Abu Dhabi's and Dubai’s cultures are firmly rooted in Arabia's traditions, creating a shining example of a commitment to tolerance and hospitality. The combination of international influences and a strong commitment to local heritage has created an intriguing mix of new and old.
Here are some of the wonderful things we may be doing:
New Dubai Tour– Dubai is one of the world's most futuristic cities with its dramatic skyline, once a tranquil port of Bedouin traders and pearl divers. We may begin with a photo stop at Dubai's signature landmark, Burj Al Arab, the celebrated sail-shaped hotel facing the Persian Gulf and continue to the Jumeirah Palm, a man-made island, which was built in the shape of a palm tree. We may visit Burj Khalifa which officially opened in 2010 as the tallest building in the world and take in sweeping views of the city from the breathtakingly high "At the Top" observation deck.
Old Dubai Tour- The Bastakiya area in the oldest part of the city is where old wind-towered houses of wealthy merchants can still be seen. While in the area, we may visit the Dubai Museum in the Al Fahidi Fort, which has survived for two centuries. We may continue the tour through the cloth markets and end up at the Abras, where local water taxis may take us across the Creek to the area of spice and gold souks. Walking through the bustling alleys of these souks will allow the mystical aromas of numerous spices to tantalize our senses.
Abu Dhabi Tour– This beautiful city is the capital of the United Arab Emirates, also known as the Arabian Jewel. We may visit the magnificent Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, an iconic symbol of Abu Dhabi and a masterpiece of modern Arabian architecture. It is one of the world’s largest mosques and there we can see the spectacular onion-top domes, the reflective pools that engulf the courtyard and the iconic prayer hall, which not only overflows with blissful sunlight, but also houses the world’s biggest chandelier and carpet, both meticulously handmade. We will also look for the calligraphy encircling the hollows of the domes, painted with gold leaves in An-Naskh lettering. We may also drive through Al Bateen area, also known as the Royal and Presidential District and make a photo stop at the Emirates Palace. We will also see the city's glamorous Corniche, with blue waters glittering on one side and shimmering skyscrapers lining the other.
And of course, there will also be plenty of time for shopping and tasting all the exotic food! The World’s tallest building, museums, mosques, sights, sounds, fabulous food! We’ll enjoy it all on our wonderful trip to Abu Dhabi and Dubai!
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