Cultural Tours in Abu Dhabi: Provided complimentary for all accompanying guests.

Cultural Tours Overview: 

Date Meet in Ritz Carlton lobby Activity Expected return time to Ritz Carlton
Sun 4th Nov 10.00 Zayed Centre, Dhow Lunch cruise and Heritage Village 16.00
Mon 5th Nov No organised activities this day. Accompanying guests at leisure to enjoy hotel facilities.
Tue 6th Nov Group A,  09.45 Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Tour and Wahat Al Karama Group A,  12.30
Group B, 12.15 Group B,  15.00
Group C, 18.30 Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Tour Group C,  20.15
Group D, 19.30 Group D,  21.15
Wed 7th Nov 09.15 Falcon Hospital, Visit to Emirates Palace and lunch at La Vendome restaurant and the Open Markets 16.45
Thu 8th Nov See shuttle times (click on below image)

Louvre Museum tour including lunch voucher (click for details) See shuttle timings (click on below image)

Zayed Centre

Opening hours: Sunday – Thursday from 07:30 to 14:30

For a fascinating sneak peek into the life of the late Sheikh Zayed, affectionately known as the ‘Father of the Nation’, visit the Zayed Centre in Abu Dhabi’s Al Bateen district.This museum, housed in an Emirati heritage village replete with camels, is an incredible homage to the man who shaped the nation. A photo gallery of Sheikh Zayed and many visiting regional and international royalty and dignitaries lines the walls of the museum, which is also full of personal memorabilia such as his favourite hunting rifles.Taking centre stage are the late President’s cherished vehicles – which he often drove through the city without a bodyguard – and gifts he received from all over the world such as stuffed lions and cheetahs.

Dress code: conservative clothing, lightweight, sunhat, sun glasses and flat shoes.

For more information on Zayed Centre, please see the website:
https://visitabudhabi.ae/en/see.and.do/attractions.and.landmarks/cultural.attractions/zayed.centre.aspx

 


 

2 hour Dhow Cruise including buffet lunch

About the Dhow

Guests will be treated to a relaxing two hour cruise, along the glittering Corniche. Boasting gorgeous views of Abu Dhabi’s skyline, the breath-taking Abu Dhabi Marina Mall Tower, the Heritage Village, Abu Dhabi Theatre and famous Emirates Palace can be seen in the background. The dhow cruise is a fantastic dining experience. Guests will be welcomed with a cold towel, dates, Arabic coffee & cold canned juices.

The buffet and tables will be set up downstairs and guests are free to wander to the top deck at their leisure for the views and casual seating.

The Dhow is a gentle cruise, however female guests are encouraged to wear low or no healed shoes.

Dress code: conservative clothing, lightweight, sunhat, sun glasses and flat shoes.

For more information on the Dhow Cruise, please see the website:

https://tour-dubai.com/experience/tour/AbuDhabiArabianGulfCruise

 


Heritage Village

Opening hours: Sunday – Thursday from 09:00 to 16:00

Heritage Village in Abu Dhabi is a model of an Emirati village which exhibits the Bedouin lifestyle and heritage. This venue is an interesting cultural attraction and a place which can be one of the most family friendly destinations.

The place has innumerable attractions like the Bedouin tents set up with campfires, and piping hot Arabic tea. There are camels,  Arabian horses and goats! The heritage village hosts several artisan exhibits of the local arts, like weaving or glass blowing.

You can enjoy shopping in a traditional market which sells a variety of products like handmade soap, silver jewellery, clothing and henna.

The museum at the Heritage Village is one of the favourites of curious travellers. Showcasing old Abu Dhabi before the oil boom.  The museum also has kept copies of Quran, traditional jewellery, and weapons of the early era.

Dress code: conservative clothing, lightweight, sunhat, sun glasses and flat shoes.

For more information on the Heritage Village, please see the website:

https://visitabudhabi.ae/

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque tour

Opening hours: Sunday – Thursday from 09:00 to 22:00

An architectural marvel

This architectural work of art is one the world’s largest mosques, with a capacity for an astonishing 41,000 worshippers. It features 82 domes, over a 1,000 columns, 24 carat gold gilded chandeliers and the world’s largest hand knotted carpet.

The mosque’s first ceremony was the funeral of its namesake, Sheikh Zayed, who is buried at the site.Reflective pools surround the mosque, amplifying its beauty. The striking white and gold colours shining in the sun are transformed at night by a unique lightning system which reflects the phases of the moon.


Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque – What to wear and Code of Conduct

All guests must read and abide by the rules and recommendations outlined in this document:

Click here to download Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Dress & Conduct Code

For more information on Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, please see the website: https://www.szgmc.gov.ae/en/

It is a requirement for ladies to bring their own head scarves or pashminas to the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. These will be provided by your tour guide and kept as a gift with our compliments.

 


Wahat Al Karama

Opening hours: Sunday – Thursday from 09:00 to 22:00

The name Wahat Al Karama literally translates to “oasis of dignity.” The site is a permanent tribute and war memorial to honor UAE’s martyred soldiers and other Emiratis who sacrificed their lives for the service of the nation. Wahat Al Karama is a place where HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan’s vision to immortalize the memories of the heroes of the country, comes to life.

The massive expanse of the 46,000sqm wide monument is symbolically located between the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque and the General Headquarters of the UAE Armed Forces.

Using 31 massive aluminium-clad tablets each leaning on the other, signifying the unity, solidarity and mutual support that bind together the leadership, the citizens and the servicemen and women who protect them.

Dress code: conservative clothing, lightweight, sunhat, sun glasses and flat shoes.

For more information on Wahat Al Karama, please see the website:
https://visitabudhabi.ae/en/see.and.do/attractions.and.landmarks/cultural.attractions/wahat.al.karama.aspx

Falcon Hospital

Opening hours: Sunday – Thursday from 08:30 to 14:30

The Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital (ADFH) is the first public institution in the United Arab Emirates providing comprehensive veterinary health care services exclusively for falcons.

Yearly, around 11,000 falcons are received for examinations and treatment.

The unique tour will be a once in a lifetime experience you will never forget. It will provide you a deep insight into the world of those majestic birds, the history of falconry as well as the life of falcons in modern times. You will come closer to the falcons that you have ever dreamt of.

Dress code: conservative clothing, lightweight, sunhat, sun glasses and flat shoes.

For more information on the Falcon Hospital, please see the website: https://www.falconhospital.com/services/adfh-tourism

 


Tour of Emirates Palace

An iconic Abu Dhabi landmark, this beautiful hotel blends Arabian splendour with the latest luxuries to create a magical and memorable experience. During daytime, the hotel’s golden-sandy colour contrasts with its fresh green gardens, silvery water fountains and the blue sky.  At night, the hotel’s lighting changes subtly, featuring a majestic rainbow-changing effect over the main dome.

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. The Palace has 1,002 chandeliers, the largest weighing 2.5 tonnes. Another memorable

Wander through the majestic halls and corridors – a showcase of Arabian design, with grand central passageways and arched ceilings – all decorated in a comfortable yet chic style and boasting lavish cultural touches; before making your way to lunch at the award-winning Mezlai Emirati Restaurant.

Dress code: conservative clothing, lightweight, sunhat, sun glasses and flat shoes.

For more information on Emirates Palace, please see the website:

https://www.kempinski.com/en/abudhabi/emirates-palace/

 


Lunch at Emirates Palace – La Vendome

Le Vendôme has perfected the all-day dining experience in Abu Dhabi. Using seasonal and carefully sourced produce, each dish is precisely fashioned à la main by talented chefs to stand out as a star rather than being just another dish in a hotel buffet.

With an emphasis on simplicity and quality, Le Vendôme’s sophisticated international buffet weaves together the best dishes of the Middle East and abroad, always served with impeccable style.

Cuisine: International

Style: Buffet

Dress code: conservative clothing, lightweight, sunhat, sun glasses and flat shoes

For more information on La-Vendome, please see the website:
https://www.kempinski.com/en/abudhabi/emirates-palace/dining/restaurants/le-vendome/


Open Markets

Opening hours: Sunday – Thursday from 07:00 to 22:00

Souk is Arabic for ‘marketplace.’ Historically, dhows from the Far East and India would offload their cargo and the goods would be haggled over in the nearby souks. Over the years the goods on sale have diversified dramatically; today alongside the spices, silks and perfumes you’ll find electronic goods, souvenirs, clothing and household items.  Abu Dhabi’s souks are worth a visit for their bustling atmosphere, eclectic variety of goods, and to observe the traditional way of doing business.

This large fish market is a visual feast of colour, texture and design. Rhythmical arrangements of prawns, orange-spotted trevally, blue-shelled crabs, red snappers, pink Sultan Ibrahims and a host of unlikely edibles from the sea grace the ice bars here.

Dates are part of the culture in the UAE. As the date is one of few fruits that can be planted in the area it became a major component of the diet here. The variety of date types can make it fun to taste before choosing which type to buy.

For more information on the souks, please see the website:
https://theculturetrip.com/middle-east/united-arab-emirates/articles/traditional-markets-and-souks-to-visit-in-abu-dhabi/

About The Louvre

Opening hours: Sunday – Thursday from 10:00 to 22:00

The Louvre Abu Dhabi’s design reflects a desire to create a universal museum where all cultures are gathered together. Situated on the edge of Saadiyat Island, the Louvre Abu Dhabi is poised between sand and sea.

Artworks and artefacts originating from different cultures will be exhibited side by side, highlighting aesthetic similarities and shared themes or techniques.

This resource presents fifteen artworks from the museum collection and also outlines the principles of Louvre Abu Dhabi.


A shuttle bus will run from the Ritz Carlton to the Louvre at the following times:

Time Location Description
09.30-10.15 Shuttle Bus Transfer

Ritz Carlton – The Louvre

Guests receive admission, multimedia guide and lunch voucher, when they have boarded the bus. At the museum, guests can enjoy at their leisure and take the voucher to the museum café when they are ready
11.00-11.45
12.30-13.15
14.00-14.45
15.30-16.15
11.45-12.30 Shuttle Bus Transfer

The Louvre – Ritz Carlton

Please ensure all multimedia guides are returned to the museum prior to departure
13.15-14.00
14.45-15.30
16.15-17.00

 

Dress code: conservative clothing, lightweight, sunhat, sun glasses and flat shoes (there are some outdoor areas in the Louvre.

For more information on The Louvre, please see the website: https://www.louvreabudhabi.ae/

  • Guests will receive admission, multimedia guide and lunch voucher, before boarding the bus.
  • At the museum, guests can enjoy at their leisure and take the voucher to the museum café when ready
  • Seating is not reserved and on a first come, first served basis
  • Guests can select from the Grab and Go section at the cafe including Drink, Sandwich, Salad and Dessert.
  • Items can be given in a takeaway bag or guests can choose their items and have a sit down lunch either indoors or outdoors.

Pre & Post Tours: To be booked & paid for by individuals.

Sundowner Desert Safari..

Sundowner Desert Safari and dinner

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Traditional Dubai City Tour

Traditional Dubai City Tour

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Combo Modern and Traditional City Tour

Combo Modern and Traditional City Tour

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Desert Dune Buggies Driver

Desert Dune Buggies Driver

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Modern Dubai City Tour

Modern Dubai City Tour

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Abu Dhabi City Tour

Abu Dhabi City Tour

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East Coast Tour

East Coast Tour

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Sundowner Desert Safari and Dinner

Departing from

  Ajman  Dubai  Sharjah
This is a must-do safari in Dubai!

The desert is the ideal venue for a magical and memorable evening. Watch the sun go down as you drive through the dunes to arrive at our traditional Bedouin style camp where a delicious dinner awaits.

  •  Leave your hotel and the city behind driving into the desert with our entertaining safari guide in four-wheel drive
  •  Enjoy the fun of a dune drive in the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve
  •  Stop to watch a falcon display (weather permitting)
  •  At sunset, stop for photos from the top of a dune
  •  Arrive at our Bedouin-style camp where desert activities and a bonfire await
  •  Try a camel ride, mini sand-boarding (weather permitting) and henna hand painting or relax on large carpets and cushions with an aromatic shisha
  •  Move to the seating area and sample an Arabic style, three-course buffet
  •  Enjoy unlimited beer, wine and alcoholic beverages (except on the eve of religious holidays)
  •  Watch a belly dancing performance (except in Ramadan and during religious holidays). Belly dancing will be replaced with a Tanoura dance performance during Ramadan
  •  Enjoy the tranquillity of the desert as we turn off the camp lights for a few minutes so that you can see the stars in the night sky
  •  Optional souvenirs and photos are available for purchase

What’s Included

  •  Hotel pickup and drop off in a shared vehicle
  •  Safari guide
  •  Three-course dinner buffet with soft drinks
  •  Unlimited beer and wine
  •  All inclusive – no hidden costs
  •  A portion of your fee supports local conservation
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Traditional Dubai City Tour

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Departing from

Ajman  Dubai  Sharjah

This is a must-do tour in Dubai! Be fascinated by Dubai’s rich history and tradition on a tour around the Al Fahidi Cultural Neighbourhood, Dubai Creek and the Gold and Spice Souks. Explore the Dubai Museum to learn about times gone by, and cross the Dubai Creek in a traditional abra (water taxi).

This tour is available in a selection of languages, please see the full schedule in the Important Information section and make your selection when booking.

  •  The tour starts with pickup from your hotel
  •  Driving along the ‘Beach Road’ we stop for a photo outside the Jumeirah Mosque
  •  Continuing our drive to the traditional side of Dubai, we pass by Zabeel Palace
  •  Arriving on the older side of the city, we drive past the Al Fahidi Cultural Neighbourhood to see the famous wind-tower architecture and cobbled streets
  •  Visit Dubai Museum to learn about the rich heritage.
  •  Crossing from the Bur Dubai side of the Creek, we take a traditional abra (water taxi) crossing over Dubai Creek to the Deira side.
  •  Follow our entertaining guide through the famous Spice and Gold Souks of Dubai
  •  The tour ends after some leisure time in the Souk, and return to your hotel

What’s Included

  •  Hotel pick-up and drop off
  •  Tour guide

Special Offer

  •  Online exclusive: 20% off with promo code SUMMERSALE. Tours can be booked and taken until 30 September 2018
  •  Kids go free offer: Up to two kids under 12 years go free when booking with both parents. Offer ends on 30 Sep 2018

Combo Modern and Traditional City Tour

Departing from

  Ajman   Dubai  Sharjah
See the new futuristic side of Dubai and contrast it with the tradition and heritage on a full day tour.
Itinerary until 30 September 2018
  •  The tour starts with pickup from your hotel
  •  After meeting, drive to the Dubai Marina and enjoy a scenic 20-minute boat ride
  •  Take a drive along The Palm, Jumeirah with a photo stop
  •  Burj Al Arab photo stop
  •  Visit The Dubai Mall and At The Top, the Burj Khalifa observation deck (entrance ticket is an optional extra)
  •  Jumeirah Mosque and Zabeel Palace photo stop
  •  Pass the Al Fahidi Cultural Neighbourhood and visit the Dubai Museum
  •  Take a traditional abra (water taxi) ride crossing over Dubai Creek
  •  Follow our entertaining guide through the Spice and Gold Souks
  •  Transfer back to your hotel

Itinerary from 1 October 2018

  •  The tour starts with pickup from your hotel
  •  After meeting, drive to the Dubai Marina and enjoy a scenic 20-minute boat ride
  •  Take a drive along The Palm, Jumeirah with a photo stop
  •  Burj Al Arab photo stop
  •  Visit the Dubai Frame and take in scenic views from the walkway at 150m
  •  Continue to The Dubai Mall with its’ many leisure, shopping and dining options
  •  Pass Jumeirah Mosque and Zabeel Palace for a photo stop
  •  Stroll through Al Fahidi Cultural Neighbourhood known for its wind-tower architecture
  •  Visit the Dubai Museum
  •  Take a traditional abra (water taxi) ride crossing over Dubai Creek
  •  Follow our entertaining guide through the Spice and Gold Souks
  •  Drop-off at your hotel

What’s Included

  •  Hotel pick-up and drop off in Dubai, Sharjah and Ajman
  •  Tour guide
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Desert Dune Buggies Driver

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Departing from

 Ajman  Dubai  Sharjah

Try a truly exhilarating adventure driving across the dunes in the latest, fully automatic, four-seater, off-road dune buggies.

  •  Our safari guide will collect you from your hotel in a 4-wheel drive vehicle
  •  In the desert, drive the latest four seater off-road dune buggy
  •  Follow your guide along the natural trail of the dunes
  •  Driving and safety instructions are provided
  •  All dune buggies are 4-wheel drive and fully automatic; with seat belts, roll cages and off-road suspension
  •  Exciting photo opportunities
  •  Leaving the desert behind, you return to your hotel

What’s Included

  •  Hotel pickup and drop off
  •  Soft-drinks are included in the tour
  •  This is a guided tour

Modern Dubai City Tour

 

Departing from

 Ajman   Dubai   Sharjah

Explore the iconic landmarks that make up the city’s futuristic skyline. From The Palm, Jumeirah and Dubai Marina to Downtown Dubai and the Dubai Mall, this tour visits all of the highlights.

 Itinerary until 30 September 2018
  •  Start your journey of exploring the modern Dubai by heading first to the Dubai Marina to enjoy a scenic 20-minute boat ride
  •  See The Palm, Jumeirah on a scenic drive
  •  Stop at the Burj Al Arab for a photo en-route to The Dubai Mall
  •  Walk through The Dubai Mall, passing The Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo
  •  Visit At The Top, the Burj Khalifa observation deck (entrance ticket is an optional extra)
  •  Enjoy the afternoon at your leisure in The Dubai Mall with its many dining and entertainment options. The tour ends at The Dubai Mall.

Itinerary from 1 October 2018

  •  Drive to the Dubai Marina and enjoy a 20-min boat ride
  •  See The Palm, Jumeirah and pass by Atlantis, The Palm on a scenic drive
  •  Stop for a photo of the Dubai skyline
  •  Photo-stop at the Burj Al Arab en-route to the Dubai Frame
  •  Take in scenic views of Dubai from the walkway at 150m at the Dubai Frame
  •  Continue to The Dubai Mall with its’ many leisure, shopping and dining options
  •  The tour ends at The Dubai Mall
  •  After the tour, choose to visit At The Top, Burj Khalifa (tickets available); or choose to continue with the Traditional Dubai City Tour in the afternoon. Choose one option as there won’t be time to do both

What’s Included

  •  Hotel pick-up in Dubai, Sharjah or Ajman
  •  Tour guide
  •  At the Top, Burj Khalifa Observation Deck ticket (if ‘Including At the Top‘ tour is selected)

Special Offer

  •  Online exclusive: 20% off with promo code SUMMERSALE. Tours can be booked and taken until 30 September 2018.
(Promo code is case-sensitive and must be entered in ALL CAPS, without any spaces)
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Abu Dhabi City Tour

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Departing from

 Ajman . Dubai . Sharjah

Explore the sights and landmarks of Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, on a full day tour from Dubai. From the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque to Yas Island, this tour takes in all of the capital’s sights.

Itinerary until 30 September 2018

  •  Leave Dubai heading for the capital along Sheikh Zayed Road
  •  Stop for refreshments on Yas Island, with views of the Yas Marina F1 Circuit
  •  Visit the traditional fruit, vegetable and date market
  •  Pass by the dhow and fish market area to see traders at work
  •  Stop at Marina Mall, Abu Dhabi and opt to have lunch at one of the cafes. Lunch is not included in the tour price due to the variety of options available
  •  Drive along the Abu Dhabi Corniche
  •  Pass the Emirates Palace Hotel, Al Bateen area and the palaces
  •  Tour Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
  •  Leaving Abu Dhabi behind, return to Dubai and to your hotel
 Itinerary from 1 Oct 2018
  •  Arriving in Abu Dhabi, tour the majestic Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
  •  Pass the tree-lined residential area of Al Bateen and the royal palaces
  •  Visit the Heritage Village showcasing traditional times
  •  Stop at Marina Mall for lunch at one of the cafes. Lunch is not included in the tour price due to the variety of options available
  •  Drive along the Abu Dhabi Corniche
  •  Pass The Louvre Abu Dhabi for a photo-stop
  •  Leaving Abu Dhabi behind, return to Dubai in the late afternoon

What’s Included

  •  Hotel pick-up and drop off in Dubai, Sharjah or Ajman
  •  Tour guide

Special Offer

  •  Online exclusive: 20% off with promo code SUMMERSALE. Tours can be booked and taken until 30 Sep 2018 (Promo code is case-sensitive and must be entered in ALL CAPS, without any spaces)
  •  Kids go free: Up to two kids under 12 years go free when booking with both parents. Offer ends on 30 Sep 2018

East Coast Tour

Departing from

  Ajman. Dubai . Sharjah

Take a day to explore the picturesque East Coast of the United Arab Emirates. From quaint fishing villages to mountain canyons and beautiful beaches, this tour visits the highlights of the East Coast.

  •  Heading to the East, you drive through Emirate Sharjah towards the Hajar Mountains.
  •  In the little town of Masafi, shop at the Friday Market, open daily, to browse local crafts, pottery and carpets.
  •  Drive along wadis and canyons
  •  Stop for lunch (not included in the price) at a beach-side hotel with time for a swim in the ocean.
  •  Driving through Al Aqah, we stop for a photo at Bidiyah Mosque, the oldest and smallest mosque in the United Arab Emirates
  •  See the iconic Fujairah Fort, before spending some time at the Fujairah Museum
  •  Stop for photos in front of the breathtakingly beautiful  Shaikh Zayed Mosque of Fujairah
  •  By taking mountain highway through the Hajar Mountains we head back to Dubai

What’s Included

  •  Hotel pick-up and drop off in Dubai, Sharjah or Ajman
  •  Tour guide

Special Offer

  •  Online exclusive: 20% off with promo code AUG20. Tours can be booked and taken until 30 September 2018
  •  Kids go free: Up to two kids under 12 years go free when booking with both parents. Offer ends on 30 Sep 2018.
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