Dubai , around the 18th century, was a small fishing village on the coast of the eastern Arabian Peninsula. At that time, the town made its income as a small pearl diving town. However, as expanding trade boomed across the gulf, it became a trading hub between Iran and India and gained a lot of notoriety for its imported goods from the east. It was also used as a smuggling town to smuggle gold from Africa and elsewhere and import it to India, thus making Dubai a well known point in the map for various traders.
Sheikh Rashid Al Maktoum, then the leader and Sheikh of Dubai, continued on the booming expansion of trade in Dubai instead of relying on any oil income. He welcomed Indian traders, Iranian traders, and even western officials and travelers in his hometown. The open policy of commerce and tolerance of foreigners made Dubai an attractive destination for any non-Arab or non-Muslim.Britain left the Persian Gulf in the early part of 1971, causing Dubai and Abu-Dhabi, in conjunction with five other emirates to form the United Arab Emirates.
Sheikh Rashid’s son, Sheikh Mohammed, in the early 1970s had a vision of establishing Dubai as the middle eastern tourist destination. He made the effort ,changed the entire infrastructure of the city to welcome tourists, invested in major tourism projects and opened the city for everyone regardless of race or religion.
Nowadays, annually over 15 millions tourists (4 times the population) come to Dubai to enjoy the uniqueness of the city and its surroundings. Despite the fact that Arabic is the official language, English serves as the language of every day communication.due to the fact that foreigners outnumber Emiratis by almost 4 to 1 in Dubai.
Dubai is a mixture of old and new, traditional and modern. From old traditional souks and historical buildings (now being preserved for cultural reasons or already part of the national heritage) to modern Dubai’s overwhelming shopping malls, incredible artificial islands and giant modern skyscrapers that include the world’s tallest building, Dubai is a world in itself and offers plenty of wonderful attractions.
The city has numerous museums and historical buildings, but Dubai Museum is a must see for a first-time travellers to the Emirates. It provides a glimpse of the old life of Dubai, its people and their culture and heritage. A number of other museums are located in nearby Sharjah.
Dubai has become known for its successful unique building projects, including the Burj Al Arab, the world’s tallest freestanding hotel,The Palm Islands, a construction of three artificial islands in the shape of the palm tree , on which residential and commercial property are built and The World Islands, a massive man-made archipelago of 300 islands in the shape of the world,and Burj Khalifa, which is the world’s tallest man-made structure.
Dubai is like nowhere else on the planet and is a fascinating place to visit. Often claimed to be the world’s fastest-growing city, over the past four decades it has been transformed from a small Gulf trading centre to become one of the world’s most glamorous, spectacular and futuristic urban destinations.
Sample Programme UAE – Dubai
- Day 1: Arrival – guided tour Dubai city by bus
- Day 2: Visit Museum of Dubai – visit biggest shopping Mall of Dubai
- Day 3: Full day trip Hatta with Kayak and Trekking/Hiking
- Day 4: Full Day Atlantis Water Park
- Day 5: Dubai Ski – Ice skating Mall of Dubai – shopping
- Day 6: -Departure
Total Programme cost starting from 695 euro/ student (excludingflight fare to UAE)
Above price for a group of 15 students and 1 adult escort FREE.
The above sample itinerary includes:
- Full board accommodation, 2-3 persons per room;
- Airport transfers both ways;
- 24/7 support of local coordinator from schools-trips.com
It is a requirement that all students and accompanying adults obtain an international travel insurance before departing from home country.