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

Day Tour to the East Coast - Orient Express

Discover the charms of the far east UAE coast on this day trip from the Dubai. With an expert guide, travel by air-conditioned coach through the Hajar Mountains to the country’s eastern shores, dotted with fishing villages and hilltop citadels. Visit the ancient port of Dibba, and see restored Fujairah Fort and the 15th-century Al Badiyah Mosque, the UAE’s oldest. Stop to swim in the Gulf of Oman, visit an outdoor market and enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Orient express tours on the Arabian Peninsula don’t get much better!


  • 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

Meet your expert guide in the morning at your Dubai hotel, hop inside your comfortable, air-conditioned coach, and start your journey to the UAE’s scenic east coast.

Travel through the emirate of Sharjah, view the palm groves of Al Dhaid, and traverse the rocky Hajar Mountains to Dibba, a picturesque port town in the northeast corner of the UAE.

Hop out to explore on foot and learn about the town’s ancient maritime and trading roots that pre-date the Islamic era.

Continue along the rugged coast, passing sleepy fishing villages as your guide shares snippets about their past. Break for lunch (own expense) at a traditional restaurant, and if you wish, take a refreshing swim in the Gulf of Oman.

Cross into the emirate of Fujairah to the Al Badiyah Mosque, the UAE’s oldest mosque. Beautiful for its simplicity, this mud-and-stone mosque dates to the 15th century and is adorned with four domes and carved wooden doors.

Next, admire Fujairah Fort, a beautifully restored fort on a hilltop above old Fujairah. Admire its round and square towers as your guide explains how the fort was constructed in 1670, making it probably the oldest in the UAE.

After checking out nearby Al Bithnah Fort, another impressive citadel, finish your east coast explorations at the Masafi Friday Market. Despite its name, this colorful outdoor market is open seven days a week and offers rich pickings for visitors.

Roam the stalls for traditional Emirati handicrafts such as rugs, pottery and jewelry. Then, relax on your drive back to Dubai, where your tour finishes with a hotel drop-off.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Very interesting to see outside Dubai - the desert, mountains, and other towns. Lunch at a great resort, though I wish I'd known we could swim and there were towels to borrow. Our guide was very informative and considerate, and spoke excellent English and German. The coach was comfortable and air conditioned. We stopped frequently and were able to buy fruit at the morning market. It's advisable to take snacks and water as it's a long day. Very glad to be told pick-up time the night before by text.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Well organised tour, our guide was very knowledgable and it was good to get out of the city and see other areas.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Good commentary and helpful guide. Especially liked the dip in the Indian Ocean.

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.

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