• World’s tallest building
  • World’s Tallest Ferris Wheel
  • World’s Largest Shopping Mall
  • World’s Only Indoor Ski and toboggan slopes
  • Interact with Live Playful Penguins “in the desert”
  • Jeep Safari in the desert
  • Desert Dinner and local dances show
  • Dinner Cruise along the vibrant city lights

Plus the amazing cultural experiences of the 2022 World’s Fair
featuring the cultural pavilions of 192 nations!
      Accommodations adjacent to the Festival City Shopping Mall
 & The Amazing “Imagine” Water Fountains & Laser Show

Trip dates: Sunday February 13-20, 2022

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The Burj Khalifa-The World’s Tallest Building.

Enjoy our included visit to the 124th & 125th floor observation decks

Enjoy all the amazing sites of Dubai, including an afternoon desert jeep safari with panoramic vistas of enormous sand dunes and an amazing sun set over the dunes photo opp., followed by a desert dinner show featuring traditional local dances including daring fire and sword dances by the local men and the dance of the seven veils by the local women.

Visit the observation deck on the 124th and 125th floors of the world’s tallest building, plus a scenic dinner cruise of illuminated city lights, and a ride on the world’s tallest ferris-wheel.

Also enjoy the World’s Fair featuring exquisite cultural pavilions of 192 nations, nightly entertainment, fireworks and more

Plus spectacular nightly free water and laser shows at festival city, adjacent to our hotel, on a magnitude which blows away the famed water shows of las vegas

Sunday February 13th, 2022
 Arrive into Dubai on your own flight arrangement and make your way to our hotel, the new and ideally located Holiday inn Festival City.  We will have a brief orientation this evening at our hotel.

Located in the heart of the newest shopping, culinary and entertainment destination, Dubai Festival City extends a vibrant welcome to work and play. Whether you are passing through, in town for business or simply getting away for the week, Holiday Inn Dubai Festival City is the perfect choice, with its contemporary and spacious design, access to state-of-the-art leisure facilities, a variety of dining from healthy meals at Zeste to BBQ and chill out place at Joe's Backyard.

Holiday Inn is a Dubai hotel conveniently located, just 10 minutes’ drive from the downtown Dubai sites, as well as from Dubai International Airport 
 Our hotel’s location also provides direct access to the adjacent Festival City Mall, offering over 500 retail stores and dining opportunities.

Our hotel’s location is also adjacent to the record breaking IMAGINE water, laser & fire spectacle show, which runs multiple times nightly, offering a Free and Fun experience for all.

The hotel offers free daily breakfast, free wifi and free fitness center, as well as an outdoor pool and sun deck overlooking the waterfront.

Relax on the pool side with refreshing drinks from the pool bar
     The outdoor pool and sun deck overlooking the waterfront at our hotel

IMAGINE - The World’s Biggest and Best Water Fountains & Laser Show

Dubai Festival City’s record-breaking attraction

A show like no other
IMAGINE is Dubai Festival City’s record-breaking new attraction. Harnessing the power of light, water and fire, IMAGINE offers a unique sensory experience.

With 30 fountains and surround sound to connect with audiences, IMAGINE is a Dubai water show like you have never seen anywhere in the world before.  This show is so much larger and more “Wow” than the famous water fountains show in Las Vegas.  You just have to experience this show.

There are multiple different themes to the nightly free shows.  Experience the mesmerizing “Imagine” water fountain, & laser light show for free each night, on the waterfront, adjacent to our hotel.
World’s largest water projection screen

Boasting the largest water screen projection and largest permanent projection mapping in the world – both, Guinness World Record breakers, it features the latest entertainment technology in water, pyrotechnics, lasers, lights and dramatic effects.


Monday February 14th, 2022 – Today we will enjoy a full day tour of Abu Dhabi, joined by passengers from our just completed Cruise of South Africa & the Seychelles islands, which ends in Dubai on February 13th. (The cruise sails from Cape Town South Africa on January 26th and ends in Dubai on Feb. 13th.  Details are available on our website.)

Today’s full day Abu Dhabi tour takes you around the capital city of the United Arab Emirates ( U.A.E ),  located on an island connected to the mainland by two bridges. Along the way, we will pass the Jebel Ali Port, which is the largest man-made port in the world.

Our Abu Dhabi City Tour includes a visit to the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, One of the largest mosques in UAE also allowed to be visited by non-Muslims. We will visit Emirates Palace Hotel and drive through presidential palace and Etihad Towers. We will also visit Heritage Village, which offers a view into traditional Bedouin lifestyle of the region before oil was discovered. The tour also includes a stop at the Old Carpet Souk and Dates Market, where you can shop for souvenirs. Lastly, you will visit the World’s Largest Theme Park called Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, named after the legendary sports car and featuring the World’s fastest roller coaster.  The whole tour will be operated by the professional local tour guide,

The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is large enough to accommodate over 40,000 worshippers, while the main prayer hall can hold over 7,000. There are two smaller prayer halls, with a capacity of 1,500 each, one of which is the women's prayer hall.

Tonight, we will enjoy a scenic city lights dinner cruise, on which we will enjoy a leisurely cruise offering fabulous views of the waterfront sites, illuminated in the night shy, along with a fabulous dinner served onboard the boat.  The sights of the illuminated lights of Dubai, as we glide gracefully along the water are quite a spectacle and quite an experience.

  This excursion will also be joined by passengers from our Cruise of South Africa and the Seychelles islands and after our dinner cruise, we say goodbye to our passengers from the South Africa/Seychelles cruise, as they fly home tomorrow morning.

Tuesday February 15th, 2022-Thursday February 18th –  We will enjoy three free at leisure days at the incredible 2022 World’s Fair.  The World’s Fair offers a cultural overload-smorgasboard.  It features cultural pavilions of 192 nations around the world, each showcasing their own unique and vibrant cultures.  It is also so MUCH MORE… with live entertainment stage, concert & other daily/nightly shows, plus parades, street festivals, future technology displays

Officially called Expo 2020, the event was originally scheduled to take place from October 2020 through April 2021 and its dates were moved to take place from October 2021 through April 2022, due to the global pandemic in 2020.

This event is so big, it takes 3 days to see it and we provide you with a 3 day entrance pass to enjoy it at your own pace Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. 
Each evening, inside the World’s Fair, we will have an optional group dinner at a designated food location and then the option to go together to one of the evening’s live performances and then its nightly fireworks display.  Everyone is free to stay as long as desired each day and return to our hotel at your own leisure from the Expo each day via easy to use public transit.

Explore the power of connections in shaping our world.  Explore more than 190 participating nations, and you’ll be engulfed in unique architecture, culture and inspiring innovations.


For the first time in World Expo history, every participating country will have its own pavilion. Enjoy immersive cultural experiences and discover what makes each country unique as you explore hundreds of pavilions.

Get hands-on and be part of the action. There’s always something to get excited about, whether you are looking for business opportunities, or want to channel your creativity, dive into a world of flavors or unleash your inner techie.




Daily shows


Country Pavilions



Countless technological advances await. Unleash your inner techie, discover life-changing innovations and experience a truly connected high-tech world.


Opportunity District

Witness how our lives and actions are interconnected in the Opportunity District. Meet the people worldwide who are transforming dreams and aspirations into the realities of tomorrow, and be empowered to shape the future by unlocking the potential within yourself.


We bet you’ve never celebrated like this before! Heighten your senses, with everything from opera to A-listers, pop-up theatres to flash mobs, and parades to national day celebrations.


Street festivals

Feel the energy as performers liven things up and bring fun to people of all ages and backgrounds.

Stage shows

Be entertained by a wide variety of stage performances, appealing to every age and taste.


Enjoy a feast for the senses as the streets are filled with music and dancing.

Music and concerts

Fill your ears with musical styles from around the world and hear your favorite performing artists live in concert at the World’s Fair.


In a cultural milestone for the UAE, Expo 2020 Dubai has commissioned an Emirati opera

About the opera

A thousand years of culture will be brought to life through the Al Wasl Opera. Sung in English, audiences will be captivated by a story centred on unity and connectivity. Since time immemorial, our values have connected us, binding the UAE as a nation and a connector between civilisations. This continues to be the thrust of our progress into the future and will be revealed to the audience through the art of storytelling. The two-hour performances will let you experience the true spirit of connection.




Enjoy a world of food where taste knows no borders. See how technology will change how we source, prepare and cook food.

Multi-sensory restaurant

Engage all your senses with innovative technologies and amazing food that could be on your plate in the decades to come.

Journey of food

Travel the Spice Route, using incredible visual technology in a dining experience centred on the flavors that inspired dishes in the region and beyond.

A Foodie’s Paradise

Cuisines to suit every palate and budget, from old classics to new favourites, street bites and gourmet delights across more than 200 food and beverage outlets.


Experience countless architectural marvels in one place – from the world’s largest 360-degree projection surface to over a hundred unique country pavilions.

The best view at Expo

You’ve seen Expo 2020 from the ground, now it’s time to get a bird’s eye view from the top of the rotating observation tower.

Watch a screening on the ceiling

Almost as wide as two Airbus A380s wing to wing, Al Wasl dome is the largest 360-degree projection surface in the world.

Each evening at the World’s Fair, we will have an option to gather together for a group dinner at designated location and then watch fireworks above the World’s Fair.


Friday February 18th, 2022 – This morning we will enjoy a visit to a most unique building – The Dubai Frame.

 Designed to look like a an actual picture frame, the Dubai Frame is a 50 story building, with the middle hollowed out and an observation deck on the 50th floor, enabling you to look straight down to the ground from a glass floor on the observation deck.

There are no floors 2-49 at the dubai frame, since they are all hollowed out and thus you see straight down from the 50th floor to the ground floor, through the glass walkway on the 50th floor.  It is truly a unique experience to walk across the glass floor on the observation deck of the Dubai Frame.

A finishing touch to this experience is that the observation deck faces the Burj Khalifa – the world’s tallest building, offering a fabulous view of the skyscraper – which we will visit tomorrow, ascending to its observation decks – on the 124th and 125th floors!

The UAE’s latest cultural landmark, Dubai Frame is an iconic structure that ‘frames’ impressive views of Old and New Dubai, while serving as a metaphorical bridge connecting the emirate’s rich past with its magnificent present. Offering spectacular panoramic views across the city, Dubai Frame celebrates the story of Dubai from its early establishment to its ambitious plans for future development.

The World's Largest Photo Frame Is Dubai's Most Sustainable Building | by  Belnor Engineering | THE BELNOR BLOG | Medium

This afternoon we will enjoy a thrilling jeep ride through the Dubai desert, followed by a dinner in the desert, with local traditional dances.

This is a real fun experience.  We will enjoy an exciting ride in  jeeps, driven  by experienced local drivers.  They will take us through the sand dunes of the Dubai desert, with a couple of photo stops to take pictures of the dunes as far as the eye can see.

We will enjoy a great sunset over the desert dunes photo opp.

Then it’s on to a desert camp where we will enjoy a hot dinner and local dance show.  The dancing featuring both native men and women.  The male dancing features the daring fire and sword dancing.  The female dancing is the sensual dance of the seven veils.

Before dinner we will have the opportunity to ride a camel around the desert camp.

After dinner we will be driven by the jeeps back to our hotel in dubai.


Saturday February 19th

Today we will visit the World’s Tallest Building – Burj Khalifa


Known as the Burj Dubai prior to its inauguration in 2010, The Burj Khalifa is the world’s tallest building.   . With a total height of 2,722 ft, which is just over half a mile, the Burj Khalifa has been the tallest structure and building in the world since its topping out in 2009 (preceded by Taipei 101 which was the tallest until Dubai’s Burj Khalifa surpassed it in 2009)


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The Burj Khalifa-The World’s Tallest Building.

The Burj is 125 stories high with an observation deck on the top two floors offering an incredible view.  Film fans may also recognize the Burj from its being featured in the Tom Cruise epic Mission Impossible, Ghost Protocol, one of the series’ very popular installments.

We will enjoy reserved time slot admission to the 124th/125th floor observation decks with free time to enjoy the view.

After our morning visit to the top of the Burj, we will then visit a most unique attraction.

Ski Dubai is the World’s only indoor ski slopes.    It is located inside the Mall of the Emirates

Skiing in the desert may sound impossible, but we can make that happen here at Ski Dubai.  Here you can enjoy ski slopes accessed by a true ski chairlift.  You can also enjoy rides in the snow park on the snow rafts, snow globes and more.

Ski Dubai is also home to its very own colony of King and Gentoo Penguins! We invite you to meet our waddling friends by experiencing a Ski Dubai penguin encounter during your visit. Get up close and personal with these incredible creatures to discover more about how the species survive in some of the coldest conditions on Earth.

Our daily March of the Penguins is held in the Snow Park. This gives guests a chance to see these beautiful creatures up close, as they take a starring role alongside their team of handlers. With a variety of packages available, visitors can meet our penguins and watch as they play together. You can also take part in a range of fun and exciting training sessions.

All clothing is included in the various optional packages you can choose from (not included in the trip cost, you can choose upon entrance at the Ski Dubai, if you wish to participate in any or all of these thrilling and unusual indoor fun activities.)  The clothing provided by Ski Dubai in their packages are skis, ski poles, ski boots, ski jacket, ski gloves.

There is a hot chocolate stand alongside the ski slopes to warm up between runs or activities.

There is also a restaurant on site with nearly floor to ceiling windows to watch the skiers in action, while staying nice and toasty warm yourself.

As the Ski Dubai is located inside a huge shopping mall, visitors can also enjoy a world of shopping opportunities here.  Stay as long as you like and then return to our hotel at your own leisure.

Tonight is our final night in Dubai, so join us for an optional farewell to Dubai dinner.

After dinner, we will have one final and thrilling activity, a visit to the world’s tallest ferris wheel!

                                      Ain Dubai

Ain Dubai
Ain Dubai is an observation (ferris) wheel on Bluewaters Island, near the Dubai Marina.  marks its opening, in time for the World’s Fair.


Ain Dubai has quickly become recognized as one of the Middle East’s most remarkable and iconic landmarks which has elevated the aesthetic of Dubai’s skyline. The final structure is made from more than 9,000 tons of steel – almost 25 percent more iron used in the construction of Paris’ iconic Eiffel Tower. The central wheel rim weighs as much as 16 Airbus 380 aircrafts.

Ain Dubai will offer never-seen-before 360-degree views of the city's breathtaking skyline accentuated by its world-famous landmarks.

As the world’s largest and tallest observation wheel at over 250 meters in height, Ain Dubai will eclipse the 167-meter High Roller in Las Vegas and the 135-meter London Eye. It is also, 211 percent larger than the first Ferris wheel structure, designed and constructed by George Washington Gale Ferris in 1893 for the Chicago World Fair.

Each of the permanent spoke cables responsible for maintaining the structural integrity of the wheel and wheel rim, is longer than a professional football pitch. If the cables were put together, end-to-end, they would span 2,400km – the same distance from Dubai to Cairo, as the crow flies.

Bluewaters is a vibrant lifestyle destination featuring distinctive residential, retail, hospitality, and entertainment options. All who arrive are spoilt for choice. Home to Ain Dubai, the world’s largest observation wheel, it is also a shopper’s paradise, housing unique retail and dining concepts. Bluewaters’ bridge and multi-mode transport systems make this urban island easy to access.

Our optional farewell dinner will take place here at Bluewaters, before our ride on the Ain Dubai ferris wheel, for those so choosing.
Ain Dubai and a breathtaking view

Stay as long as you wish at the BluewaterS shopping, entertainment and dining complex and then return to our hotel at your leisure.

February 20th. 2022 – Our incredible tour of Dubai and her amazing wonders ends today.  Passengers should book their return flights to depart from either dubai or abu dhabi today.  (yes there are two airports you can fly in and out of.  Dubai is the main airport of the area and abu dhabi, approx. one hour away, offers another flight option to compare fare pricing when booking your own flights.)



  • SIGHTSEEING as listed in the trip itinerary, featuring:
    • Abu dhabi full day TOUR
    • Dinner cruise
    • Desert jeep safari with dinner and local dance show IN THE DESERT
    • 3 day admission ticket to the world’s fair (EXPO)
    • Free roommate assignment of the same gender - for anyone desiring to save a little $$

Trip cost:
Only $1989 per person based on double occupancy
Or ONLY $2689 single occupancy

THE BALANCE payment IS DUE BY October 20th.

Cancelation policy for this trip

If you have traveled with us before and are booked in single occupancy, you can cancel for a full refund until SEPT. 1ST
If you have traveled with us before and are booked in double occupancy you can cancel for a full refund until august 1st

If you have not traveled with us before and are booked in single occupancy, you can cancel for a future trip credit in the full amount of your deposit if you cancel by SEPT. 1 (your future trip credit is valid toward any trip on our site traveling in 2021, 2022 or 2023)

If you have not traveled with us before and are booked in double occupancy you can cancel for a future trip credit in the full amount of your deposit if you cancel by august 1st (your future trip credit is valid toward any trip on our site traveling in 2021, 2022 or 2023)