KEI organizes cultural activities in Ras Al Khaimah, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Bedouin Camp and Oman coast. Transportation, lodging and admission for planned activities are included in the program fee. KEI reserves the right to change planned excursions for destinations of equal value and interest. Excursions may change based on availability, local holidays and interest. Academic year and multiple term students participate on planned excursions during their first term of study.
Ras Al Khaimah
Students will discover RAK throughout the program, starting with the orientation. Cultural activities include…
- Visit to Historic Town
- Arabic coffee at a beach cafe
- Sand dunes
- Hajjar Mountains
Dubai is a cosmopolitan oasis, a futuristic cityscape that towers over the Arabian Desert, filled with skyscrapers, palm-shaped islands, city-sized malls, indoor ski slopes and palatial beach resorts. Favorite activities include visits to the observation deck of Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world, as well as Dubai Mall, Dubai Creek & water taxi, Gold Souk, Jumeriah Beach and Dubai Marina.
Abu Dhabi, the oil-rich UAE capital, is positioning itself as a hub of culture, sport and leisure. Favorite activities include visits to the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Heritage Village, Falcon Hospital, Marina Mall and Louvre Abu Dhabi.
Bedouin Camp & Dinner
Not long ago, the UAE was a land of desert inhabited by proud and resourceful nomadic Bedouin tribes. The first Bedouin, which means desert-dweller, tribes settled as far back as the 3rd millennium BC. Today, life in the UAE bears little resemblance to nomadic societies of the past. Students will get a taste of Bedouin life by spending an evening under the desert sky in a traditional Bedouin camp site. Dinner is a blend of Arabic and Indian foods.
Students will visit the Musandam area in the neighbouring country of Oman. The main activity is Dolphin watching from a traditional Omani dhow (boat).
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My study abroad was nothing but amazing! The staff and students took me in like family. AURAK will always be a second home to me, and a school that I would recommend to anyone who is looks to study in the UAE.
I would encourage anyone to come to the United Arab Emirates. My time abroad was demystifying in multiple ways. Not only did I clear up the many misconceptions I had about the Middle East, but I also discovered that there are a plethora of opportunities aboard for Americans. I was honored to be welcomed by most of my peers and the people of the UAE. In addition, I was grateful to do an internship at the Al Qasimi Foundation.Me being an African-American, I did not once feel judged, uncomfortable, or in danger. The experience truly changed my life and when the experience concluded, I wanted to tell everyone about it. I am hoping that more Americans go to see the true culture of the Middle East and hopefully he or she can become more thankful of the blessings we have in the United States.