Experience the many thrills of the UAE on this brand new expedition trip.
Discover one of the most underrated and incredible destinations of the world on this unique expedition trip to the UAE. While for most travellers this destination is nothing more than a stopover, there’s much to discover beyond its ultra-modern and opulent reputation – or is that half the fun? Delve into Old Dubai with the locals, experience heart-warming Bedouin hospitality, camp under the stars on the edge of the desert, visit ancient oases and get a glimpse from the dizzying peaks in both the city and the mountains. This small group tour of the UAE will make you wish you’d discovered this desert gem sooner.
An informal welcome dinner at the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding breaks the ice – and takes the hassle out of organising your first meal in a new place
A tour run by our friends Urban Adventures gives you the best possible experience of Old Dubai. Sip rich aromatic coffee with Bedouin locals, try your hand at calligraphy and tour the spice and gold souqs
Try a bit of dune bashing as you explore some of the largest sand dunes in the world, not without a night spent under the stars
Visit Al Ain – a World Heritage-listed 4000-year-old oasis which is one of the world's oldest continuously inhabited settlements
Take an exhilarating drive to the highest peak in the UAE, Jebel Jais, with breathtaking views over the Gulf
Soar to the 24th floor of the Burj Khalifa at 10 metres per second for breathtaking and unobstructed views of the Emirates
This trip includes two nights camping in igloo tents in a designated site. All equipment is supplied. This is a fantastic experience, but keep in mind bathroom facilities are shared.
While the United Arab Emirates can be very hot, once the sun dips in the desert and on top of the mountains temperatures can drop quickly. You will need a warm sweater and, depending on your time of travel, thermals if possible.
There is some dune bashing and off road driving on this itinerary, all of which adds to the excitement. But because of the adventurous nature of the journey and the rough terrain covered, we do not recommend this itinerary to passengers if they have any pre-existing medical conditions, are pregnant or over 65.
While we’ve put a lot of research and work into creating this trip, it’s a new adventure for Intrepid, and sometimes things don’t go exactly to plan. When we head to new destinations, we usually find there are more pleasant surprises in store than unpleasant ones. Either way, it’s important to be open and flexible. This is expedition travel after all!
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There is a single supplement available for this trip including camping nights.
This trip includes off road driving and some dune bashing. We do not recommend this itinerary for pre-existing medical conditions, pregnant women or travellers over the age of 65.
This itinerary includes two nights igloo tent camping. Camping mattresses are supplied and bedding but we do recommend carrying a sleep sheet and or sleeping bag on this trip.
This trip has a Tour Leader for Dubai activities on day 1 and day 5. Days 2-5 you will be hosted by your Bedouin driver / guide in modern 4WD vehicles. All of our driver /guides speak excellent English are trained in off road driving and basic first aid.