Programme details:

A 7-day, 7-night programme, giving you a unique insight into the culture and history of the Emirates and the Emirati people. You can extend your stay as you wish.

Day 01: Arrival and welcome to Sharjah

Arrival at Dubai International Airport. Meet, greet and assist by our Airport Representative.
Transfer to your hotel in Dubai/Sharjah for check in. You can choose to stay in either Emirate, but you should know that there is no alcohol in Sharjah. 
Overnight at one of the hotels in Dubai/Sharjah.

Day 02: Morning Sharjah tour followed by Cultural interaction

This morning we start our trip to The Emirates by visiting Sharjah, famous as the ‘Pearl of the Gulf’.

We start with a cultural interaction session at the Emirati Handicraft centre. The guests will be welcomed by an Emirati Lady, who will give insight into local customs, traditions, dress, etiquette and much more. Through this Cultural interaction programme, guests will get the chance to interact with the peoples from an Arabic culture.  The session will be a mix of interactive discussions with the guests and presentations.

The Emirati Handicraft Centre is the perfect venue for our cultural programme. This ‘hidden gem’ offers a very exclusive atmosphere, featuring live demonstration of local handicrafts, set around an intimate courtyard. This outstanding example of local architecture will recall and revive old Emirati traditions and make them known to the new world.

During the Cultural session and your visit to this museum, you will have a great opportunity to learn about the daily family life and routines through displayed work by Arabian craftsmen in a bygone era. The session will finish with a light meal Emirati session at this traditional house.

Additional items that we can arrange:

  • Cooking conducted by Emirati Ladies
  • Interactive calligraphy session

After the above programme we walk around Souk Al Arsa – a traditional Arabic souq (market) famous for antiques!

In the afternoon we proceed to Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization which is the first of its kind in the UAE. This beautiful building, once a famous souq (Arabic shopping area), with its interesting contents, is a great place to have a wander and learn a bit more about Islam

The main mission of this museum is to display, interpret, research and further develop the museum's collections for a wide range of local, national and international guests, and to stimulate knowledge, appreciation and enjoyment of Islamic art, history, science and culture. This museum covers Islamic culture, with more than 5,000 artifacts from the Islamic world. These objects include calligraphy, carvings, ceramics, coins, glass, manuscripts, metalwork, and scientific instruments.

Drive back to the hotel.

Overnight at one of the hotels in Sharjah / Dubai

Day 03: Full day Dubai tour, with cultural aspects conducted by Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding (SMCCU)

This morning we drive to Dubai. We start the session with a private visit to the famous Jumeirah Mosque. During the visit to this mosque a presentation will be given on the religion and traditions of the UAE. This interactive session will be the best opportunity for a non-Muslim to be shown around the Jumeirah Mosque (Masjid) and to learn about the religion, heritage and culture of the UAE. The visit also offers an insight into the role of the mosque and its significance to the Emirati people. At the end of the session, visitors are encouraged to ask any questions they might have!

From the Mosque the group would travel to Bur Dubai, to the restored historical area known as Bastakiya for a walking tour of the area, stepping back to discover one of the oldest residential areas in Dubai. The guests will get a chance to see glimpses of how the social life of Emirati community was before the "oil era". There is an Emirati Lunch with Cultural Presentation. The Cultural interaction is arranged in a traditional wind tower house in the historic Bastakiya area. This program with a local meal (traditional homemade Emirati food) and a cultural presentation hosted by a local resident is a great opportunity to experience local traditions. This presentation will give insights on the culture and traditions, covering business etiquette, Dubai's code of conduct, do's and don'ts, etc. It will incorporate an interactive question and answer session as well; encouraging guests ask any questions that they may have related to Emirati religion, culture, traditions and so on.

In the afternoon we visit the Dubai museum, located in Al Fahidi Fort. This museum was opened by the ruler of Dubai in 1971, with the aim of presenting the traditional way of life in the Emirate of Dubai. It includes local antiquities as well as artifacts from African and Asian countries that traded with Dubai. It also includes several dioramas showing life in the Emirate before the advent of oil. From the Museum we walk through the inside areas of Bur Dubai and stroll through the Old Souk before crossing the creek by abra (water taxi). From the Spice Souk, we continue our walk to Al Ahmadiya School. Established in 1912, it was the first regular school in Dubai. Our last stop is the famous gold souk; where you can witness hundreds of Gold shops, build in a traditional Arabic souk style. Drive back to your hotel and spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight at one of the hotels in Dubai/Sharjah.

Day 04: Leisure day

Full day at leisure to relax by the beach or explore on your own.

Overnight at one of the hotels in Dubai/Sharjah.

Day 05: Full day Abu Dhabi tour with Sheikh Zayed Mosque visit & Falcon Centre

Your tour begins with a drive to the outskirts of Abu Dhabi City where you will visit a modern wonder, the newly built Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. Visitors can expect an enjoyable experience including information about the architecture of this opulent mega-structure, a fitting tribute to the late President of the UAE, HH Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan.
From here, you drive to the unique Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital. Falcons were always associated with the Arabian culture. Opened in October 1999, this is the region's first and only dedicated facility for falcons. Visit the well maintained exhibit section and learn about the different species of falcons and see some of the fascinating tools of a falconer's trade. At the treatment rooms, a trained care-giver provides explanations on common ailments and their treatments. Next, experience an enthralling show as a falconer displays his prowess and the falcon's range of hunting skills, after which you will enjoy a brief photo opportunity with these graceful birds.

Later we proceed to the main city area and enjoy a magnificent view of the city by driving along the beautiful Corniche and make a photo-stop at the Breakwater. We then visit the Heritage Village and journey to the past to explore life before oil was discovered. Drive back to your hotel.

Overnight at one of the hotels in Dubai/Sharjah.

Day 06: Morning at leisure - Afternoon New Dubai tour

From the historical tours in the previous days, a complete jump into the new, modern and mesmerizing tour of New Dubai. Visit Souk Madinat Jumeirah, a beautiful re-creation of an Arabian style market place. After a photo-stop at the iconic Burj Al Arab your drive continues to Palm Jumeirah, a fully reclaimed, palm-shaped island that is home to the magnificent Atlantis. Continue to Ski Dubai, the first indoor ski slope in the region, offering fresh snow all year around. Our final stop will be at the base of what is currently the world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa (formally known as Burj Dubai). Here you have time to admire the Dubai Fountain, a spectacle of lights and sound and one of the world's largest performing fountains.
Guests will have the opportunity to enter into the observatory located in the 124th floor of Burj Khalifa. A standard visit to the observatory known as "At the Top" lasts approximately 60 minutes, allowing ample time for guests to relax and enjoy the Dubai skyline at leisure. Drive back to your hotel.

Overnight at one of the hotels in Dubai/Sharjah.

Day 07: Hatta Heritage Village and Wadi trip

Today, we venture into the desert and wadis.

The Four-Wheel Drive vehicles cross a variety of terrain on their way to Hatta, with spectacular views across rocky mountain passes.

Our first stop is at Hatta Heritage Village This is a well worth the visit is the Hatta Heritage Village. The Hatta Heritage Village is located in the Hajjar Mountains and provides a perfect example of villages of the past. Coming into existence in the 16th century, the Hatta Heritage Village features breathtaking architecture and a style which few have ever seen before. Consider that alongside the picturesque setting and the result is quite spectacular. The mosque and houses within the Hatta Heritage Village were originally constructed from materials readily available at that time. Some of the materials used to construct the buildings included items such as mud, palm tree trunks, reeds and stone. The finished product is such that it makes individuals stare with awe imagining the craftsmanship and time it took to construct such buildings.

Also included within the village are two watchtowers and the Hatta Fort. Touring this site, visitors are able to see how the structures of the past were created, how the people of Hatta Heritage Village protected their neighborhood and learn about the daily dealings of the Hatta Village people. You will also learn about the various trades performed within the Hatta Heritage Village which created a livelihood for its people

Later we proceed to the mountainous area, to start the off road trip. You will be amazed to see a terrain that no one really expect to see in a desert/ sandy area,  hills, wadis (dry river bed), rocky mountains and pools (sometimes dry). The Hatta Wadi (dry river bed), winds through the mountains, revealing lush green oases and refreshing water pools. We shall arrange a picnic lunch en route.

After lunch the drive continues passing by the sand dunes on the way back, giving time for photo stops in the desert.

Overnight at one of the hotels in Sharjah/Dubai.

Day 08: Departure (or extend your stay)

Check out from the hotel and transfer to Dubai airport for your return/onward flight.

Image Gallery