Your Travel details
Price when booking the following separately1
- Return flights with Turkish Airlines (best European airline 2011 – 2016) ³
incl. hotel transfers
- 2 nights in a double room at the luxury 5-star hotel (nat. category)
GRAND MILLENNIUM AL WAHDA in Abu Dhabi
incl. 2x sumptuous breakfast buffet
- 2 nights in a double room at the 4-star dream hotel (nat. category)
TIME GRAND PLAZA in Dubai
incl. 2x sumptuous breakfast buffet
- OUR SPECIAL THANK YOU TO YOU:
– 2 nights in a double room at the luxury 5-star premium hotel (nat. category)
FAIRMONT AJMAN or BAHI AJMAN PALACE
incl. sumptuous breakfast buffet
– Free use of the hotel’s facilities:
• spacious outdoor grounds with swimming pool
• access to the hotel’s private sandy beach
• fully-equipped fitness centre
- 2 fantastic excursions:
– Landmarks of Dubai – THE PALM and the ATLANTIS Hotel
– Cultural capital of Sharjah – on the trail of the Orient
- Attentive service provided by our friendly, English-speaking tour guide
- 24-hour emergency medical service
Additional tours and services
- “Explorer“ excursion package: This package includes the following four excursions: Abu Dhabi Tour, Abu Dhabi boat trip incl. dinner, Dubai city tour incl. admission to Dubai Museum and boat trip around Yas Island. This entire package is available for only £115 per person.
- Extension week: Extend your holiday by a week in the fantastic 4-star Al Hamra Village GOLF & BEACH Resort for only £449 per person including half-board.
Abu Dhabi: Your luxury 5-star hotel GRAND MILLENNIUM AL WAHDA
This luxury 5-star hotel is located centrally in Abu Dhabi and is linked to the elegant Al Wahda Mall with its 350 brand outlets.
This luxury hotel offering maximum comfort and elegance avails of three different restaurants where you can enjoy international and local delicacies. Marvel at the chefs in the open kitchen of the All Day Dining Restaurant. And in the two lounge bars, you can enjoy a refreshing drink while admiring a breath-taking view of the city or savour the piano m usic in a
All rooms feature a flat-screen TV, WiFi, minibar (subject to charge), tea and coffee-making facilities, safe and airconditioning. The spacious bathrooms feature a WC, a separate bath and shower as well as a hairdryer.
Dubai: Your 4-star dream hotel TIME GRAND PLAZA
This comfortable 4-star hotel is in the vicinity of numerous sights such as the Burj Khalifa and Dubai Mall.
Look forward to a spacious reception area with a lobby bathed in light and perfect for relaxing. Featuring high-quality furnishings, the spacious rooms offer maximum comfort. Apart from a cosy café, you can also enjoy international cuisine and local dishes in the restaurant. A spa is available for relaxation as well as a very well-equipped gym. One highlight is represented by the heated pool with pool bar on the roof terrace.
Rooms feature a bath or shower, WC, hairdryer, tea and coffee-making facilities, telephone, WiFi (subject to charge), sat TV, minibar (subject to charge), safe and air-conditioning.
OUR THANK YOU TO YOU: 2 nights FREE in a premium luxury hotel !
Your luxury 5-star premium hotel FAIRMONT AJMAN or BAHI AJMAN PALACE
Only 30 minutes away from the vibrant city of Dubai, this ultra-luxurious hotel is right on the bright blue coast with a breathtakingly white sandy beach.
Your resort is distinguished by its modern architecture and offers its guests the epitome of elegance. Both hotels offer a range of first-class restaurants and culinary delicacies. Some of the restaurants and lounges offer outdoor seating with views of the Persian Gulf. And guests seeking relaxation will be thrilled with the hotel spa or the beautiful long sandy beach. The range is rounded off by a gym and a large outdoor pool. The resort also offers numerous activities such as various types of water sport.
Each of the bedrooms in the hotel offers a fantastic view of the sea or the city and avails of modern and elegant furnishings. Facilities include a flat-screen TV, minibar, safe and air-conditioning. Bathrooms feature a luxurious design and avail of a shower as well as a separate bath and a hairdryer.
Your 4-star extension hotel AL HAMRA VILLAGE GOLF & BEACH RESORT
The Al Hamra Village Golf & Beach Resort is in Ras Al Khaimah on the west coast of the United Arab Emirates. The comfortable resort is nestled peacefully between the Al Hamra Golf Course and the turquoise Persian Gulf, only 400 metres from the long sandy beach.
The comfortable resort is surrounded by beautiful gardens and avails of 219 spacious rooms over several two-storey villas. Hotel facilities include a lobby with a recreation area, a reception area and a large outdoor pool. Your every need is catered for: the Village Restaurant offers an exclusive selection of international dishes while you can choose from a wide range of salads and grilled specialties in the Village Pool Bar & Terrace which also offers delicious cocktails as well as refreshments and hot beverages.
The tastefully-furnished standard rooms avail of a bathroom or shower, WC, hairdryer, airconditioning, Internet (subject to charge), telephone, safe, satellite TV and a minibar (subject to charge).
FREE: Includes two excursions, among others to THE PALM and the ATLANTIS Hotel, worth £ 168¹ !
THE PALM & ATLANTIS Hotel
In the “Dubai Marina” suburb with its countless yachts and skyscrapers, we will experience the luxury of Dubai up close. We will then go over to the world-famous THE PALM with a view of the breath-taking Dubai skyline, the famous BURJ AL ARAB Hotel and the world’s tallest building, the BURJ KHALIFA. We will also visit the ATLANTIS Hotel and admire the huge shark aquarium at eye level. We will round off the day by visiting a carpet dealer where we can take in the variety and colours of this traditional craft of hand-weaving.
Sharjah Culture Capital
Sharjah is the most traditional region in the United Arab Emirates. This round trip will give you an opportunity to marvel at the traditional cultural assets, the fascinating Old Sharjah district as well as its lively souks – in 2014 Sharjah was awarded the title of the Capital of Islamic Culture with good reason! From there we will proceed to a jewellery and leather factory where we can delight in the upmarket craftsmanship. Of course you will be able to purchase your personal holiday souvenir. This will be followed by a visit to Bahi Ajman Palace that once lived from pearl diving and fishing.
What our ”Explorer“ excursion package has to offer
Abu Dhabi Tour
On this tour you will become better acquainted with Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates. Following years of rapid development, Abu Dhabi is now one of the wealthiest cities in the world. Among others, you will see the Heritage Village and the Emirates Palace as well as the Sheikh Zayed Mosque, the largest mosque in the Emirates.
Dubai sightseeing tour
A fascinating excursion that will give you a better understanding of modern and traditional Dubai. A short boat trip across the Dubai Creek will bring you to the spice market and the Gold Souk. Here you will experience the origins of the city. This is followed by a visit to the ”Madinat Jumeirah“,, which was built in the style of old Arabian palaces and features an extensive channel of waterways. Further stops are the Al Fahidi Fort housing the Dubai Museum (incl. admission), the Dubai Mall as well as the world‘s highest building, the ”Burj Khalifa“.
Abu Dhabi boat trip incl. dinner
Bring the day to a close with a special evening event. Board a traditional ”Dhow“ and enjoy the divinely illuminated skyline of Abu Dhabi. On-board catering will be provided while you cruise along the coast. Enjoy dinner on board and take in the impressions of the day.
Boat trip around Yas Island
Enjoy a pleasant boat trip and discover ”Yas Island“ from the water. The island is best known for its Formula One circuit, the ”Yas Marina Circuit“ and the Ferrari World theme park. From there our tour takes you to ”Saadiyat Island“. Earth deposits have fortified and enlarged the natural sand core of the island. Numerous cultural institutions including the Guggenheim Museum or the Louvre Abu Dhabi are due to open here soon.
“Itinerary was exactly what we hoped for. It was like 1001 Arabian Nights, beautiful beyond description.”
Ms. P., travelled 25.04.2015²
“Fabulous introduction to UAE.”
Sally D., from H., travelled 13.10.2016²
Temperatures UAE Dubai – London
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) comprises seven emirates: Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Um al-Qawain, Ras al-Khaimah and Fujairah.
Abu Dhabi (approx. 1.2 million inhabitants).
System of government:
The United Arab Emirates is a federal constitutional monarchy comprising seven autonomous emirates. The highest federal body is the Supreme Council made up of the rulers of the seven emirates. They elect the head of state and his representative from among their number, each of whom holds office for five years. Comprising 40 delegates, half of whom are elected indirectly and the other half are appointed by the emirs, the parliament has an exclusively advisory function. Political parties are not permitted in the UAE.
Islam is the state religion (80 per cent Sunni, 16 per cent Shiite). Resident foreigners practice their religions without hindrance (e.g. Christianity, non-native Islam religions, Hinduism).
The official language is Arabic. English is also spoken and understood in business transactions and in hotels.
Subtropical to tropical desert climate with very low annual rates of precipitation (mostly in winter); extreme heat and humidity from May to October (max. daytime temperature of over 45 °C); average temperature in January 18 °C, in August 34 °C.
220-250 volt AC, 50 Hertz. Three-pin plugs are the norm here. Adapters can be obtained from any electrical store and all larger supermarkets.
Central European Time (CET) +4 hours. During European summertime, the time difference is +3 hours
Making telephone calls:
The country code for international calls from the UK to the Emirates is 00971. When phoning the UK from the Emirates, the country code to dial is 0044, dropping the zero before the area code.
Country and people:
Islam restricts the consumption of alcohol in the UAE. A strict general ban on alcohol prevails in the Emirate of Sharjah in particular where alcohol is not offered in any hotel while it is served in the other emirates. During the fasting month of Ramadan, restrictions in everyday life (e.g. restaurants outside the hotels are closed during the day, shorter opening hours at official authorities) and increased sensitivity concerning religious matters and regarding the observation of Islamic traditions can be anticipated.
Eating, drinking and smoking in public, including in vehicles, is also forbidden for non-Muslims from sunrise to sunset. During this period, women should wear respectable clothing with long sleeves and men should refrain from wearing short leisure clothes.
Tips are customary in the UAE. Similar to the US, tips represent a portion of income in the service sector. They also symbolise acknowledgement of the service provided. Hotel chambermaids can be tipped approx. £1 to £2 per night. Approx. 10% of the invoice sum is customary in restaurants or taxis. Tips are not given in shops. For group tours, we recommend tipping approx. £2 per day and person for the tour guide and £1 to £2 per day and person for the bus driver. But it goes without saying that it is up to each individual to decide how much of a tip they wish to leave, if any.
Your tour guides are eminently qualified and will provide you with extensive information on the country, people, history, culture etc., and assist and advise you in all organisational matters. They will help you when allocating rooms and look forward to meeting you for preliminary information over a welcome drink, whereby you will find out everything you need to know about your travel itinerary. What you can look forward to: We have compiled a varied itinerary for you with numerous highlights enabling you to experience the culture and diversity of landscapes offered by the United Arab Emirates as well as discover plenty of interesting facts about the country and its people. Your trip already includes extensive all-in benefits. If you wish, you can select additional benefits.
“Explorer“ excursion package: This package includes the following four excursions: Abu Dhabi Tour, Abu Dhabi boat trip incl. dinner, Dubai city tour incl. admission to Dubai Museum and boat trip around Yas Island. This entire package is available for only £110 per person.
The currency is the UAE dirham (AED). 1 dirham = 100 fils (as at: as at February 2017): 1 GBP = approx. 4.60 AED, 1 AED = 0.21 GBP.
Currency can be exchanged at banks during opening hours and at your hotel. Bank opening hours: Sat. – Wed., 8 a.m. – 3.30 p.m., Thurs. 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.; some banks also open from 4.30 to 6.30 p.m. The weekend in the United Arab Emirates is Friday and Saturday. International credit cards are accepted by hotels, car hire companies and several shops. Cash withdrawals using a PIN code can be made at ATMs. Travellers’ cheques are almost universally accepted.
Entry requirements for British citizens:
Adults and children must hold a valid passport to enter the UAE. Passports must be valid for at least six months from the date of entry. British citizens do not require a visa before their arrival in the UAE and will be given a 30-day visa on arrival. Single parents or other adults travelling alone with children should be aware that some countries require documentary evidence of parental responsibility before allowing lone parents to enter the country or, in some cases, before permitting the children to leave the country.
Before travelling to the United Arab Emirates, please check the applicable visa specifications and ensure that you have a valid visa if required. Binding information on entering the country is provided by the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates in London. You are responsible for applying for and providing evidence of any visa documentation which may be required. RSD will not accept any liability if you fail to do so. Please note that entry into the UAE depends on approval by the immigration authorities
Severe penalties will be imposed on anyone bringing weapons, drugs, forged currency or pornographic items into the country. Even the cover pages of some, more “permissive” magazines, may be construed as pornography. Video cassette recordings may be checked and even confiscated. E-cigarette imports are also prohibited and will be confiscated on arrival. Should you require more detailed information about customs regulations governing the goods which may be brought into the United Arab Emirates, please contact the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates directly. Only there will you be able to obtain legally binding information. Information on customs regulations governing the importation of goods into the UK is available on the Web site: www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk
Vaccinations: Please contact your GP around 8 weeks before your trip to check whether you need any vaccinations or other preventive measures. Country-specific information and advice is published by the National Travel Health Network and Centre, and useful information about healthcare abroad, including a countryby- country guide of reciprocal health care agreements with the UK, is available from NHS Choices.
Medical care: Healthcare facilities in the UAE are generally comparable with those in the UK, but visitors may be prevented from using them without travel insurance or without the means to settle any medical fees. Make sure you have adequate travel health insurance and accessible funds to cover the cost of any medical treatment abroad and repatriation. If you need emergency medical assistance during your trip, dial 999 and ask for an ambulance. You should contact your insurance/medical assistance company promptly if you are referred to a medical facility for treatment.
In view of the general political situation in the Middle East, you are also advised to exercise caution in the United Arab Emirates. Strict Islamic moral values prevail in the UAE.
Homosexuality and extra-marital sexual relations are prohibited and punishable by a prison sentence if reported to the authorities. Tourists sharing rooms in hotels do not generally experience any difficulties in this regard. Likewise, expressions of mutual affection (e.g. kissing, physical contact) in public can lead to fines or prison terms in accordance with Islamic law. Consideration of customs and traditions in the UAE is therefore recommended. Travellers should exercise restraint in public, and their behaviour should take consideration of the religious, political, cultural and social traditions of the country, as well as staying clear of any demonstrations or protest events. The possession and consumption of even the smallest quantities of drugs will also result in prison sentences.
Even consumption of soft drugs some days beforehand can be established through blood tests and subject to correspondingly tough punishment.
The UAE is one of the safest countries in the Middle East with an extremely low crime rate. Nevertheless, individual incidents of pick pocketing, e.g. in larger shopping centres, can not be ruled out. It is a criminal offence to photograph/film the following facilities: military facilities, ports, airports, imperial palaces, public buildings, industrial plants, crude oil / natural gas plants. In the event of a violation, at least the camera/film/chip will be confiscated.
All information subject to change – last updated February 2017