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Abu Dhabi & Dubai: Soaring Cities & Desert Dreams

9-day tailor-made holiday from £4,105 pp incl. flights


Short description

Discover the beautiful beaches, ultra-modern cities and the magical desert of the United Arab Emirates while staying in some of the region's very best accommodation


  • Experience the best of the UAE by visiting three of its gems
  • Discover Abu Dhabi's myriad cultural attractions
  • Take a private transfer deep into the Arabian Desert and stay in opulent luxury at Al Maha
  • Visit the towering city of Dubai for unbeatable shopping, dining and entertainment

In Brief

  • 3 Nights Abu Dhabi
  • 2 Nights Arabian Desert
  • 3 Nights Dubai


Recommended for:
Beach | City | February holidays | Natural world | Relaxation

Combine palm-studded beaches, duty-free shopping and stays in some of the world's most opulent hotels in Abu Dhabi and Dubai either side of the region's most luxurious desert resort.  Begin this nine-day tailor-made holiday in Abu Dhabi, the UAE's glittering capital. Enjoy three days here, relaxing in the lap of luxury at your chosen hotel, or exploring the city and its surrounds, home to a fascinating blend of modern and traditional culture, magnificent mosques, centuries-old forts, world-class theme parks and mile after mile of gorgeous, golden beaches. Next, journey deep into the Arabian Desert for its unique atmosphere where camel rides, 4x4 safaris, horse riding and fine-dining on offer. Finish your holiday in dazzling Dubai, where luxury hotels and sleek, sumptuous malls provide unrivalled entertainment, dining and shopping options.

Day by day itinerary

Day 1
UK to Abu Dhabi

Arrive in Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates, and transfer to your hotel. With a kilometre of private beach, an incredible CHI spa, its very own souk and a fleet of Arabic boats to transport guests along the canals and waterways that tie the resort together, the Shangri-La Hotel (Deluxe) is stylish, self-contained resort located on the creek. Alternatively, stay at the famous Emirates Palace, the hotel that usually steals the headlines in this city on the rise. Stretching over a kilometre from wing to wing, this national landmark is the epitome of modern Arabian luxury - a salute to excess where chandeliers can weigh 2.5 tonnes and more than 5kg of edible gold is used every year just to decorate deserts. Facilities include a 1.3km private beach, 11 restaurants, two glorious pools and the beautiful Anantara Spa.

Stay: Shangri-La Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi (Deluxe) or Emirates Palace Mandarin Oriental (Ultra)

Days 2-3
Abu Dhabi

These days are left free for you to relax at your hotel or to get out and explore the emirate. Visit the opulent Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, with its 80 domes, 1,000 columns and gold-plated chandeliers. Ride a bike along the Corniche Road, an impressive 8km of manicured waterfront. Head out on safari at the Arabian Wildlife Park on Sir Bani Yas Island, home to more than 1,000 free-roaming animals. Watch traders haggling over livestock at the Al Ain Camel Market, the last of its kind in the UAE. Tour the 200-year-old Al Maqtaa Fort, which sits in wonderful contrast to the ultra-modern bridge that stands beside it. While away a morning at the Heritage Village, a fascinating replica of an old nomadic settlement, complete with souk, mosque and Bedouin encampment. Ride the world's fastest roller-coaster at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, also home to the largest collection of Ferraris outside of Maranello. Or take a behind-the-scenes tour of the Yas Marina Circuit, site of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and one of the most technologically advanced motorsport arenas in the world.

Meals: Room only at the Shangri-La Qaryat Al Beri, Breakfast included at Emirates Palace Mandarin Oriental

Stay: Shangri-La Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi (Deluxe) or Emirates Palace Mandarin Oriental (Ultra)

Days 4-5
Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa

Venture deep into the Arabian Desert by private transfer and stay for 2 nights at the truly spectacular and exclusive Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa, the most iconic and luxurious desert resort in the region. The resort offers secluded tranquillity with superb vistas of the sweeping plains and Hajar Mountain massif.  While here, take advantage of the desert experiences on offer, including horse riding, camel treks, nature walks and dune drives.

Stay: Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa, Dubai (Ultra)

Meals: B L D

Days 6-8

Travel by private road transfer to the bright lights and towering spires of Dubai and spend three nights at the One and Only Royal Mirage, situated in a prime location on Jumeirah Beach. Spend the rest of the day and the next two days at leisure, enjoying the vast range of entertainment, dining and shopping options that Dubai has to offer, or else simply relax and soak up the atmosphere of one of Dubai's most enduring and luxurious hotels.  The resort offers three distinct hotels in one opulent complex: our Deluxe option includes a stay at the Arabian Court, an Arabian pleasure palace of a resort of courtyards and fountains, our Ultra option at the Residence, an intimate sanctuary for the privileged few.

Stay: One and Only Royal Mirage Arabian Court (Deluxe), One and Only Royal Mirage Residence and Spa (Ultra)

Meals: B

Day 9

After a relaxing breakfast you will be transferred by private car to Abu Dhabi International airport for your flight home.

Meals: B



Any element of this itinerary can be adjusted to suit your needs. Just contact us to find out more.

Accommodation rating: Deluxe Ultra

9-day tailor-made holiday
from £4,105 pp incl. flights


Low Season

from £4,110 pp. incl. flights

High Season

from £7,150 pp. incl. flights

  • Return scheduled flights to Abu Dhabi
  • Private transfers between airport and all hotels
  • Accommodation and meals as specified in the itinerary
  • Use of a VIP airport lounge in the UK (subject to airline and departure terminal)

Price varies according to exact travel dates and additional supplements apply for travel over Christmas, New year, Easter and selected other holiday seasons - please call for a personalised quotation.

Terms & Conditions

Prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin/double room; prices are subject to availability and possible change; normal booking conditions apply.

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