One of the seven emirates that make up the country UAE, including Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Fujairah, Ras al-Khaimah, Umm al-Quwain & Sharjah, Dubai is perched on the southern shore of the Persian Gulf in all its glittering, skyscraping glory.

Dubai is thought to have been established as a fishing village in the early 18th century, the earliest recorded mention of Dubai is in 1095 in the Book of Geography by the Andalusian-Arab geographer Abu Abdullah al-Bakri. One can discover how this multicultural city has become a byword for innovation, luxury and modernity yet holds on to its traditional Islamic culture.

Dubai is home to the world’s tallest building, the 830-metre Burj Khalifa. It is also the land of deep-rooted customs, marvellous mosques and local souk markets filled with aromas of spices, shawarma and ittar. The ultimate entertainment destination of the East, wander in its swanky shopping malls or try some of the city’s more unusual attractions such as an indoor snow-dome and theme parks. Be prepared to be astounded by the sheer extravaganza of the Palm Islands, the gigantic Dubai Mall or perhaps even the hotel Atlantis. One can also enjoy miles of sun-bleached sand and crystal clear water. And a dhow cruise at dusk is the perfect way to end the day.

Country Summary:

  • Capital: Abu Dhabi
  • Major Airport: Dubai, Abu Dhabi & Sharjah
  • Recommended cities/destinations: Dubai, Abu Dhabi

Special interest

On the Blue Dragon Trail: Vietnam

Adventure. Spirituality. Nature. Romantic cruises. Mysterious grottoes. You name it and this dragon of a land generously offers it to you. Every time we set out to explore Vietnam, we come back surprised with all its thrilling experiences and hidden treasures. A bewitching country that enthrals you with its myriad cultural influences, bustling energetic cities like… View Article


Savour Vietnam through its food


Black Swan Journeys gears-up to take you through the land of compelling culture and beauty, with a vow to highlight more than just food.




The saying ‘In vino veritas’ holds true for Georgians. Black Swan Journeys takes you to the wine country to learn some intoxicating secrets about wine-making and the fascinating culture of Georgia.


From Our Experiences

In The News