Six emirates for just one day
Guided tour to the UAE (Including a tripto the Indian Ocean)
After having traveled across the entire country with us, you will discover the United Arab Emirates in all their unlimited variety, with the local landscapes, people, history, and culture. What's more, our way will never repeat itself at any of its sections. This is one of the most comprehensive tours around this country. Combined with a visit to the capital city, it provides the fullest view to all of the seven principalities that form this confederate state. Visits to Dubai and Abu Dhabi alone give an incomplete picture of what is happening since the northeastern emirates (Sharjah, Ajman, Umm al-Quwain, Ras al-Khaimah, and Fujairah) differ significantly from their powerful southwestern neighbors.
It is only during this trip that events unfold so fast around you. The picture of terrain changes continuously around you, starting from the urban views of Dubai and the classical Arab style in Sharjah and up to the impressive views of desert land and the magnificent Al Hajar Mountains in the east of the country. The picture around changes drastically every 20 to 30 minutes, almost like in a movie. Here you can enjoy the splendid views of the classical desert land of Rub Al-Khali with its grandiose 100-meter-high dunes of reddish colour, the foothill areas of the Al Hajar Mountains, and ravines and canyons, and picturesque plantations and oases, and the capital cities of the less powerful principalities with their specific and unalienable flavour, and, of course, His Majesty Indian Ocean where we plan to have some rest on the shore.
If you stay in Dubai, we will start our tour right from this principality, and our further road will run thru Sharjah, the cultural capital of the Arabian East according to the UNESCO 1998 estimate. This is the city with the most beautiful square in the country. Arabian flavour is very unique and self-sufficient, so it can compete with the modern style of Dubai. Anyway, it will be up to you to assess this part of the tour.
No other part of this country has so many unique mosques. For example, the King Faisal mosque can accept 3,000 pilgrims and is the largest and most magnificent mosque in the northeastern emirates. Ahmed Bin Khanbal, Maqferah, Al Khan, and many others strike one's imagination with their elegance and splendor. You will see Sharjah Central Souk, which is the city's calling card since 1979, and the Al Ittihad Square with a stele symbolically decorated with pearls shaped as lanterns, and the magnificent Buheira Waterfront on the shores of the Halid Bay, and the museum of Islamic civilization housed by Souk Al Majara unique in its architecture, and the museum fortress of Al Hisn, and the museum house of the Al Nabudda family where the Souk Al Arsa is situated with the variety of souvenir and antique shops, and the museum of Islamic calligraphy, and the outer side of the residence of the Sharjah ruler at the shore of the Persian Gulf, and the UAE's only Orthodox Christian temple of St. Apostle Philip, and many other interesting places, and of course, the magnificent university campus of Sharjah, with all of its academic buildings constructed in the palace style.
We will further visit Ajman, the smallest of the emirates, and will drive along its central street and quayside, and will have the chance to visit the waxwork museum hosted by the local fortress. It is only here that one can see the operational prototype of the present-day air conditioners; the Barjeel Tower that operates purely due to the wind power. Our further way will run across the Emirate of Umm al-Quwain towards Ras al-Khaimah. You will see several waterparks on the way; the Dreamland and the Iceland. In the said emirates, special attention of spectators will be deserved by the monumental Sheikh Zayed Mosques, which were built and given as a gift to the local rulers from His Majesty Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the founding father of the UAE.
The city of Ras al-Khaimah lies at the foothill of the Al Hajar Mountains. As we cross the mountain range, we will have a short stop at the eastern-style Friday Market where those interested will have the chance to buy some exotic and local fruits from the South-East Asia. As chances come, we will pay a visit to one of the towns in the neighboring Sultanate of Oman at the Musandam Peninsula (this issue depends on the constantly changing border crossing rules for the visitors from the UAE originating from the CIS countries, who have no visa for Oman). There are impressive fish selling auctions during the market time at the local fishery market of Dabba Oman. Depending on a season of the year, one can see tuna, barracuda, and sharks, and sometimes even sailfish and swordfish, as well as many other valuable fish species. There we will also see a fortress and a congregational mosque all those small provincial towns of the Arabian Peninsula are famous for. As we move along the hilly terrain of the ocean shore, we will pay a visit to Bidiya, the most ancient mosque of this country. Later, our trip will culminate in having rest at the shore of the Indian Ocean. Numerous photo stops and coffee breaks are planned on the way.
According to our guests' wish, the following additional features may be added to the program of our tour:
Visit to the thermal water springs of Khatt Springs at the foothill of the Al Hajar Mountains in Ras al-Khaimah;
Visit to the Dreamland waterpark in the Emirate of Umm Al Quwain; and
Visit to the Iceland waterpark in the Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah