Dubai is indeed a city known for luxury shopping, ultramodern architecture and a lively nightlife. Burj Khalifa, an 830m-tall tower, in particular dominates Dubai skyline. At its foot lies Dubai Fountain, with jets and lights choreographed to music. Our tour package also covers Atlantis The Palm, a water park resort.

Abu Dhabi, the capital of the Emirates, sits off the mainland on an island in the Persian (Arabian) Gulf. Even a visit to the vast Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is worthwhile. The main features are the white-marble domes, an immense Persian carpet and crystal chandeliers.