7-Night Dubai and Abu Dhabi Tour
DUBAI AND ABU DHABI TOUR HIGHLIGHTS
With incredible architecture, unbelievable wealth, and one of the world’s largest and most beautiful mosques, our 7-night Dubai and Abu Dhabi tour should have you reaching for your passport! We’ll start our adventure in the desert city of Dubai. Known for its opulence and glamour, we’ll explore all aspects of this vibrant city, from the traditional spice and gold souks, to the world’s tallest building, and a trip into the desert for a sunset you’ll never forget. There will also be free time so you can shop till you drop in Dubai’s world-famous shopping malls – even if you don’t buy anything, it’s an experience to behold! We’ll then travel to the nearby city of Abu Dhabi, home of the famed Grand Prix racetrack, more towering skyscrapers, and of course the beautiful Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque which we will visit on our penultimate day. Explore these two fascinating cities with other solo travellers and make this a trip to remember!
Admire the views of Dubai from the world’s tallest building; The Burj Khalifa
Witness an incredible sunset in the Arabian Desert
Discover architectural delight The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
Marvel at the stunning presidential palace, Qasr Al Watan
Day 1 – Arrive Dubai
When you arrive in Dubai, make your way to the hotel for check-in, which will be from 2pm onwards. Today is an arrival day so there are no planned activities. If you arrive in time, you can join your guide and the rest of the group for dinner to get to know your fellow travellers! Overnight in Dubai.
Day 2 – Dubai City Tour
After breakfast at the hotel, we will begin our city tour of Dubai. We will wander the narrow lanes of the Old Spice Souk, breathing in the fragrances of the spices and herbs used in traditional Arabic cooking, before heading over to Dubai’s Gold Souk, where over 300 jewellery traders sell their fares to locals and tourists alike. Afterwards, we’ll be taking a water taxi across the Dubai Creek – an ancient waterway that separates Deira and Bur Dubai. And finally, we’ll visit the iconic yacht shaped Burj Al Arab, one of the tallest hotels in the world. Tonight, we’ll have dinner by the creek.
Day 3 – Dubai / Burj Khalifa
Today, you will have the morning at your leisure. In the afternoon we will visit the world’s tallest building; The Burj Khalifa. We will take the incredibly fast elevator to the 124th floor viewing platform (in under 60 seconds!) for unrivalled views of the city below. In the evening, we will experience the Dubai Dancing Fountain Show before dinner. Overnight in Dubai.
Day 4 – Dubai / Arabian Desert Safari
This morning will be spent at your leisure. In the late afternoon we will be heading into the heart of the Arabian Desert to visit a Bedouin style camp, have dinner and see traditional belly dancers doing their thing! We can also stop for a quick camel ride and admire the most amazing desert sunset before heading back to the city. Overnight in Dubai.
Day 5 – Dubai
Today will be spent at your leisure in Dubai.
Day 6 – Dubai / Abu Dhabi
After breakfast today we will be saying goodbye to Dubai and travelling west to the city of Abu Dhabi (approx. 1.5 hour’s drive). Upon arrival we will get checked-in to our hotel and the rest of the day will be spent at your leisure! Overnight in Abu Dhabi.
Day 7 – Abu Dhabi / Qasr Al Watan & Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
Today you will have the morning at your leisure. After lunch, we’ll be heading out to the visit the Presidential Palace of Abu Dhabi, Qasr Al Watan. Only recently opened to the public, and still used for official purposes, the palace is a simply stunning example of Arabian artistry at its finest. Before sunset, we’ll make our way to the architectural work of art that is the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, one of the largest and most spectacular mosques in the world. Built between 1996 and 2007, it can accommodate around 40,000 worshippers – that’s a lot of people! Once we have finished admiring this beauty, we’ll head back to the hotel. Dinner will be arranged for your last night in Abu Dhabi!
Day 8 – Depart Abu Dhabi
Today is a departure day so there are no planned activities – you can spend the last day of your Dubai and Abu Dhabi tour however you wish! Transfer to Abu Dhabi International Airport in time for your flights home.
WHAT'S INCLUDED IN THE TOUR
- Sharing a twin room at 4-star hotels with breakfast
- City tour of Dubai with a local guide
- Entrance to the Burj Khalifa Tower
- Desert Safari in Dubai
- Entrance to Qasr Al Watan Palace
- Private vehicle transfer between Dubai & Abu Dhabi
WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED IN THE TOUR
- International flights
- Airport transfers
- Lunches & Dinners
- Travel Insurance
- Tipping of guides & drivers
- Up to eight weeks before departure, a place can be reserved on payment of a deposit of £150.00, after this date it would be the full amount of the trip.
- Click the book now button and fill in the details and tick the box confirming you accept booking conditions.
- The outstanding balance is due 8 weeks before travel.
- International flights into and out of the UAE are not included in the cost of the tour and will need to be organised separately. Please get in touch for recommended flights, and do not book anything until we give the go-ahead.
- Please ensure you have checked visa requirements. Get in touch if you are unsure.
- Ensure you have purchased travel insurance, as this is mandatory for all trips.
ESSENTIAL TRIP NOTES
You will need to make sure that your passport is valid for at least 6 months from date of entry and that you have a couple of blank pages. Please also ensure the name on your booking and flight tickets match your passport.
It is the responsibility of the traveler to ensure that they obtain the correct visa for travel. For British passport holders, a 30-day ‘visit visa’ will be stamped in your passport upon arrival to the UAE – no advance visa arrangements are required; simply disembark the plane and proceed to immigration. If you hold another nationality passport or originate from another country, please check your relevant Embassy website. Information can be found for British Nationals on the FCO website.
You may want to take a copy of your passport and flight confirmations with you – if you lose the originals it is easier to get replacements if you have copies.
FLIGHT TICKETS & ACCOMMODATION
Please ensure you have proof of return travel tickets and hotel accommodation to hand for arrival as you may need to present details of this.
Travel insurance is mandatory for all trips and you’ll need to carry a copy of your certificate with you. If you haven’t purchased It already, we are partnered with Columbus Travel Insurance and you can buy your policy through us.
MONEY & COSTS
The currency is the UAE Dirham (AED or Dhs). It’s always good to get money exchanged before you go whenever possible, but you can also withdraw from ATM’s or change GBP at local exchanges. You can ask your guide for advice on the best places to change your money. Credit cards are also widely accepted so it’s good to have these as a back-up.
The UAE is expensive. We recommend budgeting £40 – £50 a day for meals and drinks (not including alcohol), this an indicative amount and can vary from local restaurants to more western style, so you may end up spending less or more. Any souvenir shopping you wish to do would be on top of this. You will have a better idea of how much you usually spend when on holiday, so please plan accordingly.
If you feel as though you have received a good service, please reward your local guides and drivers with a tip. We recommend £3 – £5 per person, per day for local guides, and £1 – £2 per person, per day for your drivers. Tipping is of course voluntary but gratefully accepted in recognition of good service.
If you would prefer to have your own room on this trip, the additional cost would be £299. Please let us know at the time of booking as it cannot be guaranteed closer to the time.
There will be minimal driving involved on this trip, with the drive between Dubai and Abu Dhabi the most significant journey. This drive should take approximately 1.5 hours.
WHAT TO PACK
- Comfortable walking shoes or trainers as well as sandals
- We recommend loose, light-fitting clothes as temperatures are very hot during the day. You may want to bring an extra layer of clothing during the winter months just in case. The UAE is a predominantly Muslim country so you will also need to dress modestly. Clothes should cover the tops of the arms and legs and underwear should not be visible. Swimming attire should be worn only at beaches or swimming pools.
- Adequate sun protection – hats, sunglasses, sunscreen
- Waterproof jacket (just in case!)
- Insect repellent
- Re-fillable water bottle if it has built in filters
- Camera with spare batteries and memory cards – you’re going to want to take some photos!
- Plug adapters – These can be viewed via the link: https://www.power-plugs-sockets.com/united-arab-emirates/
We never recommend taking more luggage than you can personally carry as there might not always be someone on hand to help you. One suitcase ideally that can be wheeled, and a small day pack will be more than enough.
Whilst travelling around, we recommend you don’t bring anything you won’t really need – expensive jewelry and watches are not necessary, you can leave them at home. Be vigilant always and avoid carrying large amounts of money around with you. You could invest in a money belt to go under your clothes to keep cards, money or air tickets in for extra safety.
HEALTH & MEDICAL
By now you should have all been to see your doctor or travel nurse and made sure that your vaccinations are up to date. Please check the government website if you need more information.
It is not recommended to drink tap water in the UAE. Although it is clean and safe for locals to drink, what you are used to at home will differ and you could end up with an upset stomach. You should keep hydrated whilst you’re out there as it can be very hot, so make sure you always have a bottle of water with you.
If you take medication for anything or think you may need something whilst you are away, it’s better to take it with you from the UK as items may not be as readily available as they are here. If you’re planning to travel with any prescribed or over the counter medicines for personal use, you’ll need to meet the UAE’s specific requirements for your medicine to be allowed into the country. If you’re entering the country with medication that the UAE classes as narcotic, psychotropic, controlled or semi-controlled, approval is needed from the UAE authorities. A list of medicines where this rule applies, allowed quantities and documents to present can be found on the UAE Ministry of Health website.
We recommend you read the travel advice for any country you are visiting ahead of your visit. This can be accessed on the FCO website.
DUBAI FREE DAY – OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES
If white sand and blue sea is also on your agenda, head over to Jumeirah beach.
Wild Wadi Waterpark
Visit Dubai’s Wild Wadi Waterpark, close to Burj Al Arab and the Jumeirah Beach Hotel. (Cost AED 299)
The Dubai Mall
If you fancy a bit of shopping, head to the Dubai Mall, located near the Burj Khalifa. In addition to the shops, you have an indoor waterpark, ice rink, an indoor waterfall and Dubai aquarium and underwater park.
La Mer Beach
Dubai’s newest beachfront area is packed with shops, restaurants and cafes, making it a solid option for a day at the beach. You can rent a sunbed with umbrella and towel for the day too for the reasonable price of AED100 (AED180 for 2 sunbeds).
There are plenty of water-based activities to choose from in Dubai including kayaking, jet-skiing, paddle-boarding, donut-riding, etc. – the list is endless! You can organise these from La Mer Beach.
Dubai is one of the best places to skydive in the world, find out more here: https://www.skydivedubai.ae/
The city is famous for its bottomless food and drinks menus on the weekend, with lots of places also giving access to their pools! There are many options and offers available so do a bit of research to see which suits you best, grab your friends and head down for a day full of food, drink and fun!
Enjoy a dinner as you cruise Dubai’s waterways on a riverboat – there are several companies to choose from depending on when you want to go and your budget!
Make a trip up the Dubai Frame for unrivalled views of the Burj Khalifa and the rest of the stunning skyline. (Cost AED50 – Opens 9am / Closes 9pm daily)
Cruise around for a couple of hours on your own private yacht! Admire the Burj Al Arab and other famous landmarks from the water. (Prices start from AED1200)
Spa at the Shangri-La Hotel
In need of a massage? Book yourself a treatment at the excellent Shangri-La hotel.
ABU DHABI FREE DAY – OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES
Louvre Abu Dhabi
An art and civilization museum, showcasing artwork that bridges the gap between Eastern and Western artwork. It is the largest museum on the Arabian Peninsula. (Cost AED63) Opening times: Saturday – Wednesday 10am-8pm, Thursday & Friday 10am-10pm, closed Mondays.
Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital
Veterinary health care services exclusively for falcons which tourists can visit. They were awarded for their unique tourism program, which tells you about the history of falcons and life in modern times. You will even be able to get close to a falcon. Cost: from AED 180 depending on package chosen – Book in advance only. Opening times: 10am-2pm Sunday – Thursday.
Mangrove National Park
Take a boat trip or kayak tour around the mangroves of Abu Dhabi and see the local flamingoes! Kayaks and tours can be booked here. You will find when you spend a day on the beach, local tour companies will approach you to ask if you want to partake in water-based activities too.
Cycle Along Corniche Beach
Rent a bike and cycle along the picturesque Abu Dhabi Corniche to admire the city’s beautiful skyline.
Home to the likes of Ferrari World, Yas Water-World and Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi, a day spent at Yas Island will keep you well and truly entertained. The “island” is also home to a huge shopping mall, lots of restaurants and the Grand Prix racetrack – head to the Yas Hotel for drinks and views of the track!