Dubai & Opera in the UAE

The Opera District
The Opera District
Al Jahili Fort
Al Jahili Fort
View of Dubai at night
View of Dubai at night
Al Bastakiya Quarter
Al Bastakiya Quarter

Step into the wonderful world of performing arts in Dubai. This tour will introduce us to the culture of this increasingly vibrant and ultra-modern city, while letting us indulge in its fantastic opera scene. Attend a selection of rousing performances, take a very privileged tour of the Dubai Opera House and be welcomed at a private reception, which will be hosted by the opera house’s very own director.

Take a sightseeing tour of the city, where we can view its many impressive examples of contemporary architecture from the comfort of a private bus. Grab the opportunity to take part in a calligraphy workshop at the Al Qattara Arts Centre. Delicious local cuisine and a fantastic hotel will also be ours to enjoy on this tour, and we will get the chance to visit the picturesque Al Jahili Fort, one of the UAE’s most historic sites. With leisure time to explore this surprising city and tickets to performances included, experience something really unique in the New Year.

  • Take an all-encompassing backstage tour of Dubai’s stunning Opera House
  • Try your hand at calligraphy during a private workshop and learn how to create the beautiful fonts yourself
  • Attend a series of spectacular live performances and stage productions throughout the tour
  • Accept an invite to a private reception at Dubai’s Opera House with its Director
  • Take a sightseeing tour of Dubai by bus and uncover all of its incredible monuments


  • Cultural Excursion


  • Special Access
  • All Inclusive

Itinerary 2019

Day 1

We meet at London’s Heathrow airport in the morning and check in for our flight to Dubai. Lunch will be on board the plane and when we arrive at our final destination, we transfer to our hotel and sit down to a late dinner. Then we can just relax in our rooms after a long day of travelling.

Day 2

This morning we depart by coach for an exploration of Dubai’s Old Quarter on foot. Known as Al Bastakiya, this area dates back to the 19th century and it boasts labyrinthine streets along with eye-catching architecture. We have lunch at the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding, where we spend time learning more about local culture, customs and religion. In the afternoon, we depart for the Opera House
where we enjoy a private reception and buffet on the terrace of the Sean Connolly restaurant. We enjoy a performance later.

Day 3

Our day begins with a walk to the Opera House, where we are treated to an exclusive backstage tour. Here, we can see parts of the building that are not usually open to the public, including dressing room areas and lavish suites. We stop for lunch at a local restaurant and then board a private bus for a sightseeing tour of Dubai and its incredible buildings. Later, we make our way back to the hotel where we can freshen up
before a group dinner. In the evening, we enjoy a walk back to the Opera House, where we sit in the audience for another stunning performance. Afterwards, we return to our hotel for the remainder of the night. 

Day 4

An excursion to Al-Ain gets our day off to a fascinating start. It is the largest inland city in the United Arab Emirates and is known as the ‘Garden City of the Gulf’ due to its greenery. Witness avenues lined by palm trees, stunning parks and decorative roundabouts. Upon arrival, we pay a visit to the Al Jahili Fort. Established in 1891, this striking structure was created around an oasis to protect palm farmers. We take a break for lunch in the afternoon and then we drive to the Al Qattara Arts Centre for a hands-on workshop, where we learn the delicate and decorative art of calligraphy. From here, we return to Dubai and sit down to dinner at a local restaurant. 

Day 5

Today will be spent at leisure, which gives us ample time to explore parts of the city we haven’t already visited as part of this tour. Indulge in the incredible shopping at the phenomenal mall, which is also home to an underwater zoo and aquarium, sample local delicacies at restaurants or cafés, or just spend time soaking up the atmosphere. This is a truly unique city and we have been privileged to experience it in such a way - with such exclusive access. Tonight we watch another performance.

Day 6

Our final day of the tour has finally arrived and a free morning awaits us before we return to our hotel for lunch, which we eat together as a group. Later, we make our way to the airport and catch our return flight home.

What's Included

  1. Expert Guide Lecturer
  2. Tour Manager
  3. Local Travel - Private a/c coach
  4. Meals - All meals included with wine at dinner
  5. Entries & Tips - Entry to all sites in programme; tips included
  6. Hotels
  7. Flights
  8. Opera Tickets - Entry to all performances in the programme. We request the seats in the centre stalls as these offer the best view although seats in boxes are usually more expensive. There is no guarantee that we will get the seats requested as availability is often limited. Where it is possible to avoid boxes as an alternative we will, but in some cases it may be the only option.

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