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..
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.
Breakfast Included: 2 Lunches Included: Dinner Included: 1
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.
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.
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).