UAE Self Drive Experience

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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. 

 

From £895 per person
based on two people sharing
Includes
  • Return flights from selected UK airports to Dubai.
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Daily Breakfast
  • Return Airport Transfers in Dubai
  • Excursions on shared basis with English Speaking Guide as per the program
  • Dhow Cruise with buffet dinner
  • Entry to the Burj Khalifa Observation Deck (124th floor)

Valid for travel on selected dates from October to April.

Email us at mail@serendipity.travel or call
0203 397 4397 for more information.

Home of the seven Emirates that have become popular holiday getaways, Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Fujairah, Sharjah, Dubai, Ras al-Khaimah and Umm al-Qaiwain are all must visits when travelling to the UAE. The UAE is in high demand with their relaxing beaches, desserts, delicious cuisines, breathtaking mosques, and all the luxuries needed to provide you with the perfect halal friendly getaway.

Flight time from the UK: A direct flight from London to Dubai is approximately just under 7 hours.

Local languages: Arabic is the national language of those that live within the UAE, however English is widely understood and spoken to at conversational level. Those visiting Dubai will have no problem making conversations in English as English is the most spoken language.

Best time to visit: The very best time to visit the UAE is between September and May. It’s between these months that visitors will enjoy blue clear skies and a comfortable warm climate. The summer months can be quite hot!

Visa requirements (for British passport holders) : Citizens and passport holders of the UK, with right of abode in the UK, will be granted a free of charge visit visa on arrival in the UAE. No application in advance of travel is necessary. Please note that your passport will be stamped for 30 days upon arrival.

Key Events and Festivals:

Abu Dhabi International Jazz Festival – Originally a two day event which now takes place over a week. This lively festival brings in huge crowds which flock to the most-populated city in the UAE for Abu Dhabi’s International Jazz Festival. The beloved May event lures thousands of music lovers, where they can enjoy amazing performances by some of the world’s leading jazz artists.

Eid - At the end of Ramadan, the cities of the UAE celebrate with parties and feasts. Both visitors and locals can share in the spoils as Dubai and Abu Dhabi throw social events for several days to mark the end of the Islamic fasting period.

National Day Festival – Celebrating the formation of the UAE and the independence of the region from Britain, National Day is celebrated across the country in December with joyful performances and events in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

Dubai Desert Classic – An annual event held at the Emirates Golf Club in March, where the best golfers from around the world make their way to Dubai, where the Desert Classic takes place.

Which airport will you fly in to: The airport you fly into within the UAE depends on which part of the UAE you’re visiting first. Most direct flights from the UK however will fly in to either Dubai International Airport or Abu Dhabi International Airport.

Must try food:

Al Harees - A famous dish of UAE with highly exotic taste. It is made up of meat and wheat and is a very simple and elegant dish with very few ingredients but with longer cooking duration.

Shawarma – This dish is the most eaten food across this country, and has become very popular in Asian countries. It can be made with lamb or chicken with different restaurants serving this dish in different manners. The most common ingredients are chicken or lamb with a mix of garlic sauce, pickles, fries and tomatoes wrapped in Arabic Roti.

Al Machboos – Another famous traditional dish of UAE is Al Machboos, a meaty yet tender meal. The important ingredients combined to produce this delicious dish are rice, meat, onion and dried lemon. Other seasoning includes spices and salt

Must do experience:

Visit Abu Dhabi’s Sheikh Zayed Mosque – This spectacularly stunning mosque is famous for its interior and exterior and is known as the key site for worship in the country.

Up above with Dubai’s Burj Khalifa – Enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of Dubai from the world’s tallest skyscraper.

Discover Al-Bidyah Mosque - The oldest mosque in the United Arab Emirates, Al-Bidyah is an important historical site that lies in the Emirate of Fujairah. The entire surrounding area is an archaeological site, where many pottery and metal artifacts have been excavated.

Walk back in time at Bastakia - The Bastakia quarter of Dubai is the last remaining fragment of Old Dubai. This small heritage area really evokes the simpler, gentler past of the city before skyscrapers took over the skyline.

Dessert Excursions – Adventure lovers will enjoy the empty stretch of desert hugging the coastline outside the popular cities. Most travelers start their dessert adventure from Dubai or Abu Dhabi. With handfuls of activities available within the desert, tourists can enjoy four-wheel-drive trips and dune-buggy journeys, to sand boarding, hiking and camel treks.

Our favourite halal eat: There are too many to list! From the variety of restaurants in the mega malls to the discovering small local restaurants that have been there for over 30 years, you'll never be short of a good meal in the UAE. Let us know if you would like any recommendations when you book your next trip with us.

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.