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AACI’s In-Depth Kosher Dubai & Abu Dhabi   

October 22-31, 2022 – 8 Nights
5 Star & Luxurious Hotels!

Saturday night/Sunday morning, Day 1. Tel Aviv to Dubai, Old Town, Dubai River Cruise
We meet at Ben Gurion Airport for our 3-hour flight to the Emirates (UAE). We will cross the skies flying over Saudi Arabia (maybe a future trip). Upon arrival in the UAE, we will go through the entry procedures of the immigration authorities and then meet our guide and bus for the duration. After a delicious, hot and fully kosher breakfast at our hotel, we will begin our exploration of Dubai.

Dubai is the largest city in the Emirates, with over 3,000,000 residents. It has evolved from a small fishing village to a new, modern city, a vibrant metropolis with tall, modern buildings, huge shopping malls and endless attractions.

We begin our tour of the Old City of Dubai, known as al-Fahidi district, full of small houses, picturesque cafes, and galleries. Then, we will board small boats to cross the Dubai Creek and experience the gold and spice markets. Later, we will view the largest mosque in the UAE known as Jumiera, which is the first mosque to open its doors to non-Muslim visitors. Then we will visit the Museum of Civilizations, with its exhibition commemorating the Holocaust that opened in 2021. It is unique as the only museum of its kind in an Arab country. After our busy and exciting morning, we will return to our hotel for some deserved rest followed by a delicious Kosher meat dinner.

We end the day with an enjoyable, relaxing and fun canal cruise including a show, as we view the impressive, colorful and towering buildings along the coastline.

Monday: Day 2. Dubai with all its wonders
Today, after breakfast, we will spend the morning touring the impressive artificial island of Palm Jumeirah. We will take a ride on the Monorail, an overhead train inaugurated in 2009, which connects the artificial island to the mainland. The island is considered one of the wonders of the world, and the largest artificial island on earth (some describe it as a man-made “miracle”). The island is shaped like a palm tree surrounded by a crescent-shaped breakwater. It has skyscrapers, luxury villas, parks, golf clubs and more. We will continue to the edge of the island to see the luxurious Atlantis Hotel located in Palm Jumeirah. Near the island lies one of Dubai’s most recognizable buildings: the Hotel Burj Al Arab, considered the most luxurious hotel in the world. This hotel is a worldwide symbol of Dubai’s extreme wealth. Unfortunately, we are not staying there, but we are in for a unique and exclusive experience with a private guided tour of the hotel during which we will see the luxury suites, gold plated staircases and the wonderful architectural richness of the hotel.

After all this opulence, we will continue our tour to the Jumeirah State Market.  This is a popular market decorated in a traditional Middle Eastern style, with natural stone buildings in a light sand color. At the market you can purchase and be impressed by perfumes, fabrics, souvenirs and more.

In the afternoon we will visit the Dubai Mall, the fifth largest mall in the world, with thousands of luxury stores, restaurants, cafes, cinemas and food courts. The aquarium is located on the ground floor of the Dubai Mall and is home to thousands of marine animals including over 300 impressive sharks and seals. We will watch Dubai’s famous fountain show, which includes lighting and music effects. From here we will continue to visit the symbol of Dubai – “Burj Al Khalifa”. It is a skyscraper and the tallest building in the world, rising to an altitude of 828 meters (2,717 feet), with 163 floors. The cost of its construction is estimated at about $1.5 billion. 194 foundation pillars were erected for the building, at a depth of 15 meters. We will take an express elevator up to the 124th floor, from where we will see the whole city of Dubai from the Persian Gulf to the desert.

We return back to our hotel for dinner and a good night’s sleep!

Tuesday: Day 3. Abu Dhabi
Today we will leave exciting Dubai and travel to Abu Dhabi, the largest emirate in the kingdom and also the capital city. Abu Dhabi is the residence of government and the offices of the Emirates government as well as the residence of the President of the Emirates. Built on the edge of an island, approx. 250 meters from the mainland, with a population of about 1.4 million of which 80% are foreigners, this magnificent city includes unique buildings, mosques, palaces, and beaches as well as famous museums, a variety of attractions for families and tourists.

We will enjoy a panoramic tour of the city, which will start along the impressive beach and 5-miles-long promenade, which is saturated with hotels, cafes, restaurants, fine gardens, and various entertainment sites.

We will visit the Louvre Museum of Abu Dhabi which is the extension of the world-famous Paris Museum and features temporary and permanent exhibitions that combine culture, history and works by famous painters such as Picasso and others. The design of the museum is fascinating: it is covered with a decorated dome that looks as if it is floating above us. The branch of the French Museum in Abu Dhabi is a symbol of the United Arab Emirates’ vision of cultural progress, thought and openness.

After visiting the museum, we will tour the business center of Abu Dhabi, which includes a large concentration of skyscrapers such as the Etihad Towers. The estimated cost o

f building the tower complex is 2.5 billion dirhams.  The towers house offices, an entertainment floor, restaurants, and an observatory. We will see there the luxury hotel “Emirates Palace”. We will then take a lookout toward Yas Island, Abu Dhabi’s theme park, which contains its tourist attractions such as Ferrari World, SeaWorld and Warner Bros. Studios and the racetrack where the Formula One car race final takes place.

Our visit will include the Great Mosque named after the father of the nation Sheikh Zayed, one of the largest and most spectacular mosques in the world, built of marble and with many decorations. The mosque can accommodate up to 40,000 worshippers. The planning and construction work of the mosque was assigned to a large number of artists and professionals from around the world from India to New Zealand and more than 3,000 employees were engaged in the construction work.

After being impressed by the mosque, we will visit the palace of the local ruler “Qasr al-Watan”, the presidential palace of the United Arab Emirates, where the residence of the President of the Emirates and emir of Abu Dhabi Khalifa bin Zayed and crown prince Mohammed bin Zayed, the de facto ruler and strongman, is located. The palace is called in the people’s tongue “The White Fortress”.  A true marvel to behold and where Israeli President Herzog was hosted by the president of UAE.

After a day exploring the union capital, we will arrive at Royal M Hotel and Resort our luxurious hotel & resort in Abu Dhabi for two nights overlooking.

Wednesday: Day 4, Day off in Abu Dhabi
Enjoy a day of pampering at our luxurious Hotel which overlooks the Persian Gulf provides a relaxation experience beyond compare. The Royal M Hotel and Resort a fairly new hotel boasts beautifully decorated rooms and many facilities including a large range of health and beauty treatments. The treatments on offer will give you a whole, new sense of well-being and contentment. Work out those muscles in the state-of-the-art gym or cool off and dive into the stunning infinity pool. After intense touring, enjoy the time to calm down and spoil yourselves. Also feel free to shop in the amazing malls of Abu Dhabi and site see on your own.

Thursday, Day 5, Al Ain – Dubai
After Tefillah and breakfast we will head to the city of Al Ain – the second largest city in the emirate in Abu Dhabi, located in an oasis in the east of the country. Al Ain is the traditional residence of Abu Dhabi’s rulers, combining a traditional city with a modern city. Its location is near the border with Oman and it is the fourth largest in the country as well as one of the oldest cities in the Arab world, located on an ancient trade road and surrounded by many archaeological remains including tombs from more than 5,000 years ago (the Bronze Age). Sites that have been recognized as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO – some of them we will visit and from them we will see the city. In addition, the city is known as an area in which Shikhin agriculture was both in antiquity and later highly developed, as opposed to other parts of the Arabian Peninsula.

Viewed at Al Jahili Fort, a unique fort in an area that was the focus of activities related to philosophy, culture and heritage mainly of the emirate of Abu Dhabi. Al Jahili is one of the largest forts in the UAE, built in the 90s of the 20th century on the orders of Sheikh Zayed bin Khalifa, as the home of the ruling Al Nahyan family. Between 2007 and 2008 it was impeccably restored by the Abu Dhabi Department of Culture and Tourism.

We will visit the famous camel market, where there are Arab camels, young and those intended for racing. Camels occupy an important place in the heart of the Emirati heritage and in general in the Arab Bedouin culture. We can see the camel racetrack and if we are lucky, we can watch such a race. These races have been held in the UAE for centuries, and the large ten-kilometer track indeed hosts regular races even today. Later on, we will visit the city center where the date plantation is located and be impressed by ancient irrigation methods.

We will end the hike at Jebel Hafeet, a mountain with a height of 1,240 meters, and the second highest mountain in the United Arab Emirates (the highest mountain and a Jabal Jays in Ras Al Khaimah) and the highest in Abu Dhabi. We will ascend to the highest point where the bus can reach and we will stop for a spectacular scenic view and we will take panoramic photos of Ein Island and the surrounding desert.

At the end of our tour, we will travel to Dubai and arrive at our hotel.

Friday: Day 6. Museum of the Future
After Tefilla and breakfast, we will visit Dubai’s exciting new attraction – the Museum of the Future. The structure of the museum is an outstanding and unique building even in Dubai where outstanding buildings are a common thing. Its eye-like shell was designed using pioneering construction technologies, which are still used today mainly in the space industry. Inside it, 1024 windows in the form of ornate Arabic script were cut with laser precision, creating together a poem about the future of humanity and the emirate written by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, the Emir of Dubai. The museum’s 7 floors use advanced means such as: holograms, virtual reality and other advanced and modern means. A one-of-a-kind experience.

After this futuristic experience we will enjoy free time for shopping at the Emirates mall only a 5-minute walk from the Hotel. The huge Mall of the Emirates has plenty of brands and shops but also much more.  The mall has a number of impressive attractions, including the world’s largest indoor ski complex. When was the last time you saw snow in the middle of the desert? In Dubai, anything is possible. We will spend time in the mall and towards evening we will drive to the airport and fly back to Israel.

In the afternoon, we will return to the hotel to prepare for Shabbat. Candle lighting is at 17:23
Mincha + Kabbalat Shabbat and time to relax over a beautiful Shabbat dinner

Saturday- Shabbat: Day 7. Saturday Night – La Perle Show
In addition to a beautiful and uplifting Shabbat with T-fillot and delicious meals we will have a chance to rest after our intense week of touring. Shabbat ends at 18:15.

After dinner we will go to the spectacular “La Perle” show, by the legendary artistic director Franco Dragona which is considered the number one show in Dubai. La Perle features a breathtaking fusion of immersive artistic performance, imagery, and technology. La Perle is influenced by Dubai’s rich culture, vibrant present and aspirational future, which is brought to life by awe-inspiring stunts and special effects that will leave you speechless.

Sunday: Day 8. Sharjah, Desert Safari

After Tefilla and breakfast, we will set off for a visit to Sharjah, the third largest principality in the Emirates and the cultural capital of the Union. Today, we will learn much about Islam and the locale and worldwide views of Islam. We will visit the plaza of the King Faisal Mosque, one of the largest mosques in the Emirates. This impressive mosque was a gift from Saudi King Faisal to the Emirates. It was opened in 1987 and has an Islamic library, one of the largest in the world with more than 7,000 books. Unfortunately, entry is restricted to Muslims only. Next, we will visit the fortress bearing the name of the princesses, which also serves as a museum that collects photographs and archaeological objects, and within the museum there is also an ancient prison.

In the afternoon, we will participate in a in a true desert safari adventure travelling in a/c deluxe jeeps for dune bashing experiencing the power and mystery of the desert in the Arabian Peninsula. We will end the evening with the hospitality of a Bedouin encampment, and a traditional folklore show. Guests can also get a henna tattoo and drink Bedouin Asli Arabic coffee.

Then back to our hotel for dinner and a good night’s sleep!

Monday: Day 9. Abu Dhabi – Dubai – Tel Aviv
After Tefilla and breakfast, we visit the Miracle Garden.  The Dubai Miracle Garden is a flower garden located in Dubai. The garden was launched on Valentine’s Day in 2013. It occupies over 72,000 square meters, making it the world’s largest natural flower garden, featuring over 50 million flowers and 250 million plants. Following the Miracle Garden, we visit the Butterfly Garden which is the world’s largest and the region’s first indoor butterfly garden. The garden opened in 2015 and has over 15,000 butterflies from 50 species. Afterwards we stop and view the Palace of the Ruler of Dubai – Zabil Palace. The palace is not open to the public bus as an impressive building with a spectacular green park entrance – great photo moment!   We then continue to the Frame of Dubai. This is a huge 500-foot-high picture frame building that sits near Dubai’s old neighborhoods. Inside you can find a museum that offers explanations about the history and culture of Dubai, and the story behind the building of this ambitious structure. Of course, there is also a spectacular view of the city which is the ideal way to say goodbye to Dubai as we head to the airport and our trip home to Israel and points around the world.

A trip not to be believed at an amazing price:
NIS 10,950 pp / Single Supplement: NIS 12,950
For non-flight prices, please email Carole at ckremer@aaci.org.il
NIS 250 pp addition for non AACI member or join AACI
Prices are subject to change due to possible rise in port and fuel taxes to be determined by the airlines after 1.8.2022

Price includes:

  • RT Flights Israel
  • 6 nights, Elite Byblos Hotel 5 * Dubai
  • 2 nights, Luxurious Royal M Hotel and Resort Abu Dhabi
  • Kosher Full Board (sandwiches for lunch). Dinners mostly chicken
  • Tips, for guides, Israeli, local and service staff
  • Entrance fees to sites listed in program
  • Air-Conditioned bus with bottled water
  • 4X4 Desert Safari and Folklore Show
  • Museum of the Future (new)
  • La Perl Extravaganza Show
  • Exclusive tour Burj Al Arab Hotel (new)
  • Miricale and Butterfly Garden
  • Burj Khaliafa – tallest building in the world
  • Global Village
  • Palm “Jumeriah”.
  • he Dubai Frame
  • Exciting Marina Cruise and Show
  • Louvre in Abu Dhabi
  • Presidential Palace – Qasri al-Watan
  • Sheikh Zayed Mosque
  • Holocaust Exhibition
  • So much more!

Price Does Not Include

  • Any items of personal nature
  • Travel Insurance with Corona coverage
  • Visa Fee (if necessary)
  • Minimum participants required

Terms of payment: Upon Registration – 50%
By September 23, 2022 final balance
Cancellation fee after March 2, 2022 – 100%

Cancellation:
From time of registration until September 21, 2022: 50% per person
From: September 23, 2022 to day of departure: 100%

Flight details:
Departure flight: Emirates Airline flight 1628 October 22, to Dubai DXB departing BG at 23:55 arrival 04:15 (Oct 23).
Return flight: Emirates Airline flight 1627, October 31, 2022, departing Dubai DXB at 21:00 arrival to Ben Gurion at 22:50.
A kosher snack has been ordered for both flights however we recommend you bring extra snack items. Flights subject to change.

For details / reservations call Carole 02-5661181ext 310 or write to info@aaci.org.il

Dubai Registration Form – October 2022

*Itinerary and timing subject to change

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