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7 Days UAE Culture tour
A unique by Noble Exotic Tours, where you will learn and experience the UAE's culture heritage and modern shape it is turning into. visit the historical cities and sites where you will explore and learn the trends and traditions of the Arabian culture.
Day 01 Meet upon arrival at Dubai International airport transfer to hotel in the central Dubai, Afternoon city tour of Dubai visit the museum and heritage village, Sheikh Zayed road, Burj Khalifa, Jumairah mosque and Ibne Batuta Mall. Overnight at hotel
Day 02 Dubai - Sharjah - Ajman - Umm Al-Qaiwain - Ras Al-Khaimah - Dubai
The United Arab Emirates is a group of seven sheikhdoms which united into a federation in 1971. These Emirates cover a total area of just 83,600 km (32,600 sq miles), and it's population of more than 2 million comprises over 100 nationalities from around the world. This multi-ethnic transience, combined with the sheer modernity of the area and strict religious codes, produces a uniquely dynamic society. From Dubai we travel north to the third largest of the emirates, Sharjah, which is Spread out along the Khalid Lagoon. It is an old trading centre with a laid-back feel. We explore the waterfront region, including the old souk (bazaar) area, and we will have time to explore the huge Central Market where hundreds of shops and stalls sell a dizzying variety of goods. Before leaving the city state we will view the King Faisal Mosque, the largest place of worship in the UAE, capable of holding up to 3,000 people in prayer.
From Sharjah we travel through the three northernmost emirates in the UAE. The Hajar Mountains sweep out of Oman and into the northern and eastern parts of the UAE. With a higher level of precipitation in the mountainous regions than in the southern desert regions of the country, as we travel north from Dubai we watch as the countryside becomes more dramatic and greener.
Our first stop is in Umm Al-Qaiwain, the emirate with the smallest population of the seven states making up the UAE. Umm Al-Qaiwain is a simple, little place with no high-rise modern buildings. Here we get a feel of what the traditional towns of the Gulf were like before the oil boom rocketed them from the Middle Ages into the 21st century in less than 30 years. Here we can also see an extraordinarily well preserved Bronze Age tower.
Traveling north to the emirate of Ras Al-Khaimah we enter an area of unexpected greenery and well-tended fields. This emirate is the agricultural centre of the UAE. We visit the Ras Al-Khaimah Museum where we will learn about the many archaeological sites in the area, and we will also see a functioning wind tower. These towers were a feature of the old houses of this region and functioned as a form of natural air-conditioning in the hot climate. Tall, hollow towers were built onto the houses and open to the air near the top. Warm air in the house would rise up the tower and cause a cooling air circulation through the house. The old town of Ras Al-Khaimah, built around the harbour, is a charming place to wander and take lunch. North of the town we visit the archaeological site which spreads out around the so-called "Queen of Sheba's Palace".
On our journey back towards Dubai we stop at the smallest of the emirates, Ajman. Here, we stop at the excellent museum, built in an 18th century fort. Upon reaching Dubai we end our day with a journey across the creek by water taxi, known as an "abra". The abra is a wonderful vantage point from which to see the modern and old buildings sitting along the creek side.
Overnight in Dubai. Al Khaleej Hotel or similar. Breakfast and dinner.
Day 3 Dubai - Abu Dhabi
From Dubai we travel south to enter the largest of the emirates, Abu Dhabi,
and make our way to its ultra-modern capital on the Arabian Gulf. Although Abu
Dhabi city was founded in the late 18th century, the city exploded with oil
wealth in the 1960s and the city was entirely rebuilt. There are almost no
buildings in the city more than 30 years old. However, Abu Dhabi's citizens
are very proud of their fabulously rich city with its broad avenues and
futuristic buildings. The city's architecture is an intriguing interpretation
of Islamic designs crafted in modern materials. We will see the magnificent
waterfront boulevard and visit the Petroleum Exhibition where we will learn
about the oil industry which has turned this piece of desert into one of the
worlds' most technically advanced cities. We will also visit the whitewashed
Al-Husan Palace, the oldest significant building in Abu Dhabi. Abu Dhabi is
situated among a group of islands. Later this afternoon we take a cruise among
Day 4 Abu Dhabi - Dubai
Today we explore two of the most futuristic cities in the world where man?s architectural achievements seem to defy nature and gravity! Dubai is a dynamic city state at the heart of the UAE. Although it is one of the smallest of the emirates, Dubai is one of the wealthiest and most varied. Dubai is world famous as a duty free shopping centre, and it is on the basis of trade (not oil) that Dubai has built its wealth. The city is built around the Dubai Creek, a salt water inlet which bisects the city.
From the Creek traditional Arab 'dhow' ships set out for ports in India, the Gulf and East Africa-- just as they have done for centuries. As the business centre of the Gulf, Dubai has earned the title "The Hong Kong of the Middle East". It?s skyscraper modern architecture is impressive. We tour Dubai city to observe the city's lay-out and modern architecture. One of our stops is the World Trade Centre, the highest building in the Gulf. At 37 storeys high it forms a prime landmark and affords an excellent panoramic view of the city and surrounding countryside.
Although an ultra-modern city in many respects, much of Dubai's heritage has
been retained. Our first stop is at the Dubai Museum, housed in the restored
Fort Fahidi. Inside this mud-walled fort, dating back to the early 19th
Century, the displays chronicle the long history of the Arabian Gulf. There
are finds from the Qusais archaeological site dating back 3,000 years, and
displays on the pearl fishing industry which brought wealth to the Gulf in the
19th century. From the museum we will explore the Creek area and see the old
houses in the Bastakia quarter.
Day 07 Transfer to airport for flight to home.
Cost Contact us for cost and booking details of this tour.
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