Dubai from $1995

Dubai, UAE
8 days
US departure date: September 24, 2021
Dubai land tour start date: September 25
Dubai return date: October 1

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What's Included?

The 8-day land package includes:

Transportation and Lodging

  • Two nights at a 5-star hotel located in Dubai city, 2-share rooms with private bath/shower
  • Room at the Dubai city hotel after return from overnight safari
  • One night camp in the desert, accommodations in tents and sleeping bags
  • Three nights at a 5-star hotel on Jumeirah beach, 2-share rooms with private bath/shower
  • All ground transportation by private motor coach as per itinerary
  • Airport transfers included with purchased AESU group airfare


  • 7 breakfasts
  • 3 dinners
  • 1 lunch

Activities & Admissions

  • Half-day Dubai city tour with local English-speaking guide
  • Half day shopping tour
  • Desert Safari including:
    • transfer by land cruisers
    • camel ride
    • dune surfing
    • belly dancing
    • beverages (unlimited soft drinks, tea, coffee, water)
    • Henna painting
    • Arabic coffee and fresh Arabic dates
    • Traditional costumes (Qandora)
    • 5-star buffet dinner with BBQ meats
  • Dhow dinner cruise
  • Cultural experience at the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding


  • Burj Al Arab, famous 7-star hotel
  • Jumeirah Mosque
  • Burj, Khalifa, tallest building in the world
  • Sheik's palace
  • Dubai creek
  • Al Bastakiya old Dubai
  • Spice markets, Gold Souk
  • Arabian desert
  • Bluewater Island


  • A private tour director for the entire duration of the land tour
  • All service charges and local taxes

Dubai conjures up images of gleaming skyscrapers set against the backdrop of the vast Arabian Desert and glistening sea.

See Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world, set alongside ancient mosques. Bargain for gold, spices and handicrafts at the atmospheric “suqs” markets. Our Arabian adventure continues when we ride nature’s roller coaster— jeeps across the dunes. Overnight in the desert, ride camels, go sand surfing, then feast under the stars with traditional belly dancing. Find out for yourself why Dubai is one of the world’s most intriguing destinations.

Dubai is one of the seven Emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates but seems rather like an independent city-state. It has developed at a fast pace and is today the most modern and progressive Emirate in the UAE.

Visit this fabulous desert city with an amazing infrastructure and relatively liberal policies. Dubai offers shopping, partying, sunbathing, fine dining, sporting events and more. Discover Dubai's history with a visit to Bur Dubai or climb the world's tallest building - Burj Khalifa.

Free Airport Transfers & Discount Airfare

When you book your airfare through AESU, you get these great benefits:

  • Free airport transfers overseas on tour start and return dates
  • Hassle free—we take care of all the details
  • Free quotes & competitive rates
  • Fly with fellow travelers
  • Flexible payment schedule
  • AESU can help with special flight requests too
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Optional Dubai Harbor Cruise

Board a luxurious motor-yacht and enjoy the unique skyline and sandy beaches of Dubai. Stretch out on the roomy sundeck and soak up the sun, dive into the blue water or simply unwind. We will stop along the way at the Burj Al Arab and will have a swimming stop in front of Dubai’s impressing skyline. Our way will take us around “the Palm”, the world’s biggest artificial island.

Excursion includes 4 hour sailing trip (approx. time: 4 - 8 pm) around the island, snacks, non-alcoholic beverages and round-trip transfers to/from hotel/harbor.

Optional Excursion to Abu Dhabi

On this private city sightseeing tour you will discover the wonders of Abu Dhabi, capital of the Emirates, known as the Arabian Jewel. Jebel Ali Port, the biggest man-made port in the world is one of the landmarks that we pass by on the way to Abu Dhabi.

The cost includes a private English-speaking guide, round-trip transportation by air-conditioned motor coach, lunch en route.
Tour starts at at approx. 8 am, approx. return to Dubai approx. 6 pm.
Dress Code: Men and women should ensure shoulders and knees are covered when in public, especially in souks, shops and villages. Tight or figure hugging attire is not permitted. Also no transparent or see through clothing is allowed.Talk to your tour director about proper clothing when you book this option
Photography: Normal tourist photography is acceptable, but it is considered offensive to photograph Arab women. It is also courteous to ask permission before photographing men. Photographs of government buildings or military installations are not allowed.


What to do during your free time? For more details or current local events talk to your tour director or your local city guide. They are always the best source for free-time activities and offer great tips on restaurants or local hang-outs.



Traveling on this trip will introduce you to some native cuisine, including local specialties.

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We stay in 5-star hotels, all with private bath/shower in 2-share rooms. Our hotels have been specially selected for their atmosphere, friendly hospitality, and cleanliness. Our hotels are centrally located or within a short walk of public transportation to take you to the landmark of your choice in the city you are visiting.

You'll be given a complete hotel address list with your final documents. Properties are subject to change and any substitutions would be the equivalent of those listed. All land package rates are based on two people sharing a room. If traveling solo and not wanting to pay the single supplement, AESU will attempt to arrange a share with a same-gender travelers. If a share cannot be arranged a single supplement will apply.


Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Waterfront features an outdoor pool with a terrace overlooking the Dubai canal. Guests can enjoy free WiFi throughout the property. Rooms are air conditioned and fitted with a flat-screen TV, private bathroom fitted with a bath. Extras include bathrobes and slippers. The property offers a wide range of entertainment, including Fire Lake Grill House and Cocktail Bar, The Larder, Makar Scottish bar, and Abraj Cafe.


Dubai Desert camping is a unique experience specially designed for nature lovers. Admire the beauty and magic of the Arabian Desert, discover a variety of flora and fauna.Tents with sleeping pads/mattresses are set up for the night under the Arabian sky. In the morning, after a light breakfast, we continue to the beaches of Dubai. Suggestion: Pack a flashlight, a change of clothes and a sweater for the night.
Please note: Depending on weather conditions and heat index, overnight at desert camp may be substituted with stay at Dubai City hotel.


Overlooking the Gulf, this 5-star resort features 14 international restaurants and bars. Its Roman-themed spa offers saunas and 5 hammam pools. Free Wi-Fi is available. Rooms are spacious, equipped with 42’’ LCD TVs and DVD players, air-conditioned and each has a balcony and minibar. Enjoy a swim in the infinity pool or practice watersports. The spa offers various treatments including reflexology, facials and aromatherapy at an additional fee.

Destination Dubai 8 days$1995.00
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If you purchase your own airfare, book your overnight flight from the USA one day earlier than the tour start date listed above.

* Price per person based on a twin share room. If you're traveling alone, and do not want to pay the single supplement, AESU will attempt to arrange a share with a same-gender traveler. If no travelers are available to share, a single supplement of $975 will apply.

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Gateway Cities

Fly into and return from Dubai, UAE

Airfare is not included in land price. If you choose to book air with AESU, after receipt of your land booking, AESU will email you a quote with your tour confirmation invoice. You will have 72 hours to accept or decline airfare. (Or call AESU at 800-638-7640 for a quote prior to booking).

Book Airfare with AESU - FREE Airport Transfers

Purchase your airfare from AESU and receive free arrival/departure transfers between the airport to your hotels. We also try to book you on the same flights as others traveling on your tour. Land only participants BOOKING OWN FLIGHT OVERSEAS, DO NOT receive airport arrival/departure transfers. If you book land only with us, book your flights from the USA one day earlier than the tour start date. If you are not booking flights through AESU, we recommend not booking airfare until your tour is guaranteed (This will be noted on website with “guaranteed” next to tour start date).

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How to Book

Click on a date above to get a quote or make a reservation. You can make your $500 deposit ONLINE to confirm your space on the land tour. Full payment isn't due until 100 days before departure, and you or friends and family can make partial payments after you've booked (See NOTE below if within 100 days). Or you can scan/email or fax a booking form.

If you just want a quote and don’t want to secure a spot on the land program, select date above and click “Get a Quote” button on next page.

NOTE: Reservations to be paid in full 100 days prior to departure. Reservations received after this date are subject to availability and any airfare quote can only be held for 72 hours. Payment in full, for late reservations, will be due upon receipt of invoice from AESU. A late booking fee of $100 per person will apply.

All prices reflect a cash discount (For full payment by credit card, there is a 4% processing fee.)

To download a copy of the Terms and Conditions Click here.

PAYMENT PLAN: pay a little at a time and make your trip more affordable.

After paying a deposit of $500 online to reserve your spot, you can pay your balance in as many installments as you like, with a minimum of $100 for each transaction with no fee. Please indicate booking number on your check payment. If you prefer to pay installments by credit card, please call us at 800-638-7640 for details. (All prices reflect a cash discount. There is a 4% processing fee for any payments made by credit card after initial deposit.) The total tour cost (land, and air if applicable) must be paid in full at least 90 days before departure.

INSURANCE: We highly recommend travel insurance. The Northwestern Alumni Association offers travel insurance through Travel Insurance Select. To learn more, please call 800-937-1387 or copy this link into your browser:

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The University is not the Tour Operator. The University acts as a mere agent for the supplier by: selling travel-related accepting services, accepting reservations, and booking for services that are not directly supplied by the University.
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