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Dubai and Oman: Modern Riches, Ancient Treasures

Program Number: 19635RJ
Start and End Dates:
1/8/2015 - 1/22/2015; 10/27/2016 - 11/10/2016; 11/24/2016 - 12/8/2016;
Duration: 14 nights
Location: Oman/United Arab Emirates
Price starting at: $4,987.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type:
Meals: 33; 13 Breakfasts, 10 Lunches, 10 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Gluten Free; Low Salt; Low Fat    

The Arabian Peninsula is a place of contrasting experiences, from standing in awe of an ultramodern skyscraper or a 300-foot sand dune to sharing mint tea and dates in the shade of an oasis. Explore the United Arab Emirates and Oman, walking through fragrant spice markets, sailing aboard dhows, finding great natural beauty and learning about the history and complexities of this important region.


• Venture into the Wahiba Sands region to visit a Bedouin village and spend the night at a desert camp.
• Board a traditional wooden dhow to sail into the fjords of Musandam.
• Absorb the amazing architecture of Dubai including the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building.

Activity Particulars

Walking up to two miles a day; some uneven terrain and stairs without railings.

Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available.

Date Specific Information

1-8-2015, 10-27-2016, 11-24-2016

Enjoy the latest in hearing technology — listening devices — on this date.

Itinerary Summary

Arrival Muscat (Oman), 3 nights; coach to Ras Al Jinz, 1 night; coach to Nizwa, 2 nights; fly to Khasab, 2 nights; coach to Dubai (UAE), 4 nights; departure.

Overnight flight from the U.S.A.
1 night
Arrival Muscat (Oman)
3 nights

Explore Muscat with a local expert and take a field trip to the Royal Opera House and the grand mosque, which can accommodate 20,000 worshippers. Visit Muttrah Souq, one of the most popular markets in the Middle East. Join an Omani professor in an informative lecture to learn about the history and culture of Oman.

Coach to Ras Al Jinz
1 night

At a dhow factory, learn how these traditional Omani boats are built by experienced craftsmen. Join experts from Ras Al Jinz Scientific Center to observe turtles nesting in the sand.

Coach to Desert camp
1 night
Coach to Nizwa
2 nights

Journey into the desert to Wadi Bani Khalid, considered one of the most beautiful wadi’s (valleys) in Oman. Along the way, pass through the Wahiba Sands — a land of colossal dunes — and learn about Bedouin life in the desert. In Nizwa, learn about village life amid Oman’s plantations and orchards, savor some traditional mint tea and dates, and even swim in one of the pure, natural pools.

Fly to Khasab
2 nights
Coach to Dubai (UAE)
4 nights

Board a traditional wooden dhow to sail into the fjords of Musandam. Contrast the old with the ultramodern in Dubai. With an international architect, learn about the amazing modern buildings, including the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest. Examine artifacts inside an 18th-century fort at the Dubai Museum. Journey to Abu Dhabi and its magnificent Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. At the Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital meet the national bird and learn about the sport of falconry.

Muscat: A centrally located quality hotel. Ras Al Jinz: Quality hotel. Wahiba Sands: Luxury tent camp amid golden sand dunes. Nizwa: Quality hotel surrounded by spectacular mountains. Khasab: Four-star hotel with panoramic views of Musandam Shoreline. Dubai: Elegant hotel in Arabic theme.
Meals and Lodgings
   Park Inn Muscat
  Muscat, Oman 3 nights
   Ras al-Jinz Turtle Reserve
  Ras Al Jinz, Oman 1 night
   Safari Desert Camp
  Wahiba, Oman 1 night
   Golden Tulip Nizwa
  Nizwa, Oman 2 nights
   Hotel Atana Khasab
  Khasab, Oman 2 nights
   Arabian Courtyard
  Dubai, United Arab Emirates 4 nights
 Park Inn Muscat
Type: Hotel
  Description: Among hotels in Oman, the Park Inn Muscat stands out with its ideal location near the airport, along with its superb amenities including rooftop pool and modern, classic design. Situated on the main highway linking Muscat International Airport to Ruwi, the city's central business district, Park Inn Muscat hotel guests enjoy easy access to the Al Ghubra beach, businesses and attractions. This comfortable and stylish Muscat hotel offers first-class amenities that include the exceptional rooftop swimming pool, business center, parking and 24-hour front desk assistance.
  Contact info: P.O Box 1635 PC 133
Sultan Qaboos Street Al Khuwair
Muscat,   Oman
phone: + 968 2450 7888
  Room amenities: Standing out among Oman hotels in Muscat, the Park Inn features 175 rooms, decorated in bright hues and equipped with modern, convenient amenities. Guests may choose from Standard rooms, Business Friendly rooms and One Bedroom suites. All of these Muscat rooms and suites offer first-class amenities including Free high-speed, wireless Internet access, coffee and tea making facilities, and in-room safe. Enjoy free access to Fitness Center facilities. Book one of these Oman hotel's guest rooms or suites and discover what sets the Park Inn apart from other Muscat accommodation.
  Facility amenities: This Muscat hotel is nearby the city centre and lies 15 kilometres from the Muscat International Airport. Guests enjoy easy access to Shatti Al Qurum, the main commercial and diplomatic quarter. 175 guest rooms, along with seven suites offer in-room safe, hair dryer and coffee and tea making facilities. Savour a variety of light meals and drinks at the all-day buffet restaurant. Visit RBG Muscat The Sama Terrazza bar serves a fine selection of international refreshments. High-speed, wireless Internet access available throughout the hotel. Relax at the rooftop swimming pool. Utilise the fully equipped fitness center. Shopping enthusiasts revel at retail outlets located within this Muscat hotel. Stay in touch with the hotel's business center. Five versatile meeting rooms are available.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: TBA Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services at 1800-241-1404 for rates and availability.
  Check in time: 2:00 PM

 Ras al-Jinz Turtle Reserve
Type: Hotel
  Description: Situated in Ras Al Jinz, Ras Al Jinz Turtle Reserve is the perfect place to experience Sur and its surroundings. From here, guests can enjoy easy access to all that the lively city has to offer. With its convenient location, the hotel offers easy access to the city's must-see destinations. Offering hotel guests superior services and a broad range of amenities, Ras Al Jinz Turtle Reserve is committed to ensuring that your stay is as comfortable as possible. Restaurant, bicycle rental, elevator, car park, smoking area are just a few of the facilities that set Ras Al Jinz Turtle Reserve apart from other hotels in the city.
  Contact info: PO Box 296, Ras Al Jinz, Ras Al Jinz
Sur,  411 Oman
phone: +00000000000
  Room amenities: The hotel features 31 beautifully appointed guest rooms, each including satellite/cable TV, seating area, shower, refrigerator, complimentary bottled water. Besides, the hotel's host of recreational offerings ensures you have plenty to do during your stay. Discover an engaging blend of professional service and a wide array of features at Ras Al Jinz Turtle Reserve.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 Safari Desert Camp
Type: Tents
  Description: Safari Desert Camp is a permanent Bedouin style camp that opened in September 2008. It is located in a remote, quiet desert landscape of the Wahiba Sands, 25km away from Al-Ghabbi, in the city of Bidiyah. There are twenty tents scattered on the sands, and each is well equipped with authentic carpets, luxury beds and bedding and much more. Owned and operated by ALI SALEM, a true Omani, who knows all the nooks and crannies of Oman as well as its people's traditions and culture. Ali Salem strictly follows the Omani tradition and culture and is very eager that his guests should enjoy and understand it.
  Contact info: CR No: 1073211,
P O Box 117
Bediyah, Ghabbi,  421 Oman
phone: +968 92 000 592
  Room amenities: Tents & Ablutions: Twenty tents (12 Tents and 8 Huts) made of Arabic wool scattered widely on the Wahiba Sands between two big dunes. All the tents represent unique Arabic style. The tents made in Arabic style are equipped with two comfortable beds, dressing table, Bedouin chest, carpets, pillows etc. Each tent is attached to a well equipped and hygienic open-top sanitary building with toilet and shower.
  Facility amenities: Reception offers each arriving guest shade and a moment of relaxation. It consists of tables and chairs made of bamboo sticks mounted with comfortable cushions. When you reach the camp you will be given a warm welcome at the reception by the Manager of the camp and his colleagues. Here you will be given refreshments like Omani coffee (kahwa), Mint tea, dates, cooled water etc. Meanwhile the manager will explain to you the activities and facilities of the camp. Thereafter we'll show you to your tent. Restaurant: Our restaurant made in Omani majlis style, with pillows and low height table represents the cultural tradition of Oman. For dinner you can have a variety of salads, Omani barbeque with vegetables and rice or Omani bread, fresh fruits, dates and also the traditional dessert Omani halwa. Beverages like tea and coffee, cooled water and soft drinks are available at times at no extra cost. Omani Majlis: After sunset gazing you can retire to the majlis. Built in Omani style with carpets, pillows, handrests, low tables and more to give you the maximum comfort. Beverages like tea, coffee, cooled water and soft drinks available here at all times
  Smoking allowed: No
  Bathroom: Each tent is attached to a well equipped and hygienic open-top sanitary building with toilet and shower.

 Golden Tulip Nizwa
Type: Hotel
  Description: Only an hours drive from Muscat International Airport and a short distance from Nizwa city, the Golden Tulip Nizwa Hotel is surrounded by rugged Hajar Mountain ranges and is ideally located for adventure tours through Oman's exciting nature. The spectacular mountains and villages around the hotel give a true flavour of the country.amid this Arabian splendor stands Golden Tulip Nizwa Hotel, an Oasis of peace and tranquillity set against the magnificent Hajar Mountains. Just a short drive from Nizwa, the ancient capital, with its pottery town of Bahla, ancient houses of Birkat Al Mauz, facinating Jabrin and Nizwa forts, the picturesque mountain villages of Al Hamra and Misfah. It is also perfectly placed for adventure safaris deep into Oman's interior. At the end of all the hectic exploration you are welcomed into the warmth and care of Golden Tulip Nizwa Hotel, indulging you with traditional hospitality discreetly blended with the hotels modern facilities.
  Contact info: P.O. Box : 1000
P.C. 611
Nizwa,   Oman
phone: +968 2543 1616
  Room amenities: The Standard rooms feature: Individually controlled air-conditioning, LCD TV, International direct dialing facility, Mini bar, Laundry service Hair dryer and Satellite TV, Rooms with garden, mountain and pool view wake up call service, Tea/ coffee maker in the room, Wi fi internet access on request, All other modern amenities.
  Facility amenities: Golden Tulip Nizwa Hotel has 120 rooms and are well furnished and equipped in order to meet all needs, with individually controlled air conditioning, direct dialing facility, high speed wireless internet, hair dryer, mini bar, in-room tea/coffee maker and satellite television with more than 24 International channels. We have a business centre with secretarial service, internet café, 24 hour room service and 2 live entertainment bars. Other Food & Beverage outlets include the newly renovated Sports Bar.Golden Tulip Nizwa Hotel has an elegant restaurant serving authentic International cuisine. There is a lobby café serving round the clock, poolside café with bar-be-cue for special occasions. We also provide complimentary shuttle service to Nizwa downtown.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 Hotel Atana Khasab
Type: Hotel
  Description: Perched on a rock face, this 4 star resort offers the most panoramic views of the famed Musandam Shoreline. The 60 rooms resort is elegantly furnished with its very own private terrace or balcony offering breathtaking panoramic views on the Gulf of Oman.
  Contact info: P.O.Box 434, PC 811
Khasab,   Oman
phone: +968 267 30777
  Room amenities: Hairdryers, Iron & Board, High Speed Wifi Internet, Satellite TV channels, No Smoking Rooms/Facilities, Turndown Service, Safe deposit box, Coffee Maker in Room, Refreshment centre, Air Conditioned, International Direct Dial
  Facility amenities: Golden Tulip Resort Khasab is a great choice, where you can enjoy: - Sea view rooms - Dibba restaurant - Darts Bar - Cappuccino cafe - Swimming pool - Children pool - Children play area - Table tennis - Gym - Conference and meeting facilities - WiFi Internet
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 Arabian Courtyard
Type: Hotel
  Description: Ideal location in old Dubai opposite the Museum and a stone’s throw away from many historical, cultural and shopping attractions such as heritage village, historic bastakiya, Dubai creek & abra (water taxi), meena bazaar, textile market, electronics shopping, computer street and a whole lot more. With 173 elegantly furnished rooms in traditional Arabic theme including 23 elegantly furnished suites and 41 executive rooms, the hotel offers all the latest amenities for discerning travelers. A variety of dining and entertainment options as well as conference & banquet with the latest technology are on offer. Arabian Courtyard Hotel & Spa also offers a fully equipped health & recreation center as well as a Wellness Spa.
  Contact info: Al Fahidi Street
Dubai,  P.O.Box 46500 United Arab Emirates
phone: +971-4-3519111
  Room amenities: 01 large or 02 single beds with wired and Wi-Fi internet access in rooms, tea/coffee maker, 2 mineral water bottles, work desk, voice mail, IDD telephones, multi channel TV, in-room safe, iron & board, mini bar, individual temperature control, electronic door locks & smoke detectors. These rooms are en-suite with shower & bathtub combination.
  Facility amenities: Business facilities at our hotel include a business center, conference & meeting rooms as well as secretarial services. Other facilities include Airport transfers, Currency exchange, Laundry / Valet services, Baby sitting, Catering services, Safety deposit boxes, Rent-a-Car assistance, Tour assistance, Valet parking, Beauty salon, Barber shop, Gift shop.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights after: TBA To book additional nights, please contact Road Scholar Travel Services at 1800-241-1404 for rates and availability.
  Check out time: 12:00 PM

Travel Details
  Start of Program:
In the morning of Day 3 with the group orientation at the hotel. You will be staying at Park Inn Muscat that night.
  End of Program:
After lunch on Day 15 of the program. You will be staying at Arabian Courtyard the night before.
  Required documents:
The Participant Information Form is required.
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
To Start of Program
  Location:  Muscat
  Transportation to site: Taxis from Muscat International Airport to Muscat are available and can be easily booked on site or by phone or email The Taxi Counter can be contacted on+96824518780 / 1 Email: email The rate is about 14 Omani Rials ( night fares are higher). Important: The taxis aren't metered and fares should be agreed before you start your transfer. You can prepay at the Muscat International Airport Taxi Counter. Tipping is not common, but if exceptional service ( assistance with luggage...etc.) is provided a tip will be appreciated.
  From End of Program
  Location:  Dubai
  Transportation from site: Taxis are readily available just outside the hotel. Metered cabs from Dubai Transport Corporation, recognized by their cream color, are efficient and have well-trained drivers. Taxis cost about 15 USD ( 55 Emirate Dirhams) to the airport, but this could be higher at night. Public transport: The airport is served by the Dubai Metro, the Red Line. From the airport you will need to take the Red Line and transfer to the Green Line in Khalid Bin Al Waleed stop and get off at Al Fahidi stop. You can walk to the hotel form there.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Daily Schedule

Day 1: International Flight from the US to Oman
(Thursday, January 8)
 Evening: Overnight flight to Muscat, Oman.

Day 2: Arrival at Muscat International Airport and transfers to the hotel
(Friday, January 9)

Note: Airport transfer times will be published in the final mailing you will receive 5 weeks prior to departure

 Evening: Transfers from Muscat International Airport to the hotel.
Accommodations: Park Inn Muscat

Day 3: Introduction to Oman Culture & History
(Saturday, January 10)

Note: Please bring a head scarf or shawl to cover your head and arms if you wear a short sleeve shirt for ladies. Shorts above the knee for men and women inside the mosque are not permitted. Bring your sunglasses and/or a hat as there will be a good amount of walking today. Always keep a bottle of water with you.

 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: Start the morning with a group orientation at the hotel and meet your fellow participants. Later on visit the grand mosque, the most exquisite Mosque in Oman.The developed part of the site, including the fully consolidated areas and landscaping, covers 416,000 square meters. The Mosque complex (covering 40,000 square meters) is constructed on a raised podium in keeping with the tradition of Omani mosques that were built elevated from street level. It can accommodate up to 20,000 worshipers and consists of a main prayer hall, ladies prayer hall, covered passageways, a meeting hall, and library which will eventually contain up to 20,000 books.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: This afternoon visit Muttrah Souq (traditional market)- one of the most popular souqs in the Middle East. Take a walk in its labyrinthine alleyways beckoning with a myriad of merchandise, from imported fabrics to exotic Oriental spices, perfumes and richly handcrafted artifacts. Here, scents of exotic Arabian perfumes and spices float through the air. Other shops specialize in famous Omani khanjars (daggers), antiques, traditional silver jeweler and handicrafts in copper, camel bone, wood, leather and hand-made Omani costumes.
 Dinner: At the hotel
Accommodations: Park Inn Muscat
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Exploring Muscat
(Sunday, January 11)
 Breakfast: At the hotel
 Morning: This morning visit the Royal Opera House in Muscat. The organization serves as a laboratory for creativity and intellectual exchanges; and its high-tech venue pays tribute to and presents diverse artistic and cultural expressions from the Sultanate, the region, and the world. The Opera House features world class as well as local performances throughout the year. Later, visit Bait Al Zubair Museum to experience the splendid Omani Heritage. The collection at the museum includes traditional Omani weapons jewelry, costumes, traditional weapons...etc, and finish with a panoramic tour of Muscat.
 Lunch: At a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Lecture
 Dinner: On your own to explore local cuisine.
Accommodations: Park Inn Muscat
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5: Transfer to Ras Al Jinz
(Monday, January 12)
 Breakfast: At the hotel
 Morning: Check out from the hotel in Muscat and enjoy a scenic drive to Sur. We will stop at Bimah Sinkhole, a spectacular lime stone crater with blue green water at the bottom. From here head to Sur, historically known as a regional hub for building wooden ships. You will also enjoy a panoramic tour of the city.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Visit the Dhow factory ( Omani traditional boats) were built in this city and went to China, India, Zanzibar, Iraq and many countries. This will be a unique opportunity for you to witness the making of traditional Dhow by the experienced craftsman.
 Dinner: At the hotel.
 Evening: After dinner assemble at the hotel lobby and depart to Ras Al Jinz Scientific Centre to watch turtles nestling on the sands.
Accommodations: Ras al-Jinz Turtle Reserve
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Explore Wahiba Sands
(Tuesday, January 13)
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: This morning you will visit Wadi Bani Khalid. This is considered one of the most beautiful wadi’s (valley) in Oman. The drive to Wadi Bani Khalid is through the Eastern Hajar Mountains, which offers a panoramic view of the landscape below. We pass many pretty villages embedded in the mountains. Here the road winds down to the wadi along side a large, shallow pool fringed with vegetation and ends at a village. Continue on a short trek to the deep blue pools of the wadi. If you wish you can swim in these pure natural pools.
 Lunch: En route to the camp
 Afternoon: Continue your journey to the camp with arrival in the late afternoon. On the way you will come face to face with the enormous desert. The Wahiba Sand is a long, narrow strip of high dunes and stretched woodland about 110 miles from north to south and about 50 miles from east to west along the unspoiled coastline of eastern Oman. In the north of Wahiba Sands are the most incredible sand dunes, some reaching a colossal 300 feet high and separated by enormous depressions. These beautiful dunes stretch as far as the eye can see, and it is a spectacular sight especially in the evening and the morning. If you have a sense of adventure, drive over the dunes to experience the roller coaster like feeling with our experienced drivers. After dune bashing visit a Bedouin house in this wilderness. The Wahiba Sands is also home to the Bedouins who are used to this harsh climate. There are over 3000 Bedouins of varying tribal origins who live here amongst the woodland on the fringes of the sands.
 Dinner: Dinner at the camp
Accommodations: Safari Desert Camp
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Transfer to Nizwa
(Wednesday, January 14)

Note: Note: There is a good amount of driving today as you cross Wahiba dunes towards Nizwa.

 Breakfast: Breakfast at the camp
 Morning: Start your journey to Nizwa via Sinaw, passing numerous small enclosures made of palm fronds that nowadays house goats and sheep. Behind the wall is the Sinaw souq where you will see local jewelry, foods artifacts and Badouine makeup for sale.
 Lunch: Lunch in Nizwa
 Afternoon: This afternoon visit Jabreen Castle one of the most beautiful castles in Oman. It's different from other Omani forts because it was not built in the times of war and is not a fortification that was expanded by different Imams overs centuries. It is basically a palace constructed in times of peace by a ruler who was passionate about science and art and that made it the most beautiful historic castle found in Oman. Later on enjoy a panoramic tour of Bahla, a beautiful town, famous for its ancient fort and pottery.
 Dinner: Dinner at hotel
Accommodations: Golden Tulip Nizwa
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Explore Nizwa
(Thursday, January 15)
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: This morning enjoy a panormic tour of Nizwa and a guided field trip to the 17th century round tower fort near Nizwa, which is Oman’s most impressive tower. Built on a solid base of rock, the huge tower was designed to withstand the vibrations of 24 cannons. From the top, a superb panoramic view gives visitors a bird’s eye view all around Nizwa and the surrounding plains – a sure delight for all avid photographers. From here you will visit beautiful date plantations. Later visit Jebel Shams, the highest mountain in Oman.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant
 Afternoon: After lunch you will depart for Al Hamra village date plantations. Walk through the narrow streets where little has changed over the last hundred years. Discover the ancient Omani daily life including Qahwa (coffee) making, the making of Omani traditional bread, percolating of rose water, grain grinding, extraction of Alshoa medical, making of perfumes and frankincense, hand tailoring the making of Omani Kumma (Man head cover), palm lives industries, the making of hand-made fans, butter extraction and the making of dates and lemon drinks. Expereince Al Barazah, a name that refers to the Omani gathering where people sit to exchange views and news. Al Barazah sitting is conducted in a traditional environment where Arabian coffee (Qahwa), Omani Halwa (sweets) , Omani bread , dates Malook and other Omani traditional dishes are served and frankincense is released.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel
 Evening: At leisure
Accommodations: Golden Tulip Nizwa
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Flight to Khasab
(Friday, January 16)
 Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel
 Morning: After breakfast check out from the hotel and transfer to Muscat Airport to board your flight to Khasab
 Lunch: on own
 Afternoon: Free afternoon at leisure to enjoy the hotel facilities.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel
Accommodations: Hotel Atana Khasab
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 10: Explore Khasab
(Saturday, January 17)
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: Depart for city exploration of Khasab, the capital city of Musandam with a field trip to the Khasab Fort, the neighbouring village Qadah.
 Lunch: onboard the Dhow
 Afternoon: Transfer to Khasab harbour before lunch and board the traditional Omani dhow and start cruising into the spectacular fjords of Musandam, passing small fishing villages, famous telegraphic island. There is the possibility of swimming and snorkeling in clear waters if you are interested. It is also possible to see Humpback dolphins. This type of dolphins is listed by the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) as endangered. You will have free time between mid-afternoon and dinner.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel
Accommodations: Hotel Atana Khasab
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Transfer to UAE / discover coastal cities of Sharjah & Ras AL Khaimah
(Sunday, January 18)

Note: All visits are by bus. Today you are crossing the international border to the UAE. Make sure to keep your passport in your purse or hand bag that you keep with you onboard the bus NOT in your suitcase. The drive from Khasab to Ras Al Khaimah is about 1h30min. The drive from Ras Al Khaimah to Sharjah is about 1h30min. The drive from Sharjah to Dubai is about 30 minutes.

 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast
 Morning: Visit the National Museum of Ras al-Khaimah. It's located behind the Police Headquarters in a fort that was the residence of the ruling family until the early 1960s. The National Museum houses a collection of archeological and ethnological artifacts. The Qawasim Room on the first floor contains documents, manuscript and treaties between the rulers of Ras al-Khaimah and the world, as well as some traditional weapons belonging to the ruling family.
 Lunch: At a local restaurant
 Afternoon: This afternoon you will transfer to Sharjah, which is considered the center of Islamic civilization in the UAE. You will explore the one-of-a-kind Islamic civilization museum in Sharjah. The museum opened in 2008, and it covers Islamic culture, with more than 5,000 artefacts from many Muslim countries. Displayed objects include calligraphy, carvings, ceramics, coins, glass, manuscripts, metalwork, and scientific instruments. Afterwards, explore Souq al-Arsah in Sharjah, the oldest souq (market) in the country. Later, stop at the traditional coffeehouse for a mint tea and a plate of dates.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel
Accommodations: Arabian Courtyard
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Exploring Modern Dubai
(Monday, January 19)

Note: Note: Always keep your valuables, including your passport in the safe in your room. Keep a copy of your passport with you at all times. Burj Khalifa is often crowded, and there is a good indoor walk to get to the elevator that takes you to the 124 floor.

 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: With an international architect explore some of the most amazing modern architectural landmarks of Dubai. At the end of the tour, the coach will bring you back to the hotel. Metro ride to the palm island.You will have the beginning of the afternoon free to explore Dubai on your own or relax at the hotel before heading to Burj Khalifa in the mid-afternoon
 Lunch: On your own
 Afternoon: Visit Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world. It is named after UAE President Khalifa Bin Zayed and it broke many world records. This tower has the highest outdoor observation deck in the world. The group will have a chance to enjoy a unique view of Dubai from this deck (124th floor). In the evening, watch the awesome Dubai fountains. This is a record-setting choreographed fountain system set on the 30-acre manmade Burj Khalifa Lake at the centre of the Downtown Dubai. Illuminated by 6,600 lights and 25 colored projectors, it is 902 ft long and shoots water 490 ft into the air (equivalent to a 50-story building), accompanied by a range of classical to contemporary Arabic and world music.
 Dinner: At a local restaurant
Accommodations: Arabian Courtyard
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 13: Visit Abu Dhabi
(Tuesday, January 20)

Note: Note: All visits are by bus with minimal walking. All sites are on the ground floor and easily accessible for people with limited mobility. The drive to Abu Dhabi is about 2 hours without traffic. Mosque dress code applies today ( headscarves for ladies & no shorts or t-shirts for men or women).

 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Learn about the UAE national bird; the falcon through a field trip to the worldwide-known Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital which opened its doors in 2007 to visitors to experience the fascinating world of falcons and falconry. This is a once in a lifetime experience that you will never forget. It will give you a deep insight into the world of the majestic bird, the history of falconry as well as the life of falcons in modern times.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant
 Afternoon: This afternoon enjoy a guided exploration of the magnificent Sheikh Zayed Mosque in Abu Dhabi will give you a different perspective about the culture and architecture of the UAE. This mosque is the largest in the country. The mosque's design and construction unites the world, using artisans and materials from over 12 countries. The 60,570 sq ft carpet in the main prayer hall is considered to be the world's largest carpet. The Mosque is large enough to accommodate over 40,000 worshippers. Later on, you will have a guided visit to the capital of the UAE, Abu Dhabi and Saadiyat Island.
 Dinner: At a local restaurant
Accommodations: Arabian Courtyard
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14: Introduction to UAE Culture & History / Explore the old city of Dubai
(Wednesday, January 21)

Note: Please bring a head scarf or shawl to cover your head and arms if you wear a short sleeve shirt for ladies. Shorts above the knee for men and women inside the mosque are not permitted. Bring your sunglasses and/or a hat as there will be a good amount of walking today. Always keep a bottle of water with you.

 Breakfast: At the hotel
 Morning: Start the morning with a walk through the Al Fahidi Historic district and head to Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding for a cultural discovery and Q&A session about the UAE culture and Islam.
 Lunch: Lunch at the SMCCU
 Afternoon: This afternoon explore Dubai Museum, the main museum in Dubai. It was built in 1787 and it is the oldest existing building in Dubai. The museum was opened by the ruler of Dubai in 1971, with the aim of presenting the traditional way of life in the Emirate of Dubai. It includes local antiquities as well as artifacts from African and Asian countries that traded with Dubai. It also includes several dioramas showing life in the emirate before the advent of oil in addition to artefacts from recent discoveries as old as 3000 B.C.
 Dinner: On own
Accommodations: Arabian Courtyard
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 15: Departures
(Thursday, January 22)

Note: Transfer to the airport and departures early morning

 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Transfer to the airport very early in the morning for your flight back home.
Meals Included: Breakfast
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Suggested Reading List

A History of the Arab Peoples

Author: Albert Hourani

Description: Called a landmark, masterpiece and essential to understanding the Middle East, Hourani's acclaimed chronicle of the political, spiritual, religious and cultural traditions of the Arab peoples is brought up to date with an afterword by noted Islamic scholar Malise Ruthven.

A Peace to End All Peace

Author: David Fromkin

Description: Indispensable to understanding current tensions, alliances and the colonial legacy of the region, Fromkin's vivid tale of the fall of the Ottoman Empire and the making of the modern Middle East is out in a 20th anniversary edition.

Arabian Sands

Author: Wilfred Thesiger

Description: The last of the great British traveler-explorers, Thesiger (1910-2003) journeyed among the nomadic camel-breeding peoples of Southern Arabia in the late 1940s, falling in love with the desert and ways of life of the Bedouin. This eloquent book is his tribute to them.

Behind the Veil in Arabia, Women in Oman

Author: Unni Wikan

Description: An insightful and remarkable look at the role of women in Oman based on Wikan's fieldwork as well as her personal experiences and impressions of the place.

Dubai, UAE, Qatar & Bahrain Dubai and United Arab Emirates Map

Author: World Mapping Project

Description: A double-sided map of these Arabian Gulf countries at a detailed scale of 1:470,000.

Islam, A Short History

Author: Karen Armstrong

Description: Armstrong brings authority and experience to this vivid, clear-headed survey of the history and impact of Islam from the birth of Muhammad to present-day challenges. The best short introduction to the subject.

Lonely Planet Dubai

Author: Terry Carter, Lara Dunston

Description: A practical guide to Dubai featuring maps and detailed information on excursions, accommodations and sightseeing. With a few color photographs and excellent travel information.

Nine Parts of Desire, The Hidden World of Islamic Women

Author: Geraldine Brooks

Description: A highly readable overview of the role of women in Islamic society, drawn from the author's many interviews with women throughout the Arab World.

Oman, United Arab Emirates Map

Author: Gizi Map

Description: Oman and the UAE at a scale of 1:1,250,000.

The Road to Ubar, Finding the Atlantis of the Sands

Author: Nicholas Clapp

Description: A fascinating day-by-day account of Clapp's search in the 1980s for the ruins of Ubar, an ancient Arabian trading center on the frankincense route in Oman's Empty Quarter.

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