Dubai is the most populous city in the United Arab Emirates and was established in the 18th century as a small fishing village, the city grew rapidly in the early 21st century with a focus on tourism and luxury, having the second most five star hotels in the world, and the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa, which is 828 meters (2,717 ft) tall. No visit to Dubai would be complete without a trip to the desert, witnessing the sand dunes and experiencing a Bedouin-style camp are one to definitely tick off.
Today we depart the UK and take our overnight flight to Dubai.
This morning, we land in Dubai and transfer to the Wyndham Dubai Marina four-star hotel. After arrival at the hotel, we can relax using the hotels facilities, or take a walk around the marina to familiarise ourselves with our surroundings.
This evening, we’ll have a welcome dinner and get to know our fellow travellers. We enjoy dinner on a dhow cruise, sailing the Creek with the best views of Dubai Marina.
After breakfast at the hotel, we’ll be joined by an English speaking guide and begin our city tour of Dubai. On the tour, we’ll see the imposing Jumeirah Mosque, which inspires with excellent Islamic architecture. After a short drive, we have the opportunity to take photos of the Burj Al-Arab, the sail-shaped hotel on its own man-made island. We will also visit Madinat Jumeirah; a modern representation of a traditional Arab village. Following this, we will visit one of Dubai’s most famous landmarks; the Atlantis Hotel on the Palm Island of Jumeirah, where we will also get an aerial view of Palm Island from the Palm Observation Deck. During this city tour, we will also experience Dubai Marina and the UAE’s largest shopping mall, Dubai Mall.
This morning, we will have breakfast at the hotel and have the morning to spend as we wish.
We will be picked up from the hotel where we’ll head out into the desert. Together, we’ll experience the sand dunes before witnessing an unforgettable sunset. A traditional welcome greeting awaits us with Arabic coffee, tea and dates, while the charcoal fire and traditional oven are lit to prepare dinner. We will have time to relax in the Arabian tents, while also having the chance to experience an unforgettable camel ride. And then we can enjoy the highlight of the evening, which includes an exotic belly dance to the rhythms of Arabia. The evening concludes with a delicious three-course barbecue menu of various meats and salads, served under the stars, accompanied by authentic Arabic music.
Today, we have the day at leisure to spend how we wish. We can make use of the hotel’s facilities, relaxing in the spa and sauna, or we can take a short walk to the beach to kick back. If we want to explore more of Dubai at our own pace, the marina area where we are based has good metro links, where the station is a short ten minute walk.
This evening, we’ll head to Koko Bay where we will have a farewell dinner and share stories from our Dubai adventure.
We have our final breakfast as a group this morning and then head to the airport for our flight home back to the UK.
The upscale Wyndham Dubai Marina is located in the Dubai Marina neighbourhood with breathtaking views of the Arabian Sea and Dubai Marina. The beach is a 7-minute walk from the hotel, while Dubai Tram and JLT Metro Station is a short 10-minute walk away.
On site at the Wyndham Dubai Marina, there is a spa, sauna and steam room. There is also a gym and an outdoor swimming pool to help relax, the hotel also runs a shuttle service to the Mall and Riva Beach Club.
All rooms are air-conditioned and feature a seating area, a flat-screen TV, a mini bar, a desk, a safety deposit box and tea & coffee making facilities. The en suite bathrooms are fitted with a shower and a bath and have free toiletries.
From Dubai Airport to Wyndham Dubai Marina Hotel, the transfer time is roughly 30 minutes.
The United Arab Emirates is a Muslim country that follows the Sha’aria law. All tourists and residents are required to dress modestly, no matter how hot the climate. When visiting religious buildings, mosques or other public buildings, your shoulders must be covered by both men and women and your clothing should not be outrageous.
During the day when sightseeing, we recommend casual, lightweight cotton clothing. At many shopping centres in Dubai you will be able to read exact rules for clothing in the shopping centre at the entrance. The rule is often that shoulders must be covered and that clothing is not revealing and short.
For women, it is not recommended wearing very short skirts, short dresses or short shorts on the street. See through clothing is also not recommended because it can be considered offensive. Due to the high heat in Dubai, you do not have to wear warm long trousers and long sleeves, on the street, it is advisable to ensure it covers the knees. As a women, if you are baring shoulders, make sure you have something that you can use to cover shoulders if required.
When visiting luxury restaurants, shorts and trainers are not recommended for men.
Around the pool and beach is the only place you can wear swimwear.
We suggest a Group Collection to cover guides, transfer drivers, and hotel staff of minimum £70.00 per person. Your Tour Leader will collect this on your behalf and distribute it accordingly, thus relieving you of the burden of who, when and how much to tip. The tipping of housekeeping will be left to your individual discretion (a small amount left in your room on departure should cover this and would be much appreciated). As is customary, ‘the hat’ will be passed around for the driver and guide on all optional excursions. For any meals that are not included in your itinerary, or taxi fares, your Tour Leader can advise of an appropriate % to add on.
Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into the UAE. If you hold a residence permit, your passport must be valid for at least 3 months in order to travel to the UAE.
Holders of full British passports will be granted a free of charge visitor/tourist visa upon arrival in the UAE. No application in advance of travel is needed. Your passport will be stamped with the visa as you pass through Immigration. The visa issued at the airport for British passport holders is valid for up to 40 days.
For more information please see https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/united-arab-emirates/entry-requirements
Although USD is widely accepted across all sectors in Dubai, it is best advisable to convert home currency into Dirham for the ease of travelling and saving money.
You will need to have a reasonable level of fitness to take part in the included activities.
A Dubai tourism dirham fee of USD 4 per room per night will have to be paid directly by clients at the hotel during check-in
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