We invite you to let The Evolved Traveler take you on a truly immersive, one-of-a-kind, 12-day journey to the United Arab Emirates. We’ll genuinely engage you with the people, places, and culture while exploring the unique sights, scents, and sounds of one of the world’s most eclectic and exotic destinations.
The United Arab Emirates is genuinely one of the world’s intriguing destinations. While renowned today for thriving and glitzy metropolises, one does not have to venture far to see those living life in much the same way as they have for centuries. With cities evolving every day to desert sands, never touched by man, the UAE is truly a study in contrasts – literally and figuratively.
Begin in Sharjah, 15 minutes from the city center of Dubai on the Persian Gulf coast. Sharjah. It has been declared by UNESCO as a Cultural Capital of the Arab World and Capital of Islamic Culture, deservedly so. Learn about the incredible scientific discoveries made by Islamic scholars at the Museum of Islamic Civilisation; explore the massive, intriguing collection of Arab art at the Sharjah Art Museum; and see the mind-boggling remains and traces of Palaeolithic, Neolithic, Bronze, and Iron Age life at the Mleiha Archaeological Site. Families will enjoy the idyllic canal-side outdoor area, where boat rides provide astonishing views of the city skyline. Make sure to visit the extraordinary Al Noor Island, home to the breathtaking Butterfly House (see 20 species) and glimmering, colorful lit-up gardens.
The most renowned of the emirates, Dubai, is synonymous with luxury, size, and pushing the limits – first, largest, tallest, et al. The allure of Dubai is a dreamy world of attractions and unheard of luxuries; shopping centers, nightlife, and cutting-edge hotels. Famous constructions include Burj Khalifa, The Palm, Burj Al Arab, and the opulent, man-made The World and Palm Islands. Although Dubai strictly safeguards its traditional practices, it allows space for other religions, a rare quality amongst the conservative Arab world. The combination of all this means Dubai has emerged as a cosmopolitan metropolis, a global city, and travel, business, and cultural hub of the Middle East.
Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates capital, resides on a wedge-shaped island in the Arab Sea. The wedge’s wide end forms the city center, with the picturesque corniche and its family-friendly beaches running along the coast. Characterized by extreme opulence and unfathomable wealth. It is home to the world’s furthest leaning building, the largest indoor theme park, the fastest roller-coaster in the world, and even the largest hand-loomed carpet! What was little more than an obscure fishing village 30 years ago is now miraculously one of the world’s most modern, state-of-the-art cities featuring rows of glitzy skyscrapers, incredibly upmarket shopping malls, and world-class luxury hotels, many of which offer pristine private beaches. Abu Dhabi is rising fast as the cultural epicenter of the Middle East with the openings of the Louvre Abu Dhabi, and soon the Guggenheim and Abu Dhabi Museum.
Join the chef from the Al Bait Sharjah Hotel on a trip to the souk to buy fresh, local ingredients for your personal cooking class
Admire the view from the 154th Floor of Burj Khalifa at VIP the Observation Deck
A private lunch with Nasif Kayed, an Emirati and US businessman
Spend a day aboard a private yacht swimming in the warm waters of the Arabian Gulf
Enjoy two days at the luxurious Al Maha Desert Resort located in Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve
Visit the NYU Campus in Abu Dhabi interacting with the expat students over lunch
Dine with a Bedouin tribe
A private curator-led tour of the new Louvre Museum in Abu Dhabi
Learn about the future of sustainable cities at Masdar City, one of the world’s most sustainable urban communities
Dates & Rates
$13,995 USD per person based on double occupancy
Any day – this tour is fully customizable
Private groups of 2 to 12 people