United Arab Emirates Explorer

  • Location

    United Arab Emirates

  • Duration

    7 days / 6 nights

  • Length

    40 - 100 km daily

  • Climb

    0 - 1,000 m daily

20 Feb 2023 - 26 Feb 2023 / 27 Nov 2024 - 1 Dec 2024

The United Arab Emirates - something new, different scenery, a bit of luxury, throw in some Arabian nights and a UCI race. Looks perfect.

A country synonymous with luxury is full of contrasts that take you from pristine cities with brand new towering buildings, hotels, and monuments designed by local and internationally renowned celebrity architects; to endless deserts dotted with large and small oases and THEN dramatic treeless mountain ranges and magnificent views.

Escape the European and north American winters as the UAE temperatures in November to February offer very mild to pleasantly warm temperatures for cycling...and for swimming in the hotel pools or the Persian Gulf waters.

There are two mountain climbs on immaculate roads - Jebel Hafeet and Jebel Jais. Both climbs are on mountain ranges bordering Oman offering stunning landscapes and views. And both mountains are routes on the UCI UAE Tour.

Add in immaculate roads and cycle paths passing through wadis and sand dunes AND our own Grand Tours Project guide, Ebrahim, you have a unique explorer tour with a personal touch.

Classic UAE Explorer Tour

Fixed dates

(23-29 January) 2024

(25 Nov -01 Dec) 2024

Total price: FROM €4,790

  • Ride excellent roads past amazing environments - sand dunes, wadis, oases and the Persian Gulf
  • Climb the 2 bucket list climbs of the UAE - Jebel Hafeet & Jebel Jais
  • Ride the cycle paths into and within the magnificent cities of Abu Dhabi and Dubai
  • One night desert camping
  • Stay in carefully selected 4-star hotels enjoy outstanding food
  • Expert planning and support from our local UAE team (guides, mechanics, drivers)
  • Bike rental available (carbon frame and Shimano Ultegra or equivalent) available
  • Maximum group size of 14 (max client to guide ratio 7:1)
  • Day 1 - Arrival in Dubai or Abu Dhabi

    مرحباً بكم في دولة الإمارات العربية المتحدة Welcome to the United Arab Emirates

    30-40 km

    After checking into our hotel, we will ensure the bikes adjusted to your comfort or assist you in assembling your bike and then venture into the city and the reclaimed areas along the coast for a short ride.

    Back at the hotel we can relax in the facilities offered by the hotel or on the beach before regrouping for pre-dinner drinks and a briefing of the tour. Dinner at the hotel.

    Hotel Erth
  • Day 2 - Abu Dhabi Discovery

    Abu Dhabi Loop

    65 km | 95 m

    Today we will tour and enjoy the capital of the Emirates. We will pass the most important landmarks in the capital, the most important of which is the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, in addition to the beautiful Emirates Palace. We will also pass many skyscrapers on the Abu Dhabi Corniche.

    En route we will find a place to lunch and if the weather is warm, take a dip in the warm waters of the Persian Gulf. Back at the hotel, relax and see you at dinner.

    Hotel Erth
  • Day 3 - Mountain Number 1

    Al Ain - Jebel Hafeet - Al Ain

    60 km / 700 m

    After breakfast, we'll transfer to Al Ain and check into our hotel before setting off on our bikes. Al Ain is at the foot of the impressive and long mountain range that juts straight up out of the desert, crossing into neighbouring Oman. The mountain route finish is 10.8 kilometres from Al Ain and entails over 700 metres of climbing on an immaculate road that is also frequently used by pro cyclists in training. This is a bucket list climb.

    Enjoy the descent back to the hotel. Relax and see you at dinner.

    Hotel Radisson Blu Al Ain
  • Day 4 - Mystery Ride

    Sand dunes and desert camp

    Today, after a delicious breakfast, we will have a short transfer to the start of the trip. We will ride in the desert on a semi-flat road passing sand dunes with directions to Ras Al Khaimah. We will stay in a desert camp with a unique dinner under the stars, accompanied by live musicians, a fire show, and exciting live entertainment in a unique desert party. Some additional activities like soft archery, sandboarding and meeting an owl will be available to everyone.

    We will make sure that this evening is unforgettable.

    Bedouine DESERT CAMP
  • Day 5 - Mountain Number 2

    Ras Al Khaimah - Jebel Jais

    53 km | 1,490 m or 106 km | 1,490 m

    Straight after breakfast we will ride through Ras Al Khaimah and into the wadis (valleys and alluvial river beds) that are either dry or hold pools of water; past orchards and surprisingly vibrant green areas. Surrounded by towering arid mountains, it's not long before the climbing starts in earnest. Several hairpins later and divided by long inclines, you will reach the finish at 1,490 m. Stop for lunch and tehn enjoy the descent or jump in teh support vehicle. Check off your bucket list, the highest climb in the UAE, Jebel Jais.

    Transfer to your Dubai hotel.

    Meydan Hotel
  • Day 6 - Dubai Discovery


    60-80 km | 10-20 m

    Today, a ride through Dubai. Starting from our hotel at the Meydan Horse Racecourse and home to the world’s richest horse race, the Dubai Cup, we’ll ride the former camel trail and now famous Nad El Sheba cycle path into Dubai, to famous Sheikh Zayed Road lined with skyscrapers the Cafe Peloton and of course along the many cycle paths on or near the waterfront.

    Meydan Hotel
  • Day 7 - Departure

    Farewell الوداع والسفر الآمن

    We have reached the end of this amazing tour in the UAE. Dramatic desert scenery and oases juxtaposed against brand-new modernity. Superb roads, delicious food, friendly people and of course hotel luxury. Plus the opportunity to ride some of the routes of the UCI race, maybe even some of the team's training.

    After breakfast, we will take you to the airport for your onward journey. Ride safe and hopefully see you on the road again soon.

    *We can arrange to extend your stay in Dubai