DUBAI NEW YEAR'S - WORLD EXPO 2020
December 27th – Jan. 3rd
8 Days – 7 Nights
Join our 5-star New Year’s in Dubai vacation and spend your holiday under the sun and stars of the United Arab Emirates. Dubai does everything in a huge way so you can expect New Year’s 2021 and World Expo 2020 to be bigger and better than ever. Don’t miss the amazing desert landscape, Abu Dhabi, Miracle Gardens and spectacular fireworks on this amazing UAE adventure. Come along and spend a lifetime bragging about where you rang in 2021.
Dubai World Expo 2020
World Expos are one of the oldest and largest international events on the planet and take place every five years. Expo 2020 will be the Middle East’s first world’s fair. It is a festival for all, where everyone can experience, explore, innovate, and have fun by sharing ideas and working together. We’re talking eye-catching, mind-bending, taste bud-tickling, grin-inducing, good-weird, did-that-really-just-happen fun.
Day 1: Dubai
Upon arrival at the Dubai International airport, you will be transferred to the 5-star JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai. Soaring high above Sheikh Zayed Road, our hotel is one of the tallest in the world and boasts awe-inspiring views of the water and cityscape.
To give everyone a chance to arrive and adapt to the new time zone, no activities are planned today. You can enjoy a swim in the heated outdoor pool or a refreshing workout in the fitness center before visiting the hotel’s Spa. We will get together for a meet and greet and optional dinner tonight.
Day 2: Dubai – Old Town and Miracle Garden
After breakfast we will be accompanied by our local guide for a fabulous morning discovering Dubai’s Old Town, home to traditional markets, authentic meals and cultural experiences. A ride on a wooden Abra boat across scenic Dubai Creek takes us to the historical quarter of Al Bastakiya, dating back to the 19th century and is the oldest residential quarter in Dubai. We will tour around the maze-like streets to admire the original architecture of this neighborhood established by merchants. The buildings are completed with wind towers that illustrate an era before air conditioning. Explore the 225-year old Fort Al Fahidi which houses the Dubai Museum including rare authentic monuments, antique pottery, weapons, local boat models and bamboo houses with traditional furniture.
Enjoy a few hours of free time for lunch and shopping in the old part after our tour. The Souk is a fantastic place to shop for souvenirs, you can find the typical gifts such as magnets and mugs to more unique items like camel milk soap and Emirati clothing. You must haggle to get the best possible price. The gold souk is a great place to purchase gold or to simply better understand the jewelry market in Dubai. We will also see the largest gold ring in the world.
This afternoon we drive out to the famous Dubai Miracle Garden, featuring over 45 million flowers planted in different shapes. While a full-fledged garden in a desert is a rarity, Dubai in its true majestic self, presents the world’s largest natural flower garden. Going over and above the usual display of flowers and flowerbeds, the Miracle Garden of Dubai offers over 120 flower varieties including sunflowers, petunias, geraniums, and marigolds; arranged in an array of vertical and horizontal landscaping designs that range from quirky to elegant. Tonight is our Welcome Dinner at the Souk Al Bahar Restaurant.
Day 3: Dubai – Burj Khalifa – Dubai Mall – Dubai Frame at Night
Today we tour Modern Dubai from the top of the Burj Khalifa to the Dubai Marina, an awe-inspiring city-within-a city. Upscale yachts cruise through the large man-made marina, where activities range from jet-skiing to skydiving.
The Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world is located inside the Dubai Mall, the world’s largest and most-visited retail and entertainment destination. After our swift fifty second ride to the 124th floor we arrive. At the Top’ observation deck for amazing views. Step out onto the public outdoor observation terrace overlooking the ever growing skyline. Enjoy free time for lunch and exploring the Mall, with over 1,300 retail outlets and over 200 food and beverage outlets.The Mall features the Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo, an Olympic-sized Ice Rink, an amazing waterfall with divers and much more.
We will also see Palm Jumeirah, the world’s largest artificially made island abundant with opulent hotels and homes; have a photo stop at the iconic Atlantis Hotel; and visit the Souk Madinat Jumeirah with its meandering paths and a bazaar-like atmosphere.
Tonight we visit the Dubai Frame, rising 492 feet and known as the “World’s Largest Picture Frame”. At the bottom of the frame, we visit the museum to see the growth of Dubai from a fishing village to one of the richest cities in the entire world. Once done exploring the museum, take an elevator to the topmost floor to the viewing bridge, which features a glass-floored walkway and full-height views panoramic views. A neon ‘vortex’ tunnel will then usher us into an interactive, augmented reality exhibition on the history and future of the city.
Day 4: World Expo (All Day and Night)
Be prepared for a day of fun and an experience of a lifetime, the Dubai World Expo 2020. Digital theatre and dance routines, acrobats and poetry slams, fashion shows and roaming entertainers – enjoy cultural experiences from five continents that’ll excite your senses and touch your heart. Each participating country will have its own pavilion, plus there will be a pavilion for each of the main themes – sustainability, mobility and opportunity. There are 192 country pavilions featuring narratives from every corner of the globe so visit your favorite countries and discover new places you’ve never considered. It could change the way you see the world.
Don’t worry night owls, the fun doesn’t stop at sundown. Once evening arrives, pyrotechnics displays and concerts are among the entertainment to keep us enthralled into the early hours.
Day 5: World Expo 2020 – New Year’s Eve
One day is not enough time to see a World Expo so today we have our second opportunity. We will start our day after breakfast and stay at the Expo till late afternoon.
Dubai plans largest fireworks on New Year’s Eve. After snatching the historic Expo 2020 bid from Russia, Brazil and Turkey, Dubai has some extravagant plans up its sleeve for us. With a dazzling display of fireworks on New Year’s eve, Dubai intends to break Kuwait’s record and stamp its name in the Guinness Book of World Records and we will be there!
Dubai New Years Eve 2020 is one of the most awaited moments by everyone around the world. There’s no better spot to watch the biggest celebration in Dubai than from the footsteps of the Burj Khalifa, itself. Thousands gather along the waterfront of the Dubai Fountain to catch the spectacular light and water show at midnight so we will try and get as close as possible.
After our day at the World Expo we will head back to our hotel to change for our New Year’s dinner. After dinner we will find a great fireworks viewing location. Enjoy!
Day 6: Desert Safari – Dune Bashing – BBQ Dinner
After five busy days and nights, take time to relax this morning. Enjoy a leisurely breakfast and relax at the hotel’s outdoor pool.
Late this afternoon we’ll drive across the mystic sands of the Dubai Desert for dune bashing. The thrill begins as our guide drives us up and down the golden sands of Arabia before stopping on the highest sand dune, for a breathtaking view. This is your opportunity to experience the thrill of sand-boarding. Upon reaching the desert there will be a photo op with Falcons. Then we drive on to a Bedouin campsite to enjoy our evening. Be adventurous, try a camel ride and get a henna tattoo before we dine on our barbecue dinner. As the stars come out an enchanting belly dancer performs a fascinating routine to Arabian music. Complete the experience with your very own shisha pipe, available in many aromatic flavors before heading back to our hotel.
Day 7: Abu Dhabi – Farewell Dinner
Abu Dhabi is the capital of the U.A.E. Abu Dhabi translated in Arabic implies father of the gazelle a tribute to the hordes of gazelles and Arabian oryxes that once flocked the arid emirates desert. Today Abu Dhabi is among the world largest producers of oil and one of the richest cities in the Middle East and a one hour drive from Dubai.
We will visit Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, one of the largest in the world. With a capacity for an astonishing 40,000 worshipers. It features 82 domes, over a 1,000 columns, 24 carat gold gilded chandeliers and the world’s largest hand knotted carpet. The main prayer hall is dominated by one of the world’s largest chandeliers – 32 feet in diameter, 49 feet in height and weighing twelve tonnes.
Our tour continues into the heart of the city, Union Square before we drive down the Corniche. Located in Al Shindagha near Dubai Creek is the Heritage and Diving Village which gives us a fascinating insight into Dubai’s pearl diving past and wider history. The coin and stamp collections reveal much of the country’s past and the Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum House is a lesson in traditional architecture. Our day in Abu Dhabi will conclude at the famous Abu Dhabi Marina Mall, home to hundreds of luxury shops and souvenir stores.
Tonight our farewell dinner will be in the Saffron Restaurant at the world famous Atlantis the Palm. Enjoy an international buffet with over 220 dishes featuring south-east Asian flavors and Saffron’s signature chocolate fountain.
Day 8: Depart Dubai
Say goodbye to all your new friends as our Dubai New Year’s – World Expo 2020 vacation ends and you are transferred to the airport for your return flight home. Safe flying!
Dubai New Year’s – World Expo 2020
Price (Double Occupancy): $3295.00
Single Supplement: $1490.00
Balance Due: October 27th
7 Nights Accommodations
Breakfast Daily – 4 Dinners
World Expo 2020 2-Day Admission
Private Sightseeing Tours with Local Guides
All Entrance Fees Mentioned Above
Airport/Hotel Transfers on Tour Dates
All Taxes and Surcharges