Explore the surprising and opulent city of Dubai on this short trip

A city like no other, Dubai is the story of the little fishing village that could, and of a city that has made it big – at least as far as opulence and grandeur is concerned. Discover man-made islands sculpted into the shapes of palms and a tower so high it is almost a kilometre tall. Explore the heritage area of Bastakiya, wander the spice and gold souqs, and see more supercars in one day than you’re likely to see in a year as you walk the streets of this desert town.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
United Arab Emirates
Short Breaks
Physical rating
Min 12
Group size
Min 1, Max 12

Why you'll love this trip

  • Discover a centuries-old fortification at the Al Fahidi Fort

  • Walk the wide, clean city streets as you gaze in awe at the vast array of skyscrapers

  • Learn about the history of Dubai with a visit to the Bastakiya district’s Dubai Museum.

  • Wander the colourful Gold & Spice Souk with a local guide.

  • Travel across Dubai Creek in a traditional 'Abra'.

  • Experience Bedouin culture with a desert safari adventure.

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

  • Our Shortbreaks are a group tour with independence, you will only have a guide with you for the sight seeing activities


Ahlan Wa Sahlan! Welcome to the United Arab Emirates. The largest city in the UAE is well known for its plethora of wealth and opulence (a vending machine for gold, anyone?), but it’s also known for its history and culture. On arrival into Dubai Airport please clear customs and collect your luggage before locating your shuttle transfer representative (if you have pre-booked this service). This Shortbreak Adventure is operated by our local operator Desert Adventures, and includes a transfer to your hotel. Please look for a Desert Adventures representative wearing an orange T-shirt and carrying a sign with your name. Once all passengers have arrived, you will be transferred to the City Max Hotel Al Barsha. The hotel is conveniently located about 25 minutes from the airport and opposite the mall of Emirates. The rest of the day is free to spend as you wish. Maybe head out for some retail therapy, take the complimentary shuttle to the beach, enjoy the roof-top pool or discover food from Lebanon, India and Iran.
The Metro is a simple and convenient way to experience some of the other iconic sights such as the Burj Khalifa, or the impressive Dubai Fountain show at night!
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Dubai - Complimentary Arrival Transfer (Shuttle)
Optional Activities
  • Abu Dhabi - Tour of Abu Dhabi with Lunch included (shared tour Tuesday & Saturday) - USD75
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
If you would like to organise any additional sight seeing upon arrival into Dubai, please contact our local operator Desert Adventures on tel: 800 134 000 between 9:00 am – 6:30 pm to book these.
Explore Dubai with a half-day tour of the city. You will be picked up around 8:30-9am – simply wait in the hotel lobby for your Desert Adventures representative. Drive through the heritage area of Bastakiya, full of courtyards, wind towers, and narrow alleyways designed to give pedestrians shade from the sun. Merchants from Iran settled this area in the 1900s, and they built houses sophisticated for the time, including towers that funnelled breezes down into the buildings in an early form of air-conditioning. Next, visit the ornate Al Fahidi Fort and its museum, built in the early 1800s to protect the settlement from rival Bedouin tribes, and later the residence of the ruling sheikh. Ferry across the Dubai Creek in a traditional Abra (water taxi). Before roads and cars, Abras were the only way to cross the Dubai Creek. This is the most atmospheric way to soak in the sights and sounds of the bustling creek. Follow aromatic smells as you wander through the enticing spice souq centred around the creek, and then enter the largest gold market in Arabia, where precious metals and jewels glitter all around. Later, make a stop at the imposing Jumeirah Mosque for excellent photos. In the afternoon, ride through the dunes on a desert safari then continue on to a Bedouin campsite. Here you can enjoy Henna design, Arabic Gava, local dresses, belly dancing, soft drinks, tea or coffee, a hubbly bubbly and a delicious barbeque buffet. You will be dropped back at your hotel at around 9-9:30pm this evening.

Notes: A more conservative dress code applies for some of the sights. Entrance may be denied if these are not followed. On Friday the museums and Souqs are closed in the morning and will reopen in the afternoon. For this reason your itinerary will be amended to accommodate this. Please speak to your booking agent for more information. The desert safari does include some high-speed dune racing. These activities are operated on a share basis and you will be joined by other travellers.
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Dubai - Afternoon Desert Safari (including dinner)
  • Dubai - City Tour (Half Day)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Special Information
It gets cool in the desert at night, particularly in the cooler months of January to March. Please be sure to take a warm jumper or jacket for the evening at the Bedouin camp.
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 years 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.
This Dubai Experience comes to an end today. There are no activities planned for the final day and this trip finishes after breakfast. This experience includes a departure transfer back to Dubai Airport. You will be collected from the Hotel's main lobby approximately 3 hours before your scheduled departure flight. Your pick up details will be confirmed in the welcome pack you receive on Day 1. There is plenty to see and do in Dubai and we highly recommend you extend your stay in Dubai. Please speak to your booking agent about additional post tour accommodation.
Included Activities
  • Dubai - Complimentary Departure Transfer (Shuttle)
Optional Activities
  • Dubai - Heritage Safari with dinner (minimum 2 people) - USD139
  • Dubai - Lunch at the Burj Al Arab Hotel (Mon/Wed/Sat only. Food only. Min 2 persons) - USD195
  • Dubai - Dhow Cruise (with shared transfers) - USD55
  • Dubai - Afternoon Tea at the Burj Al Arab (minimum 2 people) - USD185
  • Dubai - Hot Air Balloon flight including transfers (minimum 2 persons. On Request basis) - USD271
  • Dubai - Helicopter Palm Tour including transfers (minimum 2 persons - On request basis) - USD171
Meals Included
  • Breakfast


2 breakfasts, 1 dinner


4x4, coach


Hotel (2 nights)

Included activities

  • Dubai - Complimentary Arrival Transfer (Shuttle)
  • Dubai - Afternoon Desert Safari (including dinner)
  • Dubai - City Tour (Half Day)
  • Dubai - Complimentary Departure Transfer (Shuttle)

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Important notes

1. An arrival and departure shuttle transfer is included from Dubai International Airport. Please provide your flight details at the time of booking or a minimum of 15 days before travel.
2. This is a join-in trip, so if other travellers have booked on the same date you may share some activities.
3. Please see the safety notes section of your trip notes regarding the Desert Safari included on this itinerary.

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