21 days in United Arab Emirates & Raleigh Itinerary

21 days in United Arab Emirates & Raleigh Itinerary

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21 days in United Arab Emirates & Raleigh Itinerary

Start: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
1
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
— 3 nights
Fly:  19​h 30​min
2
Raleigh, United States
— 4 nights
Fly:  18​h 15​min
3
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Al Ain, United Arab Emirates
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
End: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

3
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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Abu Dhabi ©
Take a trip to Abu Dhabi to discover a modern metropolis built on a strip of land jutting out into the Persian Gulf.
Abu Dhabi is known for historic sites, theme parks, shopping, wildlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Center, find something for the whole family at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, and steep yourself in history at Heritage Village.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Abu Dhabi travel tool .

If you are flying in from United Arab Emirates, the closest major airports are Abu Dhabi International Airport, Dubai International Airport and Al Maktoum International Airport. December in Abu Dhabi sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel to Raleigh.

Things to do in Abu Dhabi

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Bur Dubai Grand Mosque ©
Bur Dubai Grand Mosque
Ferrari World Abu Dhabi ©
Ferrari World Abu Dhabi
The Corniche ©
The Corniche

4
nights
Raleigh, United States

Raleigh ©
For those not from the South, Raleigh might be one of the region's better-kept travel secrets.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Raleigh: Womancraft Gifts (in Carrboro), Durham (Urban Axes Durham, Sarah P. Duke Gardens, & more) and The Carolina Basketball Museum (in Chapel Hill). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Conservators Center, learn more about the world around you at North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, tour the pleasant surroundings at Neuse River Trail, and see the interesting displays at Airborne and Special Operations Museum.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Raleigh online route planner .

Traveling by flight from Abu Dhabi to Raleigh takes 19.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Abu Dhabi to Raleigh is minus 9 hours. Traveling from Abu Dhabi in December, expect Raleigh to be colder, temps between 16°C and 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel to Dubai.

Things to do in Raleigh

Museums Parks Fun & Games

Side Trips

Durham, Fayetteville, Conservators Center, Womancraft Gifts, The Carolina Basketball Museum
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Conservators Center ©
Conservators Center
Sarah P. Duke Gardens ©
Sarah P. Duke Gardens

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dubai ©
Take a holiday in Dubai to experience a mix of excitement, entertainment, and relaxation.
Dubai is known for shopping, theme parks, wildlife, zoos & aquariums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in panoramic vistas at Burj Khalifa, browse the different shops at The Dubai Mall, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mesquita Jumeirah.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Dubai trip tool .

Traveling by flight from Raleigh to Dubai takes 18.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle. The time zone difference when traveling from Raleigh to Dubai is 9 hours. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Raleigh in December; daily highs in Dubai reach 31°C and lows reach 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Ras Al Khaimah.

Things to do in Dubai

Theme Parks Parks Tours
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Burj Khalifa ©
Burj Khalifa
The Dubai Mall ©
The Dubai Mall
Atlantis Aquaventure Waterpark ©
Atlantis Aquaventure Waterpark

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Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates

Ras Al Khaimah ©
Nicknamed "the Rising Emirate," Ras Al Khaimah may be an unfamiliar name to many tourists, but has been tipped as the next Dubai thanks to its steady development (along with the rest of the U.A.E.) of luxury resorts, retail districts, and shopping malls.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Tue): browse the fresh offerings at Fish Market, zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, then look for all kinds of wild species at Wadi Bih, and finally get in on the excitement at Rak Track Karting. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll around Saqr Park, try to win big at Al Sawan Camel Track, and then head outdoors with Corniche Ras al Khaimah.

To see maps and tourist information, go to the Ras Al Khaimah road trip planning site .

Drive from Dubai to Ras Al Khaimah in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Dubai in December since evenings lows in Ras Al Khaimah dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Al Ain.

Things to do in Ras Al Khaimah

Parks Fun & Games Wildlife
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Wadi Bih ©
Wadi Bih
Corniche Ras al Khaimah ©
Corniche Ras al Khaimah
Saqr Park ©
Saqr Park

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Al Ain, United Arab Emirates

Al Ain ©
If you need a break from the U.A.E's two mega-cities, take a trip to Al Ain, a refreshing oasis of green amid the harsh desert.
Al Ain is known for nature, zoos & aquariums, parks, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Oasenstadt Al Ain, browse the different shops at Al Foah Mall, steep yourself in history at Al Jahili Fort, and examine the collection at Sheikh Zayed Palace Museum.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Al Ain trip itinerary builder website .

You can drive from Ras Al Khaimah to Al Ain in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Al Ain

Parks Nature Museums
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Oasenstadt Al Ain ©
Oasenstadt Al Ain
Al Jahili Fort ©
Al Jahili Fort
Sheikh Zayed Palace Museum ©
Sheikh Zayed Palace Museum

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