This exceptional voyage takes you into the heart of the world’s most important ancient civilizations. Transit the Suez Canal, visit the rock-carved, rose-colored city of Petra, see the site of Moses’ burning bush at St. Catherine Monastery combined with the extraordinary treasures of Luxor on a truly exceptional voyage of legendary destinations in exotic lands.
• Pass through the narrow gorge to the famous ancient ruins of Petra, its rose-colored facade carved right into the cliff face
• Enjoy an overland visit to Luxor, home of the Valley of the Kings, King Tut’s Tomb, Karnak and Luxor Temples, and other ancient Egyptian sites
• Visit St. Catherine’s Monastery at the base of Mount Sinai, where Moses saw the burning bush
• Experience daylight transit of the historic Suez Canal, with towns to the east and desert to the west
• Hop a camel for a ride into the desert and learn of the life of a Bedouin nomad
• Snorkel amid the spectacular reefs filled with marine life in the pristine waters of the Red Sea
• Discover the origins of frankincense in Oman and wander the souks in search of exotic spices
Experience The Extraordinary On Your Vacation
Dubai's must-see attractions
A contemporary history
Discover United Arab Emirates’ contemporary history at Dubai’s freshest cultural offering – the Etihad Museum. The magnificent new museum, located in Jumeirah 1, features a plethora of interactive pavilions where visitors can explore the UAE’s history – with particular emphasis on the significant period surrounding the establishment of the country’s independence between 1968 and 1974 – through photos, films and more. Additionally, guests can learn about the UAE’s rich heritage before the country’s founding Fathers signed the treaty that unified the seven emirates as well as the subsequent economic development.
TAKE A RIDE ON DUBAI’S NEWEST WATERWAY
Dubai Water Canal is a 3.2km long waterway extending from the Creek in Old Dubai through Business Bay before finding its way to the Arabian Gulf. Dubai Canal will create 80,000 sqm of waterfront public space and facilities, to include new recreational areas like the 3km running track and 12km cycling path. The canal’s beautiful waterfall can be viewed from Dubai’s Business Bay or you can take in views of the canal from some of Dubai’s newest hotels, like W Hotel and the St Regis. The Atrium is a series of five restaurants that are also situated off the canal’s waterfront.
Past meets present
For an experience that marries tradition and luxury, come to Madinat Jumeirah. Literally translated as 'City of Jumeirah' this complex is inspired by an ancient citadel. It encloses luxury hotels, private enclaves built in the traditional style, the world-class Talise Spa, the Madinat Souk, Madinat Theatre, and more than 40 restaurants and lounges. You can also explore on traditional wooden abras to appreciate the waterways and architecture.
DISCOVER DUBAI’S ARCHITECTURAL MASTERPIECE
The Dubai Opera situated in the new “Opera District” in the heart of Dubai offers an enticing schedule which can be likened to that of London’s West End or Manhattan’s Broadway. With views of the Dubai Fountain and next to the Burj Khalifa, the building was inspired by the shape of Arabian Dhow ships and is sure to catch your eye. While the rear of the building arches upwards like a hull and is used as a foyer, taxi rank and car park, the stage area is designed in such a way that it can easily be converted into three different event platforms: theatre, hall or concert hall.
WALK EUROPEAN-INSPIRED STREETS IN THE HEART OF ARABIA
Take A Stroll Through City Walk
The first phase of this Jumeirah development is now open. Spanning a total area of 13,000 square metres, City Walk is reminiscent of European-style streets. Take a stroll down the walk lined with designer stores and restaurants - and make sure you look up to appreciate the striking vista of city skyscrapers, including the Burj Khalifa. Water features, play areas for children, and plenty of al fresco seating add to the appeal.
Stretching over 13,000 square metres, City Walk is reminiscent of European pedestrian precincts offering a pleasant vehicle-free stroll. Take a walk along tree-lined avenues with shops and restaurants. Look upwards and discover skyscrapers like the Burj Khalifa in Dubai’s city centre. There are also fountains, children's playgrounds and plenty of open-air seating.