If you’re the type of person that prefers touring at your own pace, then our UAE Self Drive Experience may just be the one for you. Fitted with an agenda to help keep you on track, yet allowing you the freedom to travel at your own pace, the UAE Self Drive Experience will take you through some of the very best and most popular tourist attractions the Emirates have to offer. Hit the roads in a rented vehicle, which you’ll get to enjoy all to yourself and whoever you decide to bring along, before making your way through Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, Fujairah and Al Ain.
Offering you picture perfect memories and hours of travel fun with your family and friends, this 7 night tour is perfect for Muslim families and friends looking to discover the Emirates while also enjoying the extra fun of getting to drive through some magnificent cities. Your travels in the UAE will take you on a journey where you’ll get the chance to head back in time and take a moment to appreciate history and culture in the various museums you’ll be visiting. Five city tours also await guests who will get to visit Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, Fujairah and Al Ain. It’s within these cities you’ll come across popular tourist attractions such as the Burj Khalifa, the Heritage Area and Al Markazi Souq in Sharjah, the Hili Garden in Al Ain, some of the most beautiful and unspoiled beaches in Fujairah, and the Sheikh Zayed Mosque in Abu Dhabi.
With plenty of time on your hands and your own wheels at your feet, sit back and relax as you carefully plan your UAE Self Drive Experience. Put together your own plans and discuss with your companions how you want to make the most of the 7 days you have in this beautiful part of the world. The UAE offers guests a number of stunning views and peaceful environments, all which you’ll get to witness along your travels. With skyscraper buildings, vibrant city lights, historical museums, and stunning architecture waiting for you, why not treat yourself to a laid back holiday in a Muslim friendly country? Great halal restaurants, mosques, shopping bargains and leisure activities overflow in the UAE, and it’s something you won’t want to miss out on.
Day 1: Arrival in Dubai
Welcome to Dubai! Upon arrival you’ll gather at the airport in Dubai and be transferred to your hotel where you’ll have the remaining of the day to rest.
Day 2: Self Drive Vehicle Delivery – Classical Dubai City Tour – Evening Dhow Cruise (shared excursion)
Breakfast will be served at the hotel before your vehicle will be delivered around 9:00 am. Depart at 10:00 am and start an interesting and laid back tour through the commercial center of Dubai. Today you will visit the Bastakia district with traditional trading houses and the characteristic wind towers as well as the 200-year-old Al Fahidi Fort and the Dubai Museum. You will then continue to cross over the Creek on a traditional water taxi or “Abra” where you’ll enjoy a fantastic view of the skyline. Afterwards, stroll comfortably over the original gold and spice souk before driving back to the hotel to relax before heading out in the evening.
Later in the evening at around 1900 Hrs, you will drive to the Creek. From here you start a 2-hour cruise with a Dhow. Dhows are traditional wooden boats used in old times for transportation. It’s here you’ll enjoy a delicious dinner on board with entertainment. After the cruise, you’ll drive back to the hotel for the night.
Day 3: Check out and drive to Abu Dhabi – Abu Dhabi City Tour
Today you will check out of your hotel and be driven to Abu Dhabi. Upon reaching Abu Dhabi, you will start with a tour of the capital of the UAE. Your tour continues along the chic Corniche Road with skyscrapers, palaces You will also visit the renovated Al Husn Palace, now the headquarters of the Center for Documentation and Research. A drive along the beautiful Corniche with magnificent parks and gardens gives you a stunning view over the city. Next, you will visit the old Fish Market before driving back to your hotel in Abu Dhabi where you will check in. Rest of the day at leisure.
Day 4: Sheikh Zayed Mosque – Al Ain City Tour
Today you will start the day with a visit to the new majestic Sheikh Zayed Mosque with its over 40 domes, completed in late 2007. It is the largest mosque in the United Arab Emirates and the eighth largest in the world, accommodating 40,000 faithfuls. Later you will head towards Al Ain, an oasis in the Emirates. The charming Al Ain was originally a resting place on a caravan route. Today it is known as a garden town and agricultural center. You start the trip in the Hili Garden, where you can see archaeological excavations up to 5000 years old. In the garden city, Al Ain, first visit the Al Ain Museum, the Al Ain Palace Museum and then a walk through the adjacent oasis with its historical irrigation system, the “Falaj”. You will then drive back to Dubai and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.
Day 5: Sharjah City Tour
Today drive to Sharjah for a city tour of the city. Here you can take a day trip to the small and culturally beautiful Emirate of Sharjah. Sharjah is a fascinating city with lively colorful souqs, beautiful parks and an impressive blend of tradition and modernity. This Emirate has true masterpieces of Arab architecture. Pearl dealer families still have their headquarters in beautifully restored houses and testify to their old craftsmanship, especially in the renovated historical area “Heritage Area”. The magic of Sharjah is represented in the museum, which is located in the newly renovated fort of Ajman. Afterwards, you will visit the Al Markazi Souq, where you can prove your personal trades and have the opportunity to go shopping. After your tour, make your way back to your hotel in Sharjah and check in.
Day 6: Fujairah City Tour
Today you will check out from your hotel and drive towards Fujairah via Dibba and Khor Fakkan. Dibba, Khorfakkan, Fujairah and Kalba conjure up a picture of ancient seaport towns, which are now modern resort cities on the coast of the Arabian Sea. The circular drive to the East Coast passes through breathtaking scenery, as you take the winding route through the green oasis of Al Dhaid to the craggy, rocky range of the Al Hajjar Mountains, before descending down to the coast. The crystal seas are perfect for both swimming and diving. Enroute your pass by Masafi – where the fresh water springs are located. The town of Dibba is interestingly divided into three parts belonging to Sharjah, Fujairah and Oman. You’ll also see the oldest mosque at Bidiya. proceed southward towards Fujairah, where you will find some of the most beautiful and unspoiled beaches.
Also included is a visit to the Fujairah Museum, which boasts archaeological exhibits, discovered during numerous excavations, all over the emirate. The historical period covered by the exhibits extend from the sixth millennium B.C. to the end of the Islamic rule and beyond. Drive to your hotel and check in.
Day 7: Check out and drive to Dubai
For your last full day, check out from your hotel and drive to Dubai. Upon arriving in Dubai and after checking in at the hotel, drop off your vehicle at the hotel and enjoy your last day at leisure.
Day 8: Departure
Check out and transfer to Dubai Airport.