Issue 153, December 2015
Exploring the best of the United Arab Emirates
​NTU alumni and their families and friends have an enjoyable time discovering UAE's exotic blend of modern luxury with distinct tradition

Alumni participating in the 6D4N trip to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) had a memorable time exploring all that Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah, three of the seven emirates which form UAE, had to offer – from vibrant cityscape to serene desert landscapes.

Starting with the Old Dubai city tour on 26 November, the participants walked through narrow bustling streets and saw the charming wind tower houses at the Al-Bastakiya Historical Area. They also visited the Dubai Museum, which is believed to be the oldest building in the city. A ride across the Dubai Creek on the traditional water taxi called the abra gave the alumni a chance to view the areas of Bur Dubai and Deira.

When visiting Dubai, it is a must to see the ‘only 7-star hotel in the world’, the luxurious Burj Al-Arab Hotel. The alumni did just that on the second day, where they stopped at the best viewing point along Jumeira Beach to take photographs of the iconic hotel building with its eye-catching architecture.

Another unforgettable activity for the participants was the adventurous desert safari where they experienced an exciting ride across the sand dunes on a four-wheel drive vehicle, admiring the spectacular sun-setting scenery amidst a serene environment.

At Abu Dhabi, the alumni visited one of the world’s largest mosques, the dazzling Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, which has a capacity for 40,000 worshippers. The architectural work of art has beautiful marble domes and columns, 24 carat gold gilded chandeliers and the world's largest hand knotted carpet.

On the last day, the participants toured Sharjah, the third largest emirate of the UAE. They visited the Museum of Islamic Civilization and Art which showcases thousands of rare and important Islamic artefacts. They learnt about the Islamic faith and the achievements of Islamic civilisation, and admired the beauty of Islamic art.

Thirty-six alumni and their families and friends participated in the 6D4N trip organised by the NTU Alumni Affairs Office from 26 November to 1 December this year.

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