The weather was a pleasant 29 degrees and mostly sunny.
The tour started from the Ritz Carlton, Grand Canal hotel Abu Dhabi at 9.30am and the guests returned by 4pm.
A total of 35 international guests were escorted by a licensed professional tour guide fluent in English, Spanish, Italian & French as well as an experienced photography and videography crew.
The guests visited the Falcon Hospital for an exclusive education session followed by a tour of the Emirates Palace which included a sumptuous lunch at Le Vendome and then explored the Dates Market with special guidance and cultural explication.
The falcon Hospital:
The Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital is the world’s foremost falcon welfare institution, and the first of its kind and has become one of the largest avian hospitals attending to over 6,000 falcons each year. The hospital operates under the patronage of the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and has proven itself one of Abu Dhabi’s major tourist attractions.
An iconic Abu Dhabi landmark, the beautiful Emirates Palace hotel blends Arabian splendour with the latest luxuries to create a magical and memorable experience. The main Palace building stretches over a kilometre from wing to wing, and its gardens and surroundings spread across 100 hectares. The hotel features 114 domes, with the central dome at an imposing 72.6 metres above ground. Gold, mother of pearl and crystals dominate the interior and has 1,002 chandeliers, the largest weighing 2.5 tonnes.
The Dates Market:
The Dates Market is a traditional hidden gem in the vegetable and fruit market at Port Zayed where guests sampled more than a dozen of different varieties of fresh and dried dates from across the Middle East displayed in wooden barrels. This special delicatessen from Arabia serves as a great gift for family back home wanting a flavour of the Middle East.
Whilst guests were onboard the coach being transported from venue to venue, they were enlightened with information about the great city of Abu Dhabi and enjoyed seeing the various landmarks and buildings along the famous Corniche.
All attendees were provided a complimentary transfer from The Ritz Carlton hotel to visit The Louvre Abu Dhabi museum. Situated on the edge of Saadiyat Island, the Louvre Abu Dhabi is poised between sand and sea and reflects a desire to create a universal museum where all cultures are gathered together.
Upon arrival, all guests received a multi-media headset so they could enjoy a self-guided tour at the pace of their own leisure to view the artworks and artefacts from different cultures followed by a meal in the Museum Café.
The day was kindly sponsored by the Department of Culture and Tourism, Abu Dhabi and all 216 international attendees were appreciative of their unique experience.