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Delights of Dubai - 7 Nights
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Delights of Dubai - 7 Nights

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Lying on the calm, blue waters of the south eastern Persian Gulf and flanked by a majestic desert, Dubai offers all-year-round sunshine and luxury along with the adventure of a unique Arabian experience. Dubai is the second largest of the emirates comprising the United Arab Emirates.

It was established in the late 1950's to serve a tiny coastal settlement. Today, Dubai is a modern metropolis composed of two towns separated by Dubai Creek. The city centre is in Deira, lying to the north and Bur Dubai is to the south. Both districts are packed with traditional architecture and bustling souks.

Coach transfer to and from Belfast (Glengall Street) to Dublin Airport on selected dates.

 

Practical Information for this holiday

Currency
Dirham (AED)
Local Time
GMT+4 Hours
Passport
A valid passport is required for this holiday. Holders of an Irish or UK passport can obtain entry permits upon arrival in Dubai. Non Irish & UK citizens should check requirements.
Flight Duration
Flight is approximately 7.5 hours. 
Climate

Hot, sunny desert climate. Avoid the sun between 11am and 3pm. At other times, sunhat, sun glasses and sun block are recommended.

Food & Drink

Dubai is a fantastic place to sample Middle Eastern cuisine, as well as offering countless international dining options. Breads and slow cooked meats are staple, with hummus, tabbouleh and other delicious accompaniments served alongside. Desserts are flavoured with rose water, nuts and dried fruits.

Dress Code

By comparison with certain parts of the Middle East, Dubai has a very relaxed dress code. However, care should be taken not to give offence by wearing clothing which may be considered revealing. At the pool or on the beaches, trunks, swim-suits and bikinis are quite acceptable.

Average Prices for Region
  • Coffee: 15.30 AED
  • Beer: 35.00 AED
  • Glass of wine: 35.00AED
  • Main course: 25.00AED
  • Soft Drink: 1.50AED
  • Bottled Water: 1.06AED
  • €1 = 4.17 AED
Packing List
  • Your valid passport
  • Sun cream
  • A continental plug adaptor
  • A 220V/240V plug adaptor
  • A sun hat
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Camera
Recommended Reading

Carte Blanche by Jeffrey Deaver

Dubai, the Story of the World’s Fastest City by Jim Krane

Hello Dubai by Joe Bennett

Holiday highlights

The Dubai Museum

Al-Fahidi Fort, built in 1800, is home to the Museum. In the past the fort was used to defend the town from warlike neighbouring tribes. Museum displays include musical instruments, a re-creation of a typical home and school of the 1950's, an interactive display of the flora and fauna of the UAE, and findings from archaeological sites.

Dubai Creek

Dubai's waterfront epitomizes the city's personality. The best way to see the trading port is from the water. You can book a cruise or hire an abra (small boat) and ask the captain to take you to Al-Maktoum bridge and back. Also take time to walk around the dhow wharfage on the Deira side of Dubai Creek, to the west of the abra dock.

Grand Mosque

The Grand Mosque in Bur Dubai is home to the city's tallest minaret. It was built in the 1990s in the style of the Grand Mosque, which dated from 1900 but was demolished to make way for another mosque in 1960. The new Grand Mosque's sand-coloured walls and wooden shutters blend perfectly with the surrounding old quarter of Bur Dubai. Jumeira Mosque is known for its size and elaborate design. The best time to see it is at night, when it is spectacularly lit.

Practical Information for this holiday

Currency
Dirham (AED)
Local Time
GMT+4 Hours
Passport
A valid passport is required for this holiday. Holders of an Irish or UK passport can obtain entry permits upon arrival in Dubai. Non Irish & UK citizens should check requirements.
Flight Duration
Flight is approximately 7.5 hours. 
Climate

Hot, sunny desert climate. Avoid the sun between 11am and 3pm. At other times, sunhat, sun glasses and sun block are recommended.

Food & Drink

Dubai is a fantastic place to sample Middle Eastern cuisine, as well as offering countless international dining options. Breads and slow cooked meats are staple, with hummus, tabbouleh and other delicious accompaniments served alongside. Desserts are flavoured with rose water, nuts and dried fruits.

Dress Code

By comparison with certain parts of the Middle East, Dubai has a very relaxed dress code. However, care should be taken not to give offence by wearing clothing which may be considered revealing. At the pool or on the beaches, trunks, swim-suits and bikinis are quite acceptable.

Average Prices for Region
  • Coffee: 15.30 AED
  • Beer: 35.00 AED
  • Glass of wine: 35.00AED
  • Main course: 25.00AED
  • Soft Drink: 1.50AED
  • Bottled Water: 1.06AED
  • €1 = 4.17 AED
Packing List
  • Your valid passport
  • Sun cream
  • A continental plug adaptor
  • A 220V/240V plug adaptor
  • A sun hat
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Camera
Recommended Reading

Carte Blanche by Jeffrey Deaver

Dubai, the Story of the World’s Fastest City by Jim Krane

Hello Dubai by Joe Bennett

Trip Itinerary - Day by day

Day 1 - Depart for UAE

Afternoon

Depart for UAE

Depart from Dublin for your direct flight to Dubai.

Day 2 – City tour

Full Day

City tour

Depart your hotel for a full day tour of this vibrant city. Your trip will start from Dubai creek, taking in the Old quarter of Bastakiya, which is well known for its coral & shell-stone architecture of the past, followed by a visit to Dubai museum and Al- Fahidi fort. Entrances fees to the Dubai Museum & Abra Crossing are included. Following this you will enjoy panoramic views of the Grand Mosque, the Palace of Sheikh’s, Jumeirah beach and Burj Al Arab, with photo opportunities.  Spend 2 hours at leisure in Dubai Mall for lunch before proceeding to the Palm Island. Enjoy a ride on the monorail up to The Atlantis Hotel, before driving through the famous Sheikh Zayed Road. Finish the day with a photo opportunity of the famous Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building and admire the chic downtown area of Dubai before returning to your hotel in the afternoon.

Day 3 - At Leisure

Full Day

At Leisure

You will have the day free to spend at your own pace. Your local guide will be happy to suggests activities to suit your individual interests.

Day 4 – East Coast Tour

Full day

East Coast Tour

Today you will have a full day East Coast Tour with an English speaking tour guide. This tour takes you away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Driving through a changing landscape, you travel past desert scenery, the oasis town of Dahid and onwards through a mountain terrain, where you will stop to visit the local market offering local produce, pottery and carpets.  The tour continues onwards via the town of Masafi, well known for its fresh water spring and Dibba, a local fishing harbour. Then the tour takes a scenic turn offering a stunning sight of the turquoise blue Indian Ocean. This coastal route takes you past Bidya Mosque, the oldest mosque in the UAE. Lunch is included at a stop along the way.

Day 5 - Al Ain City Tour

Full day

Al Ain City Tour

Today you will surround yourself with the greenery and sights of the ‘Garden City’ of Al Ain on this full-day tour from Dubai! Board an air-conditioned coach and cross the desert to this lovely, relaxed city cradled by the jagged Hajar Mountains on the Omani border. Discover its history from your guide, and see its Bronze Age relics, picture-postcard Al Jahili Fort, former royal palace, two museums and ‘falaj’ irrigation channels. Cool your feet in the hot springs beneath Jebel Hafeet mountain and then finish with a visit to the traditional camel market! Lunch is included at a stop along the way.

Day 6 - Desert Dinner Safari

Morning

At leisure

You will have the morning free for shopping and sightseeing at your leisure. 

Afternoon & Evening

Desert Dinner Safari

This evening you will be picked up by 4WD vehicles and head into the desert with your guide. You will drive through the desert dunes along Al Awir Road and stop for a breathtaking sun set stop.  One arrival in the desert you will enjoy a delicious BBQ dinner, camel rides, belly dancing, henna painting, shisha), and Arabic coffee (gahwa) served with fresh dates.

Day 7 - Return home

Afternoon

Return home

Enjoy one final morning at leisure before your afternoon transfer to the airport.

* Please note that the order of your excursions on the itinerary above is provisional and subject to change

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