DUBAI CITY TOUR
Our tour takes you to the mystical past from the glorious present. This route starts with A stop at the magnificent Jumeirah Mosque proceeding towards a drive through the Jumeirah beach and all its spectacular hotels for a photo shoot.
The trip continues to the Sheikh Zayed road where we watch the sparkling science-fiction skyscrapers standing alongside the Dubai World Trade Center. En route we pass by the majestic Sheikh Palace followed by a short break by the Creek. The journey then continues towards the Bastakiya area in Bur Dubai, where we stop for a while to admire the old wind-tower houses built by wealthy Merchants.
Close by, stands the ancient Al Fahidi Fort, now housing the Dubai Museum that records the city’s past as an important pearl diving and trading centre. The journey ends with a ride by the authentic Abra – a local of Dubai where we explore the magical aroma of the Spice Souk and the dazzle of the Gold Souk leaving us mesmerized.
ABU DHABI CITY TOUR
It is hard to believe that just 50 years ago, Abu Dhabi the island capital of the United Arab Emirates was a bleak fishing and pearling village. The evolution of Abu Dhabi has been spectacular. Today, it has large gardens, green boulevards, sophisticated high-rise buildings, rich shopping malls, cultural centers and events that offer one-of-a-kind experience all the year round. En route to Abu Dhabi is the humungous Jebel Ali Port, the largest man-made port in the world. Driving through the bridge we pass by Abu Dhabi’s magnificent new mosque, which is nearing completion and is also widely believed to be one of the biggest mosque in the world. On arrival in Abu Dhabi we visit the renovated AL HUSN PALACE now home of the Centre for Documentation and Research. We then learn about the oil the so-called ‘black gold’ – and how it has transformed Abu Dhabi into the wealthy city of today. The journey then continues towards a drive along the beautiful Corniche gives a magnificent view of the city.
Later, the tour passes the majestic president’s palace, then to the Dhow Yard, where wooden ships are still built using simple tools and lastly the Women Handicraft Centre where we admire the skill and dexterity of local ladies.
AL AIN CIT TOUR
Dramatically situated against the mountain backdrop of the 1300-metre-high Jebel Hafit, for years Al Ain has been an important stop on the caravan trail. The adventure starts with stop at the nation’s largest museum located within the walls of Al Jahili Fort, which fabulously exhibits the magnificent archaeological excavations from Jebel Hafeet.
The next stop is the quaint and busy camel market also considered as the largest camel market in the Middle East. Our journey then continues to the nearby Buraimi Oasis in the Omani territory where we observe the 2,000- year-old irrigation system feeding the date gardens. Appetizing lunch will be served high above the city on your own expencess, in the five star mountain hotel of Jebel Hafeet where we enjoy a spectacular view over the whole Al Ain area.
Subsequently we drive back to Dubai.
Tour of Islamic history and culture. One of the major attractions to photographers is the distinctive King Faisal Mosque built to honor King Faisal of Saudi Arabia that currently is the largest mosque in the Emirates. En route we continue towards the renovated Fort of Sharjah, former residence of the ruling family originally built in 1820, followed by the authentic 150-year-old ‘Al Nabooddah House’, the museum for cultural heritage. Exploring the myriad images of Arabia, we take a quick stroll to the adjacent souks` of ‘Al Arsa’ and to the ‘Majarrah Souk’ will take you to our next venue which is the distinguished Souk ‘Al Markazi’ – a treasure trove of Persian carpets, souvenirs, jewellery and handicrafts.
Just 15 minutes drive from the northeast of Sharjah is the Emirate of Ajman – A small Emirate with a lovely stretch of white sandy beach. We then make our way towards the famous historical fort and the museum which brilliantly displays the Emirates past before the discovery of oil. Our journey takes us to the Dhow-building yard where the Dhows (traditional boats) are still hand made.
This concludes our tour before heading back to Dubai.
EAST COST TOUR
The road to the northern emirates of uae is one of the most scenically spectacular in the Emirates; you emerge from the magnificent sand dunes of the central region to be met by the grand Hajar Mountains at the town of Dhaid. Our first stop is the Friday market that was originally established for Fridays but is now open everyday. Proceeding onwards we move towards the14th century Bithna Fort followed by a lovely drive towards the pictures que emirate of Fujairah. We then head towards one of the beach hotels for a lunch.
After lunch we proceed to the scenic fishing village of Dibbah. The mountain village of Khassab is the next “Must-See” on this tour, where the friendly Shihu Tribe still lives in houses built of rock. We then cross the Musandam Peninsula, which belongs to the Oman, on rough tracks through the narrow gorges up to a height of nearly 1200 meters. From there, you will have an astonishing view of fascinating cliffs and deep canyons.
Afterwards we head back to Dubai with a drive through the Emirates of Ras Al Khaimah, Umm Al Quwain, Ajman and Sharjah.
Dubai, United Arab Emirates