911 Dakar Odyssey from Dubai to the Timeless Wonders of Al-Ula
Arts & Culture
United Arab Emirates (UAE)
Awaken your inner explorer and prepare to unleash the power of your engines for the most thrilling ride of your life! Prepare to embark on a once-in-a-lifetime odyssey from the dazzling streets of Dubai to the timeless wonders of Al Ula, all from the cockpit of the awe-inspiring Porsche 911 Dakar. This is more than just a road trip; it's a celebration of the intrepid spirit within you. Our meticulously crafted Porsche 911 Dakar is not just a car; it's your trusted partner in unlocking the hidden treasures of the Middle East. With unrivaled off-road capabilities, cutting-edge technology and a design that pays homage to its legendary heritage, this iconic vehicle elevates your journey to an unforgettable level. As you navigate the intricate tapestry of the region's cultural heritage and indulge in exhilarating off-road escapades, you'll discover why this expedition is nothing short of extraordinary. Authentic Finest Travel invites you to be a part of this exclusive expedition, meticulously crafted for modern explorers who seek the perfect blend of opulence, adventure and cultural discovery. Get ready to be captivated by the allure of the desert, enchanted by UNESCO World Heritage Sites and indulged in luxury beyond your imagination.
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Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach
Between the city and the Arabian Gulf, a beachfront resort with superlative service and a raft of restaurants.
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Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara
Just outside of Abu Dhabi, this desert paradise features an array of exclusive rooms, a hammam, spa rituals and safari adventures in the desert.
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Wellness resort located within a UNESCO World Heritage Site with rustic-chic tents.
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Day 1: Arrival in Dubai
As you touch down in Dubai, the adventure welcomes you at the Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach. This luxurious resort harmoniously blends Arabian design with modern sophistication. Located on a pristine stretch of private beach, it offers stunning views of the Arabian Gulf. The resort's impeccable service and world-class amenities provide a sense of excitement and anticipation, setting the perfect tone for your adventure.
After settling in, prepare for the highlight of your trip – picking up the sleek Porsche 911 Dakar. This iconic machine, a tribute to the original legend, will be your companion for the journey ahead. Driving a 911 Dakar is more than just a mode of transportation; it's a connection to the spirit of exploration and the heritage of the original Dakar rally. 50 mm more ground clearance than that of a 911 Carrera with sports suspension, the roar of the engine with 480 horsepower, the responsive steering, and the sense of control combine to create an unforgettable driving experience. Whether cruising on highways or conquering desert terrain, every moment behind the wheel is an adventure.
Immerse yourself in Dubai's supercar culture as you drive to the Flat 12 Café. This establishment is a mecca for automotive enthusiasts, surrounded by a collection of supercars and historic automobiles. Connect with Dubai's vibrant supercar scene, share stories and soak up the thrill of high-performance vehicles. For dinner, we recommend Pierchic, a culinary gem nestled at the end of a pier overlooking the vast Persian Gulf. This seafood haven is celebrated not only for its delectable dishes but also for the awe-inspiring views it offers, creating an unforgettable atmosphere.
Day 2: Driving to Tel Moreeb (350KM)
After a restful night at the Four Seasons, it's time to embrace the open road. Enjoy breakfast with panoramic views of the Gulf, setting the perfect tone for the day ahead.
Today's journey spans 350 kilometers through ever-changing desert landscapes. Your Porsche 911 Dakar will conquer the open road effortlessly, as you head towards the majestic Al Dhafra region in Abu Dhabi. Your destination is Tel Moreeb, considered by many to be the world's tallest dune, at over 300 meters high, with its 50-degree incline making it a prime destination for motorsports enthusiasts.
Upon reaching Tel Moreeb, the thrill of off-road adventure awaits. Join a local motorsports guide for an adrenaline-pumping experience as you conquer the steep incline of Tel Moreeb. The panoramic desert vistas from the summit are nothing short of awe-inspiring.
The day culminates with dinner at 'SUHAIL,' an exclusive restaurant within the Qasr Al-Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara. As you dine under a canopy of stars, savor exquisite Arabic flavors in a setting that mirrors the mystique of the desert at night. Specializing in traditional Bedouin cuisine, SUHAIL adds a modern twist to classic dishes, creating a culinary journey that resonates with the spirit of the desert.
Day 3: Driving to Doha
As the sun rises, prepare for an exhilarating day of driving. Today's journey is not just a transit to Doha; it's an opportunity to immerse yourself in the sheer pleasure of driving the Porsche 911 Dakar.
As you leave the Emirates behind and head towards the border with Qatar, you'll encounter rolling dunes, endless horizons, and the feeling of boundless freedom that only a road trip in a Porsche 911 Dakar can provide.
Upon arriving in Doha, your journey will lead you to the exquisite Raffles Hotel, where you will begin your luxurious stay in this captivating city. As you step into the lobby of the Raffles Hotel Doha, you will immediately be embraced by an aura of sophistication and timeless elegance. For a truly exceptional dining experience, venture to Nobu Doha, a renowned restaurant located nearby. With its fusion of Japanese and Peruvian flavors and breathtaking views of the Doha skyline and Arabian Gulf, Nobu Doha offers a dining experience like no other. Be sure to indulge in their signature dish, the Black Cod Miso, a culinary masterpiece that will delight your taste buds and leave you with unforgettable memories of your stay in this remarkable city.
Day 4: Driving to Nofa Riyadh
After a restful night at Raffles Hotel Doha, it's time to continue your journey towards Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Start your day with a delicious breakfast at the hotel, savoring flavors that bridge the culinary traditions of Qatar and Saudi Arabia.
Before hitting the road, immerse yourself in the rich cultural tapestry of Qatar with a visit to the National Museum of Qatar. This architectural masterpiece, designed by Jean Nouvel, is a celebration of Qatar's history and culture. The museum's unique design, resembling a desert rose, is an architectural marvel.
Inside, you'll find immersive exhibitions that trace the history of Qatar, from its ancient roots to its emergence as a modern nation. Discover artifacts, artworks and interactive displays that showcase the nation's heritage, traditions nand aspirations. It's a fascinating prelude to the historical and cultural wonders that await you in Saudi Arabia.
As you cross the border into Saudi Arabia, the landscape undergoes a transformation. The vast desert extends as far as the eye can see, reminding you of the timeless beauty of this region. The Porsche 911 Dakar handles the journey with precision, making the drive an exhilarating experience.
The lunch break will take place at the enchanting Al Hasa Oasis, a lush and verdant paradise nestled within the arid desert. This oasis is a serene haven where towering palm trees provide shade, cool springs offer respite and the contrast between the surrounding desert and the vibrant greenery is nothing short of breathtaking. It's a perfect spot to relax, recharge and appreciate the unique beauty of the Arabian Peninsula.
Following your refreshing break at Al Hasa Oasis, continue your journey towards Riyadh, where Nofa Riyadh, a Radisson Collection Resort, awaits your arrival. The desert landscape and mountains surrounding the resort are both captivating and serene, offering the perfect backdrop for some relaxation after the long drive.
The Grill at Nofa Riyadh is a culinary gem that offers an unforgettable dining experience. The restaurant's elegant ambiance and impeccable service set the stage for a memorable meal. I highly recommend trying their Tomahawk Steak. This magnificent cut of meat is known for its exceptional flavor and tenderness, perfectly grilled to your liking. It's a carnivore's delight and a must-try dish at The Grill, Nofa Riyadh.
Day 5: Exploring Riyadh
Wake up to the promise of an extraordinary morning adventure. The anticipation builds as you prepare for a thrilling early-morning game drive in the Porsche 911 Dakar. The engines rev just before sunrise, and with the first light of day, your safari begins.
Your destination is the private safari resort of Nofa Riyadh, where a pristine natural landscape awaits. As you embark on your game drive, keep your eyes peeled for the fascinating wildlife that calls this desert sanctuary home. Arabian oryx, gazelles and desert foxes are often spotted in these untouched terrains. The Porsche 911 Dakar effortlessly navigates the rugged terrain, providing a thrilling and comfortable ride as you venture deeper into the desert.
After an exhilarating morning of wildlife encounters and desert exploration, return to Nofa Riyadh for a sumptuous breakfast. Savor a spread of culinary delights that cater to every palate, from fresh fruits to delectable pastries, energizing you for the adventures that lie ahead.
For lunch, we recommend Najd Village, a restaurant that offers an authentic taste of traditional Saudi Arabian cuisine. You'll be immersed in the heart of Saudi culture as you savor dishes like "Kabsa," a flavorful and aromatic rice dish made with fragrant spices, tender meat (often chicken, lamb or goat) and a mixture of vegetables. Indulge in the rich flavors and cultural ambiance that this restaurant has to offer, experiencing the essence of Saudi culinary heritage during your meal at Najd Village.
In the afternoon, immerse yourself in Saudi Arabia's rich history with a visit to the Al Murabba historical palace. This UNESCO World Heritage site is a true architectural gem, offering a glimpse into the country's past. The palace's intricate design and beautifully landscaped gardens provide a serene backdrop as you explore its grand halls and corridors. Learn about the significance of Al Murabba and the role it has played in Saudi Arabia's cultural heritage.
Sunset Drive to the "Edge of the World"
As the day transitions to evening, it's time for a breathtaking adventure. Set off in the Porsche 911 Dakar towards the "Edge of the World," an iconic natural wonder that lives up to its name. As you approach, the vibrant atmosphere and the dramatic views are awe-inspiring. The endless desert stretches before you, with cliffs that seem to plummet into the abyss. It's a mesmerizing scene that will leave you in awe of nature's grandeur.
When the sun has set, head to Nozomi Riyadh, an upscale restaurant known for its fusion of Japanese and Arabian flavors. While dining here, make sure to indulge in the signature dish, "Wagyu Gunkan." This exquisite dish combines the finest Japanese Wagyu beef with perfectly seasoned rice and a touch of truffle oil. It's a culinary masterpiece that will delight your taste buds.
Day 6: Driving to Madinah
As the sun rises, another day of adventure beckons. After a hearty breakfast at Nofa Riyadh, you set out on the road to Madinah. The landscape transforms around you as you leave Riyadh behind.
The road to Madinah offers a unique journey through the heart of Saudi Arabia. As you traverse the vast expanses of the Arabian Peninsula, you'll encounter a diverse array of landscapes, from rugged desert terrain to serene oases. The drive is an opportunity to immerse yourself in the natural beauty and changing vistas of the region.
In the afternoon, you'll arrive in the sacred city of Madinah. This city holds a special place in the hearts of millions worldwide as a religious and cultural center of Saudi Arabia. Madinah, also known as Medina, holds profound religious significance in Islam. It is the burial place of the Prophet Muhammad and is revered as the second holiest city in Islam after Mecca. The city's rich history is intertwined with the life of the Prophet and the early Muslim community. It's worth noting that only in recent years have tourists been able to visit this vibrant and high-energy place, making your journey even more exceptional.
Day 7: Driving to Al Ula
Today brings a shorter drive of around four hours, allowing you to savor the journey at a leisurely pace. Begin your day with a delightful breakfast at the Madinah Hilton Hotel, taking in the serene views of the nearby mosque.
Lunch at Tama, Habitas Al Ula
Your lunch stop today is at the enchanting Tama restaurant, nestled within the scenic surroundings of Habitas Al Ula. The restaurant's atmosphere is a blend of modern elegance and traditional Arabian charm, offering a serene oasis for your midday meal. We recommend trying the "Mandi" – a fragrant rice dish infused with spices and tender meat, providing a taste of local flavors.
Afternoon Drive to Nabatean Tombs
As you embark on the drive to the ancient Nabatean tombs, the anticipation builds. These tombs are a testament to the rich history and architectural prowess of the Nabatean civilization. Carved into the rose-red cliffs of Al Ula, the tombs boast intricate facades and chambers that once served as final resting places for the Nabatean elite. The site's significance lies in its well-preserved examples of rock-cut architecture and the cultural heritage of the region.
Dining at Maraya Social
In the evening, you'll experience Maraya Social, a remarkable dining establishment located in a breathtaking setting. This restaurant is nestled within the striking Maraya Concert Hall, known for its reflective mirrored facade that beautifully captures the surrounding landscapes. The restaurant's atmosphere is one of sophistication and wonder, with the mirrored exterior creating a captivating play of light and reflection. As you dine, sample dishes that blend traditional Arabian flavors with international influences, offering a culinary journey that complements the stunning surroundings.
About Maraya Social: Maraya Social is a unique dining experience set within the remarkable Maraya Concert Hall, which holds the title of the world's largest mirrored building. The restaurant offers panoramic views of the surrounding desert and the stunning concert hall. The mirrored exterior reflects the ever-changing desert landscapes, creating an atmosphere that's both intimate and awe-inspiring. The menu features a fusion of flavors, and we recommend trying the "Maraya Feast," a chef's selection that highlights the best of Arabian cuisine with a modern twist.
Stargazing at Garah Meel
After a sumptuous dinner at Maraya Social, embark on an exciting and enchanting stargazing experience at Garah Meel. The vast desert skies of Al Ula offer some of the clearest and most awe-inspiring views of the night sky. Accompanied by knowledgeable astronomers and equipped with high-powered telescopes, you'll be treated to a celestial journey like no other. Marvel at the brilliance of distant stars, constellations and even planets, as you immerse yourself in the mysteries of the universe. It's a moment of serenity and wonder that adds an extra layer of magic to your road trip.
Day 8: Discovering Hegra and the Elephant Rock
Today, your journey takes a different path as you explore the historic treasures of Al Ula. After breakfast, set out to visit "Hegra," also known as Madain Saleh. Hegra is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a true archaeological marvel. It was once a thriving Nabatean city, much like Petra in Jordan, with its rock-cut tombs and facades that bear witness to the craftsmanship of ancient civilizations. Explore the intricately carved tombs, inscriptions and ancient dwellings that transport you back in time to the heyday of the Nabatean civilization.
Following your visit to Hegra, make your way to the iconic Elephant Rock. This natural wonder is a sandstone formation that strikingly resembles an elephant in its shape. It's not only a unique geological feature but also an excellent spot for photos, allowing you to capture the magic of Al Ula's landscapes.
For lunch, indulge in the flavors of Saudi Arabia at 'Saffron' restaurant. Located amid the desert surroundings of Al Ula, Saffron offers an intimate and rustic atmosphere. The restaurant specializes in traditional Saudi Arabian cuisine with a modern twist. Try dishes like "Mandi" or "Kabsa," both of which combine aromatic rice with tender meat and a blend of spices. The warm and inviting ambiance of Saffron complements the rich flavors of the cuisine, making it a memorable dining experience.
Celebrating the Journey
As you savor your final meal of the road trip to Saffron, take a moment to reflect on the incredible journey that has taken you nearly 3,000 kilometers through the heart of the Middle East. From the bustling streets of Dubai to the ancient wonders of Al Ula, you've experienced the best that this region has to offer. It's time to raise a toast to the unforgettable memories, the rich cultural heritage, and the breathtaking landscapes that have been your constant companions on this modern explorer's adventure.
Day 9: Departure from Al Ula
After breakfast, bid farewell to Al Ula. Your private jet awaits at the local airport to fly you back to Dubai with the utmost luxury and ease.
As your journey with Authentic Finest Travel comes to an end, reflect on the unforgettable experiences, rich cultural heritage and breathtaking landscapes you've encountered on this luxury road trip. Leave with a heart full of memories and a deep appreciation for the Middle East's beauty and history.
To book this extraordinary road trip and embark on a journey of unparalleled luxury and adventure with Authentic Finest Travel, contact us today. Our expertise lies in crafting the most exclusive and extraordinary adventure trips, where every detail is meticulously planned to ensure an experience like no other.
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At Authentic Finest Travel, we believe in combining modern luxury with the spirit of exploration, creating memories that will last a lifetime. Your next adventure awaits and it promises to be nothing short of extraordinary.
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