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Explore the surprising and the fulfilling in the Emirates.

From humble beginnings, Abu Dhabi has transformed itself from a small fishing village into a grand metropolis and cultural hub worthy of the United Arab Emirates’ capital title. In just three days, marvel at the expansive skyline, admire the marble domes of the Grand Mosque – one of the world’s most extravagant places of worship – and delve into the culture and history of the city-state while wandering down seaside walkways. Get out of the city and go four-wheel-driving into the desert to experience the local culture at a Bedouin campsite. With a dose of poolside relaxation and retail therapy, this Independent Experience is a perfect short introduction to the Abu Dhabi.

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
United Arab Emirates
Independent Experiences
Physical rating
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 6

Why you'll love this trip

  • Let the magic of the Arab world be discovered on this Independent Experience. With the hard work done for you, all that’s left to do is go exploring in this engaging city.

  • Spend an afternoon four-wheel-driving into the golden sand dunes of Arabia, and at night, witness a stunning desert sunset, all with an authentic Bedouin dinner and cultural experience.

  • With a free morning at your leisure, discover the vast skyline of the city, gaze in awe at the majestic Grand Mosque, or take a stroll along the Corniche street waterfront.

Is this trip right for you?

  • Part of travelling with Peregrine means respecting local cultures and sensibilities. That way you get the most out of your interactions with local people and environments. A more conservative dress code applies for some of Dubai’s sights. Entrance may be denied if these are not followed. It is recommend that you wear loose fitting clothes, long sleeves, long trousers/skirt, and for women, a light head scarf.

  • 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, we do not recommend this activity to passengers if they have any pre-existing medical conditions, are pregnant or over 65.

  • On Fridays, the museums and souqs are closed in the morning and will reopen in the afternoon. If this is the case, your itinerary will be amended to accommodate this or an upgrade to private afternoon tour is available. Please speak to your booking agent for more information.


Ahlan wa sahlan! Welcome to Abu Dhabi – an opulent desert oasis and the United Arab Emirates’ capital in name and in culture. On arrival, please clear customs and collect your luggage before locating your transfer representative. Once all passengers have arrived, you will be transferred to your centrally located hotel, conveniently located about 20 minutes from the airport. The rest of the day is free to spend as you wish. Maybe head out for some retail therapy, enjoy the rooftop pool, or jump on the complimentary bus service to the beach.
  • Traders Qaryat Al Beri Hotel or similar (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Abu Dhabi - Morning half-day city tour (Tuesday & Saturday only - minimum 2 people) - USD35
  • Abu Dhabi - Etihad Towers Observation Deck at 300 (entrance only) - USD20
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
This Independent Experience is operated by our local operator Desert Adventures, and includes a transfer to your hotel, which you must pre-book with your booking agent before arriving. Please look for a Desert Adventures representative wearing an orange T-shirt and carrying a sign with your name in the Arrivals Hall.

If you would like to organise any additional sightseeing upon arrival into Abu Dhabi, please contact our local operator before your trip, or speaking to the representative once you have arrived. For any general issues or concerns, please see the ‘Problems and emergency contact information’ section of the Essential Trip Information.
This morning is yours to explore at your leisure. Be mesmerised by the grandness of the new additions to Abu Dhabi’s skyline. You could visit the jewel of the city – the majestic Grand Mosque – the third largest in the world. It sparkles in the sun like the Taj Mahal, with thousands of columns decorated with flowers and domes topped with golden spires. Perhaps do some shopping at the Abu Dhabi Marina Mall, home to a large array of luxury boutiques and souvenir stores, or relax with a walk along the Corniche – an impressive eight-kilometre stretch of manicured gardens and stunning waterfront with cafés and restaurants along the beach. In the afternoon, join safari guides in a 4WD for an adventure into the golden sand dunes of Arabia. Experience the thrill of a lifetime while riding through the dunes, watching a beautiful scenic sunset over the desert. Continue to a Bedouin campsite, where you can take a camel ride through the dunes, if you wish. There is also henna design, Arabic gava (coffee), local dresses, refreshments, a Hubbly Bubbly (hookah) and a delicious barbecue buffet to enjoy. Adding to the atmosphere of the night is an enchanting belly dancer performing to Arabic rhythms. After this desert adventure, return to your hotel in Abu Dhabi.
  • Traders Qaryat Al Beri Hotel or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Abu Dhabi - Desert Safari
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Special Information
On Fridays, the museums and souqs are closed in the morning and will reopen in the afternoon. If this is the case, your itinerary will be amended to accommodate this or an upgrade to private afternoon tour is available. Please speak to your booking agent for more information.

The Desert Safari on this itinerary involves off-road driving through rugged areas. Due to the adventurous nature of the journey and the rough terrain covered, passengers should not participate if their health or any pre-existing medical conditions (including heart ailments or back problems) may be adversely affected. For this reason we do not recommend that expectant mothers, passengers with back conditions and passengers under the age of six or over 65 years of age join in on this activity. We would be happy to find an alternative activity to participate in. Please note that any difference in cost will need to be covered by the passenger.
There are no activities planned for the final day and this trip finishes after breakfast; however, that doesn’t mean that your adventure has to come to an end! If you do have time, Abu Dhabi’s Louvre museum is a spectacular sight to see, both inside and out. Its impressive dome structure surrounded by water houses some of the world’s most prized artworks, as well as tells the story of Arab history in this region in a delightful space. There is plenty more to do and see in Abu Dhabi – if you wish to stay longer, we’ll be happy to organise additional accommodation (subject to availability).
Optional Activities
  • Dubai - Full Day day city tour (Monday, Wednesday & Saturday only - minimum 2 people) - USD75
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
This Independent Experience includes a departure transfer shuttle back to Abu Dhabi Airport. You will be collected from the hotel's main lobby approximately 3.5 hours before your scheduled departure flight. Your pickup details will be confirmed in the welcome pack you receive on the first day.


2 breakfasts, 1 dinner


Private vehicle


Comfortable hotel (2 nights)

Included Activities

  • Abu Dhabi - Desert Safari

Dates & availability - 2021 season

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Important notes

Independent travel, without the stress. Peregrine’s Independent Experiences are a range of short ‘mini tours’ that you can add to other Experiences or as an extension to a longer tour, to craft your perfect holiday itinerary. Independent Experiences are for 1-4 travellers, come accompanied by a local Peregrine guide and depart daily.

A single supplement is available on this Independent Experience if you are travelling with a friend but prefer your own room - please ask your booking agent.

This is a join-in trip, so if other travellers have booked on the same date you may share some activities.
There is a desert safari included in this itinerary. This activity is not for everyone and we encourage you to refer to the safety notes under the Safety Section of this Essential Trip Information document. Please discuss any concerns with your booking agent.

Complimentary arrival and departure transfers are available on this tour. Please ensure you advise your booking agent your flight details 15 days prior to trip departure.

In 2016 Abu Dhabi introduced a Tourism Dirham Fee on all accommodation facilities in the city. This fee has recently been reduced and the amount payable direct to the hotel; per room per night is AED 10.00.


Essential trip information

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