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Our Dubai & UAE

A night in the desert...

We always recommend spending a night or two in the Arabian Desert outside Dubai or Abu Dhabi. Beautiful luxury resorts nestled among the dunes offer activities such as falconry, camel rides and desert excursions.

Local knowledge...

“GOLD to go” ATM machines dispense gold bars and coins.

Beloved falcons...

The national bird of the United Arab Emirates, falcons are highly prized for their beauty, grace and hunting skills. They receive great attention: a falcon hospital cares for them if they become ill, and they travel first-class on Emirates and Etihad airlines.

Must do...

A scenic flight over Dubai to see the latest architecture and massive earthworks such as The Palm and The World from above.

Another great view...

The Burj Khalifa is currently the tallest building in the world. Take the high-speed elevator to the viewing platform for breathtaking panoramas over the region.

Kids love...

Visiting water parks and aquariums, snow skiing inside a mall, riding camels in the desert, visiting Ferrari World and playing on the beach.

Shopping...

Browse small shops in the souks, or explore the Dubai Mall, which has over 1,200 stores.

For dessert...

Try umm Ali (literally translated as “Ali’s mother”), a traditional Middle Eastern bread pudding dessert.

Culture insider...

We can arrange for travelers to learn more about the traditions of Muslim culture during breakfast at the Sheik Mohammed Center for Cultural Understanding.

Did you know...

There are seven emirates in the UAE: Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Dubai, Fujairah, Ras al-Khaimah, Sharjah and Umm al-Quwain.

Grand scale...

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi is one of the largest mosques in the world. Its white marble halls can hold over 40,000 worshipers at one time.

Great dates...

We love the selection at the Bateel gourmet food shop, which offers dozens of varieties of dates and many types of fillings, such as roasted almonds, caramelized pecans and candied orange peel.

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Dubai & UAE in Photos

  • A Luxury Journey through Dubai, Abu Dhabi & Oman

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Dubai & UAE on Our Blog

  • Must Buy: gold in the souks of Dubai
  • Beyond Dubai: Oman
  • Private Shore Excursions the Artisans of Leisure Way

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