Highlights of Dubai & Muscat

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    Save $195 CAD per person | 8-Days: Dubai to Oman | Offer expires September 9, 2021

    Highlights of Dubai & Muscat

    All in price: $2,800 CAD (per person/sharing)

    Savings of: $195 CAD/person 


    Photo: Camel ride included during the desert excursion

    Features & Benefits:

    • Accommodation at the hotels mentioned in itinerary below
    • Daily breakfast
    • One dinner during sightseeing
    • Arrival/departure transfers
    • Private sightseeing in standard vehicles except during the desert safari when it is a shared vehicle and shared services

    Sightseeing:

    • City Tour of Dubai
    • Full day visit to Abu Dhabi
    • Desert adventure including dinner
    • Muscat city tour
    • Day trip to Nizwa
    • Local English speaking driver/guide during sightseeing
    • Entrance fees to monuments per itinerary

    Not included:

    • Airfare and taxes on international and domestic sectors
    • Visa and visa fees
    • Insurance
    • Items of personal nature like baggage porterage at airports/hotels, tips, gratuities, laundry, telephone calls, etc
    • Any item not mentioned above

    Photo: Crossing the creek in Dubai by boat

    Itinerary:

    DUBAI AND OMAN (Land only)

    Dubai is a city and emirate in the United Arab Emirates known for luxury shopping, ultramodern architecture and a lively nightlife scene. Burj Khalifa, an 830m-tall tower, dominates the skyscraper-filled skyline. At its foot lies Dubai Fountain, with jets and lights choreographed to music. On artificial islands just offshore is Atlantis, The Palm, a resort with water and marine-animal parks. The Sultanate of Oman has one of the oldest civilizations in the Arabian Peninsula, dating back thousands of years with notable periods of greatness in the ancient world and in medieval times. Like other great civilizations, Oman faded from prominence - until the recent resurgence under the wise and able leadership of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said. All along, the country was active in many ways and has an interesting history that is still relevant today and has left many tangible traces in prominent landmarks and a highly developed culture.

    Day 1 - Arrive Dubai  

    Upon arrival at Dubai Airport Terminal, clear immigration and customs. Proceed to baggage claim and look for our representative holding a placard with your name to assist and transfer you to the hotel. Rest of the day at leisure.

    Overnight: Metropolitan Dubai / Hyatt Place, Al Wasl Dubai 

    Meals: None

    Day 2 - Dubai 

    Breakfast at the hotel.

    9:00 AM: Pick up from the hotel lobby and proceed on a half day sightseeing tour of Dubai. Dubai, one of the most progressive cities in the world, has set its sights on the future. This tour lets you see that vision through the eyes of its movers and gives you a peek of all that’s in store in Dubai. The tour starts with drive through the new Marina projects, Internet City, Media City, a visit to The Palm Islands gives you a glimpse – of the upcoming around Dubai Marina, the world’s biggest waterfront development, towards Dubai Land with over 200 new exciting leisure and entertainment projects which will shape the future all the way to 2020. Drive past the Jumeirah mosque (view from outside only).  It is one of the largest and most beautiful of Dubai’s Mosque. A prominent landmark of the city. Built in the medieval Fatimid tradition it is a spectacular example of modern Islamic architecture and is particularly active at night. We continue to drive along Jumeirah beach to get a glimpse of Burj Al Arab hotel (photo stop from outside). Then we drive along the Zabeel road, passing by the Palace of Sheikh Mohammad, as well as the Rashid Palace, home to the Royal family of Dubai (No Photography here please) and continue to Old Dubai. Visit the Al Fahidi Fort (Dubai Museum), which houses the Dubai Museum, was built around 1787, and once guarded the landward approaches to the town. Renovated in 1971 for use as a museum, its colorful life size dioramas vividly depict everyday life in the days before the discovery of oil. Galleries recreate scenes from the Creek, traditional Arab houses, mosques, the souk, date farms and desert and marine life.

    One of the more spectacular exhibits portrays pearl diving, including sets of pearl merchants’ weights, scales and sieves. Also on display, are artifacts from several excavations in the emirate, recovered from graves that date back to the third millennium B.C. We cross creek by traditional boats – ABRA (Water Taxi) to reach the SOUK - which is the Arabic word, which stands for the market or place where any kind of goods are brought or exchanged. Traditionally, Arabic shipping vessels discharge their cargos brought from the Far East, China, Ceylon and India on the docks, which would be bargained over in the souks adjacent to the docks. Times have changed since then as Dubai Spice Souk have given way to air-conditioned multi-storied shopping malls and items on sale have changed from spices, silks and Ittar (Arabic Perfume) to latest electronic gizmos, gold and designer apparels. Gold is serious business in this part of the world and the dazzling souk. The gold souk, or gold market, is a truly dazzling sight to behold. It has earned Dubai a reputation for being the 'City of Gold'. The market offers earrings, rings, necklaces, bracelets and pendants.

    Drop off timing to hotel: 1:00 PM

    Overnight: Metropolitan Dubai / Hyatt Place, Al Wasl Dubai 

    Meals: Breakfast

    Duration: 4 Hrs.

    Tour availability: Daily except FRIDAY

    Day 3 - Dubai / Abu Dhabi / Dubai

    Breakfast at the hotel.

    8:00 am: pick up from the hotel lobby and proceed for a city tour of Abu Dhabi - the capital of the United Arab Emirates and the administrative center of the country. One of the wealthiest and most modern city-states in the world, Abu Dhabi is the center of oil business in the country. Built on a natural island, the emirate includes several offshore islands and vast expanses of desert. The city is renowned for its lush greenery, planned development and beautiful Corniche. 

    Note: As we will be visiting a mosque, you are requested to dress conservatively as per guidelines given below.

    We start the tour by visiting the Sheikh Zayed Mosque – Largest Mosque in the UAE, founded by Late His Highness Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan. The dome layout and floor plan of the mosque was inspired by the Badshahi Mosque and the architecture was inspired by both Mughal and Moorish design. Its archways are quintessentially Moorish and its minarets are classically Arab. 

    The Sheikh Zayed Mosque has made few world records: 

    1. The carpet laid out on the vast expanse is the “World's Largest Carpet” made by Iran's Carpet Company and designed by Iranian artist Ali Khaliqi. This carpet measures, 627 m2 (60,570 sq. ft), and was made by around 1,200 weavers, 20 technicians, and 30 workers. The weight of this carpet is 47 tons – 35 tons of wool, and 12 tons of cotton. There are 2,268,000 knots within the carpet. 

    2. This mosque also holds the largest chandelier. There are seven imported chandeliers from Germany and are copper and gold-plated. The largest chandelier has a 10 m (33 ft) diameter and a 15 m (49 ft.) height. 

    After visiting the Mosque, we head to the Yas Island to see Yas Viceroy (from outside), the only hotel in the world built on a Formula 1 race track. We then visit the Ferrari World – the world’s largest indoor theme park (From outside). We then drive through the corniche area visiting the dates market. Later, we proceed to the Heritage Village. Situated on a 1600 sq. meter site overlooking the Cornice, near the Breakwater in Abu Dhabi, this heritage village is run by Emirates Heritage Club. Here you can experience the past traditional life in Abu Dhabi, before oil revenues altered the landscape, economically and socially. In addition to Bedouin tents, there are reconstructions of palm (Arish) and other houses, old fishing villages and traditional Souqs. 

    Overnight: Metropolitan Dubai / Hyatt Place, Al Wasl Dubai 

    Meals: Breakfast

    Day 4 - Dubai 

    Breakfast at the hotel.

    Morning at leisure

    Climb into a rugged 4x4 vehicle to venture along the desert’s giant sand dunes in this adventure safari, featuring the flavors of a BBQ dinner along with the entertainment of a belly dance. While on safari you are driven through camel camps before arriving at the camp in the desert, which is maintained in traditional Arabic style. Savor a wonderful BBQ dinner, be entranced with the lithe movements of a belly dancer and enjoy time at leisure. A henna artist will show you how, for special occasions, the people of this region have their feet and hands painted with delicate colors of henna. If you want, you may even become acquainted with the Bedouin way of transportation - riding a camel.

    Highlights: 

    • Pick up by land cruisers (15:00-15:30 during winter /15:30 – 16:00 during summer)
    • Dune bashing
    • Stop at high dunes for a spectacular scene of the desert
    • At the Bedouin camp, you get a traditional welcome - Arabic coffee with dates, tea, coffee and water
    • Food starters like Shawarma and Falafel
    • Camel riding,
    • Henna painting
    • Shisha
    • Buffet style BBQ Dinner with soft drinks
    • Belly dance show (no belly dance show during Ramadan)
    • Return transfer to hotel approximately 21:30-22:00 

    Note: This excursion involves travel along rough and bumpy surfaces and is not suitable for guests with physical disabilities, back ailments, heart patients and pregnant ladies. The 4-Wheel drive vehicles have 6-seats for passengers. However, we recommend seating only 5-passengers for their comfort. Toilet facilities are available at the Camp. The Tour is inclusive of International Buffet Dinner, Mineral Water and Soft Drinks.  

    Overnight: Metropolitan Dubai / Hyatt Place, Al Wasl Dubai 

    Meals: Breakfast, dinner

    Day 5 - Dubai / Muscat

    Flight: TBA 

    Breakfast at the hotel.

    12:00 pm: check out of the hotel and you will be picked up from the Dubai hotel for your departure transfer to Dubai Airport to board your flight for Muscat. Arrive at Muscat Airport. After completion of your immigration formalities proceed to the exit hall of arrival terminal to meet your chauffeur standing with a name board. Meet with the chauffeur and transfer to the hotel.  

    Overnight: Crowne Plaza Muscat Hotel

    Meals: Breakfast

    Day 6 - Muscat 

    Breakfast at the hotel.

    8:30 am: Pick up from Crowne Plaza Muscat Hotel and proceed to witness Muscat a modern commercial centre existing in harmony with its traditional culture. With its natural harbour, Muscat means “Anchorage” & lies in a natural volcanic bowl. Our tour of the Grand Mosque (except Friday) & Bait Al Zubair Museum (except Friday) is a brief introduction that traces Oman’s history and development. Drive along the waterfront Corniche visiting the Fish Market & the colourful Muttrah Souq. We proceed for a photostop to the magnificent Al Alam Palace, official palace of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos flanked by the 16th century Portugese forts Mirani & Jalali. (Ladies fully covered and to carry a head scarf and men in trousers) Afternoon at leisure.

    Overnight: Crowne Plaza Muscat Hotel

    Meals: Breakfast

    Day 7 - Muscat / Nizwa / Muscat 

    Breakfast at the hotel.

    Pick up from Crowne Plaza Muscat and proceed for a visit of Nizwa, capital of the interior, is the birthplace of Islam in the Sultanate of Oman. Nizwa boasts of the famous Round Tower Fort, built in the 17th century, and its Souq renowned for its Friday cattle auction, intricately hand-carved “Khanjars” (daggers) & ornamental silver jewellery. En route to Jabrin, visit the Bahla Fort which has been declared as a World Heritage site. Jabrin, the finest of Oman’s castles built in the late 17th century, became a seat of Omani learning. The castle displays the highest achievement in Omani ceiling painting & beautifully executed wood carvings. En route to Muscat visit the pretty village of Birkat Al Mauz situated at the foothills of Jebel Akhdar (Green Mountains). Enjoy a walk through its oasis and dense date plantations. 

    Overnight: Crowne Plaza Muscat Hotel

    Meals: Breakfast

    Day 8 - Depart Muscat

    Flight: TBA (not included) 

    Breakfast at the hotel.

    12:00 pm: check out of the hotel. You will be picked up from you hotel for your departure transfer to Muscat Airport for your return home.

    END OF SERVICE

    Photo: The Dubai Museum

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