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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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