16 days in United Arab Emirates & Oman Itinerary

16 days in United Arab Emirates & Oman Itinerary

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1
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
— 4 nights
2
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
— 4 nights
3
Al Ain, United Arab Emirates
— 2 nights
4
Nizwa, Oman
— 1 night
5
Muscat, Oman
— 2 nights

4
nights
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dubai ©
Take a holiday in Dubai to experience a mix of excitement, entertainment, and relaxation.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Al Fahidi Fort and Bastakia Quarter. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Kite Beach by Meraas and La Mer by Meraas. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Marina Beach, take a leisurely stroll along Bur Dubai Abra Dock, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and browse the different shops at The Dubai Mall.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Dubai itinerary planner.

Newark, USA to Dubai is an approximately 19.5-hour combination of car and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Newark to Dubai is 9 hours. Traveling from Newark in December, expect Dubai to be much warmer, temps between 80°F and 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Abu Dhabi.

Things to do in Dubai

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks
Highlights from your plan
Burj Khalifa ©
Burj Khalifa
Marina Beach ©
Marina Beach
La Mer by Meraas ©
La Mer by Meraas

4
nights
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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Corniche Beach and Saadiyat Public Beach. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital and Miraj Islamic Art Centre. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, steep yourself in history at Heritage Village, make a trip to Observation Deck at 300, and explore the world behind art at Louvre Abu Dhabi.

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Abu Dhabi holiday builder site.

Getting from Dubai to Abu Dhabi by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In December in Abu Dhabi, expect temperatures between 78°F during the day and 64°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to drive to Al Ain.

Things to do in Abu Dhabi

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Corniche Beach ©
Corniche Beach
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque ©
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital ©
Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital

2
nights
Al Ain, United Arab Emirates

Al Ain ©
A trip to Al Ain, a refreshing oasis of green amid the harsh desert, offers a scenic break from the hum of Abu Dhabi.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Al Ain Oasis, then explore the historical opulence of Al Jahili Fort, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Jebel Hafeet. On the 16th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Al Ain National Museum, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Al Ain Zoo, then examine the collection at Sheikh Zayed Palace Museum, and finally experience rural life at Camel Souk.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Al Ain trip planner.

Traveling by car from Abu Dhabi to Al Ain takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to drive to Nizwa.

Things to do in Al Ain

Parks · Nature · Museums
Highlights from your plan
Al Jahili Fort ©
Al Jahili Fort
Jebel Hafeet ©
Jebel Hafeet
Sheikh Zayed Palace Museum ©
Sheikh Zayed Palace Museum

1
night
Nizwa, Oman

Nizwa ©
Once the capital of the sultanate, Nizwa stands as one of the longest-established urban areas in the country, and has retained its traditional core.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sat): step into the grandiose world of Jibreen Castle, delve into the distant past at Bahla Fort, then steep yourself in history at Falaj Daris Park, and finally make a trip to Nizwa Fort.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Nizwa holiday planner.

Getting from Al Ain to Nizwa by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. In December, daily temperatures in Nizwa can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can travel to Muscat.

Things to do in Nizwa

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Jibreen Castle
Highlights from your plan
Jibreen Castle ©
Jibreen Castle
 Nizwa Fort ©
Nizwa Fort
Bahla Fort ©
Bahla Fort

2
nights
Muscat, Oman

Muscat ©
The capital and largest city of Oman, the coastal city of Muscat boasts numerous historical sites and pristine modern developments.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Qurum Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Pebble Beach, then explore the world behind art at The National Museum of Oman, and finally examine the collection at Bait Al Zubair. On the next day, tour the pleasant surroundings at Yitti Beach, then get a sense of history and politics at Al Alam Palace, and then make a trip to Corniche.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Muscat online driving holiday planner.

Explore your travel options from Nizwa to Muscat with the Route module. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Nizwa in December, with highs in Muscat at 79°F and lows at 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Muscat

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks

Side Trips

Muscat Governorate, Yitti Beach
Highlights from your plan
Yitti Beach ©
Yitti Beach
The National Museum of Oman ©
The National Museum of Oman
Al Alam Palace ©
Al Alam Palace

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