Family adventure in the UAE

Dubai and Abu Dhabi are two of the most modern and glamorous cities in United Arab Emirates. The UAE becomes a popular holiday destination for travellers from all over the world because it offers a variety of activity for families.

Glitzy Dubai is known for its malls and skyscrapers, and Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world, stands out among it all. In Dubai, you can visit a historic building like Sheikh Saeed Al-Maktoum House in the morning, go indoor skiing in the afternoon and have a wonderful dinner by the beach, all in a day. Meanwhile, Abu Dhabi is where the modern and traditional architecture blend in. The capital city of the UAE has several luxurious beach resorts in which you can relax, as well as sprawling desert that can be reached within an hour’s drive.

Day 1: Dubai

Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred from the airport to your hotel, One&Only The Palm. The hotel is located on the peninsula of one of the world’s most spectacular landscapes offering an exclusive and secluded enclave of impeccable style. Blending Moorish and Andalusian architectural design with a contemporary Arabian chic interior style, One&Only The Palm is a Dubai luxury hotel and resort which evokes a sense of understated elegance and distinctive luxury featuring immaculate gardens, cascading fountains, vaulted spaces and a rhythmic symmetry. On the horizon, view the wonder and excitement of the New Dubai Skyline.

You will have the remainder of the day at leisure to explore the surroundings or just relax.

Stay: One&Only The Palm, Dubai

Day 2: Aquaventure

Enjoy the Aquaventure & Lost Chambers Combo Pass. In your shark safari adventure, you will wear a specially designed helmet that will allow you to breath underwater. Walk along the bottom of the Shark Lagoon, and come face to face with sharks and sting rays.

Next, you will experience a one-of-a-kind interaction in the depths of the Dolphin Bay lagoon. The entire interaction takes place in deep water (3 metres), guests must be confident swimmers and able to tread water. Enjoy interact with dolphins but also take the opportunity to learn more about these fascinating creatures and other marine mammals.

Stay: One&Only The Palm, Dubai

Day 3: Dubai City Tour

This fascinating half day tour provides an insight into Dubai’s rich history.

You will enjoy the following activities:

  • Admire the Burj Al Arab and the Jumeirah Mosque
  • Drive past Zabeel Palace, Al Fahidi Cultural Neighbourhood and art district
  • Visiting Dubai Museum, Spice and Gold Souks, and Majlis Ghorfat (in winter only)
  • Crossing the creek by traditional abra (water taxi)

Stay: One&Only The Palm, Dubai

Day 4: Bird's eye view of Dubai

Today you will see Dubai from a different point of view, bird’s eye. A Cessna seaplane will pick you up at Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club or Jebel Ali Golf Resort & Spa and you will enjoy aerial views of Dubai’s renowned landmarks including the Palm Jumeirah, The World Islands, Dubai Marina and more.

Later in the day you will indulge in an afternoon tea in the the Burj Khalifa. Formerly known as Burj Dubai prior to its inauguration, this is the tallest man-made structure in the world, standing at 829.8 m.

Stay: One&Only The Palm, Dubai

Day 5: Leisure Time in Dubai

There are a wealth of entertainments, fine dining options, activities and experiences that can be enjoyed in hedonistic Dubai. You can opt to relax by the pool or start your explorations of this modern city.

Here are just a few suggested activities for your free time:

  • Visit Old Dubai’s traditional buildings and museums, including charming Bastakiya and an abra ride on the creek
  • Explore modern Dubai for expansive shopping malls and impressive contemporary architecture
  • Try indoor skiing at Ski Dubai, in the Mall of the Emirates
  • Play 18 holes on one of the numerous world class golf courses, including the option of a round under floodlights
  • Enjoy a luxurious spa treatment at your hotel or one of the many exceptional alternatives
  • Book a table for lunch or dinner at one of the city’s fine dining restaurants

Stay: One&Only The Palm, Dubai

Day 6: From Dubai to Abu Dhabi

Today you will be transferred from One&Only The Palm Dubai to your next hotel, Qasr Al Sarab by Anantara.

After some down time in the hotel, you will experience Sundowner Dune Dinner Safari. The mysterious desert is the ideal venue for a magical and memorable evening.

You will enjoy the following activities:

  • Falcon viewing
  • Dune driving through the desert
  • Sunset photo stop in/amongst the dunes
  • Arabic style buffet under the stars at our Bedouin-style camp
  • Camel rides, henna hand painting and aromatic shisha available at the camp
  • Belly dancing

 

Stay: Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara

Day 7: Enchanting private desert dinner

Today you will have a day at leisure and a private desert dinner in the evening. In the private dune dinner you will experience:

  • Camel ride and falcon viewing
  • Stargaze away from the city lights
  • Dune driving through the desert
  • Arabic dinner in a private Bedouin-style tent

However, you can also choose from the array of available tailor-made options to add a special touch to the evening. You can include a private vehicle, a falconry display, celebration cakes, henna painting, fortune telling or a belly dance show to make your holiday even more memorable.

Stay: Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara

Day 8: Tour of Abu Dhabi

Today you will be picked up by your driver and transferred to your next hotel, St Regis Saadiyat Island. Offering direct access to its private beach on Saadiyat Island, this 5-star resort has a beautiful Mediterranean-style décor throughout the hotel.

After relaxing for a while, you will enjoy a Tour of Abu Dhabi. The capital of the United Arab Emirates is a fascinating mix of tradition and innovation. There are many places in Abu Dhabi that are worth visiting such as Yas Island, Yas Marina F1 Circuit, Manarat Al Saadiyat Abu Dhabi Corniche, Emirates Palace Hotel and Tour of Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque.

Stay: St Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi

Day 9: Ferrari World

Ferrari World Abu Dhabi is an amusement park located on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi. It claims to be the largest indoor theme park in the world and Formula Rossa, the world’s fastest roller coaster, is located here. Enjoy your visit!

Stay: St Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi

Day 10: Departure

Today, you will depart Abu Dhabi and be transferred to the airport to catch your return flight home.

Itinerary

Duration Description Overnight
Day 1: Dubai One&Only The Palm, Dubai
Day 2: Aquaventure One&Only The Palm, Dubai
Day 3: Dubai City Tour One&Only The Palm, Dubai
Day 4: Bird's eye view of Dubai One&Only The Palm, Dubai
Day 5: Leisure Time in Dubai One&Only The Palm, Dubai
Day 6: From Dubai to Abu Dhabi Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara
Day 7: Enchanting private desert dinner Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara
Day 8: Tour of Abu Dhabi St Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi
Day 9: Ferrari World St Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi
Day 10: Departure

Inclusions

Included

  • Accommodation as per itinerary
  • All transfers and transport as per itinerary
  • English speaking station guide
  • All meals as mentioned
  • All entrance fees on tour
  • All domestic flights including taxes

Not Included

  • International Flights
  • Travel Insurance (please note that this is requried for all Lightfoot Travel holidays)
  • Visa as necessary
  • Tips and Gratuities
  • Drinks/water at included lunches and dinners
  • Meals not mentioned in inclusions above
  • Accommodation early check in / Late check out
  • Personal expenses
  • All other items and travel components not mentioned in inclusions

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One&Only The Palm Dubai Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara St Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi

From USD 6,880 per person based on two guests travelling

Notes on our prices

  • This price guide provides you with a broad indication of how much to budget for your holiday.
  • Prices are generally based on two people travelling together (unless stated otherwise) on a shared room basis.
  • Prices can fluctuate depending on season, standard of accommodation, excursions selected (private versus shared) etc.
  • This basic structure works very nicely, but don’t forget that Lightfoot Travel can provide a range of experiences and we tailor-make each itinerary based on your travel requirements. Get in touch to start planning your perfect trip with your own travel consultant
  • Dubai only: In addition to above the Tourism Dirham of AED 20.00 per bedroom/ night needs to be paid by the guests directly up on check-in and cannot be prepaid.