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The ideal trip to discover two contrasting neighboring cities! Journey through the ultra-modern cityscapes of Dubai to the ancient cultural sites of Abu Dhabi.

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UAE: Dubai Trips & Vacation Packages

If you’re looking for a unique travel experience, a Dubai trip in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) should be top of your list. Explore culture and history while immersing in a traditional and modern society in one of the richest Middle Eastern cities.

With our Dubai package, your flights, hotels, tours, and transfers are taken care of. You’re free to enjoy your experience without any worries. Read on to discover the amazing attractions that await you in the luxurious and glamorous city of Dubai.

Trips to United Arab Emirates from the USA

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A trip to United Arab Emirates from the US takes you to one of the world’s most luxurious cities in the Middle East. 

Once a fishing port, the region is home to some of the tallest skyscrapers, including the renowned Burj Khalifa. Visit the ultra-modern structure and shop at any of the 1,200 stores at the Dubai Mall during a free day.

Enjoy a day of adventure with a luxury 4x4 desert excursion. Spend the evening at a traditional Bedouin camp with a barbecue dinner and authentic Bedouin entertainment.

Cruise the Dubai Creek and explore the world’s most famous bazaars, the Spice Souk and Gold Bazaars.

Other fun attractions that can be enjoyed during trips to Dubai include:

  • Family theme parks at Dubai Parks and Resorts
  • Dubai Miracle Garden, the world’s biggest natural flower park
  • Adventure activities at Aventura Parks
  • Water parks
  • Mohammed Bin Rashid Library
  • World’s deepest dive pool at Deep Dive Dubai

The world’s first and highest 360-degree infinity pool at the Palm Tower for breathtaking skyline views.

Our all-inclusive Dubai tour packages from the USA take care of all your travel arrangements so you can focus on enjoying your vacation.

Top points of interest in the UAE

The United Arab Emirates boasts a range of indoor and outdoor attractions. Let’s look at some traveler favorites below.

The Dubai Mall

A must-see during your Dubai trip is the Dubai Mall, which attracts about 80 million people every year. The shopper’s paradise has more than 1,200 stores, notably Galeries Lafayette and Bloomingdale’s. 

The world’s largest retail hub also offers over 200 dining outlets and a rooftop multi-sports complex. For leisure and entertainment, there’s an ice skating rink, a massive indoor aquarium, and a waterfall. Visit Reel Cinemas to enjoy the latest blockbuster movies.

For an adrenaline rush, try driving on an open-air track at Ekart Zabeel, where you can zoom past the Burj Khalifa. Experience virtual and augmented reality at VR Park, the first in the Middle East.

Burj Khalifa

No Dubai trip is complete without a visit to Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest man-made building. The structure is twice as tall as the Empire State Building. It’s also three times higher than the Eiffel Tower.

With more than 160 stories, Burj Khalifa offers breathtaking views of the city skyline and desert. The structure is the world record holder for the following categories:

Tallest building

Most stories

Tallest free-standing structure

Highest-occupied floor

Longest travel distance elevator

Highest outdoor observatory

Tallest service lift 

The skyscraper houses residential, commercial, health, and hospitality premises. The hotel and luxury residences were designed by Giorgio Armani, the renowned Italian fashion designer.

Burj Al Arab

Consider an optional excursion on your Dubai tour to the Burj Al Arab, one of the most luxurious hotels in the world. Built on a private island off Jumeirah, the iconic billowing-sail-designed structure is recognizable globally.

The hotel has an observation deck on the 25th floor, offering visitors picturesque views of the Dubai skyline and Arabian Gulf. 

Before 2021, tourists could only admire the hotel from a nearby public beach. Today, you can enjoy a rare look at the interior, once only seen by hotel guests and diners at one of its restaurants.

Abu Dhabi

A popular stop on our Dubai tours is Abu Dhabi, about an hour away from Dubai. The UAE’s capital city is home to the Sheikh Zayed Mosque. Appreciate a contemporary Islamic design masterpiece in one of the world’s most beautiful mosques and view the largest hand-knotted carpet.

Other places of interest include:

Capital Gate: Holds the Guinness World Record as the world’s most-leaning tower, four times more tilted than the Leaning Tower of Pisa.

Abu Dhabi Louvre: A world-class museum.

Ferrari World: World’s fastest rollercoaster.

Grand Prix circuit: Home of Formula 1 races.

More fun activities to add to your Dubai trip itinerary include the indoor Ski Dubai snow-covered slopes and the Dubai Opera.

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Save time and money on your all-inclusive Dubai trip. We take care of your flights, accommodation, tours, and transfers. Some itineraries also include meals. Enjoy negotiated discounted prices from hotels and airlines.

UAE: Dubai trips partially or fully guided

Our Dubai tour packages are flexible to meet your travel preferences.

Choose a fully guided trip to discover the most popular attractions. Opt for a partially guided tour if you want time to experience parts of the city at your leisure. Whichever you choose, our English-speaking guides will take excellent care of you.

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Our travel experts are responsible for creating our Dubai tour packages. They use their extensive knowledge of the city and its attractions to ensure you have the best possible experience. Our local partners in each destination help us carry out each tour.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

When is the best time to tour the United Arab Emirates?

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The best time to visit the United Arab Emirates depends on your needs. For lower temperatures, plan your Dubai trip to the United Arab Emirates between November and April. The summer season occurs from June to September.

Why is Dubai so popular?

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Dubai is popular due to its world-class buildings, like the Burj Khalifa and Burj Al Arab. The city is also known for its luxurious hotels, beaches, malls, theme parks, and cultural heritage.

Is a UAE Dubai tour worth the effort?

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A tour of Dubai is definitely worth your time and effort. Discover its history and culture while enjoying the sights and glamor of its modern record-breaking structures. The shopping and fun activities mean there’s something for everyone.

How many days is enough to see the UAE?

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The ideal Dubai trip should last a minimum of five days. Two weeks will allow you to savor the whole of the United Arab Emirates experience at a comfortable pace.

Is United Arab Emirates affordable to tour?

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It’s possible to find Dubai tour packages that suit your budget. Accommodation takes up the largest chunk of expenses, but you can make up for it with affordable public transport and free activities. 

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More information about United Arab Emirates

One destination in particular instantly springs to mind at the mention of the United Arab Emirates: Dubai, the glittering metropolis which sprung from the desert sands and today reaches high into the clouds and out into the gulf on magnificent man-made islands. To the average traveler, United Arab Emirates means glitzy shopping malls, luxury resorts, endless leisure attractions and unfathomable wealth, but there are seven Emirates in total and Dubai is, although glorious, only the tip of the iceberg.

Abu Dubai, Ajman, Fujairah, Ras Al Khaimah, Sharjah, and Umm Al Quwain are the other Emirate Sheikhdoms, each with their own distinct traits. Ras Al Khaimah is a popular beach haven, known for its watersports and adventurous mountain trails, whilst Sharjah is a center of Emirati art and culture, home to archaeological sites and a number of museums. The capital, Abu Dhabi is constantly looking towards the future whilst the drifting sands of the Empty Quater remain unchanged by the hands of time. Due to the international airport hub, Dubai is many travelers' first taste of travel to the Middle East and most who travel to the United Arab Emirates find there is a real east-meets-west atmosphere.

Many elements of cultural and religious life are different from the West, but at the same time, you can find all the usual western chains and the pull of consumerism is ever-present. If you travel to the United Arab Emirates you’ll have a rich array of experiences on offer in an easily accessible area. Go shopping at the world's largest mall in Dubai and look towards the sky in awe at the gravity-defying Burj Khalifa before exploring mountain top forts in Ras al Khaimah and visiting the vast marble-clad Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi, a true architectural wonder.

 

History of the United Arab Emirates

The United Arab Emirates did not come into existence until 1971. Before this time the Emirates was known as the Trucial States. This region of the Arabian Peninsula has a long, fascinating history, having been well-known to the Sumerians for their abundant and valuable resources and trade, thanks to its strategic coastal position, attracting merchants from as far away as India and China. Bronze-age tombs and ruins in Al Ain reveal this long history and are a must-see on a package holiday to the United Arab Emirates.

The region became Islamicized in the 7th-century, whilst permanent settlements of fishermen and traders along the coast coexisted with the Bedouin communities of the deserted interior. Due to the Emirates' valuable location and resources, there was a proliferation of conflicts in the region from the 16th-century onwards, particularly between the European powers of Portugal, France, and the British, who vyed for control over the region. The Portuguese had the most profound effect on the Arabian peninsula, colonizing it for much of the 16th-century, attracted by the precious pearl reserves along the coast.

The British expelled the Portuguese in 1625 and over the next few centuries, a number of treaties were signed between the British and the leaders of the Trucial States, resulting in peace and prosperity along the Arabian coast and an influx of trade. In 1971 the British withdrew from all involvements with the Emirates, leading to the establishment of the United Arab Emirates, founded on the agreement of the Sheikhs of each state. If you travel to the United Arab Emirates today, you’ll notice the impressive riches and amazing architecture of cities such as Dubai, where towering skyscrapers have sprung from the desert in the last half-century following the discovery of oil in 1966. 

 

Nature in the United Arab Emirates

Concrete jungles with glistening skyscrapers are the images that spring to mind when you think of the United Arab Emirates, but there are actually many pockets of beautiful and untouched natural landscapes to explore on a trip to the United Arab Emirates. Mythical deserts, palm-fringed oases, and rugged mountains can be found throughout the diverse Emirate states. Each of the Emirates has, to some extent, its own desert areas, the perfect places to get in touch with Bedouin culture.

The Empty Quarters stretch from Abu Dhabi to Saudi Arabia and into Oman and is one of the most iconic deserts in the region, home to a number of different desert tribes. Fossilized creatures and meteorites have been found in this desolate region, and for the most adventurous travelers, traversing these dusty plains is a must-do on a tour of the United Arab Emirates. A number of nature reserves protect the most idyllic parts of the country’s natural environment. The Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve is one of the most popular and visited reserves in the United Arab Emirates and is a haven for birds, free-roaming oryx, and desert wildlife. Dune safaris, trekking, and even sand-boarding are just a few of the ways travelers on a trip to Dubai can experience this rich, orange-hued landscape.

In the Emirate of Sharjah, a little known gem, you can discover the wetlands of Khor Kalba, an expansive green space home to a unique birdlife. A rare sight in such a harsh climate, these wetlands are a must-visit if you travel to Sharjah. The Hajar Mountains, which stretch across the eastern United Arab Emirates, is the perfect destination for those looking to explore off the beaten track. Hiking trails, caves, and historic forts are scattered throughout this rugged landscapes, so there’s plenty to uncover as well as enjoying the spectacular views. Finally, the United Arab Emirates boasts a beautiful coastline on the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman, so beach-lovers are spoilt for choice with more than 1,300 kilometers of sand and sea to explore.

 

Culture in the United Arab Emirates

As an Islamic country, religion plays a vital element in the lives and culture of Emiratis. The weekend begins on Friday, as it is the holiest day of the week, and visitors on a trip to the United Arab Emirates will hear the five-times-daily call to prayer which sets the pace for day-to-day life in the United Arab Emirates. Traditional, modest clothing is widely worn amongst both Emirati men and women and is an important part of the culture. Many elements of Emirati culture are very different from what we expect in the west; gender roles, class systems and family life are all governed by religious traditions as the United Arab Emirates’s judicial system is based on Sharia law.

Arabic is the official language, although you’ll find that English is widely spoken and understood, particularly in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Amongst the glitz and glamour of the United Arab Emirates’s gravity-defying cityscapes, elements of traditional Arabic culture still exist if you know where to look for them. Sharjah has a great number of heritage sites where you can step back in time. Alternatively, a desert excursion to an authentic Bedouin camp is a popular activity for travelers on a tour of the United Arab Emirates who want to see the age-old traditions of these indigenous communities. Dubai’s Old Town is another must-visit for those interesting in knowing more about the culture of the United Arab Emirates. Here, visitors can cross Dubai Creek on a traditional abra boat, shop for bargains in the glittering gold souks and dine on delicious Arabic food for a fraction of the price found elsewhere in the city. 

The United Arab Emirates is so much more than the post-card metropolis of Dubai or the skyscrapers of Abu Dhabi, but they’re still a great place to start. After you’ve had your fill of shopping, sightseeing and beach lounging, the United Arab Emirates has a wealth of fascinating places to explore. Discover Ras Al Khaimah’s wonderful rugged coastline and enchanting mountains, Sharjah’s elegant heritage sites, and Al Ain’s historic ruins before spending a magical night in the desert at a Bedouin camp. Complex, beautiful and bursting with opportunities to get in touch with traditional Arabic culture, travel to the United Arab Emirates and discover it all.

  • Entry requirements

    Passport with a minimum of six months validity.

  • Visa

    Visa is required, issued on arrival to the country. Free for stays of up to 30 days.

  • Time zone

    UTC + 04:00.

  • Currency

    UAE Dirham.

  • Language

    Arabic.

  • Tourist Office website

  • Electricity

    220 V. Adapter required.

  • Other useful information

    It is advisable to drink bottled water.

  • Health

    There are no mandatory vaccinations for travellers from the US.

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