United Arab Emirates 8 Days

Arabian Nights Tour

For most people, the United Arab Emirates means just one place: Dubai, the sci-fi-esque city of iconic skyscrapers, palm-shaped islands, city-sized malls, indoor ski slopes and palatial beach resorts. But beyond the glitter awaits a diverse mosaic of six more emirates, each with its own character and allure.

Oil-rich Abu Dhabi, the UAE’s capital, is positioning itself as a culture and leisure hub. Beyond looms the vast Al Dhafra region, home to the northern reaches of the Rub Al Khali (Empty Quarter) desert’s rippling dunes. Its magical silence is interrupted only by the whisper of shifting sands rolling towards Saudi Arabia.
Northeast of Dubai, Sharjah is the UAE’s art and heritage center while Ras Al Khaimah is all about the beach – with a dash of adventure-activities thrown in. Head east into the jagged embrace of the Hajar Mountains to experience a side of the UAE far removed from Dubai’s gloss.

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We’ll start by driving towards the ruling family’s palatial homes on Jumeirah Road, with a photo stop at the Jumeirah Mosque and the iconic Burj Al Arab luxury hotel. We’ll walk through the magical arabesque market “Madinat Jumeirah” and get a close view of the iconic Burj al Arab hotel. Continuing our drive along the beautiful Jumeirah Road (Jumeirah, in Arabic, means ‘beautiful’) towards the artificial island “The Palm” for a photo stop at the Atlantis Hotel and a drive by some of the magnificent properties on the outer border of The Palm. We’ll then return to the mainland towards the district that’s considered the “Downtown” of Dubai, passing through the skyscraper-lined Sheik Zayed Road. We’ll enjoy some free time to explore the Dubai Mall (the biggest shopping mall in the world): observe the giant outside glass of the aquarium, walk through the luxury fashion avenue, take a picture at Italian sculptor Botero’s horse sculpture, before we ascend to the 124 floor of Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building which rises up 160 floors and 828m!. But even from 124 floors, the view is incredible! As the sun begins to set we’ll return to Dubai Creek or to the Canal where we’ll enjoy an evening traditional Dhow Cruise and delicious on-board kosher dinner before returning to our hotel for a well-deserved night’s sleep.

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Here, we’ll visit the breathtaking Sheikh Zayed Mosque, one of the world’s largest mosques. We’ll continue through some of the beautiful palm-lined residential areas for a photo stop at Al Husn Palace, before continuing to Ferrari World. From there we’ll head along the Corniche road admiring the skyline of Abu Dhabi and passing by Emirates Palace Hotel, one of the world’s most luxurious hotels, for a photo stop opportunity. We’ll visit the Heritage Village as well as the site of the planned Abrahamic Families Center, before making our way to visit Qasr Al Hosn, the oldest stone building in the city of Abu Dhabi. We’ll transfer to our hotel for dinner & overnight in Abu Dhabi.

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With more than 10.000 hectares of parks and greenery, it is considered the ‘garden’ of the UAE. Here we’ll enjoy the lively atmosphere of the Camel Market, before we visit the fort of Qasr Al Muwaiji, a recently restored UNESCO site that provides an insight into the chronology of the members of Al Nahyan and Abu Dhabi’s ruling families. The museum also features interactive activities and performances that celebrate the overall spirit of the significant cultural site. We’ll visit the old Al Jahili Fort and take a walk between the palm trees of the oasis. Afterwards, visit the former palace of Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the founder and first ruler of the UAE. We’ll return to Dubai for dinner & overnight.

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We’ll pass by the Palastquater Zabeel and Skyline at the Dubai Creek and continue towards Bastakiya, in Dubai’s old city, with its wind towered houses that belonged to old merchants. After a visit of the Dubai Museum, housed in the 180 year old Al Fahidi Fort, we’ll cross the Dubai Creek on an Abra (water taxi) to reach the other side for a visit of the Spice Souk and Gold Souk. Return to the hotel to prepare for Shabbat. Kabalat Shabbat and Shabbat Dinner at the hotel.

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Afterwards we’ll return to Sharjah city, and head for the Corniche, with the golden Al Majara Souk and into the heart of the heritage district, where the Al Naboodah House and the Al Arsa Souk provide a glimpse of how life used to be lived. Our final stop in Sharjah will be the fabulous Central Souk, with its typical Arab architecture and if you’re looking for souvenirs, then the vast selection of carpets, antiques and curios will surely satisfy the most determined shopper. We’ll have lunch in Sharjah, and enjoy a beachside stroll before heading out to the dessert. Here we’ll meet our Land Cruisers (6 person to a Vehicle) that will pick us up for an exhilarating drive through the fantastic high sand dunes. Ever wanted to take one of those unique pictures from the Arabian sunset in the desert? This is your opportunity! After the sun disappears behind the golden sand dunes, we’ll drive to our Desert Safari Camp, where the smell of fresh grilled kosher food and campfires, the scent of traditional water pipes and the relaxing sounds of the Arabian music invite us for an unforgettable evening. After the barbeque, we’ll be entertained by whirling dervishes, fire eaters and belly dancers. Men are invited to enjoy Shisha water pipes while the women get delicate henna work on their hands and arms. If you are drawn to sand boarding or heading out on your own ATV just let us know and we’ll set it up for you. After the evening’s program, we’ll head back to Dubai for overnight.

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14 Dec 20
21 Dec 20
11 Jan 21
18 Jan 21

* Price per person in USD double or twin room

** Supplement Price for single room


Price Includes:

5* hotel accommodation
Half board: Kosher breakfast + ingredients for sandwiches for lunch and a kosher hot dinner.
A comfortable air-conditioned tourist bus
Tours according to the itinerary
English-speaking local guide
Tips for service providers abroad
Entrance fees for the various sites appearing on the tour plan
English speaking guide from the Shai Bar Ilan team

Price Excludes:

International return flights
Tourism fee of US$ 6 per room per night
Tip for the tour guide (accepted $ 5 per person per day trip)
Shows not included in the program
Expenses of a personal nature
Travel, health and luggage insurance
Anything not specified in the “Price includes”

Important to Know:

There may be changes in the itinerary due to flight times changes and other objective reasons.
In the event of a change, cancellation or malfunction related to flights, sailing or other method of transportation, the airline or transporting company alone shall be responsible.

Kashrut on Tours

Only strictly kosher food is provided to our travelers on all our tours. On some of our tours we are able to provide glatt meals. Kashrut is of utmost importance to us and we take special measures to ensure that everything served is kosher.

The meals:

Breakfast is prepared using our utensils. We use local fresh fruits and vegetables, and we use milk products when they are permitted. We use kosher cereals, and bread. We usually serve hard boiled eggs and sometimes scrambled eggs or omelets. At breakfast, we prepare our lunches so that people have their choice as to what they eat for lunch. We bring food from Israel to supplement what is served in the hotel such as cheeses, peanut butter, tuna, etc.
For dinners, we serve either fish or meat (usually chicken) as our main course. In areas where meat is not available nor readily acquired, we will have fish. When possible, we acquire the meat locally from Chabad or other reliable kosher source, and in some cases we fly the meat in from Israel. We try to provide as many meat meals as possible. The main course at dinner is preceded by soup and salad and accompanied by freshly prepared vegetables. Dessert typically consists of fresh fruits.
We do not guarantee Pat Israel and Chalav Israel for all destinations.
In many destinations we have our own dishes and silverware. Where we don’t, we provide disposables at the meals. When we cook in hotel kitchens, we use our own knives, cutting boards, pots and pans, cooking implements and disposable metal trays. All food preparation is done on covered surfaces under the strict supervision of our trained staff/guides who function as our mashgichim.
We make great efforts to assure that our travelers will experience local foods first-hand, while maintaining stringent observance of Kashrut laws on all occasions.
On most of our tours, you will be accompanied by two of our staff members- one a guide for the tour who is knowledgeable about the places you are visiting and will accompany you throughout the day and the second, a person who will deal with the logistics of the tour and provide kashrut supervision in the kitchen.


It is our aim to provide the finest hotel possible in each area we visit. We require our hotels to allow us to work in the kitchen and to supervise the cooking and there are many hotels that are not willing to cooperate. They simply have no desire for us to be “meddling” in their cooking process nor are they happy about our bringing our equipment into their kitchens. We work very hard to find the best hotel in the area that will meet our requirements. Because we are not ready to compromise on kashrut, we may not always be able to use a five star hotel.

Deposit, Cancellation Fees & Policy:

A $100 USD Deposit per person must be received at the time of booking in order to confirm your reservation.
Payment in full is due 10 days before departure. A minimum number of participants are required to operate tour dates. If a minimum number has not been reached prior to tour departure and the tour is cancelled you will receive a FULL refund.

• Till 10 working days prior to departure full refund (Tour only, not include International flight).
• Less than 9 working days prior to departure: $500

We strongly recommend purchasing Travel Insurance.