Glistening, modern city in the romantic deserts of Arabia, Dubai has so much to offer that it is perfect both for a stopover or holiday. The city is a mix of old and new, with traditional buildings along the Dubai Creek side by side with soaring skyscrapers. Visit the magnificent Jumeirah Mosque and picturesque Bastakiya, with its historical wind-towered merchant houses. Cruise aboard a traditional dhow or travel out to the desert for dinner in the dunes. If you love shopping Dubai is a shopper’s heaven, from the winding alleyways of the exotic spice souk, the rug traders or the dazzling gold souk, to the modern shopping malls and exclusive boutiques selling designer fashions and electronics. Dubai is also known for its fine dining restaurants and great beaches.
As the capital of the United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi is a political, cultural and commercial centre. Visit the Grand Mosque, one of the largest in the world, drive along the spectacular Corniche, visit the Heritage Village and discover what traditional life was like here before oil was discovered. Also visit the fish market and vegetable souk. Some of the many optional tours include dinner in the dunes, a desert safari, a day at Aquaventure water park, or a desert adventure into the Empty Quarter and Liwa Oasis.
Highlights of Dubai include:
• Moonlight Dhow Cruise with Dinner
• Sundowner Dune Dinner
• Abu Dhabi Day Tour
• The deserts and rocky canyons of the Hajar Mountains
• Luxury ‘Bedouin’ encampment
Dubai's traditional culture focusses on deeply rooted beliefs in Islam and centres on the family. With a great influx of foreigners now residing in the city, Dubai has more recently transformed into a culturally diverse, colourful and cosmopolitan city.
Dubai enjoys a subtropical climate, with blue skies and sunshine all year round. Dubai is at it's hottest between Jun-Sep, with temperatures often reaching 45°C and more, with high humidity levels. The climate is slightly more moderate between Oct-May with maximum temperatures averaging in the low to mid-30's, whilst the coolest period between Dec-Mar averages 25°C.