We all love to see the biggest, the best, and the brightest attractions, but those are not what the true essence of the UAE’s culture is. Peel away the layers of glitz and glam, and you’ll find yourself in a country full of cultural experiences and wonderfully diverse heritage. If you want to do something that is a little out of the ordinary, our Seawings Dubai team has come up with our top 5 cultural things to do in the United Arab Emirates.
Traditional Abra Across the Creek
There is nothing more peaceful than the sound of waves lapping against the hull of a boat. Taking a traditional Abra across the Dubai Creek between Deira and Bur Dubai is a serene experience that cannot be missed. The combination of the smell of the ocean, sounds of the water, and sights of the Dubai Creek skyline are guaranteed to take you back to a time when life was simpler, and bartering was the primary source of currency. It’s a simple, cheap, and no-frills experience that, undoubtedly, makes our list for the best things to do in Dubai.
The Abra crossing can be experienced as part of our Private Heritage Tour of Dubai. The heritage experience includes a private seaplane charter to Dubai, museum entrance fees, a private city tour of Dubai with a Seawings guide, a traditional Arabic meal in the historic Al Bastakiya, and return road transfers.
The Louvre Abu Dhabi
Art has long been considered the pinnacle of cultural experiences and the Louvre in Abu Dhabi does not disappoint, making the list of our best things to do in Abu Dhabi. A combination of French design and Arabic heritage, the Louvre in Abu Dhabi is a cultural experience like no other. With over 600 works of art on display, there is a plethora of visual stimulation that is guaranteed to deepen your appreciation for how two cultures can seamlessly collaborate in a single destination.
The Louvre Abu Dhabi can be experienced on the Seawings Louvre Abu Dhabi excursion. The highlights of the tour include a private charter flight to Abu Dhabi, comfortable road transfers from Yas Marina to the Louvre Abu Dhabi, museum access to public galleries, and return road transfers to your original departure location. Guests have the option to upgrade their experience with return via private air charter.
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
Earning a perfect five-star rating on TripAdvisor with over 31,952 reviews, the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is a top contender for one of our best things to do in Abu Dhabi. Magnificent architecture that celebrates cultural diversity combined with grand open-air spaces provokes a sense of peace and harmony within all visitors to this iconic mosque.
The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque can be experienced on Seawings Abu Dhabi Discovery Tour. This tour highlights the best of Abu Dhabi with a private seaplane charter flight, private Abu Dhabi city tour with a Seawings guide, private tour of Sheik Zayed Grand Mosque, 24k Emirates Palace gold cappuccino, and return road transfers.
Dubai Spice Souk and Gold Souk
This cultural experience in the heart of Dubai provides a sensory overload for any visitor to Dubai. The smells, sights, and sounds will leave you with a much deeper appreciation of the origins of Dubai and what life was like in days gone by. Sampling exotic spices, bargaining for textiles, and purchasing finely crafted jewelry are all part and parcel of this Dubai tour experience.
This sensory extravaganza can be experienced together with the Abra crossing of the Dubai Creek on a Seawings Private Heritage Tour of Dubai.
This is one of the things that you simply have to experience in the United Arab Emirates. There is nothing else like it anywhere else, and it truly is a nod to the modern-day blend of new and old cultures of the Emirati people. Soar through the majestic red sand dunes in a luxury off-road vehicle, take sunset photos like you’ve never seen, enjoy traditional belly dancing, hop on a camel for an unforgettable ride, indulge in delicious Arabic cuisine, partake in some delightfully flavourful shisha, get a henna tattoo, and spend time with friends under the starlit skies of the Arabian desert. This has to be on our list of must-do experience when visiting the United Arab Emirates.
Our Seawings team has access to some of the best tour operators in the region and can effortlessly arrange a Dubai desert safari experience in combination with a Seawings Seaplane tour or as a stand-alone option.
Experience UAE Culture
At the end of the day, what we would like you to remember, is that the United Arab Emirates has more to offer than the modern-day marvels you see on the cover of magazines. There are cultural roots that run deep and traditions that continue to be celebrated in age-old ways throughout the country. There are many things on offer for those explorers who want to feel the real beating heart of this middle eastern haven. Experience the United Arab Emirates like never before with Seawings Seaplane Tours, your partner in all things wonderful about this beautiful country.
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