United Arab Emirates
The United Arab Emirates is an Arabian Peninsula nation. The country is a federation of seven emirates: Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm Al Quwain, Ras Al Khaimah, and Fujairah.
Predominantly arid, with summer with temperatures reaching 45°C in the hot season, from May to September. In the winter (December-April), the climate is pleasant with temperatures ranging from 13°C to 30°C.
The UAE’s population 9.2 million, of which 1.4 million are Emirati citizens and 7.8 million are expatriates.
Heritage and Culture
Emirati culture is based on Arabian culture with Persian influences. Arabian and Persian inspired architecture dominate. Emirati clothing is an important part of UAE history and heritage and is a source of pride. Men wear a white cloak called kandura or dishdash (also known as thawb in other GCC countries). The women wear a long flowing black gown known as the abaya.
Know Before You Go…
The Emiratis are a friendly, welcoming people who demonstrate an open-minded and tolerant approach to over eight million international visitors annually. But local culture and values should always be understood and respected to ensure that you get the most out of your visit and enjoy a trouble-free, experience-rich holiday.
Medication: Check your medication before your trip. Like most countries, narcotic drugs are illegal in the UAE. The emirate has a clear policy helping it retain an unrivaled reputation with one of the world’s lowest crime rates. Guidelines exist to ensure visitors’ and residents’ safety. Some medicines do appear on the UAE Ministry of Health’s list of restricted and controlled medicines. This includes various over the counter medicines such as those containing Codeine. For a trouble-free visit, if you are traveling with any of the listed medications, carry a doctor’s note or prescription, keep medicines in original packaging and only take an appropriate quantity for the duration of your trip. For further information: www.moh.gov.ae
Alcohol: UAE has hundreds of licensed restaurants, pubs, and clubs where drinking and dancing is enjoyed. It is home to some of the world’s most recognizable names in dining and entertainment, as well as other authentic, local venues. You need to be 21 or over to drink legally in UAE. Alcohol abuse, drinking in non-licensed areas, or being drunk in public are not tolerated.
Public Behavior: UAE’s laws and culture promote modesty and respect. Offensive language, spitting, aggressive behavior, and public displays of affection such as holding hands or kissing are frowned upon. The streets are safe and pleasantly free of litter and graffiti and must be kept that way.
Attire: Wear respectful clothing. Swimwear is entirely appropriate by the pool or on the beach. In the streets or malls, more modest clothing is advisable.
Travel Insurance: It is imperative that travelers take out sufficient travel insurance, including coverage in case of corona delays, quarantines or hospitalizations.
Health and Safety Measures: The health and safety of Kosher Travelers clients is an uppermost priority. In addition to government guidelines, Kosher Travelers has implemented additional precautionary measures to meet the highest standards as global service providers.
All travelers to the UAE must provide a valid PCR negative test (negative for corona) done 96 hours prior to arrival, and a complete airline health declaration form.
Every vehicle is sanitized after each use to ensure a germ-free environment. Face masks are mandatory at all venues. Appropriate social distancing measures will be in place throughout, including buses and dining areas.
Think of a Kosher Travelers tour to the UAE like you think of a high-level “mission.” This involves meeting Emirati community leaders and strategic thinkers, visiting exceptional museums and architectural world wonders VIP-style, luxuriating in the beauty of Dubai’s palaces, oases, gardens, pools and beaches, camel riding and jeeping through the desert, flying to the skies at sunrise in a hot air balloon, mingling with locals in the gold and spice souks, cruising on Dubai Creek, and shopping in the world’s largest and most exclusive mega-malls.
We will delve into the diplomatic, defense and economic issues that draw the UAE and Israel together, explore the common heritage of Moslems and Jews that that underlies the historic “Abraham Accords,” and discover the Torah of sages who lived and thrived in the Arabian Gulf.
You will stay at the five-star Hilton Dubai Al Habtoor City Hotel on the waterfront, dine on the finest kosher cuisine with an Emirati twist under formal OU supervision, engage with the Dubai Jewish community and its chief rabbi, and enjoy Shabbat in a beautiful and traditional ambiance.
Meet, welcome, and assist by Kosher Travelers representative. Hotel check-in, orientation session, and gourmet dinner.
TUESDAY: GREATER DUBAI & DESERT EXPERIENCE
Dubai is a city that provides a new setting at every turn, richly mixing the old and the new. Visit Al Seef, an area rich in historical sites rooted in Dubai’s culture and heritage, adjacent to the Al Fahidi historical neighborhood.
Continue the journey by Abra, a traditional boat, crossing Dubai Creek to visit the spice market and gold souk. Learn about Emirati culture, customs, and religion at the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding, located in the Al Bastakiya trading village.
Drive to the desert for unique activities, including a Bedouin camp experience with Hubblie-bubblie (Arab water pipes), Arabic coffee and dates, camel riding, and music.
At sunset, watch an amazing falcon show. Watch these hunting birds soar to the skies and then dive for their prey. Guests can view various species up close and handle these magnificent birds under the careful supervision of a specialist.
Dinner and music.
WEDNESDAY: MODERN DUBAI
Early morning hot-air balloon ride, soaring high above the mountains at sunrise. Enjoy a magic carpet ride over an endless ocean of sand dunes, emerald green oases, gazelles and wandering camels. Fly along with Peregrine falcons, launched from the balloon.
Start your tour of futuristic Dubai at the marina, carved along a two-mile stretch of Arabian Gulf shoreline, with a variety of luxury condominium towers and villas perched atop a dynamic waterfront retail promenade.
Continue to the Palm Jumeriah, the world-famous man-made islands shaped like a palm, which form an 11-km.-long breakwater.
Proceed to downtown Dubai, the new part of the city. Visit the Burj Khalifa Tower, the tallest building in the world, for panoramic vistas of the city (from the 124th floor observation deck).
Free time shopping at the Dubai Mall. Or watch the Dubai Fountain, a choreographed fountain system located on the man-made Burj Khalifa Lake.
Dinner and program at the hotel.
THURSDAY: RAS AL KHAIMAH
Visit the Suwaidi Pearl Farm on a floating pontoon structure to discover the historical journey of the region’s pearling industry and learn how the Arabian Pearl became one of the world’s most sought-after gems.
Visit the Ras al Khaimah National Museum which chronicles history of the Emirates.
Visit the Mohammad Bin Salem Mosque, dating back to the second half of the 18th century.
Visit Al Jazirah Al Hamra, the last authentic and traditional town standing in the UAE.
Dinner and program at the hotel.
FRIDAY: MORE OF SPECTACULAR DUBAI
Visit the Dubai Miracle Garden, with 150 million flowers arranged in colorful arches and patterns – winner of two Guinness World Records.
Visit the Dubai Frame, 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.
Shop at the Mall of the Emirates, the largest mall in the world, with 630 retail outlets, 80 luxury stores, and 250 flagship stores.
Afternoon at leisure. Prepare for Shabbat.
SHABBAT: REST AND RELAX SHABBAT EXPERIENCE
Enjoy Shabbat in a beautiful and traditional ambiance, with tefilla and singing, gourmet meals, fascinating lectures and shiurim.
On Saturday night, enjoy the gravity-defying performance of La Perle by Dragone, an unforgettable, immersive production of high-wire acrobatics.
SUNDAY: SHARJAH CITY TOUR
Journey through this sensitive city, widely considered a cultural capital of the Arab world.
Visit the Al Noor Mosque, a masterpiece influenced by classical Turkish Ottoman architecture.
Visit the Sharjah Fort and Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization.
Tour the Markazi souk, with multiple gold jewelers.
Visit the Meliha Archaeological Center.
Visit the Wasit Wetland Centre, a conservation area with captive and wild birds, and extensive areas of dunes, mudflats, salty lagoons, and freshwater pools.
Dinner and program at the hotel.
Shop untill you drop in the acclaimed Dubai Duty-Free Center. Check-out and transfer to Dubai International airport.
ALTERNATIVE FAMILY TRACK
Kosher Travelers offers a separate family tour track, designed with kids in mind. Visit high-adrenaline theme parks including Atlantis Aquaventure Waterpark, IMG World, Motiongate, Bollywood, and more.
*Program description and itinerary is subject to change due to weather conditions and seasonality
Price per person $2,750 double occupancy
Single Supplement: $500
Child sharing in parents room: $ TBC
Accommodation, Meals, Bus, Guides, Kosher Program and all Entrance Fees.
International Flights, Personal Spending, Travel insurance
Scholar in Residence
For the Chanukah 5781 tour (December 2020), Kosher Travelers is proud to have secured the participation of Mr. David M. Weinberg as scholar-in-residence.
He will enrich our tour with commentary throughout the program, and through several formal presentations, on the diplomatic, defense and economic issues that draw the UAE and Israel together; on the common heritage of Moslems and Jews that that underlies the historic “Abraham Accords”: and the Torah of sages who lived and thrived in the Arabian Gulf. He also will offer divrei halacha and parshanut as we gather for tefilla, every day.
Mr. Weinberg is an inspirational educator who combines strategic and political insight with learned Jewish perspectives. He is vice president of the Jerusalem Institute for Strategy and Security (JISS), and a distinguished diplomatic and defense columnist for The Jerusalem Post and Israel Hayom newspapers. Since moving to Israel 30 years ago, he has been senior advisor to Deputy Prime Minister Natan Sharansky and coordinator of the Global Forum Against Anti-Semitism in the Prime Minister's Office; and spokesman of the Herzliya Conference on National Security, the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies, and Bar-Ilan University. He studied at the Hakotel and Har Etzion yeshivas, and is married to Bonnie with six children and five grandchildren. His many writings are available at www.davidmweinberg.com
▪ Seven nights of deluxe accommodation at
the Hilton Dubai Al Habtoor City Hotel.
▪ Three full kosher meals per day, including
takeaway lunch, under OU kosher
▪ Complete touring itinerary with English language guide, luxury coach, and all
▪ Kosher Travelers intellectual program, and
complete Shabbat program.
▪ International flights
▪ Travel insurance
▪ Personal spending
▪ UAE Entry Visa (if relevant)
▪ Tips $50 per person
PACKAGE INCLUSIONS AND EXCLUSIONS:
PRICES PER PERSON [DOUBLE OCCUPANCY]:
• Adult $2,750 / Chanuka Family Tour $2,500
• Child under 12 sharing $2,450 / Chanuka Family Tour $2,100
• Child over 12 sharing $1,950 / Chanuka Family Tour $1,800
• Single Supplement: $500
PAYMENT / CANCELLATION / REFUND POLICY:
• $500 deposit per person at the time of reservation.
• Balance is payable in full 21 days prior to departure.
• Travelers who are forced to cancel their trip prior to
departure due to Covid 19 illness with formal medical
certification will be refunded in full, less
an administration fee of $100 per person.
• No refund for cancellation within 21 days of departure.
• Comprehensive Travel & Health Insurance is compulsory.