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Dazzling Dubai

Experience dynamic and opulent Dubai; flights, deluxe hotel, city tour & Burj Khalifa included

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from$1999Tour + Flights 6days
price per person, double occupancy,* based on Mar 14, 2021 departure from JFK
$300 Instant Savings. Expires Sep 3, 2020.*   All prices reflect savings.
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$99 deposit. Lock in your spot for less through Dec 31.††
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Style Independent PackageThese un-escorted packages have no set schedule or guides, so you have the freedom and flexibility to explore on your own from your centrally-located hotel. More of these packages
Freedom to explore at your own pace; unescorted
Departures March – December 2021
Themes City Stays
Activity Level Easy
What to Expect This leisurely-paced independent package requires minimal walking and is suitable for most levels of physical fitness.
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Dubai is bigger, grander, more lavish (and considerably more expensive) than any place we've ever been. The world's most expensive hotel, the Burj Al Arab, that universally recognized sailboat-shaped architectural wonder; the world's tallest building, the Burj al Khalifa, rising in the middle of town; an entire series of man-made islands, in the shape of palm fronds and another series in the shape of the entire world, are being created off the shore line – all in Dubai! The city is surrounded by sand—miles and miles of sand—with rippling dunes that are perfect for 4x4 adventures and camel riding. There is absolutely nothing like Dubai in the world, but you don't have to be rich and famous to enjoy this amazing destination for yourself. In true Friendly Planet style, your 6-day vacation package to Dubai includes airfare, deluxe hotel accommodations, daily breakfast, transfers, a city tour & visit to the Burj Khalifa. 

New for 2021—dive into the fun, networking, and culture of the World Expo in Dubai! (Included for departures that coincide with the Expo which runs Oct 1, 2021—Mar 31, 2022)

Expo 2020 Duba UAE

Package includes

  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Hotel
  • Meals
  • Round trip flights via Emirates Airlines including taxes & fees
  • 4 nights deluxe hotel accommodations in Dubai
  • 4 meals: 4 lavish breakfasts
  • Arrival & departure transfers with meeting, assistance and porterage
  • Guided city tour of Dubai
  • For departures during the Dubai Expo: Ticket to EXPO 2020 Dubai with round trip group transfers

Optional add-ons

  • Exciting optional excursions in Dubai
  • Optional day trip to Abu Dhabi
  • Flights from Boston (BOS), Chicago (ORD), Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW), Houston (IAH), Los Angeles (LAX), Newark (EWR), Orlando (MCO), San Francisco (SFO), Seattle (SEA), and Washington D.C. Dulles (IAD). Request pricing when making your reservation.

Why you'll love it

  • Enjoy four nights in Dubai, and spend your days exploring the city at your own pace or join any of our optional excursions.
  • Dive into the fun, networking, and culture of Dubai Expo (Included for departures that coincide with the Expo which runs Oct 1, 2021 - Mar 31, 2022)
  • Stroll through bustling souks and browse the packed alleys for stunning textiles, spices, and gold.
  • Join an optional morning tour to Dubai Creek and enjoy a panoramic view of the city's incredible skyline.
  • Visit the tallest building in the world, Burj Khalifa, and get a bird's eye view of the city from the towering observation deck.
  • Join an optional day excursion to Abu Dhabi, and explore Jebel Ali, the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, the Sheik Khalifa Palace, Yas Island, and more!
  • Hop on a dhow boat for an optional dinner cruise on the Dubai Creek and experience the illuminated sight of the city at night.
  • Take an optional day excursion to Ski Dubai, the Middle East's first very indoor ski resort.

Itinerary at a Glance

Dazzling Dubai map
  • 1 Depart USA
  • 2 Dubai
  • 3 Dubai
  • Optional Excursion: Desert Safari & BBQ Dinner, $90
  • 4 Dubai
  • Optional Excursion: Full Day Abu Dhabi (On Day 5 for the duration of EXPO 2020 Dubai), $120
  • 5 Dubai
  • Optional Excursion: Hot Air Balloon Ride and Falconry Demonstration (purchased locally), $330
  • Optional Excursion: Miracle Gardens (purchased locally), $55
  • Optional Excursion: Ski Dubai packages (purchased locally)
  • 6 Depart Dubai/Arrive USA

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Dates & Prices

Dates & Prices

Instant Savings: Get $300 off if you book by Sep. 3, 2020!
Dates & Prices, with flights
per person, double occupancy*"Your Price" column already reflects discounts & Instant Savings
2020 DEPARTURES
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Departs U.S.: Sun, Aug 30, 2020
Finishes: Fri, Sep 4, 2020
Aug 30 – Sep 4
$2399 Closed
Departs U.S.: Sun, Sep 6, 2020
Finishes: Fri, Sep 11, 2020
Sep 6 – Sep 11
$2299 Closed
Departs U.S.: Sun, Sep 13, 2020
Finishes: Fri, Sep 18, 2020
Sep 13 – Sep 18
$2299 Closed
Departs U.S.: Sun, Sep 20, 2020
Finishes: Fri, Sep 25, 2020
Sep 20 – Sep 25
$2299 Closed
Departs U.S.: Sun, Oct 11, 2020
Finishes: Fri, Oct 16, 2020
Oct 11 – Oct 16
$2299 Closed
Departs U.S.: Sun, Oct 25, 2020
Finishes: Fri, Oct 30, 2020
Oct 25 – Oct 30
$2299 Closed
Departs U.S.: Sun, Nov 29, 2020
Finishes: Fri, Dec 4, 2020
Nov 29 – Dec 4
$2599 Closed
Departs U.S.: Sun, Dec 6, 2020
Finishes: Fri, Dec 11, 2020
Dec 6 – Dec 11
$2799 Closed
2021 DEPARTURES
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Departs U.S.: Sun, Jan 10, 2021
Finishes: Fri, Jan 15, 2021
Jan 10 – Jan 15
$2699 Closed
Departs U.S.: Sun, Jan 24, 2021
Finishes: Fri, Jan 29, 2021
Jan 24 – Jan 29
$2499 Closed
Departs U.S.: Sun, Feb 7, 2021
Finishes: Fri, Feb 12, 2021
Feb 7 – Feb 12
$2299 Closed
Departs U.S.: Sun, Feb 28, 2021
Finishes: Fri, Mar 5, 2021
Feb 28 – Mar 5
$2299 Closed
Departs U.S.: Sun, Mar 14, 2021
Finishes: Fri, Mar 19, 2021
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Mar 14 – Mar 19
$2299 –$300 $1999 Select
Departs U.S.: Sat, Mar 20, 2021
Finishes: Thu, Mar 25, 2021
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Mar 20 – Mar 25
$2299 –$300 $1999 Select
Departs U.S.: Sun, Mar 28, 2021
Finishes: Fri, Apr 2, 2021
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Mar 28 – Apr 2
$2299 –$300 $1999 Select
Departs U.S.: Sun, Apr 4, 2021
Finishes: Fri, Apr 9, 2021
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Apr 4 – Apr 9
$2299 –$300 $1999 Select
Departs U.S.: Sun, Aug 22, 2021
Finishes: Fri, Aug 27, 2021
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Aug 22 – Aug 27
$2499 –$300 $2199 Select
Departs U.S.: Sun, Sep 5, 2021
Finishes: Fri, Sep 10, 2021
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Sep 5 – Sep 10
$2299 –$300 $1999 Select
Departs U.S.: Sun, Sep 26, 2021
Finishes: Fri, Oct 1, 2021
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Sep 26 – Oct 1
$2299 –$300 $1999 Select
Departs U.S.: Sun, Oct 10, 2021
Finishes: Fri, Oct 15, 2021
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Oct 10 – Oct 15
$2299 –$300 $1999 Select
Departs U.S.: Sun, Oct 24, 2021
Finishes: Fri, Oct 29, 2021
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Oct 24 – Oct 29
$2299 –$300 $1999 Select
Departs U.S.: Sun, Nov 7, 2021
Finishes: Fri, Nov 12, 2021
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Nov 7 – Nov 12
$2299 –$300 $1999 Select
Departs U.S.: Sun, Nov 28, 2021
Finishes: Fri, Dec 3, 2021
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Nov 28 – Dec 3
$2299 –$300 $1999 Select
Departs U.S.: Sun, Dec 12, 2021
Finishes: Fri, Dec 17, 2021
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Dec 12 – Dec 17
$2799 –$300 $2499 Select

If you want a few extra days to explore on your own, we may be able to arrange for you to stay later than the scheduled dates, including extra hotel nights and separate airport transfers, for an additional charge. Ask us about prices and availability when (or after) you reserve. More information Want to extend your trip?

Options & Fees

Dazzling Dubai
Rooming Selection
Double Occupancy included
Single Occupancy $599
Optional Excursions
Desert Safari & BBQ Dinner
Aug 30, 2020;  Sep 6, 2020;  Sep 13, 2020;  Sep 20, 2020;  Oct 11, 2020 unavailable
All other dates $90
Discounted Optional Excursions Package1
Oct 25, 2020;  Nov 29, 2020;  Dec 6, 2020;  Jan 10, 2021;  Jan 24, 2021;  Feb 7, 2021;  Feb 28, 2021;  Mar 14, 2021;  Mar 20, 2021;  Mar 28, 2021;  Apr 4, 2021;  Aug 22, 2021;  Sep 5, 2021;  Sep 26, 2021;  Oct 10, 2021;  Oct 24, 2021;  Nov 7, 2021;  Nov 28, 2021;  Dec 12, 2021 unavailable
All other dates $190
Guaranteed Early Check-in2
Double Occupancy $140
Single Occupancy $260
Guaranteed Late Check-out3
Double Occupancy $140
Single Occupancy $260

1. Includes Desert Safari with Dinner and Abu Dhabi Day Tour.

2. Your room will be booked to guarantee it is available if you arrive at the hotel before 3pm.

3. Your room will be booked to guarantee it is available until you transfer to the airport (for return flights late in the evening)

So that we can offer you the best deals, our packages are, like most hotels and cruises, priced based on double occupancy rooms or cabins. We charge solo travelers an extra fee to cover the extra costs of single occupancy rooms or cabins. (Consider: if you booked a $200/night hotel room solo, you would pay the $200 yourself; but if a couple booked the same room, each one would pay only $100.) But you only pay extra for the rooms or cabins, nothing else, including meals, sightseeing, tips, etc. Why are single rooms more?

Flights & Departure Cities

Departure Airports
New York Kennedy (JFK) included

This package includes round-trip flights from the city listed above. Please review the flight schedule, especially if you're booking connecting flights.

Want to fly from another city? For this package, you may request flights from Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Newark, Orlando, San Francisco, Seattle, Washington D.C. Unfortunately, we don't offer flights from any other cities, but you can book your own connecting flights. Ask us for a quote for flights from your preferred city when (or after) you reserve, and we'll get back to you with the price and availability within 3 business days. Of course, you can also book your own connecting flights. More information

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 Depart USA

  • Check in for your overnight flight to Dubai

Day 2 Dubai

  • Arrive in Dubai, meet our representatives, and transfer to your centrally located hotel
  • Check-in is at 3:00 pm, or you can add guaranteed early check-in to your reservation

JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai or similar

Day 3 Dubai

  • Enjoy a guided city tour of Dubai -- see the highlights of this amazing place
  • Visit the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world
  • Learn about Islamic life in the UAE during a lecture at Jumeirah Mosque

JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai or similar Breakfast

Full Day Itinerary
Abra water taxis, Dubai Creek

Today's exciting half day tour will take you to picturesque Dubai Creek, which the Ancient Greeks called the River Zara. The first settlements by the Bani Yas tribe were along its banks, and later it served as a port for ships coming from as far as India and East Africa. Today, this saltwater creek divides the modern city into two parts, Deira on the north and Bur Dubai to the south, and remains a busy waterway both for traditional dhows and sleek luxury yachts. 

Next stop is the Bastakiya district, where traditional courtyard houses, with characteristic wind towers that cleverly catch the breezes to cool the houses, line the narrow alleys. Many of the houses in this picturesque area of Dubai, previously home to the city's merchants, have been lovingly restored by proud locals who wish to preserve the unique ambiance of the district.

Continue to the Dubai Museum, housed in the massive, restored Al Fahidi Fort. Inside, lifelike dioramas offer a fascinating view of life in Dubai before the discovery of oil. You'll learn the importance of the date palm to the desert culture, the maritime traditions of fishing and pearl-diving, boat building and much more. Take a walk through the bustling, exotic souks, where you'll find beautiful and bargain-priced textiles, spices and gold. Another highlight of your city tour is a chance to take one of Dubai's most reliable and inexpensive forms of transportation, the Abra water taxi.

Later, visit the Burj Khalifa (formerly known as Burj Dubai), officially opened in 2010 as the tallest building in the world. This miracle of international cooperation and coordination houses a luxury Armani hotel, offices of some of the world's most successful companies, and for a lucky few, homes that are as high as the clouds. Take in sweeping views of the city from the breathtakingly high "At the Top" observation deck.

Stop at Jumeirah Mosque to gain insight into Islamic life in the United Arab Emirates during a lecture by one of the Mosque's clerks. Feel free to ask questions!

Return to your hotel and spend the remainder of your day at leisure, or enjoy an optional Desert Safari and BBQ Dinner.

Optional Excursion: Desert Safari & BBQ Dinner, $90
Jeep ride over sand dunes

For those in the mood for adventure, in the late afternoon, set out on an optional desert safari tour, where you'll discover the vastness and stark beauty of the desert that surrounds Dubai. Experience an exciting jeep ride over the neighboring sand dunes. You'll also enjoy a traditional BBQ dinner and live belly dancing entertainment on this exciting optional tour. *The sand dunes jeep ride is not recommended for people with neck, back or cardiac concerns.

Day 4 Dubai

  • For departures not during the Expo: Relax and explore on your own, or join an optional excursion to Abu Dhabi
  • For departures during the Expo: Entrance ticket to EXPO 2020 Dubai with round trip transfers

JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai or similar Breakfast

Full Day Itinerary

The day is yours to explore at your pace, or take an optional excursion to Abu Dhabi.

The EXPO 2020 will take place in Dubai from October 1, 2021 to March 31, 2022, bringing the World together with over 190 participating countries. For departures during this event, we have included the entrance ticket and round trip group transfers to the EXPO!

Note: For this period, the optional tour to Abu Dhabi will be offered on day 5.

Optional Excursion: Full Day Abu Dhabi (On Day 5 for the duration of EXPO 2020 Dubai), $120
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi

Note: For departures during the Expo this tour will be offered on day 5

Today, see another sophisticated city of the United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi. Enjoy a panoramic view of Jebel Ali, the largest man-made port, en route to the iconic symbol of Abu Dhabi, the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. Later, drive along the sweeping curve of the Corniche, replete with parks and fountains, from which you'll enjoy a contrast of modern skyscrapers against the sparkling waters of the Persian Gulf. Visit the Heritage Village, and learn about the history of Abu Dhabi in a reconstructed oasis. Walk through the open-air museum and see craftsmen demonstrate traditional skills. Later, pass by the Sheik Khalifa Palace, home to the president of the UAE. Afterwards, take a photo stop at Yas Island, where the Ferrari World theme park and Formula 1 race track are located. Return to Dubai.

Day 5 Dubai

  • Enjoy another full day at leisure in Dubai, or choose one or two exciting optional excursions
  • Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW), Orlando (MCO), and Washington, DC-Dulles (IAD) depart Dubai after midnight tonight, see the flight schedule for details

JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai or similar Breakfast

Optional Excursion: Hot Air Balloon Ride and Falconry Demonstration (purchased locally), $330
Falconry demonstration

Early this morning before dawn, get picked up at your hotel for a one-hour hot air balloon ride from a desert conservation area just outside the city. See the sunrise as you lift off the ground and ascend approximately 4,000 feet over the stunning surrounding desert landscape. Learn about the desert conservation, then have an exciting opportunity to see Peregrine falcons fly alongside the balloon in a trained demonstration. After your balloon ride, enjoy a delicious breakfast. 

Note: This activity is not operational from May through Oct due to weather conditions. Tour duration is from approximately 4-10 am.

Optional Excursion: Miracle Gardens (purchased locally), $55
Mircale Gardens, Dubai

Discover the wonders of the Dubai Miracle Garden, with its unique display of flowers, floral designs and sculptures.

Note: This activity is not operational from May through Oct due to weather conditions. This optional tour may overlap with the Ski Dubai visit. Tour duration is from approximately 11 am-2 pm.

Optional Excursion: Ski Dubai packages (purchased locally)
Ski Dubai

Experience the incredible Ski Dubai, the first indoor ski resort in the Middle East! Choose from a variety of fun snow packages including the Polar Pass or Polar Express. With the Polar Pass, take a ride on a toboggan, see real-life penguins, practice your snowball throwing skills, and take a chairlift to roll your way down the slopes in a giant snowball globe. In addition to the Polar Pass inclusions, the Polar Express package offers the chance to experience a 150 meter long zip line and introduction to skiing for adults.

Note: Does not include ski or snowboard equipment; does include winter clothes. Tour duration is from approximately 11 am-2 pm.

Cost varies from $95-$120 per person

Day 6 Depart Dubai/Arrive USA

  • Transfer to the airport to board your flight home, arriving in the USA later today
  • Passengers returning to JFK will receive a breakfast box
  • Hotel check-out is at noon, or you can add guaranteed late check-out to your reservation

Breakfast

Dubai Optional Excursions Package: $190

Save by pre-booking a discounted package of our most popular optional excursions:

  • Desert Safari & BBQ Dinner (Day 3)
  • Abu Dhabi (Day 4)

You can book these excursions individually in Dubai. But you can save if you purchase this special package ahead of time—with or before your final payment. These are not "seat in coach" excursions that pick up passengers at various hotels; all are operated for Friendly Planet groups only. (A minimum of 4 passengers is required for optional excursions to operate).

Hotel

JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai
JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai
Deluxe

The 5 star JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai is conveniently located in the business district of Dubai. Its location offers guests easy access to notable attractions, such as the world-renowned Dubai Mall and the jaw-dropping Burj Khalifa.

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In the unlikely event that a particular hotel is not available, a similar or better hotel may be substituted.

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