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Day Tour to the East Coast - Orient Express

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  • Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • Duration: 9 hours (approx.)
  • Tour code: 2168DXB003
Escape the hustle-bustle of Dubai to discover the ancient citadels, fishing villages, rugged mountains and desert oases of the United Arab Emirates’ captivating east coast. Traveling by air-conditioned coach through the Hajar mountain range, visit the towns of Al Dhaid and Dibba Al-Hisn, the recently renovated Fujairah Fort and Al Badiyah Mosque, the oldest mosque in the UAE. Take a dip in the Gulf of Oman, stop by Al Bithnah Fort and browse authentic Arabian wares at the Masafi market.
Board an air-conditioned coach outside your Dubai hotel in the morning and get ready for a day trip to the country’s far east coast with your local guide.

Entering the emirate of Sharjah, pass the palm plantations of Al Dhaid and travel through the jagged Hajar Mountains before reaching the village of Dibba. Stop here to wander around the port and learn about Dibba’s important role in maritime trade and settlement since the pre–Islamic era.

Continue driving along the coast, peppered with old fishing villages that each tell a story. Stop at a local restaurant for lunch (own expense) and a chance to cool off with a dip in the serene Gulf of Oman.

Your next stop is Al Badiyah Mosque, the oldest-known mosque in the UAE in the emirate of Fujairah. Imagine how old this Arabian temple is as you tour the mud-brick structure — the date of its construction is unknown, but the surrounding site has been excavated to reveal that it has been inhabited for 4,000 years.

Going forward in time bit, head to Fujairah Fort, built in 1670 and recently renovated to its former glory after British attack in the 20th century. It’s considered the oldest fort in the UAE. Then visit another historic citadel, Al Bithnah Fort, built in 1735 and once considered of vital importance to the defense of the country’s eastern region.

After all that sightseeing, now it’s time to browse the Masafi Friday Market (despite its name, this covered outdoor market is open seven days a week). Hunt for bargains on Arabian rugs, earthenware, antiques, souvenirs and more.

Relax on the cool coach ride back to Dubai at the end of the day.

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Departure Dates:
Departure Point:
Tour departs from centrally located Dubai hotels
Departure Time:
Between 7:50am and 9:30am

Hotel pickups commence prior to this time, you must contact the local service provider to verify your exact pickup time.

9 hours (approx.)
Return Details:
Returns to original departure point

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Day Tour to the East Coast - Orient Express

Fujairah Fort, United Arab Emirates

  • Local guide
  • Entrance fees
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Transport by air-conditioned coach
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
Additional Information:
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A current valid copy of your passport is required on the day of travel
  • No shorts or sleeveless tops allowed. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women. You may risk refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements
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Traveler Reviews

Reviewed by: Elisabeth M, November 2015

Very interesting to see outside Dubai - the desert, mountains, and other towns. Lunch at a great resort, though I wish I'd known we could swim and there were towels to borrow. Our guide was very informative and considerate, and spoke excellent English and German. The coach was comfortable and air conditioned. We stopped frequently and were able to buy fruit at the morning market. It's advisable to take snacks and water as it's a long day. Very glad to be told pick-up time the night before by text.

Reviewed by: Jane.pilates, November 2015

Well organised tour, our guide was very knowledgable and it was good to get out of the city and see other areas.

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Tour code: 2168DXB003