8 Day Classic Dubai & Abu Dhabi
Friends & Family Excursion (non-golfers welcome!)
Wed., October 10 – Wed., October 17, 2018
$1,849 per person*
(includes round-trip air from JFK!)
As the wealthiest country in the Middle East, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is associated with glamour, opulence, and great golf. Join the African America Golfer’s Digest on an adventure to discover Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Be dazzled by these two cosmopolitan cities, both meccas of culture, finance, and innovation. Tee off on pristine golf courses, as many as you like on your own, then, set off into the desert, explore how civilizations lived for centuries, long before skyscrapers rose to reach the clouds.
A world of ancient history and futuristic modernism awaits you. The seaside cities of Dubai and Abu Dhabi beckon with iconic skylines, opulent shopping and historic old quarters. Plus, you’ll visit the man-made Palm Island, Dubai’s signature landmark Burj Al Arab, Heritage Village, Zayed House, Al Ain, the Garden City of the United Arab Emirates and one of the country’s oldest settlements! Most of all, you’ll have an opportunity to ascend to the very top of Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world!
Golfing is a widespread sport in Abu Dhabi and Dubai; whether you are a fanatic or a novice you will be thrilled by the nation’s collection of courses with various levels of challenges to improve your skills. In this land of plenty, here is a course for just about anything you seek. But, this trip is about much MORE than just golf! There’s its unique culture, gastronomy, wildlife, recreation, shopping, spa and lots to do!!
“Join me on this exciting trip of a lifetime!”
-Debert Cook, Publisher
Dubai and Abu Dhabi are comprised of mostly desert which provides a good foundation for golf courses. Pour in the water and add hybrid grass and you will get perfect playing surfaces. The golf courses in Abu Dhabi and Dubai are world class and internationally acclaimed.
Accommodations: 5-Star Hotels!
Crowne Plaza Dubai-Deira, Dubai
Marriott Hotel Downtown, Abu Dhabi
TRIP COST: $1, 849 per person* (includes round-trip air from JFK!)
deluxe double room accommodations
airfare subject to change after December 1, 2017
Single room supplement: $591.00
Deposit $200 per person, Due by December 1, 2017,
required to hold your rate & space, nonrefundable.
Balance due 60 days before departure on August 10, 2018
GOLF: Early morning tee times & transport is additional, on your own, or by coordinating with our group of travelers. Select from area courses in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, or these recommended suggestions below:
Make your travel package reservation by calling:
Joycee, 1-800-682-3333, Ext. 1139
Mention Reservation #1357047
*Price subject to change without deposit.
Your Escorted Package Includes
- Round trip flights New York-Dubai, Dubai-New York
Other departure cities available.
- Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
- 6 nights First Class accommodations
- 4 nights Dubai at Crowne Plaza Dubai-Deira, Dubai
- 2 nights Abu Dhabi at Marriott Hotel Downtown, Abu Dhabi
Hotel Check-in/ Check-out Check-in time is usually 4pm or later. Check-out time is 12 noon. If you will be arriving early in the day or departing in the evening, hotels will usually allow you to store your luggage in their luggage room. Ask at the front desk if the hotel can check you in earlier, or let you stay later.
- Hotel taxes, fees & service charges including Dubai & Abu Dhabi tourism fees
- Hotel porterage
- All transfers
- 9 meals: 6 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners
- Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
- Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout your visit
- Entrance fees for tours per itinerary (golf is extra and is not included)
- Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring experience
- During the Dubai City Tour, view the man-made Palm Island and Dubai’s signature landmark Burj Al Arab
- Abu Dhabi City Tour includes visits to Heritage Village and Zayed House
- Visit Al Ain, the Garden City of the United Arab Emirates and one of the oldest settlements
- Ascend to the very top of Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world
*Not Included: Optional tours, golf and gratuities.
|Abu Dhabi Tourism Fee – Effective June 1, 2016, the authorities of United Arab Emirates have introduced a “Tourism Dirham” fee in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi on all hotel establishments. The new fee requires a contribution of 15 UAE Dirham per room per night. This fee is included in your escorted tour price. We regret that we are currently unable to collect this fee in advance for independent city stays. It will be charged and collected by your hotel and service providers.|
Half Day Desert Safari From $75.00
Board a 4X4 vehicle and head out towards the highest desert sand dunes for an exhilarating experience. Feel the thrill of what the locals call “dune bashing” as you spiral up and down the enormous golden dunes. Stop to watch the beautiful sunset before reaching the Bedouin campsite where you’ll be welcomed with traditional Arabic coffee and possibly have the opportunity to ride a camel followed by a specially prepared barbecue dinner. Later, a captivating belly dancer enchants you with her swirling dances before returning to Dubai.
Departs at 3:30 pm. Pick-up and drop-off at the hotel. Approximate tour duration is 6 hours.
This half-day tour takes you to Sharjah, the “Pearl of the Gulf.” Visit the Islamic Museum which houses more than 5000 artifacts from all over the Islamic World. Continue to the Heritage Museum where you will discover Sharjah’s rich and diverse heritage and explore traditions that have endured the test of time. A visit to Sharjah is not complete without a stroll in the souks, where you can bargain for jewelry, handicrafts, and carpets, among other specialty items. Visit the Souk Al Arsah, the oldest in the country, and Souk Al Markazi, the largest souk in Sharjah with over 600 shops where you can bargain to your heart’s content.
Departs at 9:00 am. Pick-up and drop-off at the hotel. Approximate tour duration is 4 hours.
Departs at 1.00 pm. Pick-up and drop-off at the hotel. Approximate tour duration is 3 hours.
8 Day Classic Dubai & Abu Dhabi
Is This Trip Right for You?
|Know Before You Go|
|Although most of the planning and preparation is taken care of for you, there are still a few things you should know and some details you should take care of to ensure your comfort, safety and peace of mind. Please review the following information before your departure to ensure that any surprises along the way will only be pleasant ones.|
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|Passports and Visas|
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|A little pre-planning can make your trip go a lot smoother. Several weeks before your trip, make a list of what you will need to take with you. Make sure your personal documents (passports, visas, driver’s license) are in order and that you have enough prescription medications to last through the trip. We suggest that you make photocopies of passports, visas, personal ID and any other important travel documents and pack them separately from the originals. Pack a list of medications including dosage and generic names. If you lose the originals while traveling, you’ll have copies for easier reporting and replacement. You may consider bringing a small supply of over the counter medications for headaches and/or anti-diarrhea pills (especially when traveling outside of the USA and Western Europe). We recommend that you pack a portable alarm clock. Due to security reasons, many museums have restrictions on the size of bags that can be taken inside and backpacks, carry-on bags or large purses may not be permitted. It is recommended to bring a small shoulder bag or purse to use in these situations instead. Avoid placing valuables such as cameras in your checked luggage. Airplane pressure can cause similar pressure in your body, most notably in ears, as well as liquid tubes and bottles. Your physician can suggest medication for decongestion. We suggest that you place liquid containers into Ziploc bags to catch any leaks.|
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