Abu Dhabi Shore Excursions 2022 - 2023

From Zayed Port Cruise Terminal

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Have you been on the lookout for memorable shore excursions in Abu Dhabi? You can stop searching now because Desert Dream Tours provides city tours and desert safaris from the Abu Dhabi Cruise Terminal that are solely curated for cruise ship travellers who wish to explore every nook and cranny of glamorous and ancient Abu Dhabi. The duration of these tours is usually one day long and includes the services of a shared or private guide that is fluent in English or the language of your choice.

Your excursions usually start with your guide collecting you from the Port Zayed Abu Dhabi Cruise Terminal in a luxury vehicle. He will then escort you to the popular Abu Dhabi tourist attractions. The tours usually cover attractions ranging from modern and cultural to entertainment and architecture. Some of the highlights would be free entry into the regal Emirates Palace Hotel, the breathtaking Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque and Yas Island. Enjoy all things Ferrari at Ferrari World Park or have a blast at the Warner Bros World. Culture buffs will thoroughly enjoy the visits to Louvre Museum, Saadiyat Island, Dhow Building Yard and the Heritage Village. Purchase souvenirs from the Dates and Carpet Market. After all stops in the itinerary of the Abu Dhabi Shore Excursion are covered you will be dropped back to your cruise ship.

The Abu Dhabi Shore Excursions can be customised according to your preference. With numerous possible options, you can specify the attractions you want your excursion to include. Pickups can be requested from the Abu Dhabi Airport, Zayed Port Abu Dhabi Cruise Terminal, Hotels, Residence, Hotel apartments, Saadiyat Island, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi Mall, Marina Mall, Ferrari World or any other popular auctions in Abu Dhabi.


Shore Excursion Tours List

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Desert Safari Tours

Evening Desert Safari Abu Dhabi

Evening Desert Safari Abu Dhabi

adult
AED 199
USD 40

What's Included
  • Round Transport in 4x4 Vehicle
  • Dune Bashing
  • Camel Riding Session
  • Sand Boarding & Skiing
  • Belly Dance Show
  • Hot BBQ Dinner
Not Included
  • Quad Bike (can Rent)
  • Alcoholic Beverages (can Purshase)
Overnight Desert Safari Abu Dhabi

Overnight Safari Abu Dhabi

adult
AED 349
USD 40

What's Included
  • Round Transport in 4x4 Vehicle
  • Dune Bashing
  • Camel Riding Session
  • Sand Boarding & Skiing
  • Belly Dance Show
  • Hot BBQ Dinner
Not Included
  • Quad Bike (can Rent)
  • Alcoholic Beverages (can Purshase)
Morning Desert Safari Abu Dhabi

Morning Desert Safari Abu Dhabi

adult
AED 149
USD 40

What's Included
  • Round Transport in 4x4 Vehicle
  • Dune Bashing
  • Camel Riding Session
  • Sand Boarding & Skiing
  • Glimpse Of Sunrise Views
  • Camel Farm Visit
Not Included
  • Quad Bike (can Rent)
  • Lunch
Quad Biking Tour Abu Dhabi

Quad Biking Tour Abu Dhabi

adult
AED 399
USD 40

What's Included
  • Round Transport in 4x4 Vehicle
  • One Hour Quad Biking Session
  • Sand Boarding & Skiing
  • Camel Riding
  • Arabic Costumes Photoshoot
  • Water & Softdrinks at Camp
Not Included
  • Lunch
Romantic Private Dune Dinner Abu Dhabi

Romantic Dune Dinner Abu Dhabi

adult
AED 799
USD 40

What's Included
  • Private Round Transport in 4x4 Vehicle
  • Private Dune Bashing Session
  • Private BBQ Dinner
  • Falcon Photoshoot
  • Private Camel Ride
  • Henna Tattoo
Not Included
  • Quad Bike (can Rent)
  • Alcoholic Beverages (can Purchase)
Liwa Overnight Desert Safari Abu Dhabi

Liwa Overnight Desert Safari

adult
AED 689
USD 40

What's Included
  • Private Round Transport in 4x4 Vehicle
  • Overnight Stay in Liwa Oasis
  • Car Museum
  • Dune Drive
  • Hot BBQ Dinner
  • Fort & Castle Visit
Not Included
  • Lunch
  • Entry Tickets
  • Alcoholic Beverages
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Sightseeing Tours

Abu Dhabi City Tour

Abu Dhabi City Tour

adult
AED 100
USD 40

What's Included
  • Pickup & Dropoff at your Hotel
  • Visit Sheik Zayed Mosque
  • Photography Aat Yas Island Ferrari World
  • Photography at Emirate Palace Hotel
  • Visit Heritage Village & Abu Dhabi Museum
  • Visit Famous Dates Market
Not Included
  • Tips
  • Personal Expenses
Al Ain City Tour from Abu Dhabi

Al Ain City Tour from Abu Dhabi

adult
AED 150
USD 40

What's Included
  • Pickup & Dropoff at your Hotel
  • Visit to Camel Market
  • Visit Sheik Zayed Palace Museum Al Ain
  • Visit to Jabel Hafeet
  • Visit to Al Ain Zoo
  • Al Ain Oasis Tour
Not Included
  • Entrance Ticket To Al Ain Zoo
  • Tips
  • Lunch
Dhow Cruise Abu Dhabi

Dhow Cruise Abu Dhabi

adult
AED 200
USD 40

What's Included
  • Pickup & Dropoff from your Hotel
  • 2 Hours Cruise in Traditional Dhow
  • Cold Towels, Dates & Arabic Coffee
  • International Buffet Dinner (Veg & Non-Veg)
  • Red Carpet Welcome
  • Water, Tea & Coffee
Not Included
  • Tips
  • Alcohol
Luxury Yacht Dinner Cruise Abu Dhabi

Yacht Dinner Cruise Abu Dhabi

adult
AED 180
USD 40

What's Included
  • 2 Hours Cruising
  • International Dinner Buffet
  • Water, Tea, Coffee And Soda
  • Unlimited Shisha
  • Cruise towards Lulu Island
  • Experience Corniche at Night
Not Included
  • Pick Up And Drop Off
  • Alcohol (Available For Purchase)
  • Tips
Dubai City Tour from Abu Dhabi

Dubai City Tour from Abu Dhabi

adult
AED 200
USD 40

What's Included
  • Pickup & Dropoff at your Hotel
  • Visit to Gold Souq
  • Jumeirah Mosque
  • Visit to Jumeirah Beach
  • Abra One Way Ride
  • Burj Al Arab & Atlantis the Palm/i>
Not Included
  • Lunch
  • Tips
  • Personel Expenses
Mangrove Kayaking Abu Dhabi

Mangrove Kayaking Abu Dhabi

adult
AED 180
USD 40

What's Included
  • Experienced Guide Fluent in English
  • Safety Briefing For 15 To 20 Minutes
  • Life Jackets
  • Kayaking For 90 To 120 Minutes
  • Mineral Water
  • Fruit Salad Bowl
Not Included
  • Pickup & Dropoff
  • Meals (can Arrange)
  • Toilet Or Shower

What's special about the Abu Dhabi Cruise Terminal?

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abu dhabi cruise terminal

Inaugurated in 2015 at the Zayed Port, the terminal is capable of allowing different sizes and types of sea vessels to dock. The refurbished Abu Dhabi Cruise terminal is a step forward in improving cruise tourism and is the first of its kind in the Middle East. The eclectic blend of Arabic and modern architectural design is not only functional but also adds an aesthetic highlight by showcasing Emirati Heritage. Adorned with a colour palette and antique knick-knacks that narrates UAE's naval roots, the terminal has Etihad Airways check-in counters along with numerous customizable passenger services to ease the debarking process for cruise ship passengers.

Travellers will experience UAE culture upon arrival with Arabic coffee, get the chance to watch falconry shows and get their hands adorned with henna paste. There is also a heritage section with a recreation of a traditional souk where travellers and locals can engage in numerous activities.


Visiting Dubai while on a Cruise in Abu Dhabi

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visit dubai from abu dhabi cruise

A visit to Abu Dhabi on a cruise ship is incomplete without a Dubai tour. Being the city of superlatives, Dubai is the first Middle Eastern city that secured a spot on UNESCO's 'Creative Cities of Design' list. Apart from being a multicultural destination, it has a broad reach in the world of fashion, food, music and development but still holds on to its Islamic roots securely. Shrouded with a cloak of modernity evident through its record-breaking buildings, gigantic malls and never-ending developments, Dubai also has a historic side which you wi get to witness with a Dubai city tour.

Visit the Al Fahidi fort, Dubai's oldest building, located in Dubai's oldest surviving district Fahidiya. Admire the wind towers and courtyards of the ancient coral and mortar buildings. See the exhibits of various artefacts at the Dubai museum and dioramas that recreate life scenes that go back to the 1800s. Hop aboard a water taxi, locally known as an Abra, and see the gorgeous contrast of old and new buildings on both banks of the Deira Lake en route to the famous Spice Souk. Purchase from a variety of dried flowers, spices, incense and coffee. Dubai has always been popular for its gold! Window shop from the endless aisles of god shops showcasing unique and unseen designs.

Make a stop at the Dubai Mall to check out the Dubai Aquarium and Underwater zoo. Finally, for an authentic shopping experience drop by the Madinat Jumeirah before ending the tour with a visit to the iconic Burj Al Arab.

Abu Dhabi Attractions to visit While on a Cruise

1Admire Serene Islamic Architecture at Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

Free Entry
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Exuding tranquillity, The Grand Mosque, one of the largest mosques in the world with one of the best fusions of many Islamic architectural traditions was built by the honourable Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan. The structure serves as a display of Islamic architecture as well as a venue for learning about Islamic science and a symbol of harmony with variety. One of the largest 24-carat gold-plated chandeliers in the world, 1,000 ornate columns, and 82 domes that resemble pearls along with so many other fascinating elements will leave you speechless.

2Visit international exhibits housed in an architecturally inspiring setting at the Louvre Abu Dhabi

Purchase Entry Tickets
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The impressive Louvre Abu Dhabi, the first of its kind to open in the Middle East, is located in the cultural area of Saadiyat Island. The famous prize winner Jean Nouvel was the mastermind behind the architecture which was influenced by UAE cultural icons like the water and thatched palm roofs. The 9,200 square meters of galleries include a permanent and temporary portion that exhibits numerous renowned works from the Louvre Paris, including loans from the Centre Pompidou, Musee d'Orsay, and others.

3Withdraw gold bars at the gold ATM in Emirates Palace

Free Entry
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The Emirates Palace, a symbol of Abu Dhabi's royal heritage, is the ideal fusion of Emirati grandeur and contemporary luxury to give you a stunning walk-in experience. The building certainly lives up to its name thanks to the incredible attention to detail, which includes the bubbling water fountains, majestic staircase, and stunning ceiling. Explore the property's recently mowed grounds and private beach to see how the exterior's gold tones perfectly complement the surrounding landscape. Even from a distance, it is a stunning sight, and at night, the main dome has a rainbow-changing light display that heightens its splendour.

4Explore Emirati history at the Abu Dhabi Heritage Village

Free Entry
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As you enter the Abu Dhabi Heritage Village and see the numerous traditional aspects of life before Abu Dhabi was modernized, feel as though you have travelled back in time. You will also be able to tour an actual historic mosque, souk, and town, as well as gain an understanding of how life was in the desert. Additionally, this is a great location for souvenir shopping and viewing numerous regional handicrafts in action, including pottery creation, fabric weaving, and glassblowing.

5Have a remarkable time with an Al Khatim desert safari

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The Al Khatim desert is conveniently situated in between Al Ain and Abu Dhabi and is the perfect spot for some thrilling off-road drives. Cruise-ship passengers can also explore the desert with morning, evening or overnight desert safaris, camel trekking or first-class safaris that include drives across the mighty dunes of the Al Khatim desert.


Do's & Don'ts in Abu Dhabi for Visitors

  • It is compulsory for women to wear a headscarf when entering Mosques & Cultural places. Men are required to wear long trousers.
  • Respect the women's section
  • Respect the local culture and religion.
  • Refrain from misbehaving in mosques or any other religious places.
  • Refrain from photographing strangers, women, government buildings or families without prior permission.
  • Smoke only in designated smoking areas rather than smoking in government buildings or public areas.
  • Refrain from any public displays of affection like kissing and hugging.
  • Refrain from getting drunk in public as it is prohibited in Abu Dhabi. Alcohol consumption must only be limited to licensed bars or restaurants.
  • Explore as many attractions as your time permits for an unforgettable experience.

Basic Things to know about Abu Dhabi

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Capital & Largest City in UAE

Abu Dhabi

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Local Date and Time

07-12-2022 05:02:53

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Official & National Language

Arabic and English

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UAE Currency Dirham (AED)

1 USD = 3.67 AED

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International Airport

Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH)

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Safest City

One of World's most Safest City