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History Writ Large

In the Middle East, history is not something you read about in books. Here, it’s a story written on the stones that litter the region, from the flagstones of old Roman roads to the building blocks of Ancient Egypt, and the delicately carved tombs and temples from Petra to Persepolis. This is where humankind first built cities and learned to write, and it was from here that Judaism, Christianity and Islam all arose. Wherever you find yourself, the past is always present because here, perhaps more than anywhere else on earth, history is the heart and soul of the land.

Home of Hospitality

At some point on your visit to the Middle East, you’ll be sitting in a coffeehouse or looking lost in a labyrinth of narrow lanes when someone will strike up a conversation and, within minutes, invite you home to meet their family and share a meal. Or someone will simply approach and say with unmistakable warmth, ‘Welcome’. These spontaneous, disarming and utterly genuine words of welcome can occur anywhere across the region. And when they do, they can suddenly (and forever) change the way you see the Middle East.


The Middle East’s cities read like a roll-call of historical heavyweights: Jerusalem, Beirut, Cairo, İstanbul, Esfahan... Aside from ranking among the oldest continuously inhabited cities on earth, these ancient-modern metropolises are places to take the pulse of a region. It is in the Middle East's cities, too, that you find the stirring, aspirational architecture that so distinguishes the three great monotheistic faiths. There they sit alongside the more secular charms of bazaars and coffee shops that seem to embody all the mystery and storytelling magic of a land that gave us The Thousand and One Nights.


Beyond city limits, the Middle East is a land of mighty rivers (the Nile, Euphrates), even mightier deserts (the Sahara, the Empty Quarter and peerless Wadi Rum) and green landscapes of exceptional beauty. Exploring these wilderness areas – from snow-capped summits in Turkey, Iran and Lebanon to the kaleidoscopic waters of the Red Sea – lies at the heart of the region's appeal. The message is simple: forget the clichés that masquerade as Middle Eastern truth – a visit here is one of the most varied and soulful travel experiences on earth.

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$67.40 Outdoor Activities

Dubai Desert: Dune Bashing, Camel Ride, Sandboarding, Dinner

After a pickup from your centrally located Dubai hotel, relax in an air-conditioned 4x4 vehicle as you head to the desert that surrounds the city. Admire views of the barren yet enchanting landscape on the way, and listen to your guide’s tales about the region and its fascinating geology. First stop on your desert rendezvous is a traditional camel farm to see herds of the magnificent hump-backed herbivores. After showing off your balancing skills on a camel ride around the enclosures, learn about the different types of camels that are commonly seen in the desert around Dubai.Continue by 4x4 across the desert plains to the campsite in the desert and try your hand at a popular local pastime: sandboarding! Learn to master the art of 'surfing on sand' and race your friends and fellow travelers down the sand dunes during in an adrenaline-rushing experience. Show off your balance skills on a camel ride or relax and take a seat outside to watch your show as the sun sets over the craggy canyons and sun-baked plains. Get a henna tattoo design on your hands or feet, watch a traditional tanoura folk dance, and feast on a delicious barbecue dinner or try out our new shawrma station. Why not upgrade to a Exclusive Dubai Desert Safari by enjoying yourself at the shawrma station or indulge into a delicious barbecue dinner at your exclusive table with a bottle of sparkling wine & fruit basket.After dinner, smoke a shisha (Arabic water pipe), if you wish, and watch a live belly-dance performance around the campfire. Relax under a canopy of twinkling stars and enjoy an experience that could be straight out of One Thousand and One Nights! Your tour then finishes with a drop-off at your Dubai hotel.Sample MenuFirst course (choose from following selection): • Hummus, green salad with tomatoes and cucumbers, olives, coleslaw and Arabic breadSecond course (choose from following selection): • Lamb chops, marinated chicken, beef burgers, barbequed potatoes, sauteed onions, steamed rice and lentil curryThird course: • Arabic coffee and dates

$39 Sightseeing Tickets & Passes

Dubai Burj Khalifa 'At the Top' Ticket to Levels 125 and 124

Your experience begins at Dubai Mall, home to the magnificent Burj Khalifa ‘At The Top’ — the world’s tallest building. Pass through security before boarding a moving sidewalk, complete with visual projections that tell the story of Dubai’s radical development. When you disembark the sidewalk, glimpse your first panorama as there is still considerable walk through the history of the tower, design inspiration, construction and world renowned events hosted at the tower, before you reach the elevators. Make your vertical ascent to Level 124 in a high-velocity elevator. As the elevator doors slide open, your eyes will be flooded with 360-degree panoramas of Dubai’s sprawling architectural tapestry. Through floor-to-ceiling glass walls, marvel at unprecedented vistas of iconic Dubai landmarks, pristine beaches and the barren desert. To enhance views, advanced telescopes are on hand.  Don’t forget to browse the ‘At The Top’ gift shop for souvenirs to memorialize your experience of the world’s tallest building. Although 1.5 to 2-hours is recommend on Level 124, feel free to extend your stay and return to the lower ground floor at a time convenient to you.

$15.95 Transfers & Ground Transport

Dubai Private Arrival Airport Transfer with Wifi or SIM card

Skip the stress of finding a taxi or sharing a shuttle at the start of your trip. Simply enter your details when you book, pay in advance, and then show your voucher to your driver when you land in Dubai. Travel in a spacious vehicle for up to seven passengers. It’s a private Dubai transfer service that’s available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Your professional driver will wait for you in the arrival area with a name board, who will also give you a welcome pack full of local information. 4G Wifi - You can also upgrade to 4G wifi connection along with your Airport transfers. The 4G/LTE mobile WiFi hotspot rental service (Pocket WiFi) which keeps you and friends/family connected to the internet across all your devices simultaneously and seamlessly.SIM CARD - Collect your 4G SIM card from BookMyWiFi and start your Dubai journey. All our SIM cards are local operator issued,thereby ensuring you faster speeds, no service throttling, great rates on international calls and 24/7 customer care and ability to perform online topup/ recharge remotelyYour private transfer can take you between Dubai International Airport and your hotel in the below locations. Please select the appropriate hotel zone at time of booking. Dubai Airport to Dubai City Hotels ( Deira or Bur Dubai area ) Dubai Airport to Jebel Ali Golf and Spa Resort or Bab Al Shams Desert Resort or Al Maha Desert Resort Dubai Airport to Hotels in Sheikeh Zayed Road, Jumeirah or Al Barsha or Dubai Downtown or in Marina area. Dubai Airport to Hotels in Palm Jumeirah area. Dubai Airport to Hotels in Sharjah. Dubai Airport to Hotels in Abu Dhabi City or Yas Island or Saadiyat Island. Dubai Airport to Hotels in Ras Al Khaimah or Umm Al Quwain hotels

$163.50 Cultural & Theme Tours

Dubai Desert Land Rover Safari with Dinner and Show from Dubai

Start your experience with a pickup from your Dubai hotel, and then travel into the desert. Once in the desert climb aboard your open-roof vintage land rover – a mode of transport used extensively in 1950’s desert expeditions. As you travel, your guide will regale you with stories of Dubai’s past and present as well as the many customs and traditions that you’ll experience throughout the evening. Head through Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, looking out for wildlife such as Arabian gazelles and oryx, after which, marvel at the UAE’s national bird- the falcon- before sunset during the a falconry display. Make your way back to your Land Rovers and travel to the Bedouin-inspired camp in the grounds of a private royal retreat. Make your way past the gently flickering flames of the lights that mark the entranceway, and then hop out of your Land Rover to take a seat at your shared table. Before your meal starts, enjoy a range of cultural activities are demonstrated around the tables. Enjoy an Arabic coffee, live bread making, henna artists and camel rides before a beautiful 4 course Emirati dinner in authentic goat hair tents on low Bedouin tables. The dishes are mostly traditional Emirati specialties, combining flavors from the Middle East and Asia, after which you can enjoy shisha and cultural dancing. Take a seat back at your table in time for a cookery demonstration, where you’ll learn how to make local bread. Then, all that’s left to do is to feast on your 4-course dinner under the stars. Like the activities at the camp, the dishes are mostly traditional Emirati specialties, combining flavors from the Middle East and Asia. After your meal, return to your Land Rover with your guide and journey through the desert back to the camp entrance. From here, board your air-conditioned van to your Dubai hotel, where your experience finishes. Sample Menu: First course: • Shorbat adas (mildly spiced lentil soup) • Fresh garden salad Second course: • Selection of mezze including harees (cracked wheat dumplings with meat), kibbeh (minced meat and rice), sambousek (lamb- or cheese-stuffed pastries), hummus and tabbouleh (cracked wheat salad with parsley, mint, tomatoes and lemon juice) Third course: • Ouzi (succulent lamb) • Chicken kebabs • Vegetable and ouzi rice Fourth course: • Fruit salad • Lgeimat (saffron-flavored fritters)

$163.50 Cultural & Theme Tours

Desert Safari from Dubai with Camel Ride, Dinner, Music

Start your experience with a pickup from your centrally located Dubai hotel, and then head into the desert in an air-conditioned minivan. Here, meet your camel convoy and clamber onto your own ship of the desert.Sit high up and enjoy the views as your camel lumbers through the desert — you’ll soon see why these stoic creatures made perfect transport for the nomadic Bedouins. After around 45 minutes, your camel safari ends when you reach your Bedouin-inspired camp where you will meet your guide. Situated within a private royal retreat, this exclusive camp is lit by flickering lamps and surrounded by rolling dunes.As the sun fades, enjoy an exciting display of the ancient sport of falconry. Watch as the trained falcons fly and swoop down for lures from their handlers. Then, after a sunset photo stop amid the dunes, enter a Bedouin-style tent for an array of traditional desert activities. Sip Arabic coffee, get a tattoo from henna artists and watch a bread-making demonstration to learn how to make Arabic bread. Then, sit at a low Bedouin table for a delicious, 4-course Emirati banquet served with water and sodas. See the itinerary for a sample menu.After dinner, enjoy traditional dancing and music and perhaps try a shisha. Then, return to Dubai where a driver and air-conditioned minivan will drop you off at your hotel.

$66.90 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Dubai Hop-On Hop-Off Big Bus Tour with 3 Routes

ItineraryCity Tour - Red Route (Live Guided Tour)Route Duration: 2 hoursStops on the City Tour - Red Route (Live Guided Tour):The Dubai Mall City Walk by Meraas Wafi City 1 Burjuman Dubai Museum Old souk Al Shindagha Dubai Gold Souk Dubai Spice Souq Market Deira City CentreAttractions on the City Tour - Red Route (Live Guided Tour):Burj Khalifa / City Walk / Burjuman Centre / Dubai Museum / Old Souk / The Dubai Heritage Village / Dubai Gold Souk / Dubai Spice Souk / Deira City Center Shopping MallOperates: First Bus Departure : 08:50 Last Bus Departure : 17:50 Frequency : Every 20 minutesBeach Tour - Green RouteRoute Duration: 1 hourStops on the Beach Tour - Green Route:The Dubai Mall Jumeira Public Beach Burj Al Arab Hotel 1 Souk Madinat Jumeirah Mall of the EmiratesAttractions on the Beach Tour - Green Route:The Dubai Mall / Jumeirah Public Beach / Burj Al Arab / Souk Madinat Jumeirah / Mall of the EmiratesOperates: First Bus Departure : 09:00 Last Bus Departure : 18.00 Frequency : Every 20 minutesMarina Tour - Blue RouteRoute Duration: 1 hour 30 minutesStops on the Marina Tour - Blue Route:Mall of the Emirates Marina Walk Marine Transport Station Marina Mall The Walk Marina Promenade Bayside Residence Garage Cayan Tower Dubai Media City The Pointe Via RodeoAttractions on the Marina Tour - Blue Route:Mall of the Emirates / Dubai Marina Mall / Aquaventure WaterparkOperates: First Bus Departure : 09:00 Last Bus Departure : 18:00 Frequency : Every 20 minutes