VISIT TO ABU DHABI & ITS GREAT MOSQUE

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Description


Discover the emirate of Abu Dhabi located at 1h15 drive from Dubai. This historic capital allows you to visit iconic places of the Emirates under the cover of majestic architecture. Between marble, 24-carat gold and pearls, you will also find the oldest fort in Abu Dhabi, where the very first Emir signed the first trade agreement of the Emirates, an agreement of extreme importance and at the origin of the Emirates’ meteoric growth, that of the extraction of oil from its soil.

We offer two tours:
Route 1: 8:30/9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.-5 p.m. or 3 p.m.-6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.-8 p.m., depending on the season
The first tour includes a visit to the Great Mosque. A free English-speaking guide, offered by the mosque, is available every hour from 09:00 to 20:00, at the main entrance, for a guided tour lasting around 60 minutes.

Circuit 2: from 9:30 am to 7:30 pm
The second one offers you a free visit of the presidential palace, a guided tour of the oldest fort in Abu Dhabi, a French speaking guide can be provided subject to availability.
The tour will be followed by a traditional Emirati lunch, you can choose to have lunch Bedouin style on traditional cushions on the ground or sitting; Then visit the great mosque, this visit can be free or guided. On site, the guided tour in English and in groups, is organized every hour from 9am to 8pm and lasts 40 minutes. The meeting point with the guide is at the level of the main entrance on the square of the mosque called Main entrance in English.

– For men, no shorts below the knees, nor tank tops
– For women, bring loose-fitting clothing that covers the ankles and wrists, and a scarf for the hair.

The great mosque
Duration: 2 hours
The Grand Mosque of Abu Dhabi also known as Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in the country, is an architectural gem built under the leadership of His Highness Sheikh Zayed Al Nahyane. Ranked in the top 5 of the largest mosques in the world, its surface area of 22412 square meters allows you to discover a sumptuous place of worship and culture at the same time. It is the only mosque in the Emirates accessible to visitors and tourists.
Its construction will last 12 years, from 1995 to 2007, and the expertise, engineering and craftsmanship of several countries was required. The United Kingdom, India, Morocco, Italy, China, Turkey, Iran and Germany participated in its construction. The bright white marble of this mosque comes from a mountain in Macedonia purchased in its entirety by the United Arab Emirates for a uniqueness of color.
The Abu Dhabi Grand Mosque also holds several world records.

The presidential palace
Duration: 1 hour
Qasr Al Watan is more than a palace, it is a unique testimony to the spirit of the UAE people and its leaders. In the palace, still in operation, you will have access to the meeting rooms where the heads of state are received, to the banquet room where political dinners are served, to their ministerial assembly room, where political decisions are made and much more. Once you arrive at the Palace reception, you will cross the gardens in an air-conditioned bus before arriving at the huge gate of Qasr Al Arab. Behind this gigantic door, admire the incredible entrance.

Abu Dhabi Fort
Duration : 1h30
It is the oldest and most important building in Abu Dhabi, housing the city’s first permanent structure; the watchtower. Built around the 1790s, the dominant structure overlooked the coastal trade routes and protected the growing settlement on the island.
You will discover in this fort, which has become a historical museum, the history of the birth and formation of the Emirates from 1790 to 2000. The personal belongings and original political-commercial agreements of their leaders are carefully stored there.
You will also have access to the Emirates Handicraft Museum, located at the back of the museum in an annex, where coffee prepared by your side in the traditional way will be served.

Lunch:
It is in a typical establishment of the Persian Gulf, that you will lunch; A secret address appreciated by the Emirati people, there are besides as customers only locals. You can choose to taste it in a traditional way or at a table.

Composition of the lunch:
Green salad or Lentil soup
Grilled Fish Fillet or Marinated Chicken
Rice flavored with Emirati spices (cardamom, saffron)
Yogurt Sauce and Spicy Tomato Sauce
Emirati fritter with honey and date syrup
Water

What the tariff includes:
Circuit 1:
Transfers to and from
Visit of the mosque

Circuit 2:
Transfers to and from
Visit to the Presidential Palace
Visit to Abu Dhabi Fort
Traditional lunch
Visit of the great mosque

Location: Abu Dhabi