Depart your Dubai hotel or a central Dubai location by air-conditioned vehicle and travel to Abu Dhabi, the UAE's capital city. On route, listen to your guide’s tales about the city and ask any questions you wish.
Upon arrival, head for Abu Dhabi's crowning glory: the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, one of only two in the UAE open to non-Muslims. Tour this modern Islamic masterpiece, admiring its white-marble domes, courtyards, and main prayer hall, adorned with chandeliers and the world’s largest hand-knotted carpet.
After an hour here, take a panoramic city drive, admiring landmarks including the Emirates Palace hotel and ending at the waterfront Marina Mall. Enjoy time to shop here, and have lunch (own expense) at a restaurant of your choice.
Continue to the Heritage Village, a celebration of Abu Dhabi’s pre-oil Bedouin roots. View the Bedouin displays to learn about bygone life and explore the souk to buy souvenirs (own expense) and watch craft-making demonstrations.
Finally, visit the traditional Dates Market, seeing the stalls selling fresh dates from wooden barrels. Learn about and sample different varieties of this sweet, palm-grown fruit, and purchase some as souvenirs (own expense).
Your tour concludes back at the original Dubai start point.