New Year's Eve 2021 in Dubai | Expo 2020

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New Year's Eve

in Dubai

Itinerary
Day  0 | Monday, 27 December

ABU DHABI

Independent arrival and hotel check-in

     FLIGHTS are not included; independent travel should be arranged to join the tour which begins in Abu Dhabi and ends in Dubai.

When booking flights, you may wish to consider airlines serving Dubai World Central (DWC) which is closer to both Abu Dhabi International and the Expo 2020 site. Check with your travel agent. 

This exclusive itinerary is limited to a maximum of 16 participants, excluding staff and guide/s. A minimum of ten (10) participants is required for tour to proceed. ​Tour is not suitable for anyone under the age of 18 years. 

It may be necessary to slightly amend the program according to local conditions.

Day 1 | Tuesday, 28 December
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Abu Dhabi

Saadiyat Island

Mid-morning departure for Saadiyat Island and a visit to the Louvre Abu Dhabi.

An early evening tour of the magnificent Zayed Grand Mosque.

Image: Louve Abu Dhabi

Day 2 | Wednesday, 29 December
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Abu Dhabi

Tour Abu Dhabi's art galleries including Etihad Modern and Warehouse 421.

Visit Qasr Al Watan, the UAE's Presidential Palace; experience the Palace in Motion sound and light show on the past, present and future.

​Dinner this evening with a few expatriates.

Image: Qasr al Watan Palace  (Dario Ciraulo on Unsplash)

Day 3 | Thursday, 30 December
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Abu Dhabi | Dubai

Check-out of Abu Dhabi Hotel after breakfast and depart for a tour of the Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital before transferring to Dubai via Al Quoz and the Alserkal Art District.

Check-in aboard the QE2 later in the afternoon.

Image: Emirati Dates

Day 4 | Friday, 31 December
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Dubai | New Years Eve

Day at leisure. There are numerous New Year’s venues in Dubai for gala dinners, beach parties and cruises. (Must be booked early.) Fireworks Displays take place at the Burj Khalifa, Dubai Festival City, Atlantis The Palm, Qasr Al Sultan, Burj Al Arab and Palm Jumeirah. Alternatively, head to a public beach for a free viewing of spectacular fireworks.

Image: Burj Kjalifa                    

Day 5 | Saturday, 1 January
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Dubai

Late morning motor tour of Jumeirah including the Mosque, Burj Al  Arab, Palm Jumeirah, Atlantis Hotel and the Boardwalk before a relaxing post-New Year's Eve afternoon on  Jumeirah Beach. 

 

Image: Burj Al Arab Hotel, Jumeirah Beach                                      

Day 6 | Sunday, 2 January
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Emirate of Sharjah 

Explore Sharjah's most interesting museums:

Museum of Islamic Civilization, Sharjah Art Museum, Sharjah Archaeology Museum and the Calligraphy Museum

Image: Section from the Kiswah, which covers the Ka’aba in Makkah

Day 7 | Monday, 3 January
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Dubai

Deira & Bur Dubai

A journey combining the historic and modern begins in Bur Dubai with a cultural luncheon meal and conversation with Emirati hosts at the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding (SMCCU) .

Image: SMCCU

Day 8 | Tuesday, 4 January
Day 9 | Wednesday, 5 January

Dubai | Expo 2020

 

Exposition Theme

Connecting Minds,  Creating the Future. 

 

The website describes the fair as "A Massive Festival of Culture, Innovation and Edutainment". Expo 2020 offers live performances global celebrations, arts and culture, technology of the future and192 country pavilions.  Over 200 food outlets offering street food, sustainable dining, haute cuisine and unique culinary journeys from every corner of the globe."

Click here to view the official website.

Red and Blue Fireworks
  • ABU DHABI

  • DUBAI

  • SHARJAH

and Expo 2020

TOUR # | 19NYE-DX

28 Dec 2021 - 7 Jan 2022

11 Days | 12 Nights

TOUR HOSTS |GUIDES

Led by a destination specialist and local English-speaking guide/s as required by the itinerary.

On 27 November 2013 Dubai was designated to be the host of the the world's fair under the banner - Expo 2020.

 

"When the victory announcement was made fireworks filled the sky in Dubai as they exploded out of the Burj Khalifa in front of thousands of smiling faces below. Sheikh Mohammed later announced a holiday for all educational institutions across the UAE."

The National

8 August 2017

Described on the official website as...

"A Massive Festival of Culture, Innovation and Edutainment the World Expo taking place in Dubai is the largest event ever to take place in the Arab region. The fair offers live performances global celebrations, arts and culture, technology of the future and 192 country pavilions, including the United States. Over 200 food outlets offering street food, sustainable dining, haute cuisine and unique culinary journeys from every corner of the globe." 

NEW DATES                                                       Originally scheduled to open in October 2020, the event was postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The fair runs from 1 October 2021 through 31 March 2022; however, the branding remains the same. 

Three Thematic Pavilions premiered  22 January -10 April 2021; opening five days per week to a limited number of visitors. The first to debut was Terra, The sustainability Pavilion  followed by Alif, Mobility Pavilion and Mission Possible, Opportunity Pavilion.

DUBAI, second largest of the seven Emirates, has been appeared fourth in the world on a CNN list of "10 Great Places to Spend New Year's Eve" and also previously listed by Lonely Planet among the top ten destinations.

 

This holiday itinerary features three nights stay in Dubai aboard the QE2 ocean liner, now a floating hotel, and a leisurely afternoon at Jumeirah Beach on New Year's Day.  

In addition to Dubai, this tour includes the first stay in the nation's capital, Abu Dhabi, and later an excursion to the Emirate of Sharjah.

 

While the occasion is the festive holiday season and tickets for Expo 2020, central to the theme is heritage, culture and providing a truly authentic local experience. Attributes of this very modern country, its people and the visual arts of the region are woven into the program.

Day 10 | Thursday, 6 January
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Dubai

Day at leisure.

INDEPENDENT EXPLORATION

Image: Dubai Desert

Day 00 | Friday, 7 January
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Dubai | Departure

Check out of hotel.

Independent departures to airport.

Image: Dubai Water Taxi

Image, right:

Museum of Islamic Civilization, Sharjah

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Highlights

  • ABU DHABI                                                            The nation's capital is home to the Louvre Museum, the Zayed Grand Mosque and Qasr Al Watan, the UAE's new presidential palace, now open to the public. The itinerary includes a tour of the world's first and largest Falcon Hospital and dinner with expatriates. 

  • DUBAI                                                                New Year's Eve 2021 & Expo 2020                  A Cultural luncheon meal while chatting with Emirati hosts about culture, traditions and religion takes pace in the Al Bastakiya District at the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding (SMCCU). No topic is off the table. The Etihad Museum tells the story of the formation of the UAE. The world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, located in Downtown Dubai is one of six New Year's Eve fireworks or laser displays in the Emirate. 

 

  • SHARJAH                                                                     Known as the cultural capital of the UAE,  offers numerous important museums. Among those to be visited is the Museum of Islamic Civilization, which holds thousands of rare Islamic artifacts, the Sharjah Art Museum, Calligraphy Museum and the Sharjah Archaeology Museum.

  • The itinerary includes leisure time for independent exploration.

ACCOMMODATION

Hotels

Rooms are subject to availability on the

date of confirmation. Should a specific accommodation not be available, a comparable room and/or property will be offered.

Considering hotel occupancy will be higher than normal during Expo 2020 as well as the New Year holiday period, traveler flexibility on hotel preferences will be appreciated.

Abu Dhabi

Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche  

Corniche Road East

Capital Plaza Complex

Abu Dhabi, UAE

 

5-Star

Superior Room

Days 0-2 | 3 Nights

27-29 December

Dubai

Dubai

QE2 Hotel

Port Rashid

Dubai, UAE

 

5-Star

Superior Room

Days 3-6|3 Nights

30 December - 2 January

Park Inn by Radisson

Motor City

Turin Boulevard Road

Dubailand

Days 7-11 | 5 Nights

3 - 7 January

TOUR DETAILS

PRICING

 

Hotel & Land Tour Package

TOUR # | 21NYE-D

Due to the fluctuation of hotel rates and the number of early bookings in the country related to Expo 2020, quotations for this tour are only available on request. 

A deposit of US$1000.00 is due and payable at the time booking is confirmed.

Tour rates subject to change. All quotes are based on exchange rates, hotel and land costs at the time of  booking and are therefore subject to increase prior to the time of full payment. TWH cannot be held responsible for fluctuations in calculating refunds due to tour cancellations.

FLIGHTS are not included; independent travel should be arranged to join the tour which begins in Abu Dhabi and ends in Dubai. When booking flights, you may wish to consider airlines serving Dubai World Central (DWC) which is closer to the Expo 2020 site. Check with your travel agent. 

PASSPORTS & VISAS

All US citizens must have a round-trip ticket and a passport valid for more than six (6) months following the date of departure.                                               

 

Visitors planning to stay in the United Arab Emirates for 30 days or less may obtain a visitor visa available at no fee at the port of entry.

  • Travelers are responsible for their own passport and visa requirements and obtaining individual travel and medical insurance.​

  • Tours With Hart Inc. reserves the right to decline final tour confirmation without proof of insurance.

  • The U.S. State Department strongly recommends supplemental insurance covering medical evacuation.

NOT INCLUDED

  • FLIGHTS, Passport & Visas 

  • Transportation from/to airport. (Should the hotel/s provide shuttle service, travelers will be advised.)

  • Meals other than hotel breakfast except where specifically mentioned as being included.

  • Wine and other alcoholic drinks, room service à la carte orders, snacks and beverages; personal items, telephone calls, Internet and valet/laundry service and those items/services not specifically mentioned as being included.

  • Expenses incurred in making  additional or alternative, individual travel arrangements in conjunction with the Tour.

  • Transportation from Expo 2020 to hotel each of the two (2) ticketed days.

  • Services during times allotted for leisure/independent activities, including Expo 2020 (Days 8 & 9).

  • Fees and other items and services not specifically mentioned as being included.

  • Gratuities and porterage.

INCLUDED

  • Land travel by private, air-conditioned vehicle/s; occasional taxi

  • Accommodation | 12 Nights

  • Services of destination specialist and local, English-speaking guide/s as required by itinerary; excluding Days 8-10 and times allotted for other independent activities.

  • ADMISSION                                               

    • Louvre Museum                                

    • Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital

    • Qasr Al Watan            

    • SMCCU: Cultural Brunch               

    • Etihad Museum             

    • Sharjah Museums (3) 

    • Expo 2020, two (2) day tickets

  • Transportation to Expo 2020 from hotel for each of the two (2) ticketed days.

  • All state taxes                          

  • A mobile, (or just a sim card [voice & text] for those with unlocked phones), are provided for the length of the tour; excluding the cost of recharging. Traveler is responsible for loss or damage to phone and accessories and sim card.

  • MEALS

    • All breakfasts in hotels

    • Lunch at (SMCCU (1)

    • Dinner (1)                                         

    • Hotel meals and the dinner include choice of soft drinks or juice, coffee, tea

    • SMCCU beverages may vary    

       

PLEASE NOTE

  • Rooms are subject to availability on the date of confirmation. Should a specific accommodation not be available, a comparable room and/or property shall be offered.

  • This exclusive itinerary is limited to a maximum of 16 participants, excluding staff and guide/s. A minimum of ten (10) participants is required for this tour to proceed. ​Tour is not suitable for anyone under the age of 18 years.

 

  • Activities require that you be in good health and have the ability to walk reasonable distances and be able to stand for extended periods as in museums and while visiting outdoor sites. Pack comfortable walking shoes that have been broken-in.

  • It may be necessary to slightly amend the program according to local conditions.