13 days in Qatar & United Arab Emirates Itinerary

13 days in Qatar & United Arab Emirates Itinerary

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13 days in Qatar & United Arab Emirates Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg, South Africa
Fly:  12​h 15​min
1
Doha, Qatar
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Al Ain, United Arab Emirates
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
— 4 nights
Fly:  12​h
End: Johannesburg, South Africa

3
nights
Doha, Qatar

Doha ©
Doha, Qatar's capital city, draws visitors with its constant development and expansion, making it a destination on the rise.
Doha is known for museums, nightlife, shopping, theme parks, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at Museum of Islamic Art, browse the eclectic array of goods at Souq Waqif, get lost in a book at Qatar National Library, and let the kids burn off some steam at MIA Park.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Doha online tour planner .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Doha is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from South Africa Standard Time (SAST) to Arabia Standard Time (AST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. While traveling from Johannesburg, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Doha, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Al Ain.

Things to do in Doha

Museums Parks Fun & Games
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Museum of Islamic Art ©
Museum of Islamic Art
Souq Waqif ©
Souq Waqif
The Corniche ©
The Corniche

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sun): experience rural life at Camel Souk, examine the collection at Sheikh Zayed Palace Museum, step into the grandiose world of Al Jahili Fort, then walk around Oasenstadt Al Ain, and finally see the interesting displays at Al Ain National Museum.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Al Ain online trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Doha to Al Ain in 4 hours. Another option is to drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Doha to Al Ain. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can drive to Dubai.

Things to do in Al Ain

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

4
nights
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, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jumeirah Mosque, cool off at Atlantis Aquaventure Waterpark, and stop by Dubai Gold Souk.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Dubai trip maker .

Drive from Al Ain to Dubai in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Dubai can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Abu Dhabi.

Things to do in Dubai

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

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.
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 Bur Dubai Grand Mosque, make a trip to Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital, bet on your favorite at Yas Marina Circuit, and pause for some photo ops at The Founder's Memorial.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Abu Dhabi trip planner .

Traveling by car from Dubai to Abu Dhabi takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in December, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Abu Dhabi

Historic Sites Theme Parks Shopping
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Bur Dubai Grand Mosque ©
Bur Dubai Grand Mosque
Ferrari World Abu Dhabi ©
Ferrari World Abu Dhabi
The Corniche ©
The Corniche

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