There’s nothing as exciting or enriching as experiencing a culture or landscape than different from one’s normal day-to-day routine—which is why Product Marketing Director Carley Thornell was especially happy to travel to Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Now, Vantage has some exciting news for travelers like you: the first announcement of our brand-new Arabian Adventure in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Oman & Qatar. Read on for Carley’s insights about traveling to this land, where modern marvels like the towering Burj Khalifa meet ancient wonders like centuries-old mosques and calls to prayer.
A trip to the viewing platform at Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, is actually more calming than heart-pounding when you’re sky-high. From atop the 2,716-foot structure, you’ll get an amazing view of this burgeoning city, far into the desert in the distance. And don’t forget about the famous shopping malls, with indoor ice-skating rinks, aquariums & theme parks among their many treasures.
If you always admired a view of the stars and a warm summer breeze, there’s nothing as lovely as a desert safari, with belly dancing, barbecued meats and grilled vegetables, and music. These afternoons usually begin with a fun trek aboard all-terrain vehicles, and it’s a real kick cruising over dunes in what feels like the middle of nowhere.
It’s a rare opportunity to be able to visit a mosque, and the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi doesn’t disappoint. Expect stunningly hued multi-colored carpets, walls and marble columns; and magnificent glass sculptures, all remarkably and harmoniously blended with a breathtakingly romantic white exterior.
Fans of race cars—plenty of which can be spotted in the UAE—can rejoice at Ferrari World. This theme park includes antique vehicles, a fascinating history behind the brand and its namesake Enzo Ferrari, and the opportunity to enjoy a ride on the world’s fastest roller coaster!
Health-food lovers rejoice—there are plenty of fresh options here, like lentils, legumes, and grilled vegetables. Among the most exciting snacks are fresh juices at almost every corner, made from fruits both common and exotic. Not to worry—travelers will also have many selections of Western-style meals in this section of the world, too.