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Things to do in Dubai

If you have time either before or after your workshop, here are some things you might like to do in Dubai.

Evening Tours:

Thursday 27th September 2018 DESERT SAFARI

Pick-up at 17:00 hrs from Raffles World Academy Drop-off approx 21:00 hours to your hotel or nearest metro.

Price: Dhs 190 Per Person

This tour departs in the evening for a short drive in 4WD vehicles over the sand dunes to reach the campsite, where you have the opportunity to enjoy camel riding, sand boarding, shisha (famous Arabic smoking-water pipe) and get a henna design on your hands or feet. The Tanoora Dancer will treat you with his performance before the delicious barbecue dinner and before returning to Dubai, you can watch the belly dancer performing her show by starlight.



Pick-up at 19:00 hrs from your hotel. Drop-off approx 23:00 hours to your hotel or nearest metro.

Cruise Time in the Dubai Creek: 2 Hours ( 20:30 Hrs – 22:30 Hrs )

Price: Dhs 235 (US 65) Per Person

Step aboard the Dhow for a two hour cruise including buffet dinner and view the vibrant skyline and scenery of New Dubai.  The cruise offers the most prominent sights of lit-up sky scrapers and surrounding residences around the Marina.

Friday 28th September 2018 OLD AND NEW DUBAI CITY TOUR

Pick-up 17:00 hrs from Raffles World Academy Drop off approx 21:00 hours to your hotel or nearest metro.

Price: Dhs 110 Per Person

Sample the historic sites and vibrant cosmopolitan life of Dubai on this comprehensive tour.  The tour starts with a photo-stop at the iconic landmark of Dubai, the Burj Al Arab hotel. The tour continues to Al Bastakiya, the old part of Dubai with it's beautiful and distinctive windtowers to reach the Abra station and aboard the Abra (water taxi) to cross the Creek to the Spice Souk and Gold Souk.  On your return, there is time to see the Dubai Aquarium and Dubai Fountain which is located in the Dubai Mall. 



Pick-up 17:00 hrs from Raffles World Academy

Drop off approx 23:00 hours to your hotel or nearest metro.

Price: Dhs 250 Per Person

Take in the truly magnificent and spectacular Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Abi Dhabi's stunning and architecturally impressive white marble mosque.  Next a short drive to Yas Island, a brief stop at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi allows enthusiasts a chance to purchase souvenirs at the world's first and only Ferrari-designed motorsport theme park. 

Please note there are 1.5hour transfers each way to Abu Dhabi. Transfers and guided tour included; meals and refreshments at your own expense.


NOTE: Strict dress codes must be observed and ladies must wear long sleeves and long skirts or trousers; no see through garments, men must wear long trousers.

Please note: Any bookings should be made direct with Orient Tours and IBICUS can take no responsibility for the success of the tour or any personal loss or injury. You should check that your own travel insurance covers such activities prior to booking.

To book, please call: Orient Tours LLC on 04-28 28 238, send an email to or you can book with their on-site representative during the IBICUS WORKSHOPS. Full payment required at the time of booking; any cancellations within 48 hours charged in full.

Other activities:

Burj Khalifa

Visit the world's tallest tower, the Burj Khalifa and go up to the observation deck ("At the Top" - book well in advance)


Walk from the workshop venue to the public beach (with showers, toilets and changing facilities as well as nearby cafes - ask our staff to direct you)

Dubai Miracle Gardens

Visit Dubai Miracle Gardens, an amazing array of colour in the desert

Swim with Dolphins

Swim with Dolphins at the amazing Aquaventure at Atlantis The Palm

Ski indoors

Ski on the indoor ski slope in the desert (or visit the snowpark) at Ski Dubai at Mall of the Emirates

RIB boat cruise

Take a RIB boat cruise along the coast

Dubai Aquarium

Take an evening visit to Dubai Mall where you can see the Dubai Aquarium, Burj Khalifa and the Dubai Fountain

Souk Madinat Jumeirah

Visit Souk Madinat Jumeirah (a 10 minute walk from our workshop venue) with its lanes of souvenir shops, galleries, cafes and restaurants

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

Take a trip to Abu Dhabi to visit the magnificent Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

Alserkal Avenue

Visit Alserkal Avenue or DIFC with all its amazing upmarket modern art galleries

Jet Ski

Take a jet ski tour along the coastline or through the marina

Emirates Golf  Club

Enjoy a round of golf at the Emirates Golf Club, Creek, Jumeirah Golf Estates or one of the other fabulous golf courses in the city

Helicopter Flight

Take a helicopter flight over the amazing city

Dubai Gold Souk

Haggle over a ring in Dubai Gold Souk or at the Dubai Gold and Diamond Park (a short ride from the workshop venue)

Big Bus

Take a hop-on-hop off BIG BUS or CITY SIGHTSEEING TOUR ride around the city's main attractions

Waterparks galore

Have a day out at the Wild Wadi Waterpark or Aquaventure at Atlantis

Seawings Seaplane

Take a Seawings seaplane flight from the Creek to Jebel Ali to see Dubai from the sky

Tandem Parachute Jump

Pluck up the courage and try a tandem parachute jump over Palm Jumeirah from SkyDive Dubai