FROM A FISHING VILLAGE TO A GLOBAL REAL ESTATE & TOURISM HUBTuesday, March 22, 2022
Framing the Experience: Visit the Dubai Frame, the world's largest picture frame, offering breath-taking views of the city's historic district and modern skyline.
Make New Discoveries about the UAE's Proud Heritage: Led by a local host, visit the Etihad Museum, located on the same historical site of the Union House, the very place where the constitution was signed in 1971. Discover the UAE’s rich heritage before the treaty that unified the seven emirates was signed, and gain insights into the UAE’s extraordinary economic development since its independence, as the first federation in the Arab world.
Gain a greater appreciation of Dubai’s culture and customs at the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding. While you enjoy a traditional Emirati lunch your local host will answer questions about life in the emirate. With its motto ‘Open Doors, Open Minds’ – all questions are welcome and answered, no matter how sensitive they are.
Continue by abra (traditional water taxi) across the creek to stroll the spice and gold markets.
Stroll through the Spice Souk, a colourful, aromatic and sensory experience. Discover new flavours and recipes as you explore the traditional spice market in Dubai's heritage area.
Continue to the famous Gold Souk, one of the oldest and most fascinating traditional markets in the emirate. Whether you’re just browsing, or genuinely on the hunt for even the slightest amount of precious gold, walk through the glittering Gold Souk to find designs from around the world crafted with a variety of carats.
Up you go: Enjoy the incredible views from Burj Khalifa, the tallest tower in the world.
Free time to shop in the Dubai Mall, one of the world's largest shopping malls, visit the famous Dubai Aquarium.
Dinner at a local restaurant overlooking the Burj Khalifa and the Dubai Fountain evening show.
OvernightHyatt Regency Dubai Creek Heights, Dubai
MealsBreakfast, Lunch, Dinner
CITY AND DESERT WONDERSWednesday, March 23, 2022
A Growing and Vibrant Jewish Community of Expats in the UAE: Dialogue with Ross Kriel, the President of the Jewish Council of the Emirates (JCE), or with the UAE’s Senior Rabbi, Beirut-born Dr. Elie Abadie, a prominent scholar of Sephardic Judaism.
Pioneering Towards the Future: Visit Dubai's Museum of the Future. With seven floors of exhibition space, the facade is covered in steel with 1024 Arabic calligraphy panels. This museum is a unique initiative that explores the future of science, technology and innovation.
From spices and slippers to locally made jewelry, the Souk Madinat Jumeirah is an Arabian bazaar, full of incredible finds. Wander through the stands and stalls under ornate lanterns and carved wood, immersing yourself in the shopping culture of this traditional Middle Eastern marketplace.
Desert Safari: Traverse the desert in museum-quality 1950's vintage Land Rovers. Spot native wildlife like Arabian oryx on a desert drive in the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve. Enjoy a photo stop in the sand dunes and witness a spectacular falcon show.
Royal Desert Retreat: Enjoy a traditional Emirati and Arabic dinner using traditional methods and authentic recipes, concluding with local performers who will provide cultural entertainment from Dubai.
OvernightHyatt Regency Dubai Creek Heights, Dubai
DISCOVER ABU DHABIThursday, March 24, 2022
Take a day trip to explore Abu Dhabi.
Visit Qasr Al Watan, an incredible, new and unique landmark in the United Arab Emirates. A Palace brimming with knowledge, offering the world a first-of-its-kind insight into the Arab heritage and the governing principles that shaped the history of the United Arab Emirates and its vision to the future.
Explore the magnificent Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, one of the largest mosques in the world — able to accommodate more than 30,000 worshippers.
Lunch at a local restaurant.
Continue to Saadiyat Island to visit the iconic Louvre Abu Dhabi, the first universal museum in the Arab World, translating and fostering the spirit of openness between cultures. As one of the premier cultural institutions, this art-lovers’ dream displays works of historical, cultural and sociological significance, from ancient times to the contemporary era.
(Pending completion of the project) Continue to the Abrahamic Family House, a beacon of mutual understanding, harmonious coexistence and peace among people of faith and goodwill. It consists of a mosque, church, synagogue and an educational center.
Head to the world-famous Emirates Palace hotel for a one-of-a-kind coffee. The Golden Cappuccino at the hotel’s Le Cafe is a delicious cup of fragrant coffee topped with the hotel’s logo and sprinkled with real 24-carat gold leaf. The coffee is served on a silver tray and accompanied with a sweet date and dark chocolate and a slice of cake for a real a taste of luxury.
Return to Dubai. Check into your hotel, located in the tree-shaped Palm Jumeirah Island. This engineering marvel is synonymous with Dubai’s efforts to consistently evolve and make dreams come true. The neighborhood offers an urban mix of island residences, glamorous five-star resorts, on-trend restaurants and chic beach clubs.
Evening at leisure.
OvernightSofitel the Palm, Dubai
CONNECTING MINDS, CREATING THE FUTUREFriday, March 25, 2022
Optional: Enjoy sweeping vistas of Dubai’s skyscrapers, beaches and architectural marvels on a thrilling seaplane flight. Soar over Dubai's attractions such as the Burj Khalifa, Burj Al-Arab, Palm Jumeirah (the world’s largest man-made archipelago, shaped like a palm) and The World Islands.
Spend the day at Expo 2020 Dubai, the world's greatest show, and celebrate human brilliance connecting people from all across the globe, including: Alif - The Mobility Pavilion, looking at the future of the movement of goods, people, knowledge and data. The Israeli Pavilion. Al Wasl Plaza, an open space at the center of Expo 2020 Dubai, combines breath-taking design, innovative technology, and an intricate domed trellis incorporating a huge immersive projection experience Artificial Intelligence. Terra – The Sustainability Pavilion, designed by UK-based Grimshaw Architects. The UAE Pavilion, where you can immerse in the culture and traditions of the Emirates at this pavilion designed in a shape of a falcon in flight.
Kabbalat Shabbat services at the Address Dubai Marina Hotel, together with the local Jewish community and guests, and led by Chabad Rabbis, followed by a festive Shabbat dinner.
OvernightSofitel the Palm, Dubai
SHABBAT AT LEISURE IN DUBAISaturday, March 26, 2022
Day at leisure with time to enjoy the hotel’s facilities.
Cruise along the Dubai Marina, under the illuminated skyline of the city on this farewell dinner cruise. Enjoy the views and sights of popular Dubai landmarks as you dine on a buffet dinner.
OvernightSofitel the Palm, Dubai
FAREWELLSunday, March 27, 2022
Transfer to the airport and board your homebound flight.
5 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned bus.
6 days of touring with a Da’at tour educator and a local guide.
Individual transfers to and from the airport.
All site entrance fees and program fees as per itinerary.
Meals: daily breakfast, 2 lunches & 4 dinners.
Mineral water during all touring days.
Portage at the hotel.
Evening transportation when dinner is not included.
Amendments to the program: In the event that any sites, programs or meals etc are added to the program, an additional fee may be required.
Personal extras: Items of personal nature such as laundry, wines, mineral water, beverages, coffee, tea, food other than the table d’hotel menu, passport and visa fees, insurance, and foreign port taxes, unless otherwise specified.
US and foreign airport taxes, Q fuel surcharge and border taxes when applicable.
Gratuities: We recommend the following guidelines for tipping (amounts in US dollars):
Da'at Expert Educator: $10 | Local Guide: $3 | Driver: $2 - per participant per day
Seaplane flight is estimated at $300 and will be quoted separately.
The small print
Group rates: Group rates are per person based on double occupancy and a minimum of
20 full-paying participants. Should the number of participants drop below the minimum
listed, the cost of the trip will be adjusted to reflect the additional expense of operating the
Currency: Tour prices are per person in U.S. dollars. All hotel accommodations, motor coach
transportation, special dinners, sightseeing, admissions, luggage handling and the services
of local guides, drivers, and the tour guide/educator are included.
Payment policy: Da'at Educational Expeditions reserves the right to adjust its terms of
payment, including cancelation policies and initial deposits. Notification of any changes will
be made explicitly to the participants where relevant.
Initial deposit of $500 per person, non-refundable, non-transferable is due at the time of reservation unless another amount is indicated.
Final payment is due 90 days before the scheduled trip begins, or as specified in
Cancelation policy: All cancelations need to be made in writing. The cancelation fee
depends on the date when we receive written notification of your request to
cancel your booking. Please note that the deposit is non-refundable.
Cancelation fees made:
90 or more days prior to departure incur the loss of the deposit.
89 to 46 days prior to departure incur the loss of 50% of the full trip cost.
45 days or less prior to the departure incur the loss of 100% of the full
Cancelation fees may also included:
Hotel or supplier cancelation fees.
For trips in Israel only: The cost of the PEACE OF MIND TRAVEL PROTECTION PROGRAM (POM), if this was purchased.
Group airfare penalty fee.
Travel insurance: We strongly recommend that you purchase your own travel insurance.
Please discuss land, air and health insurance options with your insurance provider or contact
Travel Insured at 1-800-344-6226, ext. 257. Some insurance programs provide more
comprehensive coverage when the policy is purchased in close proximity to the initial trip
deposit. We, therefore, recommend that you secure insurance within 14 days of your initial
deposit payment date.
Room categories are based on standard Run of House unless otherwise noted.
Our standard is to provide the best available hotels while considering value. Although the level of accommodations may differ slightly from hotel to hotel, we are committed to your comfort.
We reserve the right to make substitutions with hotels of equal standard. No refunds will be issued for the differences between hotel prices.
The standard hotel room in Israel is generally smaller than in the US, comfortably accommodating two people in either one queen-size bed or two single beds. Some hotels offer triple rooms consisting of standard twin beds plus a sofa/folding bed or cot for the third person.
Special requests such as room selections, bed types, and smoking preferences are subject to availability and are strictly at the discretion of the hotel's management on a run-of-house basis.
All hotel rates are non-negotiable and are based on the agreements made between Dalat Educational Expeditions and its suppliers.
Hotel check-in time is generally not before 3:00 p.m. and check-out time is prior to noon. If you are taking a late-night flight, make sure to organize adequate arrangements for accommodation until you are ready to leave for the airport. If a day room is included in the itinerary, check-out time will usually be at 6:00 p.m.
We have created a Da’at COVID-19 safety protocol to protect everyone in the group.*
Masks are required on Da’at trips and are provided at no extra charge.
Social distancing is strictly observed and trips are limited in participation. All venues, meals, and vehicles are reserved to ensure that there is additional space and that they conform to COVID safety protocols.
Cleanliness is our top priority and we ensure that all surfaces and high-traffic areas used by our trip participants and team are clean and disinfected.
In order to give you peace of mindwhen making future travel plans, we have suspended our cancellation policies.** If your travel has been impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic, you can change or cancel your travel without any cancellation fees up to 30 days before your departure date. If you need to change your travel plans due to Coronavirus 30 days or less before your departure date, no change fee will apply and funds received to date for your trip will be refunded to you as an e-Credit that you will be able to use toward a future Da’at trip.
Using common sense during a global pandemic is key to having a safe, healthy, worry-free, and enjoyable trip. If you have questions about our COVID protocols, please do not hesitate to reach out to our team so that we can reassure you.
* To protect the safety of all our travelers, we cannot allow anyone to join a trip who has been exposed to COVID-19 within 2 weeks of the trip’s departure date. Check your destination’s entry requirements before departure, as several countries may have issued travel regulations that may affect your trip.
** In cases where our cancellation policy differs from what is written, you will be personally notified well in advance.