Multi-Day Tour | Independent, Private

UAE Ancient & Modern: From Dubai to Al Maha (6 days)

Remote Lands, Inc

Dubai, United Arab Emirates To Al Maha, United Arab Emirates

Valid for Departures Now Through: 28 Mar 2019


Day 1
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Armani Hotel Dubai Dinner

Arriving in Dubai and greeted by a skyline of epic proportions, there are modern luxuries at every turn and palm-frond beaches on which to relax. Once you’re chauffeured to your hotel and with so many fabulous accommodation options to choose, the options are endless. We highly-recommend The Armani Hotel. Designed by Giorgio Armani himself and located in the heart of the city where there are 160 rooms to choose from, each of which ooze fashionably chic taste with an Arabian flair, making any stay a true vacation.

Day 2
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Armani Hotel Dubai Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Wake up to this bustling city and discover museums, forts, Emirati life and of course shopping! Stopping first at the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding offering insight into the local culture before heading to explore the 19th Century Bastakiya area. Abuzz with museums, galleries and restaurants, take a tour of the Dubai Museum giving a glimpse into life many centuries ago. Shopping is on the agenda next with a stop at the Meena Bazar, Spice Souk and Gold Souk, where local produce and products are on display then visit the Mall of the Emirates, one of the largest malls in the world with over 560 outlets! Head back the hotel for a night of relaxation before the next days’ adventure.

Day 3
Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day three sees a journey to Sharjah, the third-largest Emirate in the UAE rich with culture and tradition. A number of well-known museums and over 600 mosques can be found within the Heritage Area including the incredible Turkish inspired Al Noor Mosque, the most famous of its mosques. With over 20 museums to explore, stop by the Museum of Islamic Civilization; an impressive collection of Islamic artifacts stretching back 1,400 years. To end the day, a spot of shopping at the Blue Souk is in order, boasting traditional goods such as gold and intricate Arabian carpets.

Day 4
Al Maha, United Arab Emirates
Al Maha, a Luxury Collection Desert Resort & Spa, Dubai Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Traveling to Al Maha only 25 miles from Dubai and taking only a mere 35 minutes, the city disappears and the sand dunes become the landscape as far as the eye can see. Located within the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, Al Maha is brimming with flora and fauna - a true desert oasis. With endless activities available, choose to trek through the desert with an experienced guide or perhaps discover the magical world of Falconry, learning about these majestic creatures steeped in Emirati culture and watch them soar through the skies. For the more adventurous, a 4x4 desert ride through the dunes observing indigenous wildlife whilst experiencing the thrill of the ride. A night’s rest is well-deserved with a stay overnight in this beautiful city.

Day 5
Al Maha, United Arab Emirates
Al Maha, a Luxury Collection Desert Resort & Spa, Dubai Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The day is open to any chosen activities of which there are plenty. Perhaps relax and be pampered in one of the many luxurious spas on offer, peruse the streets to observe local life and discover Emirati cuisine with a long leisurely lunch at many authentic restaurants or fine-dining establishments. For a romantic and thrilling activity, go horseback riding through the picturesque sand dunes on beautiful Arabian horses and watch the sunset in the distance before heading back to the hotel for an evening of relaxation.

Day 6
Al Maha, United Arab Emirates
None Breakfast

Awaken to leave the magical city of Al Maha and be taken to Dubai airport ready to head home or perhaps another adventure.

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VIP Arrival

The following VIP services are complimentary for all Virtuoso guests upon arrival at participating airports.

  • Meet and greet as you disembark the aircraft
  • Luggage assistance
  • Escort through immigration and customs formalities
  • Escort to your private guide

Further services may be available, contingent upon individual airport regulations. Please enquire for further details.

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Known for its riches, the skyline of Dubai shines like the wealth contained within. Sky-scraping unfathomable buildings, man-made beaches and a city that lives to excess in all that it does. Shop, dine and discover the history that makes up Emirati culture and the juxtaposition between the old and new. Travel Dubai to Sharjah and watch the Arabic world unfold with traditional markets, over 600 dome-topped mosques and 20 or more museums, learning the ways of the old and discovering how the Emirati world came to be. From the flash and expense of Dubai to the traditional and authenticity of Al Maha, it is hard to believe they are but half an hour from each other. Sand dunes as far as the eye can see, lush flora, endless fauna and a peek into what Emirati life was like back in the day.


  • Shop at one of the largest shopping malls in the world

  • Discover the history and culture of the lands through its mosques and museums

  • Enjoy a spectacular sunset on horseback through the desert

  • Experience a traditional Arabian market

About Us

Remote Lands creates highly personalized itineraries with extraordinary experiences for discerning travelers, based on their own passions, interests and needs. The world’s most elite travel advisors rely on us for our deep knowledge of Asia and entrust us with their highly discerning clients, from celebrities to CEO’s, Wall Street titans to professional athletes. We are available to travel advisors 24/7 from the initial consultation to the day your clients return from Asia.

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Payment Notes
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Refund Policy
  • Fully refundable, less a 15% of total trip price cancellation fee, if cancelled 91 days or more before departure, subject to the refund policies of each hotel, airline and other vendor
  • 50% of total trip price refundable if cancelled 30-90 days before departure, subject to the refund policies of each hotel, airline and other vendor
  • No refund less than 30 days before departure

  • Please note that some vendors have onerous cancellation policies with substantial penalties for changes where funds paid are non-refundable

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By: Squash1

Reviewed on: 30 Jan 2013

excellent at making sure everything is taken care of...personal cell phone contact appreciated and very customized orientation...also very nice
Travel Advisor:  Deborah Bush

Excellent package

By: Mike53-Birmingham

Reviewed on: 27 Nov 2013

Shangri La Rasa Ria Resort in Kota Kinabalu was fantastic as was the Kinabatangan River Resort. Raimie our guide was first-rate!
Travel Advisor:  Deborah Barth


By: Dustin and Eli

Reviewed on: 20 Mar 2018

Remote Lands coordinated our trip and made the experience worry-free. All of our transfers and guides were on time, professional, kind and even went above and beyond when a couple of unexpected needs arose. Thank you!
Travel Advisor:  Geraldine Hasting

Taiwan 2018 trip

By: Cindi

Reviewed on: 29 Mar 2018

Wonderful experience! This was my daughter’s senior trip prior to going away to college and it was everything I’d hoped it would be. Great guide, driver, travel agent, etc. Overall a very positive experience!!
Travel Advisor:  Deanna Byrd

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By: Mike

Reviewed on: 18 May 2018

we had to different tour guides, both were just excellent and well worth the money definitely made the trip more memorable
Travel Advisor:  Jason Swaye


By: Joel and Kathy

Reviewed on: 17 Jun 2018

The Remote Lands Guides were excellent. The cars used for transportation were roomy and clean. The hotels were 5 star and their attention to detail was over the top. There was only perfection from the people we met and it was also comforting to know that our trip was being carefully monitored by Remote Lands supervisors every step of the way. We would recommend Remote Lands to anyone needing exceptional service in Asia.
Travel Advisor:  Kate Winslow

Remote Lands Rocks

By: Morty

Reviewed on: 16 Oct 2018

Terrific professionals! Looked out for us the entire time we were on the road!! Many thanks!
Travel Advisor:  Debbie Elias