I visited Dubai with the fabulous Kenna Williams for the #DubaiBlackOut in 2017. Our travel dates were October 26-31, 2017. All of the events started and ended on time (this is important specifically when organizing large groups.) There were 500 in our group, the #Chosen500.
I’ve chronicled for you the itinerary, optional excursions, and tips to make your trip to Dubai a memorable experience.
10/26/17 (Thursday) Hotel Check In/Dinner/Happy Hour
10/27/17 (Friday) Saffron Brunch at Atlantis Hotel Dubai (12:30PM-4:00PM)
10/28/17 (Saturday) Yacht Cruise (4:00PM-8:00PM)
10/29/17 (Sunday) Abu Dhabi Day Trip (9:00AM-9:30PM)
10/30/17 (Monday) Meet and Greet on the hotel rooftop (11:00AM-1:00PM)
10/30/17 Sundowner Desert Safari (Experience the magic of the desert at sundown on a 5-hour safari, and enjoy a dune drive at sunset. Afterwards, go to a traditional Bedouin-style camp for a delicious buffet dinner and live entertainment.)
10/31/17 Departures!!! Go home or travel to popular destinations: (i.e. Egypt and the Maldives.)
Dress is casual. You do not have to cover up or dress in traditional Muslim garb. Just be respectful. ***The only time you have to wear full Muslim garb is while visiting the mosques.***
Transportation: Use UBER, Request hotel shuttle service, use cabs sparingly (MAKE SURE you have internet reception or download google maps and have the directions to desired locations BEFORE you get in the cab.)
FOOD Delivery Service: The Talabat APP allows you to order food 24/7 delivered to your room!!!
Bu Qtair: BEST Fish Restaurant https://www.zomato.com/dubai/bu-qtair-umm-suqeim
Ting IRIE (Jamaican Restaurant): http://www.tingirie.com/
De La Mer Spa-(Ladies book appointments with the spa): http://delamerspa.com/
Make your reservations via the website or email for more info and group packages at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Optional Excursions: (Special Tip – Allow lots of flexibility into your schedule for shopping/and other interests.)
Burj Khalifa (world’s tallest building): http://m.burjkhalifa.ae/en/index.aspx
High Tea at the Burj Khalifa: http://www.atmosphereburjkhalifa.com/high-tea.aspx
Burj Al Arab (Most luxurious hotel): https://www.jumeirah.com/en/hotels-resorts/dubai/burj-al-arab/
Dubai Miracle Garden: http://www.dubaimiraclegarden.com/
Cost for Excursions:
Safrron Brunch $155
Abu Dhabi Day Tour plus brunch and yacht cruise transportation $40
Abu Dhabi Day Tour (Request shuttle/transportation from your hotel concierge or book tours here): https://www.arabian-adventures.com/experiences/)
Must-see attractions in Abu Dhabi:
• Sheik Zayed Grand Mosque. The key word about this place is ‘Grand’! (YOU MUST WEAR FULL TRADITIONAL MUSLIM GARB)
• Emirates Palace. The Emirates Palace is a must see stop on your Abu Dhabi day tour from Dubai.
• UAE Heritage Village.
• Desert Safari Experiences in Abu Dhabi. (BEST EXPERIENCE would recommend you wear TRADITIONAL MUSLIM GARB for a photo shoot).
• The Corniche.
• Yas Waterworld.
• Ferrari World.
• Musandam Tour.
Desert Safari $108 (This is a great EXPERIENCE!!! Wear TRADITIONAL MUSLIM GARB for a Desert Photo Shoot).
Sundowner Dune Desert Safari with Dinner and Show: https://www.arabian-adventures.com/holiday/sundowner-dune-dinner-safari-shared-vehicle-4df3ae2b0a03eb8e7b5f4b42d82a2599/overview
JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai
Rate for entire stay $1250
Special Note: This hotel offered daily breakfast, and easy access to the nearby Dubai Mall, Burj Khalifa and the Dubai Opera.
This information will hopefully get you on your way to a life changing experience in Dubai. Please comment and tell me what you think or provide additional suggestions. I’d love to hear from you.