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Meet the many faces of Dubai strolling through its souks, dining with Bedouins and embarking on a 4x4 desert safari

Rising out of the surrounding desert, Dubai is one of the fastest growing cities in the world; this short trip into the United Arab Emirates gives you a taste of intriguing old-meets-new Dubai. Explore the tiny historical quarter of Bastakiya – set on the banks of the snaking Dubai Creek – then visit the chaotic souqs, winding your way through the gold and spice markets. Travel through the hot desert on a 4X4 dune safari before enjoying a dinner at a traditional Bedouin campsite.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
United Arab Emirates
Physical rating
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 6

Why we love this trip

  • Explore Dubai's enticing Spice and Gold souqs

  • Stop at the imposing Jumeirah Mosque, the only mosque in Dubai open to non-Muslims

  • Enjoy a belly dancing performance after a desert safari

Is this trip right for you?

  • The Desert Safari on this itinerary involves off-road driving through rugged areas - which all adds to the excitement. However, because of the adventurous nature of the journey and the rough terrain covered, passengers should not participate if they have any pre- existing medical conditions.


Ahlan Wa Sahlan! Welcome to the United Arab Emirates.
On arrival into Dubai Airport please clear customs and collect your luggage before meeting your private transfer. Please look out for your local Desert Adventures representative . From here, you will be transferred to the Arabian Courtyard Hotel.
The hotel is centrally located in the downtown Al Fahidi historical area opposite the Dubai Museum and the Ruler’s Court.
The rest of the day is free to spend as you wish. Maybe head out for some retail therapy, enjoy the roof-top pool or jump on the complimentary bus service to the beach.
  • Arabian Courtyard Hotel & Spa (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Tour of Abu Dhabi (shared tour) - USD50
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Explore Dubai with a half-day tour of the city.
Your pick up will be between 08.30 - 09.00. Please wait in the lobby of your hotel for your transfer & advise the concierge that your are waiting for a pick up from Desert Adventures.
Please note that a more conservative dress code applies for some of the sights. Entrance may be denied if these are not followed.

Drive through the heritage area of Bastakiya, visit the ornate Al Fahidi Fort, ferry across the Dubai Creek, wander through the enticing spice and gold souqs, and then stop at the imposing Jumeirah Mosque. In the afternoon, ride through the dunes on a desert safari then continue on to a Bedouin camp for dinner and a belly dancing performance. Return to Dubai tonight.Please note that the desert safari does include some high speed dune racing. 
  • Arabian Courtyard Hotel & Spa (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Dubai City Tour (1/2 Day)
  • Afternoon Dubai Desert Safari
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Return to the city where your Dubai Experience comes to an end.
Optional Activities
  • Heritage Safari with Dinner included (min 2 people) - USD120
  • Lunch at the Burj Al Arab Hotel (Mon/Wed/Sat only. Food only) - USD195
  • Afternoon Tea Burj Al Arab (min 2 people / Transfers inc.) - USD185
  • Dhow Cruise (with shared transfers) - USD55
  • Hot Air Balloon flight (inc transfers/ min 2 persons) - USD235
  • Helicopter Flight (inc transfers/ min 2 persons) - USD255
Meals Included
  • Breakfast


2 breakfasts, 1 dinner


4WD vehicle, Private vehicle


Comfortable hotel (2 nights)

Included Activities

  • Dubai City Tour (1/2 Day)
  • Afternoon Dubai Desert Safari

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Important notes

Important: Please note that some of the activities on your Independent Experience will be on a join in basis. This means that these activities may be shared with other guests at the property.

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