Study tours to Dubai
On a class trip to Dubai, you will truly see how Western culture and Middle Eastern culture meet to form one big union. In Dubai, traditional minarets call worshippers to prayer while modern pop songs play on the streets. Nowhere else in the Arab world will you see bikini-clad tourists alongside burqa-clad locals. These factors make Dubai into something very special.
Dubai city is the capital of the emirate of Dubai. The Emirate of Dubai is part of the United Arab Emirates, the capital of which is Abu Dhabi. It is a very international city, as only about 20% of the population is of local origin. The rest of the people are either wealthy foreigners or guest workers who are hired to work for them.
Dubai has many landmarks, including the Burj al Arab hotel, the artifical, palmtree and globe-shaped islands, and the world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa. When you visit Dubai, you will likely be amazed by all of the money in circulation. The high level of wealth is quite evident when you see the most expensive cars, gorgeous palaces, and luxurious yachts throughout the city.
There is plenty to do during a group trip to Dubai. You can combine the new with the old by exploring the ultra modern city as well as heading out into the desert landscape. If you wish to extend your trip outside of Dubai, take a jeep safari in the hinterland or travel to other towns in the area.
Dubai has been developing so rapidly that its original Arab soul has had some trouble keeping up. However, you can still experience some of the old Dubai by going to the district of Deira. With small wooden boats sitting in the harbor, Deira still shows how life in Dubai was 30 years ago. In this district, you can also see an old grocery home and visit the Heritage House, which is a rich merchant's home from the 1900s.
There are plenty of unique sights and exciting attractions in Dubai. With a strong weekly program, you can gain an educational insight into the Arab world culture that exists there today.
Bastakiya is a more traditional area of Dubai where the cityscape is characterized by narrow streets and tall buildings. Some of the buildings have been restored, which helps to maintain the area's original character.
In the Bastakiya area, you will find the Dubai Museum, which is located in an old fortress that dates back to 1799. At the museum, you can learn about mosques, fishing, trade, the history of the emirate, and see traditional Arabian homes. The exhibition consists of images, texts, and various objects. The museum should be part of any study trip to Dubai.
Majlis Gallery is an art museum, also located in the Bastakiya area. An old tower serves as the backdrop for the museum, where you can see works by local and international artists.
Jumeirah Mosque is a stunning example of modern Islamic architecture. The mosque is one of the most visited and photographed sights in Dubai.
Take an adventure to a Bedouin village and experience traditional desert life. There, you can ride camels and go on exciting desert safaris. If one day is not enough, it is also possible to stay overnight at a unique resort named Al Maha, which covers a vast area of the desert.
You can see amazing archaeological finds at Al Ghusals, Al Sufooh, and Jumeirah. At each site, you can see 2,000-year-old burial grounds and various artifacts from the 7th to the 15th century.
'Souk' is the Arabic word for 'market'. In Dubai, there are many different markets in different districts. Gold Souk is one of the world's largest gold markets where you can buy many different kinds of gold items. Deira Souk is a covered market with an Indian mood. There, you can find everything from textiles, spices, clothes, and henna. It is quite an experience to be surrounded by such seductive colors and flavors. And remember - you must bargain to get a good price!
The Burj Al Arab is - apart from the Burj Khalifa - the most famous skyscraper in Dubai and the world's only 7-star hotel. The hotel is built on an artificial island and the area around it is home to many bazaars and restaurants.
Although Dubai has everything required for an amazing study trip experience, there are also other exciting opportunities just a few hours away.
Abu Dhabi, the capital of the Emirates, is just a few hours from Dubai by car. When the roads are very good, it's no problem to get there. Abu Dhabi is hardly distinguishable from Dubai, but it is considered to be the cultural center of the Emirates. The city is becoming environmentally friendly, as it has begun to embrace green technology and strives to achieve a CO2-neutral neighborhood in the near future.
On the other hand, if you want to experience something completely different from Dubai, then you have to visit Oman. Muscat, the capital, is only 45 minutes from Dubai by plane. There, you can experience the authentic Arab culture in a whole new light. In Oman, it is forbidden to build higher than three floors and everything must be painted either white or beige. These regulations make the city very beautiful and, at times, even breathtaking. A visit to the Grand Mosque is an absolute must, as it is tremendously beautiful.
The whole trip can be done in a day, but we recommend that you indulge in an overnight stay in town to enjoy the marvelous scenery by night.
In short, a study trip to Dubai is a journey to an exciting metropolis that is sure to amaze. You can also conveniently travel to surrounding areas, adding diversity to your study tour.