Our city exploration begins with a photo stop at Burj Al Arab, a stunning luxury hotel built in the shape of a 1,053-foot tall sail evoking the classic Arabian dhow boats. Nearby we also see Palm Jumeirah, an artificial archipelago that extends into the Persian Gulf and is built in the shape of a palm tree. Each of its “fronds” is a distinct neighborhood of luxury hotels, homes, and marinas. Nearby we see the Dubai Marina, a two-mile man-made canal lined with luxury towers and parks. Next is the Dubai Museum, housed in the old Al Fahidi Fort where we’ll admire ethnographic displays and dioramas that present traditional Dubai life before the discovery of oil made transformed the emirate into the global powerhouse it is today.
From here, we ride a traditional wooden abra boat across Dubai Creek to explore the old Spice Souk, with its eye-popping displays of herbs and spices piled in colorful mounds; and the equally eye-popping Gold Souk. Then, hop aboard the Dubai Monorail to our lunch spot at a popular Italian restaurant in the city center. Afterwards, our touring concludes with bird’s-eye views of Dubai (and well beyond) from the observation deck of Burj Khalifa. The world’s tallest building, this spiraling tower pierces the sky at more than 2,716 feet. You’ll have some time back the hotel to relax before we reconvene for dinner in the popular Souk al Bahar dining district.
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner