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Day 9 | Tuesday
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DUBAI

Expo 2020

A journey combining the historic and modern begins in Al Bastakiya and the Sheikh  Mohammed  Centre for Cultural Understanding. An Emirati led walking tour of the Al Fahidi Historic District, followed with a cultural meal and conversation with Emirati hosts. 

Image: Shop entrance in Al Bastakiya                             

Day 10 | Wednesday
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DUBAI

Deira & Bur Dubai

A journey combining the historic and modern begins in Al Bastakiya and the Sheikh  Mohammed  Centre for Cultural Understanding. An Emirati led walking tour of the Al Fahidi Historic District, followed with a cultural meal and conversation with Emirati hosts. 

Image: Shop entrance in Al Bastakiya                             

Day 11| Thursday
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DUBAI | Downtown

The day begins with a mid-morning visit to art galleries at DIFC - Dubai International Financial Centre.

Art Dubai 2022  opens in the afternoon.

 

Image: DIFC, Construction Week Online              

TOUR # | 22UAE-AD

Day 3 | Wednesday
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ABU DHABI

Mid-morning departure for Saadiyat Island and the Louvre Abu Dhabi Museum.

Later, explore the grounds and public interior spaces of the opulent,  7-star, Emirates Palace Hotel.

  • Coffee & dessert with expatriate guests.

Image: Louvre Abu Dhabi

Day 4 | Thursday
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ABU DHABI

Depart hotel after breakfast for 2-hour tour of the Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital.

Return to Saadiyat Island...

  • Manarat Al Saadiyat

  • NYU Abu Dhabi Campus, Art Gallery and Book Store

Image: Entrance to Manarat Al Saadiyat                                   

Day 5 | Friday
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ABU DHABI | Al Ain

Early morning departure for   Al Ain and the Al Ain Oasis, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit the Al Qattara Art Center, Al Ain Palace Museum, Al Ain National Museum, Al Jahili Fort and Jebel Hafeet before returning to Abu Dhabi City.

 

Image: Al Ain Oasis                                    

Day 6 | Saturday
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ABU DHABI

Full Day at leisure for independent exploration of Abu Dhabi.

Image: Conrad Abu Dhabi Etihad Towers complex. On the 74th level of Tower 2 the Observation Deck at 300 provides views of Abu Dhabi City and surrounding islands. AED95 (US$26), with AED55 (US$41) voucher. High Tea AED250. Prices subject to change.

Day 7 | Sunday
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ABU DHABI | DUBAI

Hotel check-out after breakfast and begin the journey to Dubai via Al Quoz. Visit art galleries in the Alserkal Art District.

Continue the journey passing through the area of Jumeirah Beach, the Burj Al Arab and the Atlantis Hotel on Palm Jumeirah.

Image: Atlantis Hotel on Palm Island Jumeriah                            

Day 8 | Monday
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DUBAI | Downtown

The Etihad Museum provides a historical perspective of the era before the UAE's founding in 1971. The Dubai Design District is home to boutiques, showrooms, art galleries and more.

As sunset approaches, experience the Dubai Fountain Show at the site of the Burj Khalifa in Downtown Dubai.

 

Image: Dubai Fountain               

NOTICE

Art Dubai 2022 dates have not yet been announced.

Click on RED button to request information updates.

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Itinerary
Day 0 | Sunday

ABU DHABI

Independent arrival; 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.

This exclusive itinerary is limited to a maximum of 16 participants, excluding staff and guide/s. A minimum of 6 participants is required. ​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 | Monday
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ABU DHABI

Morning tour of the Zayed Grand Mosque. 

  • Afternoon and Evening at leisure

Image: Zayed Grand Mosque, Rachelle Magpanyo on Unsplash

MOSQUE DRESS CODE

Day 2 | Tuesday
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ABU DHABI

A morning visit to Qasr Al Watan, Abu Dhabi's new Presidential Palace and cultural landmark.

Visits to Abu Dhabi's art galleries including Warehouse 421.

  • Dinner this evening with an Emirati guest.

Image: Qasr Al Watan exterior, Dario Ciraulo on Unsplash

Day 12 | Friday
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DUBAI

Full Day at leisure for independent exploration of Dubai.

Image: Biking in Dubai, Jonny Kennaugh on Unsplash

Day 13 | Saturday
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SHARJAH | AJMAN

Explore Sharjah’s most important museums including the Museum of Islamic Civilization and the Sharjah Art Museum. 

In the neighboring emirate of Ajman visits include the Al Zorah Nature Reserve with its mangroves and nearly 60 species of birds. 

Image: Museum of Islamic Civilization

UNITED 

ARAB

EMIRATES

Art Dubai

ABU DHABI & AL AIN

DUBAI | SHARJAH  | AJMAN

  & Sharjah Biennial

March 2022

14 Days |15 Nights 

 

 

 

 

 

Art Dubai

HIGHLIGHTS

Launched in 2007, this successful art fair has become globally recognized as a leading destination for arts and design.

 

2021 The 14th edition of Art Dubai will debut its new location at the Gate Building of the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC). Fifty galleries representing 32 countries will be featured 29 March - 3 April. 

  • The 2021 Programs

Art Dubai Portrait Exhibitions is an online solo artist exhibition program.

Ithra Art Prize 2020 Art Dubai 2021 will feature the installation Rakim (meaning 'incubation') by the 3rd prize winner, Saudi-based Fahad bin Naif. 

Global Art Forum is an annual gathering of "global minds from pop culture to renowned academia" that features "live talk guided by a curated theme".

Art Dubai Commissions Artists are invited to create site-specific works.

Campus Art Dubai (CAD) is dedicated to providing artists with educational and professional opportunities. 

 

Preceding information is from the Art Dubai website. Underscored wording is linked to pages on the Art Dubai website.

ALSERKAL AVENUE

Dubai's purpose-built art district in the Al Quoz industrial neighborhood is the city's second best place to meet and perhaps mingle with artists, filmmakers and writers. The architect-designed warehouses are home to Gallery Isabelle van de Eyde, Grey Noise, Moo Gallery, The Third Line and Green Art Gallery to name a few of the most respected in Dubai.

DIFC

Dubai International Financial Centre

DIFC is also home to an assemblage of prestigious art galleries showcase a broad range of artwork from the region and globally. 

  • Galleries

 

Art Space promotes contemporary Middle Eastern art.

Cuadro Fine Art Gallery activities are exhibition, education, residency and consultation. Saudi Arabian conceptual artist Manal Al Dowayan was previously hosted.

Established in 2008, Art Sawa provides a platform for regionally based artists and has grown to represent artists from the Middle East and North Africa. Recent exhibitions have included works by Syrian sculptor Mustafa Ali and Damascus-born painter Sara Shamma.

Empty Quarter - Fine Art Photography was co-founded by Saudi Arabian Princess HRH Reem Al Faisal and an Emirati, Safa Al Hamed. The Empty Quarter has the distinction of being the only gallery in the UAE and Middle East that is devoted exclusively to fine art photography. 

TOUR HOSTS |GUIDES

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

THE UNITED ARAB EMIRATES is a young and spirited nation that is rapidly becoming modern and globalized. This transition is particularly evident in the Emirate of Dubai.

 

Dubai is home to the tallest building in the world, Burj Khalifa; there are two major airports, manmade islands in the shape of palm trees. Delayed due to the Pandemic, Expo 2020 will open on 1st October 2021 and run through 31st March 2022.

Each March, international dealers, collectors and the curious arrive in Dubai to experience the arts on a grand scale. Central to the festivities is Art Dubai. Complementary activities and events including Art Week happenings with special gallery openings in   Al Quoz and Alserkal Avenue.   Sikka Art Fair in the Al Fahidi district on the Creek is not to be missed.

 

Dubai's art season invariably spills over into Abu Dhabi with its special arts programs including the annual Abu Dhabi Music & Art Festival. The 15th Sharjah Biennial will open March 2022.

Our UAE journey each March combines the historic and the modern; the traditional with an appropriate portion of the futuristic. Throughout there is an authentic introduction to the culture, heritage and people of this vibrant country. Public and private gatherings provide interaction with Emiratis and also expatriates. 

Day 14 | Sunday
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SHARJAH 

Return to the emirate of to experience programs and exhibitions of the 15th Sharjah Biennial.

Image: 14th Sharjah Biennial (2019)

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Day 00 | Monday
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DUBAI

INDEPENDENT hotel check out and departure.

Note: Flight schedule may require hotel check out; airport departure late on Day 13

Image: Flight at sunset, Reinhart Julian on Unsplash          

Sharjah Biennial

 

as per the website...The 15th edition of the Sharjah Biennial originally planned to take place in March 2021 has been rescheduled for March 2022. This large-scale contemporary art exhibition was founded in 1993 and since 2003 it has been organized by the Sharjah Art Foundation.

The Sharjah Biennial is a platform for exhibition and experimentation for local, regional and international artists. The organization has commissioned, produced and presented films, performance and public installations by artists from around the world, bringing  contemporary art, cultural programs and productions to the UAE.

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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.

 

Abu Dhabi

Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche  

Corniche Road East

Capital Plaza Complex

Abu Dhabi, UAE

5-Star

Option #1

Superior Room 

Option #2

Luxury Room (Sea View)

Day 0-6 | 7 Nights

15-21 March

Dubai

Roda Al Bustan Hotel

Casablanca Road, Al Garhoud

Dubai, UAE

5-Star

Option #1

Classic Room

Option #2

Premium Room

 

Day 7-12|6 Nights

22-27 March

 

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ACCOMMODATION

TOUR DETAILS

PRICING

Hotel & Land Tour Packages

TOUR# | 22UAE-AD

Option #1

Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche | Superior Room

Roda Al Bustan | Classic Room

Per Person

Double Occupancy

US$TBA

Single

Supplement

US$TBA

Option #2

Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche | Luxury Room

Roda Al Bustan | Premium Room

Per Person

Double Occupancy

US$TBA

Single

Supplement

US$TBA

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

Hotel occupancy will be higher than normal during the last month of Expo 2020, flexibility        on hotel preferences will be appreciated.

A US$500.00 deposit is payable at the time booking is confirmed.

Tour rates are subject to change. All prices are based on exchange rates, hotel and land costs  at the time of  pricing 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.

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 

  • 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.

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

  • Gratuities and porterage.

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 sixteen (16) participants, excluding staff and guide/s.  A minimum of six (6) participants is required. ​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.

Art Dubai

(from the Art Dubai Website)

INFORMATION AND GALLERY HALL ETIQUETTE

  • Touching artworks is not permitted

  • Running or shouting in the gallery halls is not permitted

  • Eating or drinking in the gallery halls is not permitted

  • Leaning against gallery booth walls or plinths is not permitted

  • Please make sure all mobiles are kept on silent mode in the gallery halls

  • Photography without flash is permitted in general unless otherwise stated (except during the Ladies Preview)

  • Food vendors and prayer rooms are available on-site

INCLUDED

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

  • Accommodation | 13 Nights

  • Services of experienced host and local, English-speaking guide/s as required by itinerary; excluding times allotted for independent activities.

  • ADMISSIONS 

    • Qasr Al Watan 

    • Louvre Abu Dhabi

    • Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital

    • Al Ain Oasis

    • Al Ain Museums (2) 

    • Etihad Museum

    • SMCCU Heritage Tour

    • Expo 2020, One (1) day Ticket

    • Art Dubai 2020, Thursday Ticket

    • Sharjah Museums (3)

  • All state taxes, including VAT

  • Personal use of mobile phone (voice & text) Arrival through evening prior to departure; excluding recharging. Traveler is responsible for loss or damage to sim card, phone and accessories.

  • MEALS

    • Daily hotel breakfast

    • SMCCU Cultural Meal (lunch) (1)

    • Dinner (1)

    • Dessert & Coffee (1)

    • Meals normally include soft drinks or juice, coffee, tea and bottled water.