explore what the humankind has achieved in less than 25 years. During the tour, current architectural developments, urban contexts, social, political and cultural backgrounds will be discussed in an enjoyable and informative way. The tour begins with a visit to the presentation centre of the government-owned development company Nakheel, to gain knowledge about the Palm and The World Islands projects. These will be presented and discussed with the aid of models and satellite plans. After that, you will be taken to Aquaventure Waterpark via Monorail followed by a short tour and explanation of the iconic Atlantis The Palm Hotel. You will then explore Dubai Marina, a city within the city, Marina Walk and Jumeirah Beach Residence with guidance. Enjoy Souk Madinat Jumeirah which successfully mimics the style of the traditional Arabian Markets. After a comprehensive tour through the compound with its canals and palaces, you will break for lunch. Thereafter, you will visit the Business Bay presentation centre and tour through this vast construction site where more than 230 towers are planned. 60 towers are currently under construction. Then, move on to Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), which has attracted high-profile companies from all over the world. The architecture of the American-English office, Gensler, gives the DIFC area an appearance of the highest international standards. Experience Burj Khalifa and the observation deck 'At the Top' at level 124. Designed by Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, Burj Khalifa is the tallest structure in the world (828 metres high). Explore Downtown Dubai, surrounding Burj Khalifa, created by master developer Emaar, complete with the world‘s largest shopping mall and a new ‘old town’ quarter. Walk around the central lake and enjoy the Dubai Fountain show. Days of operation Duration Dress code Recommendations

Upon request Half day (afternoon) Causal / Comfortable wear Bring your own camera / Walking shoes


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‡ •� Experience Dubai from the perspective of a resident as you discover parts of the the city the usual tours do not cover. this tour is a dream come true for photographers and the more curious explorers. If you are interested in stepping away from the usual tours of the city to experience and learn about the city from the resident�s perspective, then get your camera and good walking shoes ready because this tour is for you, (extension to full day possible). Our artist/photographer/guide will pick you up at your hotel and drive you through the Jumeirah district, where you will learn about the city’s unique history by visiting one of the city’s most beautiful neighbourhoods. From there, you will drive through some of Dubai�s oldest neighbourhoods to see how the local community lives, where they work and how their everyday life is. During the drive, you will be able to stop at specific areas to photograph sceneries and people. You will also walk through hidden locations known only by locals and long term residents. From there, you will take a drive through to Dubai’s main trade district for an incredible walking tour of the city›s back streets where you will be able to experience and capture the everyday hustle and bustle of the streets. Visit shops, stop at a cafeteria for a fresh juice or sandwich, visit hidden mosques and learn about how the local society functions, by being at the centre of it. This tour will then lead to the famous Dubai Gold and Spice Souks which are an absolute must-see on any visit to the city, followed by an optional trip across the creek to the Dubai Museum and Bastakiya District. This tour will help you discover the city from an unusual vantage point, experiencing the different contrasts it boasts of. Definitely enchanting and for personal enrichment. Days of operation Duration Dress code Recommendations

Daily Half or full day Causal / Comfortable wear Bring your own camera / Walking shoes


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� ı•›œ €Œ � Š Let your heart also race with this adrenaline-pumping experience, meant for those with a strong desire for extreme sports. This race-worthy 3000cc V6 engine was developed specifically for the circuit by high performance Formula 1™ engineer Cosworth. Before jumping into the driver’s seat of this vehicle, you need to get suited up in full race gear and helmet, followed by a technical briefing from your racing coach. Next, you will take familiarisation laps around the circuit in a Renault vehicle. During these slow laps, your coach will explain the racing line. At this point, you should be ready for the real action. You will be taken back to the pits, where you will be further briefed on your car before being tightly strapped in. Prepare to feel every bump, ripple and sensation of your drive – you have never been this connected to a driving machine! Your instructor will lead the way on pace laps along the circuit. With wings and slick tyres, this car gives razor-sharp responses. Days of operation Duration Dress code Height and weight restrictions

Upon request 70 to 80 minutes Training shoes are mandatory, no sandals or high heels Min height:160 cm Max height: 188 cm Max weight: 105 kgs


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•„ Š � Fly high and enjoy the rush with this amazing experience that will take you to a different level, literally! Experience the immense thrill of flying a light sport aircraft over the lovely landscape of Ras Al Khaimah as you enjoy the delightful scenery of the man-made island and many other attractive sights. As you soar high in the sky, the breathtaking views make this flight a truly memorable experience of a lifetime. Days of operation Timings Remarks

Daily except Sundays 6:00pm to 12:00am or 03:00pm to 7:00pm Maximum weight restriction: 110 kgs Minimum age required to fly: 5 years Other restrictions: Pregnant women, people with back and heart problems, or with recent surgeries


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� •� Ž • This is a package that combines some of the most luxurious and relaxing experiences at a world-class hotel. Enjoy an aromatherapy massage for 55 minutes in Burj Al Arab’s Assawan Spa. This massage is essential, professional and specific. Based on consultation and smelltesting, aroma therapeutic oils are incorporated with a full body massage designed to uplift and calm the mind and body. Now you are in total balance to enjoy your ultimate Afternoon Tea in Sahn Eddar Lobby Lounge with a seven-course menu while appreciating the world’s tallest atrium. Days of operation Duration Dress code

Upon Request 4 hours Smart Casual


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P.O. Box 809 Muscat Al Khawair, Shatti Al Qurum, Al Sarooj St Way 3054, Villa 4321 T +968 24 60 1800 F +968 24 60 1300 omanreservation@desertadventures.co.om

P.O.Box 45377 Abu Dhabi Al Raha Beach hotel, 1st Floor T +971 2 55 66 155 F +971 2 55 66 955 abudhabi@desertadventures.ae

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