After hotel pickup in Dubai, travel to Abu Dhabi, the UAE’s capital.
On arrival, visit the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, a modern white-marble mosque that accommodates 40,000 worshipers. Take a tour to view the pools, courtyards and opulent interior, graced with huge chandeliers.
Continue to Union Square where massive sculptures depict different UAE cultural items, and then enjoy a stroll on the Corniche. Admire the high-rises and beaches along this 5-mile (8-kilometer) waterfront, and watch the residents taking time out at this popular spot.
About midway through the tour, and depending on your selected option, enjoy some free time to explore on your own, or have lunch at the Emirates Palace. Savor a buffet meal as you admire the sumptuous hotel, one of the world’s most luxurious.
In the afternoon, visit the Abu Dhabi Heritage Village, a showcase of the UAE’s past. Explore the replica Emirati village, complete with Bedouin tents and livestock; watch demonstrations of Bedouin skills such as falconry, glassblowing and weaving; and buy souvenirs at the souk.
Lastly, visit the Orient Art Gallery to view a selection of traditional and contemporary art that reflects the UAE’s burgeoning art scene.
Your tour then ends with a Dubai hotel drop-off.