USModernist at World Expo
Dubai and Abu Dhabi, UAE
Guess what? The World's Fairs did not end in 1964 in New York!
Expo 2020 (now 2021) is a World Expo (what Americans call a World's Fair) in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). A World Expo lasts six months and adheres to universal themes. The Expo 2020 site is 1083 acres between Dubai and Abu Dhabi. That's huge - the size of a major airport. The master plan is organized around themes of Opportunity, Mobility and Sustainability. You just won't believe the sheer magniture of amazing buildings and where we're going. You will discover unbelievable architecture in this truly once-in-a-lifetime opportunity - with virtually everything included! Wow, that’s incredible! We think so, too. People love discovering Modernist architecture with USModernist. We've taken design fans to New York, Chicago, LA, Fallingwater, Palm Springs, Phoenix, London, Brussels, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Oslo, Berlin, Zurich, Washington, and all around North Carolina - 120 tours over 13 years.
SCHEDULE of DELIGHTFUL EVENTS
We fly to the UAE from RDU.
Day 3 - Abu Dhabi Overview
Abu Dhabi is home to some of the most impressive modern architectural sights in the world! After breakfast, you will explore this UAE capital with our expert guide.
Masdar City, the worlds largest, energy-independent, green development, master planned by Norman Foster and Partners
We will visit amazing modern architecture sights today as well as some of the must-see landmarks of the city. During the tour, we will explore the Sheikh Zayed Mosque, the Sheikh Zayed Bridge, Aldar HQ, Mascar City, and the Yas Viceroy Hotel. Lunch and dinner is on your own.
Day 4 - Louvre Abu Dhabi on Saadiyat Island!
Later we will visit Reem Island, aka Skyscraper Island, and explore Sun Tower, Sky Tower, and The Gate Residential Tower.
Day 5 - Saadiyat Island Part 2!
2010 Shanghai World Expo UAE Pavilion, designed by Norman Foster and Partners.
After breakfast, you will explore more of famous Saadiyat Island, including a visit to the Zayed National Museum, and exterior visits to Manarat Al Saadiyat Cultural Center and the 2010 World Expo UAE Pavilion.
Day 6 - Voyage to Dubai!
After breakfast, you will take a 2-hour train ride from Abu Dhabi to Dubai.
We will likely stay at the World Expo the last two nights at the new Rove Hotel.
Day 7 - Dubai Financial District, Creek, and Marina!
Today you will have a comprehensive tour of downtown Dubai. After breakfast, meet your guide and driver to experience JW Marriott Marquis, the Opus, O-14, Raffles Dubai, Dubai Frame (inside), Museum of the Future (inside), Jumeirah Emirates Towers, The Gate DIFC, Dubai International Financial Centre.
Dinner is on your own that evening.
Day 8 - Dubai Islands!
After breakfast we wcontinue to see the huge man-made island landmarks that captivate the world: Jumeirah Beach Side, the Palm, Dubai Marina, Jumeirah Lake Towers, Burj Al Arab, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Cayan Tower, and the Almas Tower. Dinner on your own.
Day 9 - The World's Fair!
Saudi Arabia Pavilion
Today will be your first day in World Expo, a global destination for people to share ideas, showcase innovation, encourage collaboration and celebrate human ingenuity. Each participating country has its own amazing pavilion, plus there are special themed pavilions! This is Epcot on steroids. See all of them here. After breakfast, you'll get a multi-day admission ticket, plus a subway pass good for unlimited direct travel from our hotel to the World Expo site. Dinner is on your own at the Expo that night.
Day 10 - More World Expo
After breakfast, this is your second full expo day. That evening it is special Farewell Dinner in the Sky! Your gourmet dining and drinks will be served at breathtaking elevation, with fantastic views of the city and the bay. That night, we will transfer to an airport hotel in Abu Dhabi.
Day 11 - The Journey Home
Today is the last day of your trip to the UAE, and our driver will take us to the airport. You will leave with fabulous memories, lots of photos, and a heart full of exciting architecture, wonderful people, and the amazing culture! We will arrive at RDU about 19 hours later.
Tickets and Details
Almost everything's included: roundtrip flights RDU and all transfers; all hotels; Dubai subway pass; all scheduled tours, events, and admissions listed above; all breakfasts, a few lunches, and a few dinners.Participants also receive a free year membership/renewal in the Mod Squad ($120 value)!
$6,999 per person, double occupancy
Those who want to do their own airfare will receive a $700 rebate within a week of payment. By doing so, you are also responsible for your own airport transportation.
Proceeds benefit USModernist's ongoing nonprofit documentation, preservation, and promotion projects.
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