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  • Location:Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • Duration:9 hours (approx.)

Day Tour to the East Coast - Orient Express

Escape the hustle-bustle of Dubai to discover the ancient citadels, fishing villages, rugged mountains and desert oases of the United Arab Emirates’ captivating east coast. Traveling by air-conditioned coach through the Hajar mountain range, visit the towns of Al Dhaid and Dibba Al-Hisn, the recently renovated Fujairah Fort and Al Badiyah Mosque, the oldest mosque in the UAE. Take a dip in the Gulf of Oman, stop by Al Bithnah Fort and browse authentic Arabian wares at the Masafi market.


  • Day trip from Dubai to the northeastern tip of the United Arab Emirates
  • Admire the staggering Hajar Mountains between the capital and the coast
  • Discover the desert towns and coastal villages of Al Ahaid and Dibba Al-Hisn
  • Visit Al Bithnah Fort and Al Badiyah Mosque, the oldest mosque in the UAE
  • Shop for Arabian rugs, pottery, antiques and more at the Masafi market
  • Transport by comfortable air-conditioned coach

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What You Can Expect

Day Tour to the East Coast - Orient Express

Visit Al Bithnah Fort with your guide

Board an air-conditioned coach outside your Dubai hotel in the morning and get ready for a day trip to the country’s far east coast with your local guide.

Entering the emirate of Sharjah, pass the palm plantations of Al Dhaid and travel through the jagged Hajar Mountains before reaching the village of Dibba. Stop here to wander around the port and learn about Dibba’s important role in maritime trade and settlement since the pre–Islamic era.

Continue driving along the coast, peppered with old fishing villages that each tell a story. Stop at a local restaurant for lunch (own expense) and a chance to cool off with a dip in the serene Gulf of Oman.

Your next stop is Al Badiyah Mosque, the oldest-known mosque in the UAE in the emirate of Fujairah. Imagine how old this Arabian temple is as you tour the mud-brick structure — the date of its construction is unknown, but the surrounding site has been excavated to reveal that it has been inhabited for 4,000 years.

Going forward in time bit, head to Fujairah Fort, built in 1670 and recently renovated to its former glory after British attack in the 20th century. It’s considered the oldest fort in the UAE. Then visit another historic citadel, Al Bithnah Fort, built in 1735 and once considered of vital importance to the defense of the country’s eastern region.

After all that sightseeing, now it’s time to browse the Masafi Friday Market (despite its name, this covered outdoor market is open seven days a week). Hunt for bargains on Arabian rugs, earthenware, antiques, souvenirs and more.

Relax on the cool coach ride back to Dubai at the end of the day.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

This was wonderful, got a better picture and understanding of UAE not just Dubai

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

This was a great tour away, from the city which was also great value. Lots of different things to see ranging from the desert, the mountains and the sea. For those not keen to swim in the sea the pool was great. Driver and guide were excellent.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

It was a fantastic day out. The guide was really brilliant and gave us good information about the area and its people. I would do this again in a heartbeat.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

My husband Bill and I did this tour Tuesday 16th June 2015. Our guide, Nimesh was amazing and we learnt so much about life in the various Emirates. If you have a day free in Dubai I would highly recommend this tour. Don't spend all your time shopping this tour will expand your knowledge of this region. We knew there was a lot of development in Abu Dhabi and Dubai but we until we did this tour of the east coast we didn't realise the actual scale of development that is being carried out in other regions too. This tour is also a showcase for seeing some beautiful Islamic architecture in new homes.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

Excellent trip, good guide and covered all things listed on route which did not apply on some other tours I took. Nice to get a glimpse outside of the city. Good value for money.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

This tour was amazing for both my husband and myself, we would rate this tour very highly on the tourist agenda. Would love to go on another similar tour if possible the next time we visit Dubai.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2015

Great trip- Gets you out of the city and lets you see more of the landscape of UAE. Highly Recommend.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2014

Excellent tour with very knowledgeable guide. Good value for money.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

A beautiful tour to see that part of Dubai hardly mentioned.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

wow! Now, this was amazing... the dessert was so be amazing! I enjoyed getting out of the city...

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