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The Desert

‘No man can live this life and emerge unchanged,' wrote Wilfred Thesiger of his travels with the Bedu across the Empty Quarter in Arabian Sands. 'He will carry, however faint, the imprint of the desert.’ The austere allure of the desert has attracted travellers to Arabia for centuries. Ibn Battutah, Marco Polo and TE Lawrence are among many famous travellers beguiled by the beauty and challenge of the barren landscapes. Thankfully, modern travellers no longer need risk life and limb to encounter the wilderness as roads and camps make encounters with the desert possible for all.

Urban Landscapes

When asked what they most like about their land of sand dunes, the Bedu near Al Hashman in Oman reply, ‘Coming to town’. Town! This is the Arabia of the 21st century, built on oil and banking – sophisticated communities looking to the future and creating empires out of sand, or at least on land reclaimed from the sea. For those looking for a dynamic urban experience, the Gulf cities are the place to find it. With high incomes per capita, elegant towers, opulent hotels and eccentric malls, these cities offer the ‘pleasure domes’ of the modern world.

Legendary Hospitality

The essence of the Arabian Peninsula lies in its people: good-natured haggling in souqs, cursing on long journeys, sharing of sweet tea on the edge of wild places. Unifying all is Islam, a way of life, the call to prayer carried on an inland breeze, a gentle hospitality extended towards strangers. This is what many travellers most remember of their visit here – the ancient tradition of sharing 'bread and salt' and of ensuring safe passage, albeit given a modern context. Visitors can expect friendly exchange as equally in supermarkets as in remote desert villages.

Cultural Riches

It’s hard to think of Arabia without conjuring the Queen of Sheba and camel caravans bearing frankincense from Dhofar in Oman; dhows laden with pearls from Dilmun; the ruins of empire in Saudi Arabia’s Madain Saleh. The caravans and dhows may be plying different trades these days, but the lexicon of The Thousand and One Nights that brought Sheherazade’s exotic, vulnerable world to the West still helps define the Peninsula today. Visit a fort, barter in a souq or step into labyrinthine alleyways and you’ll immediately discover the perennial magic of Arabia.


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$89.87 Outdoor Activities

Dubai Desert 4x4 Dune Bashing, Sandboarding, Camel Riding, Din

After a pickup from your centrally located Dubai hotel, relax in an air-conditioned 4x4 vehicle as you head to the desert that surrounds the city. Admire views of the barren yet enchanting landscape on the way, and listen to your guide’s tales about the region and its fascinating geology. First stop on your desert rendezvous is a traditional camel farm to see herds of the magnificent hump-backed herbivores. After showing off your balancing skills on a camel ride around the enclosures, learn about the different types of camels that are commonly seen in the desert around Dubai.Continue by 4x4 across the desert plains to the campsite in the desert and try your hand at a popular local pastime: sandboarding! Learn to master the art of 'surfing on sand' and race your friends and fellow travelers down the sand dunes during in an adrenaline-rushing experience. Show off your balance skills on a camel ride or relax and take a seat outside to watch your show as the sun sets over the craggy canyons and sun-baked plains. Get a henna tattoo design on your hands or feet, watch a traditional tanoura folk dance, and feast on a delicious barbecue dinner or try out our new shawrma station. Why not upgrade to a Exclusive Dubai Desert Safari by enjoying yourself at the shawrma station or indulge into a delicious barbecue dinner at your exclusive table with a bottle of sparkling wine & fruit basket.After dinner, smoke a shisha (Arabic water pipe), if you wish, and watch a live belly-dance performance around the campfire. Relax under a canopy of twinkling stars and enjoy an experience that could be straight out of One Thousand and One Nights! Your tour then finishes with a drop-off at your Dubai hotel.Sample MenuFirst course (choose from following selection): Hummus, green salad with tomatoes and cucumbers, olives, coleslaw and Arabic bread Second course (choose from following selection): Lamb chops, marinated chicken, beef burgers, barbequed potatoes, sauteed onions, steamed rice and lentil curry Third course: Arabic coffee and dates

$38.10 Sightseeing Tickets & Passes

Burj Khalifa Level 124 'At the Top' Entrance Ticket

Make your way to the lower-ground level of Dubai Mall and start your journey to 'At the Top' at Burj Khalifa by stepping aboard the attraction’s 213-foot (65-meter) moving sidewalk that transports you to the elevator. As you ride, watch a state-of-the-art multi-media presentation that chronicles the city’s history and gives information about the construction of Burj Khalifa. After a quick stop at a viewing point for a close-up view of the iconic skyscraper, arrive at the elevator, and then start your vertical ascent to the observation deck. Traveling at a speed of 33 feet (10 meters) per second, the elevator shuttles you up to the 124th floor in little time at all.As the elevator doors open, walk right up to the floor-to-ceiling glass walls that provide breathtaking views of the city, desert and ocean. Gaze down at the mansions of Palm Jumeirah, admire the sleek façade of Burj Al Arab hotel, and look out for the glitzy yachts cruising around Dubai Marina. If you select an evening entrance ticket, the sparkling city lights and starry night sky vie for your attention instead.Walk around the observation deck and admire 360-degree panoramic views over the city. Perhaps use the specially adapted telescopes to zoom in on city views and see images of certain attractions at different phases in their history. If the weather is good, head outside to the open-air terrace to enjoy a different perspective of the sweeping views below.Most people find that spending one hour 'At the Top' is sufficient to see everything, but your ticket allows you to spend as long as you like at the observation deck. Shop for Burj Khalifa souvenirs, if you wish, and then travel back down the elevator and moving sidewalk to Dubai Mall, where your experience finishes.

$15.95 Transfers & Ground Transport

Dubai Private Arrival Airport Transfer

When making a booking, you will need to advise your flight details and your Dubai city, Jumairah, Palm Jumairah, Sharjah, Jebel Ali Hotel or Cruise Ship details. Your transfer will be confirmed within 24 hours of booking and you will be provided with a travel voucher to present to the driver. It's that easy! Price is per person, based on 8 adults per car/vehicle At time of booking, YOU MUST include the following flight and hotel details in the "Special Requirements" box: Airline Flight Number Departing City / Arrival City Arrival Time Hotel Name Hotel Address Please select the appropriate hotel zone at time of booking.

$163.50 Cultural & Theme Tours

Desert Experience: Dinner and Emirati Activities with Vintage Land Rover Transport from Dubai

Start your experience with a pickup from your Dubai hotel, and then travel into the desert. Once in the desert climb aboard your open-roof vintage land rover – a mode of transport used extensively in 1950’s desert expeditions. As you travel, your guide will regale you with stories of Dubai’s past and present as well as the many customs and traditions that you’ll experience throughout the evening.Head through Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, looking out for wildlife such as Arabian gazelles and oryx, after which, marvel at the UAE’s national bird- the falcon- before sunset during the a falconry display. Make your way back to your Land Rovers and travel to the Bedouin-inspired camp in the grounds of a private royal retreat. Make your way past the gently flickering flames of the lights that mark the entranceway, and then hop out of your Land Rover to take a seat at your shared table.Before your meal starts, enjoy a range of cultural activities are demonstrated around the tables. Enjoy an Arabic coffee, live bread making, henna artists and camel rides before a beautiful 4 course Emirati dinner in authentic goat hair tents on low Bedouin tables. The dishes are mostly traditional Emirati specialties, combining flavors from the Middle East and Asia, after which you can enjoy shisha and cultural dancing.Take a seat back at your table in time for a cookery demonstration, where you’ll learn how to make local bread. Then, all that’s left to do is to feast on your 4-course dinner under the stars. Like the activities at the camp, the dishes are mostly traditional Emirati specialties, combining flavors from the Middle East and Asia.After your meal, return to your Land Rover with your guide and journey through the desert back to the camp entrance. From here, board your air-conditioned van to your Dubai hotel, where your experience finishes.Sample Menu:First course:• Shorbat adas (mildly spiced lentil soup)• Tomato and onion salad• Fresh garden saladSecond course:• Selection of mezze including harees (cracked wheat dumplings with meat), kibbeh (minced meat and rice), sambousek (lamb- or cheese-stuffed pastries), hummus and tabbouleh (cracked wheat salad with parsley, mint, tomatoes and lemon juice)Third course:• Ouzi (succulent lamb)• Chicken kebabs• Vegetable and ouzi riceFourth course:• Fruit salad• Lgeimat (saffron-flavored fritters)

$163.50 Cultural & Theme Tours

Camel Safari with Dinner from Dubai

Start your experience with a pickup from your centrally located Dubai hotel, and then head into the desert in an air-conditioned minivan. Here, meet your camel convoy and clamber onto your own ship of the desert.Sit high up and enjoy the views as your camel lumbers through the desert — you’ll soon see why these stoic creatures made perfect transport for the nomadic Bedouins. After around 45 minutes, your camel safari ends when you reach your Bedouin-inspired camp where you will meet your guide. Situated within a private royal retreat, this exclusive camp is lit by flickering lamps and surrounded by rolling dunes.As the sun fades, enjoy an exciting display of the ancient sport of falconry. Watch as the trained falcons fly and swoop down for lures from their handlers. Then, after a sunset photo stop amid the dunes, enter a Bedouin-style tent for an array of traditional desert activities. Sip Arabic coffee, get a tattoo from henna artists and watch a bread-making demonstration to learn how to make Arabic bread. Then, sit at a low Bedouin table for a delicious, 4-course Emirati banquet served with water and sodas. See the itinerary for a sample menu.After dinner, enjoy traditional dancing and music and perhaps try a shisha. Then, return to Dubai where a driver and air-conditioned minivan will drop you off at your hotel.

$75 Tours & Sightseeing

Big Bus Dubai Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

Dubai is a city of fascinating contrasts, offering a distinctive blend of old and new; it’s where east meets west. In less than a century, under the visionary leadership of Dubai's ruling Al Maktoum family, the city has been transformed from a small fishing village into a modern vibrant city full of surprises.Whether you are seeking a relaxing break away from clouds and crowds or a new and exciting experience, Dubai has it all: sea, sand, sun and shopping! Explore the city and see all its sights on your Big Bus hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour. You can hop on and off at any of the stops to explore on your own. Buses run at regular intervals so rejoining the tour is easy and convenient. Your hop-on hop off ticket is valid for 1-, 2- or 5-day ticket, including unlimited rides per lop during hours of operation.The tour is fun, safe and a relaxed way to explore the city. Above all, it guarantees some breathtaking views of Dubai.With the City tour, explore the traditional city of Dubai around the Dubai Creek, and visit a wide variety of museums, souks, a fort, an old palace and historical districts. Head along the coast on the Beach tour to Jumeirah Beach and along the iconic Burj Al Arab, discover Downtown Dubai, Atlantis the Palm and marvel at the world’s tallest building.Want to experience the thrilling views of Dubai Marina and its stunning waterfront by taking the Marina tour. Visit The Beach along JBR and explore modern Dubai. See the Itinerary for a list of additional benefits.City Tour or Red Route (full - loop duration of 2 hours): Dubai Mall Green Plannet Wafi Centre Burjuman Dubai Museum Old Souk Heritage Village Gold Souk Spice Souk Riviera Deira City Centre Beach Tour or Green Route (full - loop duration of 1 hour): Dubai Mall Jumeirah Public Beach Burj Al Arab Souk Madinat Mall of Emirates Marina Tour or Blue Route (full - loop duration of 1 hour 35 minutes): Mall of the Emirates (changing point) Dubai Marina  Pier 7 The Beach  Marina Promenade Marina Quays Boulevard Bayside (Skydive) Tallest Block Media City Atlantis the Palm Ithihad Park