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City of Merchants

From glitzy shopping malls to towering skyscrapers in the city, to the golden dunes of the desert; City of Merchants showcases both new and old Dubai together as one. Escape to the desert and visit Bab Al Shams, located an hour from Dubai, it is truly an oasis in the sand. Relax and enjoy the luxurious resort as you uncover the heart of Arabia on camel or horseback. Delve into Dubai, the perfect place to soak up the sun visit mosques and traditional markets and understand the true culture of the UAE.

Trip Type: Cosmopolitan, Cultural, Sun & Sand

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Day By Day

Day 1 – Fly USA to Dubai
Today you will begin your Swain Destinations customized itinerary. Please note, international air has not been included in this package price.

Day 2 – Welcome to Dubai, UAE
Upon arrival into Dubai, will be met after you have cleared customs and immigration and driven by way of private vehicle to your hotel.

Glitzy, glam, and over-the-top, this city-state is a fascinating mix of old and new, where flashy shopping malls rise up alongside flavorful old-world souks (outdoor markets). The United Arab Emirates is a country with both a record-setting building boom (the tallest building in the world will be completed in Dubai in 2009) and a still-vibrant Bedouin culture, one that learned to survive in harsh desert conditions for hundreds of years.

Starting Accommodation: Fairmont Dubai

Day 3 – Dubai City Touring
Dubai City Tour
A fascinating historical excursion. Our route takes us to the magnificent Jumeirah mosque; past modern palaces sprawled along the coast.  In Bastakia we stop for a while to admire the old wind-tower houses built by wealthy merchants. Close by, stands the 150-year old Al Fahidi Fort. Here, the Dubai Museum records the city's past as an important pearl diving and trading center.  We continue our journey by Abra - local water taxi.  As we cross the Creek we see the modern metropolis with its splendid architecture dwarfing the bustling alleys of our next destination, the gold and spice souks.

Afternoon at Leisure
This afternoon is at leisure to explore Dubai. Dubai's tourism appeal includes big-time horse races and sporting events, a month-long shopping festival and a skyline that commands the attention of Dubai's visitors-not to mention such fascinating hotels as Dubai's own Burj Al Arab. For jaded, been-there-done-that tourists, Dubai, on the Persian Gulf, can throw in camel racing, sand boarding, sand skiing, ice-skating, snow skiing and unique cultural activities that appeal to visitors.

Dubai's rapid transformation has left it with a slice of old Arabia and a chunk of modern infrastructure. In Dubai, you'll find souks selling gold jewelry and traditional wares not far from modern shopping centers selling electronics and luxury items. Visitors to Dubai will also see wind towers and minarets rising up from old neighborhoods, dwarfed in turn by Dubai's office and hotel towers.

But the biggest contrast can be seen in Dubai's landscape: A beautiful coastline and beaches are backed by an equally expansive desert, which in itself is a magnificent paradox of impressive sand dunes and starkly beautiful mountains.

Starting Accommodation: Fairmont Dubai (B)

Day 4 – Dubai to Bab Al Shams
Transfer by private vehicle from the city to the desert, and your resort oasis. Emerging from the heart of the desert, your resort is an elegant oasis set in a traditional Arabic fort setting.

Emerging from the heart of the desert, Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa is an elegant desert resort in a traditional Arabic fort setting. Bab Al Shams offers you the secluded privacy of the desert, still within easy reach of Dubai's urban excitements. Offering shuttle services to and from the city, you may also experience the heart of Arabia and explore the desert on camel or horseback, or hop into a 4x4 for a little dune bashing.

Starting Accommodation: Bab Al Shams (L, D)

Day 5 – At leisure, Bab Al Shams
Today is at leisure to enjoy activities around the area or relax at the resort. Your resort may offer from exciting activities including sunrise or sunset desert exploration, flaconry, a camel ride at sunset, and more. At the hotel, take time to explore these activities at your own expense. 

Starting Accommodation: Bab Al Shams (B, L, D)

Day 6 – Bab Al Shams to Dubai Beach
This morning you will be transferred to your Dubai beach hotel. A beach within this massive city, you will have the opportunity to explore the surrounding area or relax at the property and take in its offerings.

Starting Accommodation: Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort & Spa (B)

Day 7 – At leisure, Dubai Beach
Today is at leisure to enjoy your surroundings.

Starting Accommodation: Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort & Spa (B)

Day 8 – Dubai to USA
Transfer by private vehicle to the airport for your onward flight. (B)

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DubaiFairmont DubaiPark Hyatt DubaiArmani Hotel Dubai
Bab Al ShamsBab Al ShamsBab Al ShamsAl Maha Desert Resort & Spa
Dubai (Jumeirah)Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort & SpaMina A' Salam, Madinat JumeirahOne&Only Royal Mirage


Pricing for this package is on request. Please call a Swain Destinations Specialist to customize this journey.

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