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Design Your Own Trip to the UAE

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Handcrafted, Private Tours to the UAE


You want to do things your way. We get it. MIR has been planning custom, private tours from scratch for over three decades, and we understand just how important flexibility is in travel.

Traveling privately on a custom private tour affords a great deal of flexibility – flexibility to immerse yourself in your own exclusive experience, to craft an itinerary around your interests, to go at your own pace, and to travel when it’s right for you.

How does it work? We’ll connect you with one of our Private Tour Designers so that you can share your vision and expectations with us.

We’ll share our extensive experience in the region – and our suggestions. And then we’ll dig into it and custom-craft a private tour itinerary for your review. Give us a call at 800-424-7289 to get started, or click here to be on your way.

Signature Experiences

Below are just a few examples of the signature experiences that MIR can arrange for you in the UAE. Let them be a source of inspiration, then get in touch with one of our Private Tour Designers to craft an itinerary that’s uniquely suited to your travel goals, budget, and style.

  • Explore the windcatchers and traditional architecture of the Al Fahidi Historical Neighborhood, perhaps stopping for lunch at a cultural center where you can chat with an expert in Emirati culture and history
  • Ride an abra boat across the Dubai Creek, and then explore the spice, gold, and handicraft souqs of the Deira District
  • Take in expansive 360-degree views from atop the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building since 2009
  • Dive deep into Emirati history and traditional life while exploring the markets and museums of Sharjah, titled an Arab Capital of Culture by UNESCO
  • Marvel at the breathtakingly beautiful Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi, constructed in a traditional style with modern influences, and open to visitors of all faiths
  • Sip a cappuccino dusted with 24-carat gold powder at one of Abu Dhabi’s luxurious hotels
  • Venture away from the coastal cities to explore the UAE’s interior at the oasis town of Al Ain, rich in museums and archaeological sites, or the sand dunes in the south near Liwa Oasis

Suggested Private Tours

And if you don’t feel that a fully-customized trip is what you seek, we’ve got the perfect solution. Whether you’re looking for a compact trip that hits the highlights or something more in depth, MIR offers suggested private tours that can be adapted to your choice of dates. Our itinerary, your dates – it’s a great option whether you’re traveling solo, as a couple, or in a small group.

Explore suggested private tours: Essential UAE

Need a bit more encouragement? Or want a better lay of the land? Read more about how to design your own trip.

Also keep in mind that you can customize and tweak any of our small group tours to match your preferred dates of travel. Get in touch, we’re here to help.

Traveler Reviews

  • "In a nutshell, this trip was amazing. Far exceeded expectations. The guides were phenomenal–could not have been better."

    The Spendloves

    Salt Lake City, UT

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