THE BEST OF ABU DHABI AND A LUNCH FIT FOR A SHEIKH AT THE EMIRATES PALACE
Sightseeing, Cultural, Shopping, Meal included
Majestic monuments, towering skyscrapers, museums of historic interest and the exclusive Emirates Palace, where a sumptuous lunch awaits us: Abu Dhabi is a city of a thousand interests, with outstanding architecture and a spectacular skyline.
What we will see
- Al Ittihad Square
- Heritage village
- Zayed Cultural Centre
- Lunch at the exclusive Emirates Palace Hotel
- Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
- The islands of Yas and Saadiyat
What we will do
- Once we’ve left the port, our tour of the cosmopolitan capital of the Arab Emirates begins with a photo stop in Al Ittihad Square, whose name means “union” in Arabic: you cannot miss taking a photo of the coffee-pot and incense burner, both made of white ivory.
- Now it’s time for the spectacular*Corniche*, the splendid waterfront that extends for several kilometres, lined with numerous ultramodern, glass skyscrapers and elegant residential complexes, which have earned Abu Dhabi the title of “Manhattan of the Persian Gulf".
- We then come to the Heritage Village, which houses a small museum and reconstructed homes which illustrate the day-to-day activities of the local community, before oil was discovered at the end of the 50s.
- A visit to the "Zayed Cultural Centre" awaits us to take a look at the life of the founder sultan of the United Arab Emirates, a man close to his people, who contributed immensely to his nation and to the entire world, known for his fair decisions, generosity and willingness to help the most needed.
- You will be able to visit two additional galleries at the centre, showing the first few days following ADCO’s discovery of oil way back in 1958, and another section dedicated to the Abu Dhabi Police Corps, from its beginnings to the present day.
- The next stage in our tour is the*Emirates Palace Hotel*, which emanates the charm of Abu Dhabi and where a delicious lunch will be waiting for us.
- We set off next for the majestic*Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, the largest mosque in the Arab Emirates. This will be followed by a panoramic trip, over the **bridges linking Abu Dhabi to the mainland*, towards Yas Island, famous for its Formula 1 circuit and for the Ferrari World Park, and then on towards Saadiyat Island, where prestigious museums such as the Guggenheim, the Louvre Abu Dhabi and others will soon be opening their doors.
- Once our panoramic tour is over we will head back to the port.
What you need to know
- Places are limited, so please reserve in advance.
- The order of the itinerary may vary.
- At the Emirates Palace dress code smart is compulsory, casual clothing (a shirt with collar is recommended, and no sports shoes, t-shirts or jeans), and closed shoes (ladies can wear open shoes).
- Guests must follow an appropriate dress code, modest, no revealing or see-through clothing.
- Visitors should be dressed appropriately according to the culture of the country being visited, entry to the Mosque is not permitted if the dress code is not respected.
- Regulations forsees that ladies visiting the Mosque should have their heads covered by a scarf or a pashmina and to be wearing clothing with long sleeves covering until their wrists and a long dress until their ankles.
- Please avoid wearing shorts or sun dresses without sleeves and tight fitted clothing.
- Men entering the Mosque need to be wearing long trousers and shirts with short or long sleeves. Please avoid to wear shirts without sleeves or vest type tops. It is necessary to remove shoes to enter the Mosque.
- Visible tattoos must be covered.
- Guests must follow this regulation in order to be able to enter the Mosque.
- Guests are not allowed to take a photo of the tomb of Sheikh Zayed.