Explore the United Arab Emirates’ capital and its surrounding region on this Emirates vacation. Begin in Abu Dhabi, the capital city, and explore its historical sites like Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque before taking in the amusement parks of Yas Island, touring the caravan oasis town of Al Ain, and enjoying luxury amenities in the middle of the desert at Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort.
Arrive Abu Dhabi
Upon Arrival at Abu Dhabi Airport Terminal, and after clearing the immigration and baggage claim, you will be greeted by driver in the arrival area. You are then transported to your hotel.
A refreshing welcome drink is served upon arrival at the hotel. Rooms are pre-selected to avoid time taken in check-in process however passport needs to be submitted for scanning at the welcome desk which is a mandatory requirement as defined by Government of UAE.
Abu Dhabi City Tour
Today morning, after breakfast, you start a tour of the capital of the United Arab Emirates and the administrative center of the country – Abu Dhabi which is also called “the Manhattan of the Middle East”. One of the wealthiest and most modern city-states in the world, Abu Dhabi is the center of the oil business in the country. Built on a natural island, the emirate includes several offshore islands and vast expanses of desert. The city is renowned for its lush greenery, planned development and beautiful Corniche.
You start this tour by visiting the Heritage Village. Situated on a 1600 sq. meter site overlooking the Cornice, near the Breakwater in Abu Dhabi, this heritage village is run by Emirates Heritage Club. Here you can experience the past traditional life in Abu Dhabi, before oil revenues altered the landscape, economically and socially. In addition to Bedouin tents, there are reconstructions of palm (Arish) and other houses, old fishing villages and traditional Souqs.
Next in the sequence is the Sheikh Zayed Mosque – Largest Mosque in the UAE, founded by Late His Highness Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan. The dome layout and floor plan of the mosque was inspired by the Badshahi Mosque and the architecture was inspired by both Mughal and Moorish design. Its archways are quintessentially Moorish and its minarets are classically Arab.
The tour ends with your return to the hotel. Relax for the evening.
Yas Island Adventure
Today morning, after breakfast, you head out to the Yas Island for a leisure drive. An emerging entertainment destination within a 30-minute drive of the UAE capital, Yas Island is home to the state-of-the-art Yas Marina Circuit – host to the annual F1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
At the circuit’s centerpiece is Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi, a five star, iconic hotel – the only one in the world to straddle an F1 race track being breathtakingly built half on land and half over water.
Then you will visit the Ferrari World – a Ferrari based indoor theme park. Ferrari World is the world’s first “Ferrari” theme park with largest attraction of its kind and a must-visit for families, friends, fans and enthusiasts. Some of the Rides and Attractions include: Formula Rossa – Fastest Rollercoaster in the world, Fiorano Gt Challenge, The Pit Wall, Junior Training Camp, Carousel Made In Maranello, Galleria Ferrari, Paddock G-Force, Junior Grand Prix, The Racing Legends, Driving with Champions, Speed of Magic, Scuderia Challenge.
Enjoy the theme park till late afternoon. Then, visit Yas Waterworld – which spans in an area of around 15 football pitches, with 43 rides, slides and attractions – five of which are one-of-a-kind. Visitors to this this futuristic waterpark will be able to try the 238-metre long, world’s first, and largest hydro magnetic-powered, six-person tornado waterslide. For adrenaline seekers, there are three-meter high waves on Bubble’s Barrel, which has the world’s largest surfable sheet wave for flowboards and bodyboards. The Bandit Bomber, a 550-meter coaster, is the first with onboard water and laser effects. Riders can shoot jets of water at targets, drop water bombs and trigger special effects, while people below can spray them with water as they pass. A true full day experience, the park draws on Abu Dhabi’s heritage and has “The Lost Pearl” as its theme. It also features a souk, pearl-diving exhibits and restaurants.
Late evening, return to your hotel. Relax for the evening.
Al Ain City Tour
Today morning, after breakfast, you start your drive to the “Garden City” – Al Ain which is located in the eastern part of Abu Dhabi, in an opulent terrain dotted with abundant groundwater springs. In the past, this oasis town used to be a necessary stop-over for the caravan trail from the United Arab Emirates to the Sultanate of Oman and vice versa.
The journey starts with a drive to the “Hili Archaeological Garden”, a park with restored burials from ancient civilization. Proceed to the central market of the city where people sell fruits, vegetables and commodities.
The next stop is for lunch at a hotel before continuing with the rest of the tour. It includes a visit to the Al Ain Museum, which was built around the turn of the century. It is said that Sheikh Zayed, President of The UAE and Ruler of Abu Dhabi, spent a part of his childhood there. The museum has an ethnographical and archaeological section. The tour is incomplete until you take a step into the past and take a walk through the truly enchanting Al Ain Oasis, which is set among palm trees. We also get an opportunity to see an excellent example of “falaj” – the ancient irrigation system.
Finally move on to see the country’s only remaining camel market where camels are traded daily and it is possible to choose and buy one at a bargain!
The tour ends with a drive back to Abu Dhabi. Rest of the evening is at leisure.
Qasr Al Sarab
Today morning, after breakfast, check out from your hotel. You will then be transferred to Anantara Qasr Al Sarab – a desert resort in the middle of nowhere.
Set in the middle of the Rub’ al Khali or Empty Quarter, the largest uninterrupted sand mass in the world, Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara is isolated from the outside world, yet very close to Abu Dhabi city.
The resort brings the mysticism of this eminent location to life, inviting you to discover the unique appeal of its surroundings. Enjoy an array of facilities and desert experiences and immerse yourself in the wonderful splendor of an eternally changing landscape.
Experience unparalleled luxury and comfort amid the mystic desert charm of Abu Dhabi’s Empty Quarter. Ride on a camel over sun soaked dunes as this foreboding landscape unwinds eternally in front of you. Soak in the freeform swimming pool while desert wildlife grazes in the shade below. Be inspired by glorious Arabian decor that channels one of the world’s most ancient and revered cultures.
Qasr Al Sarab
Today morning enjoy breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy hotel facilities and desert activities during the day.
Depart Abu Dhabi
Today morning, after breakfast, you will be picked up from the hotel for your departure transfer.
- 6 nights’ accommodation
- All transfers on private basis
- Meals as indicated in itinerary
- Full Day Abu Dhabi City Tour
- Full Day visit to Yas Island – includes entrance to Ferrari World and Yas Waterworld
- Full Day Al Ain City Tour
- All Applicable Government Taxes