07 Nights
UAE - OMAN

07 Nights
UAE - Oman Programme

Goessi Group November 2017

Package Details
07 Nights UAE-Oman Programme - PACKAGE PER PERSON – US DOLLARS
Number of Pax 14 + 1 pax 16 + 1 pax 18 + 1 pax 20+ 1 pax
Twin Sharing - Per Person 1802.00 1704.00 1658.00 1590.00
Single Supplement 774.00 774.00 774.00 774.00

Package Inclusions:
  • 03 Nights stay at Dubai City Hotel (Holiday Inn Bur Dubai or similar 4*).
  • 01 Night stay at Al Ain Hotel (Mercure Grand Jabel Hafeet or Similar 4*).
  • 03 Nights stay at Oman’s different hotels as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • 07 Breakfasts at the residing hotel.
  • 1 dinner in Al Ain and 2 dinners during Oman stay.
  • Dubai airport transfer and UAE Oman border transfer.
  • Half Day Traditional and half day Modern Dubai city tour with entrances.
  • Day Tour of Al Ain with Guide and entrances.
  • Oman tours & transfers as per the itinerary with entrances.
  • All tours and transfers using an air-conditioned vehicle assisted by German Speaking Guide.
  • Hotel Service charges & Municipality Fees.

Package Excludes:
  • Any beverages other than mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Any items not mentioned in the inclusions.
  • Tourism Dirham of US$ 4.10 per room per night for Dubai 4* Hotel in Dubai to be settled by the clients directly at the hotel upon check- out.

Notes
  • Any beverages other than mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Any items not mentioned in the inclusions.
  • UAE exit and Oman entry charges at the border.
  • Tourism Dirham of US$ 4.10 per room per night for Dubai 4* Hotel in Dubai and Al Ain to be settled by the clients directly at the hotel upon check-out.

Notes:
  • If the hotel implement any supplement charges for exhibitions, the above given rates will be affected.
  • Rates are subject to change as per the hotel / Government policies.
  • Hotel Check in – 1500 hrs / Hotel Check out – 12 noon.
  • Rooms are subject to availability at the time of confirmation.
  • The package is based on a minimum of 15 pax onwards.

Black-out Period (above package is not valid during the below dates):
  • 26 – 29 November 2017.
  • 27 December 2017 – 05 January 2018.
  • 29 January – 03 February 2018.
  • 18 February – 22 March 2018.

Package Validity: 04 November – 11 November 2017


DAY 01: ARRIVAL AT DUBAI
On arrival at Dubai Airport, meet & assistance by German Speaking Guide. Transfer to Best Western Premier Deira or Similar 4* Hotel. Overnight at the Hotel.

Dubai is one of the few cities in the world that has undergone such a rapid transformation - from a humble beginning as a pearl-diving centre - to one of the fastest growing cities on earth. Dubai today is a tourism, trade and logistics hub and has earned itself the reputation of being the ‘gateway between the east and the west.


Dubai enjoys an arid subtropical climate, with blue skies and sunshine all year round. Temperatures range from lows of 10°C to extreme summer highs of 48°C. The average maximum daily temperature in January is 24°C and the average maximum daily temperature in July is 41°C when humidity is very high. The temperature in November will vary from an average of 20°C to 30 °C.


The official language of the UAE is Arabic, but English is widely spoken and understood in business and commerce. Although Dubai has a liberal attitude, it is always wise to respect the religion and culture of the city by wearing appropriate, more modest clothing in public places. The electricity supply in Dubai is 220/240 volts at 50 cycles. Plug points are the same as in the UK.


The water in Dubai is desalinated and very safe to drink. Officially, the metric system is followed. The flora of Dubai is filled with indigenous date palms. Towards the east, flat-topped acacia trees and wild grass is found scattered in the mountains. Desert oases are also found in areas where the land is uniquely green. Dubai has a diverse and multi-cultural society. However, Dubai’s culture is shaped by the Islamic traditions of Arabia, with religion touching all aspects of everyday life in the country.



DAY 02: HALF DAY TRADITIONAL DUBAI CITY TOUR
Breakfast at the hotel. By morning, proceed for a half day tour to explore the old facets of Dubai. Back to the hotel by afternoon. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight stay at Holiday Inn Bur Dubai.

You will start your tour with the traditional wonders of Dubai.


You will proceed with the old residential area of Dubai: the Bastakiya. You will first be taken for a tour through the Bastakiya Mosque, where you will learn on the architecture and the origins of Islam achieving a deeper understanding of this religion.


Escape the skyscrapers of the city centre and travel back in time with a trip to Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood, also known as Bastakiya. This atmospheric area in Bur Dubai is one of the oldest heritage sites in the city, with a neighbourhood that dates back to the early 1900s. A tour of the area offers a beguiling glimpse into the Dubai of a bygone era including traditional wind towers, bustling courtyards and maze of winding alleyways./p>

Further, visit the popular landmark, the eighteenth-century Al Fahidi Fort, which now houses The Dubai Museum. It includes local antiquities as well as artifacts from African and Asian countries that traded with Dubai. It’s a great example of a desert fort, complete with cannons and battlements. Dubai’s entertaining museum brings the city’s past and present together in a series of life-size dioramas and archaeological exhibits from desert excavations.


Thereafter, cross the nearby creek with the typical Abra Boat and visit the huge Gold and Spice Souks. Located in the heart of Dubai's commercial business district in Deira, the souks offer hundreds of shops aligned in narrow laneways, trading almost exclusively jewelry, spices and fragrances.


Walk around dazzling gold and fresh aroma of traditional Arabic spices, and challenge yourself in bargaining and getting your wished item at the cheapest possible price. After the visit of souqs, you will be driving back to the hotel.


In the evening, transfer to the creek where you will experience a traditional dhow cruise dinner. A ‘Dhow’ is a traditional Arabic vessel that has been used in the region in recent history as a fishing, transportation and pearl diving based vessel.


It’s a perfect combination of both a cruising and a dining experience which allows visitors to both get a unique view of the city sky-line from the water as well as to have dinner and enjoy an entertainment program as well.



DAY 03: HALF DAY MODERN DUBAI CITY TOU
Breakfast at the hotel. By morning, proceed for a half day tour to explore the new facets of Dubai. Back to the hotel by afternoon. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight stay at Holiday Inn Bur Dubai.

This delightful Modern tour of Dubai will show you the incredible ultramodern architecture that makes this desert megalopolis, one of the world's most visually prominent cities. Peer into the future on this Dubai and marvel at the visions of this rapidly growing city, Dubai. This Modern Dubai city tour will make sure you have the most amazing photographic proof of your trip to Dubai.


You will start your tour with the modern wonders of Dubai which will take you for a photo stop of Jumeirah Mosque - a magnificent example of modern Islamic architecture. The extremely photogenic mosque is a modern-day tribute to medieval Fatimid architecture, complete with pure- white minarets and domes


Another photo stop is made near the world renowned five star hotels which is a famous landmark of the city “The Burj Al Arab”. The Burj Al-Arab stands on its own little island promontory, linked to the mainland by a private bridge.


After a this enjoy a drive through the Dubai Marina. Dubai Marina is a relatively new attraction in Dubai. It’s characterized by a dramatic skyline of skyscrapers and residential apartment blocks, and looks particularly impressive when illuminated at night. With many constructions still in development, Dubai Marina is changing all the time but there’s always something for visitors to explore and enjoy.


The next stop is considered the 8th wonder of the world - The Palm Jumeirah. Drive to Palm Island for a photo stop of the famous Atlantis Hotel and also experience the beautiful Jumeirah coastline.


Begin your with drive through the Sheikh Zayed Road towards Dubai Mall. The Dubai Mall is an integral part of Downtown Dubai, the flagship mega- project by Emaar Properties. At 12 million sq ft, the mall’s total area is equivalent in size to 200 soccer pitches. With a total internal floor area of 5.9 million sq ft, The Dubai Mall has 3.77 million sq feet of gross leasable space and over 1,200 retail stores, two anchor department stores and more than 200 food and beverage outlets. Enjoy the photostop of Burj Khalifa, a megamall skyscraper in Dubai, is also located in Dubai Mall. It is the tallest artificial structure in the world, standing at 829.8 m.


DAY 04: DUBAI TO AL AIN - OVERNIGHT IN AL AIN
Breakfast at the Dubai hotel. Further proceed to Al Ain to explore the Garden City of UAE. Post tour, proceed to check in at Mercure Grand Jebal Hafeet.

Al Ain, also known as the Garden City due to its greenery, is the second largest city in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and the fourth largest city in the United Arab Emirates. A one and a half hour drive from Abu Dhabi city, Al Ain is one of the world's oldest permanently inhabited settlements, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Al Ain was once a vital oasis on the caravan route from the UAE to Oman.


The history of the 'Oasis City,' the emirate's heritage heartland and one of the world's oldest permanently inhabited settlements, can be explored through visits to the Al Ain forts (one of which has now been transformed into an arts centre), the Al Ain National Museum and a trip to the prehistoric tombs at Hili Fort-known to be over 4,000 years old. Other attractions include the Al Ain oasis, Al Ain Wildlife Park & Resort and the camel market.


The ‘remarkable vestiges’ cited by UNESCO include circular stone tombs (dating circa 2500 B.C.), wells and a wide range of adobe constructions: residential buildings, towers, palaces and administrative buildings. Moreover, Hili features one of the oldest examples of the sophisticated falaj irrigation system which dates back to the Iron Age. Al Ain vestiges provide important testimony to the transition of cultures in the region from hunting and gathering to sedentarisation.


The picturesque Al Jahili Fort is one of the UAE’s most historic buildings. It was erected in 1891 to defend the city and protect precious palm groves. The former headquarters of the Oman Trucial Scouts, the force that protected the mountain passes and kept inter-tribal peace, it also served as a residence for the local governor. It is set in beautifully landscaped gardens, and visitors are encouraged to explore it.


Known as the Al Ain Palace Museum, the former home of the late UAE founder, Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the Palace was once a political and social hub. Built in 1937 and then renovated in 1998, the building finally became a museum in 2001.



DAY 05: TRANSFER TO OMAN BORDER - NIZWA
Post breakfast, proceed to Al Ain – Oman border to transfer and meet the Oman guide at the border & transfer to Nizwa. Enjoy a half day city tour of Nizwa. Check in and overnight at Anantara Jabal Akhdar.

Nizwa is one of the oldest cities in Oman and it was once a center of trade, religion, education and art. Its Jama (grand mosque) was formerly a center for Islamic learning. Nizwa acquired its importance because it has been an important meeting point at the base of the Western Hajar Mountains.


Set amid a verdant spread of date palms, it is strategically located at the crossroads of routes linking the interior with Muscat and the lower reaches of Dhofar thus serving as the link for a large part of the country. Today, Nizwa is a diverse prosperous place with numerous agricultural, historical and recreational aspects. Nizwa is a center for date growing and is the market place for the area.


Meet Oman representative at the Al Ain Border by around 1000 hrs and the air conditioned vehicle will be ready for you to start the journey to Nizwa.


Forts and castles are Oman's most striking cultural landmarks and together with its towers and city walls, they have historically been used as defensive bastions or look-out points. It is estimated that there are over 500 forts, castles and towers in Oman. Your visit today would include few of them, which are more remarkable & striking in their architecture & style.


Proceed to Nizwa, the ancient capital of Oman. Nizwa was a seat of learning and the birthplace of Islam in Oman.


Move on to Jabreen. Built as a defensive stronghold, the Jabreen is perhaps the finest of Omani castles. The castle has dungeons, passages, rooms and ceilings decorated with fine carvings & paintings.


DAY 06: WALKING / TREKKING TOUR OF VILLAGES
Breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy a morning tour of Nizwa and proceed to Wahiba sands by 4WD vehicles. Enjoy the fascinating diversity of Oman’s landscape and overnight at desert camp.

Breakfast at Hotel. Our Trekking guide will meet the group at the hotel lobby by 09:00 hrs, and later drive for about 30 minutes to the village of Mahabis.


The spectacular trek which is about 7.5 kilometre-long and starts in the small village of Mahabis, passing through the abandoned village of Al Khutaymi before dropping steeply by 600 meters nearby to the beautiful plantations of Masirat Ash Shuraqiyn. Here, deep in the wadi (valley), trekkers can enjoy the view before the uphill hike back. This is a full-day walk of five to six hours for most groups and deserves to be enjoyed and explored at a slow pace. Back to the village and drive back to Hotel. Overnight at Anantara Jabal Akhdar.


DAY 07: TRANSFER TO MUSCAT – CITY TOUR
Post breakfast, check out and proceed to Muscat. City tour of Muscat City. Check in at Shangri La Al Bandar Hotel and overnight.

Today you will explore Muscat, the clean capital city. A unique blend of the ancient & the modern, Muscat is a beautiful clean city, which lies in the middle of a maze of brown pleated mountains, lulled by the Arabian Sea. The city has undergone dramatic development in the past two or three decades, however it has never lost its pride in its heritage & culture.


You will start our tour with a visit to the Grand Mosque, which is an architectural marvel and is perhaps the new landmark of the city. You will continue your drive through the ministries area where you can see a number of modern buildings with touches of Islamic architecture.


The Grand Mosque is open from Saturday to Wednesday from 0800- 1100 hrs only. Ladies visiting the Grand Mosque are required to cover their head with scarf and do not wear shorts, beachwear or sleeveless outfits as they are to be fully covered. Men visiting the Grand Mosque should wear long trousers.


The palace has a history of over 200 years, built by Imam Sultan bin Ahmed the 7th direct grandfather of the current Sultan. The existing palace, which has a facade of gold and blue, was rebuilt as a royal residence in 1972.


Your next visit would be to the Bait Al Zubair Museum, which has a fine exhibit of Omani history and culture. Bait Al Zubair (House of Al Zubair) is a private museum that opened its carved wooden doors to the public in 1998.


Finally you would enter the enchanting Muttrah souq with its narrow covered alleys where the exotic smells of mounds of spices, coffees, ancient remedies and enticing perfumes fill the air.


Muttrah, is located in the Muscat province of Oman. Before the discovery of oil, Muttrah was the center of commerce in Oman (Muscat). It is still a center of commerce as one of the largest sea ports of the region is located there. Other landmarks include Souq Muttrah, a traditional bazaar and Sour Al-Lawatiah, a small community of houses surrounded by an old wall.



DAY 08: DEPARTURE TRANSFER
Enjoy your breakfast at the hotel. Check out and proceed to airport followed by drop at Muscat airport to connect your flight to home destination.