The biggest, the most expensive, the most grandiose, the most innovative (with a place of honor for camels) Kesher Kosher Tours has opened the gates to the United Arab Emirates with 8 days of kosher travel to this magical and glamorous world.
We are the first and only company that has sent to the UAE both a rabbi and an expert guide to prepare the infrastructure for our trips.
The word “Emirates” has become the most widely spoken word in Israel since the “Abraham Accord” – the moving announcement of the normalization of relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates on August 13, 2020. Israel’s relations with these principalities are currently emerging from the shadows, and shortly we’ll enjoy direct flights and trips that were once just imaginary.
Some 17 million tourists visited the Emirates in 2019, enjoying a destination that attracts the rich and famous from all over the world and offers a fascinating combination of desert landscape and Mediterranean atmosphere, combining camels and high-tech and innovation, futuristic sites and most importantly, luxury and splendor all over.
The UAE is one of the richest countries in the world and the second largest economy in the Arab world after Saudi Arabia. The country sits on huge oil reserves with the highest revenues in the world – no less than $ 1.2 trillion (!) – that are currently being invested more and more in high-tech. You can see the results of the huge mountain of cash that the emirates have in our eight dream days of touring in four emirates: Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Ras al Khaimah and Sharjah.
Abu Dhabi is the largest and the capital of the Emirates, and also the richest city in the world. The emirate of Abu Dhabi stretching over 87% of the UAE’s territory is home to government institutions. Two-thirds of the UAE’s wealth comes from Abu Dhabi, which is also considered a more cultural city, with museums, mosques and some of the most beautiful in the Muslim world – ones we have not been exposed to. Add to that theme parks, attractions and of course luxury malls.
On the Dubai City website, you will find the following statement: OUR VISION IS TO MAKE DUBAI THE HAPPIEST CITY ON EARTH OVER THE PAST 40 YEARS Those are not just words. Dubai, the second largest city in the Emirates, is not only a world-class construction and architecture, and not just an international business center, rolling in billions of dollars, but also an international fashion capital. It’s a dazzling hub of wealth and glamor, with huge skyscrapers, glittering malls, artificial islands in the middle of the sea and even a ski resort in the desert.
The third largest emirate is Sharjah, the cultural capital of the United Arab Emirates. Considered by UNESCO in 2019 as a “World Culture Capital” for 2019. Sharjah is home to the Arab Writer’s Association, as well as to numerous museums, markets and it’s well preserved old city.
Only some 10% of the residents of the UAE are Emirati citizens. The rest are foreign, permanent or temporary residents, mainly construction workers, and those employed in tourism, housekeeping and more. Add to them international businessmen, branch employees and leading international companies living here, among them quite a few Israelis. Abu Dhabi and Dubai have small Jewish communities who gather for prayers on Shabbat and holidays.
Despite the abundance, progress and innovation, the UAE has not for a moment forgotten its traditions and heritage. The Emiratis cherish their camels that have served their ancestors for many generations, and are today part of local folklore. Dubai holds camel races and even camel beauty contests -and these also roll in millions. Dubai is the only city in the world with a Camel Hospital where dromedaries receive exclusive treatments and surgery, using the most advanced veterinary technologies in the world!Close this
Arrival to Dubai, one of the seven emirates that make up the UAE. Dubai, which began as an insignificant fishing village, is now a major tourist destination in the Middle East that combines Middle Eastern exoticism and international pleasure life.READ MORE
After landing, we will visit Dubai Old Town We will take a walking tour of the Bastakiya area, between the shops and the ancient houses. We’ll visit the textile, gold and spice markets.Close this
After breakfast, we’ll spend time in Dubai’s downtown. We will visit the Dubai Mall, the largest mall in the world, spread over 1,124,000 square meters! It also has an aquarium, karting races, futuristic park and virtual reality park as well as all the shops you can just think of.READ MORE
Before sunset we’ll ascend to 124th floor of the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world. From there we’ll be able to see the whole area from the Persian Gulf to the desert. Afterwards we’ll head back down to watch the water fountains show at Dubai Mall Lake.Close this
Today we’ll make our way to the Old City of El Ain, the second largest city in Abu Dhabi and the fourth in the UAE. The city is located east of Abu Dhabi, near the border between the United Arab Emirates and Oman. There are 17 cultural sites in the vicinity of the city which was declared a World Heritage Site in 2011.READ MORE
We’ll start with a visit to the oasis of the city, an orchard of palm trees, which in the past were of great importance to the city. Today, the site preserves the way of growing the trees but mostly the irrigation methods of those days. We’ll continue to the picturesque fortress of Al Jahili which was established in 1891 to protect the city and the desert roads leading to and from it. We’ll end our visit at the camel market, the largest in the United Arab Emirates. In the afternoon we’ll drive to Abu Dhabi, the largest and richest city among the Emirates, and also the capital of the Union. We’ll visit the beautiful Abu Dhabi Mosque, where we’ll witness Islamic architecture at its best.Close this
After breakfast, we’ll tour the city of Abu Dhabi. We’ll visit Al Husan Fortress, the ancestral home of the al Nahyan tribe, the symbol and heart of Abu Dhabi. We will also visit the Louvre Museum located on Sa’adiat Island. The museum has 8000 sq.m. of galleries, which will interest everyone.READ MORE
The museum houses a Bible written in Yemen in 1498. We will end with a panoramic tour of Yas Island, known as the Orlando of the Middle East. It’s absolutely amazing. At the end of the visit, we’ll return to Dubai and prepare for Shabbat.Close this
As usual on our tours, Shabbat is a day at leisure. We’ll daven together, have a wonderful kiddush and lunch, be able to stroll along the marina, lie by the pool, relax, read and enjoy. On Saturday Night we’ll go out to the La Perle Show, a Las Vegas style extravaganza, based on the famous House of Dancing Waters Show in Macau. This will be a night to remember!
After breakfast, we’ll drive to Sharjah, the third largest emirate in the UAE which stretches to the shores of the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman alike. Emirate of Sharjah is considered the cultural capital of the Gulf emirates.READ MORE
The city is home to the UAE Writers’ Headquarters and Publishers. We’ll visit the Old City and the urban markets as well as the Museum of Islamic Culture. In the afternoon we’ll drive to the desert and meet the jeeps that will take us for a field trip on the dunes. We will stop for spectacular views. Towards evening he enjoys a kosher barbecue and folklore performances.Close this
Today we will visit Ras al-Khaimah, located in the northern part of the Arabian Peninsula and bordering on Musandam province in Oman. We’ll visit a museum that contains some of the most important exhibits in the history of the UAE.READ MORE
From there we’ll continue to visit the ghost town of Al-Hamra which was abandoned following an earthquake. For our next activity we’ll board 4×4 jeeps and climb Mount Jais, the largest mountain in the Emirates, from where we will enjoy a spectacular panoramic view. At the end of the visit we will return to Dubai.Close this
Today we will complete our trip in Dubai (subject to flight times back to our home gateway). Our tour has come to an end. We’ll drive to the airport and fly back to our home gateway.
5* hotel accommodation
Half board: Kosher breakfast + lunch box 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
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”
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.
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.
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.
Terms of Payment
• From the time of registration $300 per person.
• From 35 days before departure- Full payment
Terms of cancellation
• From the time of registration, US $ 47 per passenger for cancellation fees which will be charged in any case
• From 21-35 working days before embarking on the trip: 50% of the price of the trip to the traveler
• From 7-20 working days before embarking on a trip: 75% of the price of the trip to the passenger
• Less than 7 working days before departure: 100% cancellation fee including all associated costs such as visa.
We strongly recommend purchasing Travel Insurance.