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Welcome to the playground of the rich and famous; a mysterious city full of paradoxes. Once just a remote desert oasis, Dubai has transformed before our eyes into a glittering modern metropolis. The flowing sand dunes collide seamlessly with towering skyscrapers. Step back in time as you wander the ancient treasures of the Dubai Museum and ride along the Dubai Creek, admiring the city's futuristic skyline. This fascinating country has rapidly become a luxurious destination for the world's rich and famous, and for the every day contemporary traveler.

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Independent Package Dazzling Dubai
Experience dynamic and opulent Dubai; flights, deluxe hotel, city tour & Burj Khalifa included
from $1999 w/ Flights 6 days
per person, double occupancy*
Small Group Tour Dazzling Dubai & Cairo
The glittering playground of Dubai; plus buzzing Cairo, the Sphinx & Pyramids of Giza; plus optional Nile Cruise extension
from $2599 w/ Flights 9 days
per person, double occupancy*
Small Group Tour Dazzling Dubai & India
Exhilarating Dubai; plus explore the lost empires of India in Delhi, Agra, the Taj Mahal & the pink city of Jaipur; Optional Extension to Nepal
from $2099 w/ Flights 11 days
per person, double occupancy*
Small Group Tour Dazzling Dubai & Kenya Safari
The glamorous desert oasis of Dubai, then Nairobi plus a boat safari on Lake Naivasha, a game drive in Hell's Gate & 3 game drives in Masai Mara
from $3199 w/ Flights 10 days
per person, double occupancy*

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Highlights

  1. Burj Khalifa

    Standing high above the city at over 2,700 feet, the Burj Khalifa is a 7-star hotel in Dubai that holds the world record for the tallest building in the world! This incredible structure is three times the height of the Eiffel Tower, and almost twice that of the Empire State Building. In addition to holding the record for the world's tallest building, it is the world's tallest free-standing structure, and has the highest number of stories (over 160!) and occupied floors. Look out in awe from the observation deck after riding the tallest service elevator in the world. This hotel is incredibly eye-catching from the inside out. It's entire interior is covered in 24 gold leaf, illustrating the luxury of the hotel as well as the entire city.
  2. Souks

    From shining gold jewelry and eye-catching textiles to exotic spices and aromatic perfumes, Dubai's bustling souks have it all. Packed within the alleyways, travelers and locals come from all over to browse through the goods that fill these traditional Arabian markets. The best known and most popular souk is the Gold Souk. Symbolizing Dubai's reputation as "the city of gold", this souk is full of luxurious gold pieces, especially breathtaking jewelry. Travel to Dubai's exotic Spice Souk, and let your scent do the shopping for you! This market is packed with flavors and a plethora of spices, herbs and dried fruits. Let your nose lead the way up to the Perfume Souk, home to essential oils, incense sticks and traditional perfumes. Be sure to stop at the vibrant Textile Souk. Here you will find colorful rolls of fabric, and visitors can be measured for traditional clothing right then and there! No matter what treasures you find, Dubai's souks offer travelers an incredibly authentic experience. 
  3. Dubai Creek

    Once referred to as the "River Zara" by the Ancient Greeks, Dubai Creek is a saltwater creek that serves as a busy waterway in modern day Dubai. The Bani Yas tribe first settled along its banks, and the river later served as a port for ships that had traveled from as far as India and Africa. The creek flows through the heart of Dubai, dividing the country into two main parts: Deira on the north, and Bur Dubai to the south. Back in the early 1900s, the ruler of Dubai created a free-trade zone, resulting in Dubai Creek becoming part of a major trading hub. Two main industries that were based along its waterways were fishing and pearling. Before Al Maktoum Bridge was constructed, the only way to transport across the creek was by taking an abra. Today, the Abra water taxi is still used as one of Dubai's most reliable and inexpensive forms of transportation, allowing visitors to hop in and absorb the city's breathtaking skyline. 
  4. Dubai Museum

    Situated in the massive, restored Al Fahidi Fort, the Dubai Museum was opened in 1971 with the purpose of showcasing a traditional way of life in Dubai. The Al Fahidi Fort was built back in 1787, standing as the oldest exiting building in Dubai. The museum's patrons can wander through its halls and galleries, soaking in the rich history and gaining a solid perspective of life in Dubai prior to the discovery of oil. The museum is separated into different wings, each wing showcasing a unique part of Dubai's past. In the monuments wing, visitors will find and learn about a variety of antiques, from weapons and pottery to ancient tombs and communities. There's also a wing that illustrates the markets in Dubai and displays the plethora of goods that were popularly sold amongst the locals throughout the years. Learn about the fishing and pearl-diving process in the Dubai Creek, how boats were constructed, and the diverse marine life in the Arabian Gulf in the sea wing of the museum. There is something fascinating at every corner of this massive museum, waiting to be discovered by the curious traveler.
  5. Ski Dubai

    Snow...in Dubai? That's right! Covering over 22,000 square meters, Ski Dubai is the Middle East's first indoor ski resort! Located in the Mall of the Emirates, one of the largest shopping malls in the world, Ski Dubai has a unique activity that suits everyone. This indoor ski-fanatic's dream maintains a steady temperature of 30-35 degrees Fahrenheit year-round, making it the perfect winter wonderland -- even in the middle of summer! The experiences here are endless: from taking a ride on a toboggan and ascending a chairlift up the snowy incline or encountering colonies of Gentoo and King penguins and gliding along a 150 meter-long zip line. Ski Dubai also offers incredible ski lessons for those who are willing to learn and get on the slopes!

Fast Facts

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Overview

Population:  2.789 million
Currency: Dirham (AED)
Languages: Arabic
Drives on the: Right
Time zone: GST (UTC +4)

Entry requirements

U.S. citizens must have a passport which is valid for at least six months after your return date.

You may enter the UAE on a free visa issued upon arrival if you hold a passport from the United States or any of the following countries: Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brunei, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, Hong Kong, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Monaco, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, San Marino, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Vatican City. Consult the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates or the U.S. Dept. of State website for more information.

If you do not hold a passport from one of the countries listed above, you must obtain a visa prior to arrival. If you would like us to obtain this visa on your behalf, please contact us after you book, and we will send instructions and application forms. Or you can obtain your visa directly from the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates.

If you do not hold a U.S. passport, you are responsible for determining all entry requirements and obtaining any necessary visas. Consider using an expedited visa service.

Minors (age 17 or younger) traveling to the UAE with parents or guardians of a different surname must present documentation of relationship such as a birth certificate upon entry.

More information about passport, visa & entry requirements.

Health Precautions & Vaccinations

While there are no required vaccinations for entry into the UAE, consult your doctor about vaccinations and other preventative medicine recommended by the Center for Disease Control. Make sure your food and drinking water are safe as food and waterborne diseases are the primary cause of illness in travelers. There is no risk of malaria or yellow fever in the UAE.

Center for Disease Control
World Health Organization

Weather

With its dry, subtropical climate and lots of sunshine, Dubai is a year-round destination. Rainfall is infrequent—mostly during the winter months—but flash floods can occur. Temperatures range from a low of about 50 F to a high of 118 F in the summer. The best time to visit Dubai is during the winter months, November-March. April and May are still pleasant, although it will be warming up. Summers are hot and humid.

Tipping

Where service charges are not included in a bill, a 10% tip for hotel bellhops and restaurant waitstaff is adequate. It is also appropriate to tip taxi drivers a few dirhams.

Money & Credit Cards

ATMs are found all over the city.

Always notify your bank prior to departure to avoid any problems using your credit or debit card abroad.

Shopping

As the shopping capital of the Middle East, Dubai is a true shopper's paradise. Low customs duties make luxury goods less expensive than in most countries. In fact, the Dubai Duty Free is renowned as one of the best duty-free operations in the world.

In the city, there are three main places: shopping malls, souks and the shopping streets or areas. Souks are very common in the Emirates and tend to be good places to buy gold, fabrics, electronics, and traditional Arabic art. Other items to shop for include clothes and fabrics, Persian carpets and rugs, Arabic coffee pots, silver and brass swords and khanjars (curved daggers), ancient rifles, shisha pipes, porcelain prayer beads, antique silver jewelry, brass trinkets, and silver and wooden miniature dhows.

Bargaining is acceptable everywhere, even in the malls.

Electricity & Power Adapters

220/240 volts. You will most likely need a voltage converter and plug adapter in order to use U.S. appliances, even though some outlets will correspond to American plug types and voltages. We recommend getting a universal adapter and converter kit.

Learn more about electrical standards around the world.

Cell Phones & Internet

Want to take your cell phone, tablet or laptop, but not sure how to get cell service or wifi? See our blog posts on using your cell phone abroad and the top 5 ways to get Internet abroad.

Did you know?
  • Dubai has a population of over 3.1 million people, making it the most populated city in the United Arab Emirates.
  • The tallest building in the world, Burj Khalifa, is found in Dubai.
  • Dubai is home to the longest driverless metro line, stretching over 30 miles, in the world -- and even holds a Guiness World Record for it! 
  • Dubai Palm, the artificial island off the coast of Dubai, is the largest man made island.
  • The largest shopping mall in the world is found in Dubai -- mirroring the size of about 50 football fields!

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* Advertised prices may include an "Instant Savings" discount and/or sale discount, available for a limited time. Prices reflect these discounts. Advertised prices are per person, based on double occupancy; single occupancy rooms may be available for an additional charge. Advertised prices are the best available based on the least expensive travel dates, departure city, and other options, and do not include optional excursions or other optional items. Your total price will vary based upon the dates, flights, and other options you select during the booking process. For packages including flights, prices include Airline Taxes, Fees & Sept. 11th Security Fee, but do not include excess baggage fees or advance seat reservations. Prices and availability subject to change. More about our prices.

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