Breakfast at your hotel. This morning we will step back in time at the Hill Gardens, famous for the archaeological excavations from the third millennium B.C. then we will proceed towards Dubai & Sharjah. We will reach after 2 hours and start a half-day Sharjah tour. This tour will take us to Sharjah, the cultural capital or known as the ‘Pearl of the Gulf”. You will pass by the King Faisal Mosque, one of the largest Mosques in the Emirates. Then we pass by the renovated Fort of Sharjah, a former residence of the ruling family. Then we continue to the Sharjah Heritage Museum which conserves and displays the rich traditional customs and culture of Sharjah as a source of pride and inspiration to Emiratis and visitors to the UAE. Begin a journey of discovery through Sharjah’s rich and diverse heritage and explore traditions that have endured the test of time. You will see handcrafted works of art and objects that date back to a time when local people relied solely on fishing and pearling. Trace the development of education, currency, and the early postal system. We will discover the traditional skills and crafts relating to jewelry, costumes, herbal medicines, music, and folklore.
After the visit, it is now time to explore the colorful Souk Al Arsa, set up traditionally. You will also have an opportunity to see how the traditional Omani Halwa (sweet) is made in one of the shops in Souk Al Arsa. Before returning to Dubai we will have time for a quick stroll at the Blue Souk – a treasure trove of carpets, jewelry, and handicrafts. Lunch will be served in a very local restaurant where you will discover the real Bedouin meal of Mandi, a succulent recipe of meats or fish with marvelous spices from this part of the world.
After the tour, we will return to Dubai towards the “Dubai Mall” & Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest tower and the centerpiece of the Gulf region’s most prestigious urban development to date. Burj Dubai will radiate out in a series of ellipses from the sky breaking tower encompassing residential, commercial, hotel, entertainment, and the world’s largest shopping mall, Dubai Mall. Free time for shopping. With more than 1,200 stores and a host of world-class attractions, the Middle East region’s first Galeries Lafayette department store, France’s leading fashion house, and one of the top 100 global retailers. The Dubai Mall is revolutionizing the modern shopping experience. With an impressive array of leisure pursuits, this is the ultimate, cutting-edge shopping experience. A range of adventure sports vies for attention alongside the romance of ice-skating. The Dubai Mall is a place where a 21st-century gold souk is set off against a world-class aquarium. Step inside the Dubai Mall and experience a place like no other. Your guide will propose a climb to Burj Khalifa to all our guests (optional, must be prebooked in advance), Depending on your departure time, you will be transferred to Dubai Airport at the appropriate time.
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