Relax on a small group guided tour of the east coast of the United Arab Emirates from Dubai. The full-day tour travels through the lush oasis of Al Dhaid and visits fishing villages, with time for a refreshing dip in the Indian Ocean.
What to Expect
Escape the soaring skyscrapers of Dubai to get a different perspective of the Arab Emirates. After your morning hotel pick-up, the 8-hour excursion drives inland to the palm oasis of Al Dhaid, where you can sample local produce, such as strawberries, gauva, mango and dates.
Then, as you head towards the Gulf of Oman, you will pass through Masafi, a former trading post and rest stop for the camel trains in the foothills of the Hajar Mountains. Famous for its natural springs and abundance of citrus trees, take in the sweet scent as you move on to Dibba on the Gulf of Oman.
You will get some time to explore the small harbor before continuing through quaint fishing villages that dot the coast of the Indian Ocean. After a pause for lunch, there will be time to dip your toes in the warm ocean waters.
Back in your air-conditioned vehicle, the tour moves on to Fujairah, home to the oldest mosque in the Emirates. The former British protectorate is now a bustling resort and you will have time to visit its renovated fort.
Then it is back on the road for the return loop to Dubai. After a last stop at the oasis of Bithnah, the tour stops at the Masafi Friday Market. Despite its name, the vibrant souk is open every day and you can sample bananas and melon among the dazzling array of local produce.
Throughout the day you will have the services of an English or German speaking expert who will help unravel the mysteries of the Emirati way of life. The operator, named the Middle East’s Leading Tour Operator at the 2010 World Travel Awards, keeps groups to a maximum of 5 people, ensuring you will get the best attention possible.
- Experienced English speaking guide
- Transport in air-conditioned vehicle
What's Not Included
- Meals & Drinks
Know Before You Go
• Dress Code:
Lightweight summer clothing is suitable for most of the year, but sweaters or jackets may be needed for the winter months, especially in the evenings. Good quality sunglasses are advised, and photo-chromatic lenses for those who wear spectacles. Hats or some protection for the head are advisable when in direct sunlight. The United Arab Emirates has conservative dress traditions. Swimwear should be confined to the beach and hotel pools. Men and women should ensure shoulders and knees are covered when in public, especially in souks, shops and villages.
Orient Tours reserves the right to cancel any part of the scheduled programs for reasons of government decisions, public holidays, weather conditions, or similar. Furthermore Orient Tours reserves the right to amend and or cancel the schedule for any tour.