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and other highlights in Dubai and Abu Dhabi

NOVEMBER 21 - 28, 2021

concept and moderation: Marion Kuzmany / ARCH ON TOUR

guiding: local experts; Expo-office Austria

tour operator: Mondial GmbH & Co. KG


This tour of superlatives leads to the Expo Dubai with accompanied visits to several country pavilions and themes "Opportunitiy", "Mobility" and "Sustainability". It starts with a guided tour and an exclusive welcome reception in the VIP lounge of the Austria pavilion designed by querkraft architects.

The tour also provides an insight into the architecture of the two Arab cities on the Persian Gulf. Dubai impresses with gigantic high-rise buildings by international architects and landfill-projects projects such as "the palm", which we visit on a tour, as well as historic Dubai, rounded off by a visit to the spice market, a walk and a boat trip through the Dubai Marina and a look at the Alserkal gallery district.

The day trip to Abu Dhabi is probably worth the trip just because of a visit to the Louvre designed by Jean Nouvel. We explore the museum as well as Abu Dhabi Central Market with its interesting renovations and extensions by Norman Foster and the mighty Sheikh Zayed Mosque made from the most elaborate materials. Last but not least, our excellent hotel is located on the beach and the pleasent local temperature offers a comfortable starting base for our tours as well as a change from the European or northerly November weather.

sunrise – sunset: approx. 06:45 – 17:30 

temperature: max/min 31°/20° C

time difference: CET +3 hrs.


as of 2021/11/18, subject to changes

Sunday, 2021/11/21 / flight to Dubai

individual check-in 

meeting at the gate for boarding / Vienna airport

PCR test (not older than 72 hours before Dubai immigration) required 

flight Vienna - Dubai  15:10 - 23:40 by EK128 

bustransfer, arrival at the hotel after midnight

1st night at the hotel Hilton The Walk, Dubai 


Monday, 2021/11/22 / Dubai Marina 

breakfast at the hotel

free morning, time to relax at teh beach, pool, etc.

afternoon: walk and ferry through Dubai Marina

Cayan Tower / SOM, 2013 (from outside)

monorail to The Palm

Hotel "Atlantis the Palm" (time for individual visits of the hotel, grand lobby, bars, etc.)

back by Monorail

common dinner at Abd El Wahab at Pier 7, Dubai Marina 

2nd night at the hotel Hilton The Walk, Dubai 


Tuesday, 2021/11/23 / Dubai Highlights and modern art

breakfast at the hotel

bus tour

Burj Al Arab / Tom Wright, Atkins & Partners, 1993-1999 (guided tour)

Alserkal-art-district / including "Carbon 12 Galerie" (meeting with the gallery owner Nadine Knotzer)

Dubai Frame / Fernando Donis, 2018 (interior visit, observation floor)

The Opus  / Zaha Hadid Architects, 2012-2020 (interior visit of the artium of Melia Hotel)

Burj Khalifa / SOM, 2010 (visit and view from the 124/125 level)

followed by a common dinner at "The Burj Club Rooftop"

3rd night at the hotel Hilton The Walk, Dubai 


Wednesday, 2021/11/24 / Dubai Expo

breakfast at the hotel 

by Metro MRed until EXPO 2020 Metro Station 2 to the Expo 2020 Dubai (Expo area: Masterplan / HOK; "Mashrabiya" Entry Portals / Asif Khan; Expo Dubai Water Feature / WET Design; Dubai Exhibition Centre and Al Wasl Plaza / Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill)

meeting with the Expo Austria Host at the Metro Plaza Entrance
Welcome at the Österreich-Pavillon by Helmut Döller (project leader of Expo Austria)

and guided tour through the Austrian-Pavilion "austria makes sense" / querkraft architekten, 2021

visit of selected pavilions by Easy Access:

- Saudi Arabia-Pavilion "Window to the Future" (Opportunity Zone) / Boris Micka Associates

- Singapore-Pavilion "Nature.Nurture.Future" (Sustainability Zone) / WOHA Architects

exclusive lunch-reception at the VIP Lounge of the Austrian Pavilion

- Belgium-Pavilion" the green arch" (Mobility Zone) / ASSAR ARCHITECTS, Vincent Callebaut Architectures

16:00 free time for individual visits at the Expo area

individual evening and individual return to the hotel by Metro (or direct public bus Exporider 191)

4th night at the hotel Hilton The Walk, Dubai 


Thursday, 2021/11/25 / Dubai Expo 

breakfast at the hotel

by Metro MRed (or direct public bus Exporider 191) until EXPO 2020 Metro Station 2 to the Expo 2020 Dubai

meeting with the Expo Austria Host at the Metro Plaza Entrance

visit of selected pavilions by Easy Access:

- UK-Pavilion "the Poem Pavilion" (Opportunity Zone) / Es Devlin, VERETEC

- Japan-Pavilion "Where ideas meet" (Opportunity Zone) / Yuko Nagayama and Associates

- common lunch at the Restaurant "Aklet" at the Lebanon-Pavillion "together we walk", short guided tour through the pavilion before lunch

- Sweden-Pavilion "The Forest" (Sustainability Zone) / Alessandro Ripellino Architects + Studio Adrien Gardère + Luigi Pardo Architetti

- Theme pavilion "Terra" (Sustainability Zone) / Grimshaw architects

16:00 free time for individual visits at the Expo area

individual evening and individual return to the hotel by Metro (or direct public bus Exporider 191)

5th night at the hotel Hilton The Walk, Dubai


Friday, 2021/11/26 / historic Dubai

breakfast at the hotel

free morning

tour start at noon: Historic Dubai: Dubai Creek, historic quarters: Al Bastakya, Deira, Bur Dubai

including Spice-Souk, Dubai Municipality Building, Al Fahidi Fort, etc.

boat ride with traditional Abras (boats)

Al Shindagha Museum / x Architects, 2020

common dinner al "Al Makan" at Souk Madinat

6th night at the hotel Hilton The Walk, Dubai


Saturday, 2021/11/27 / Abu Dhabi

breakfast at the hotel

Bus: daytour to Abu Dhabi

Louvre Abu Dhabi / Jean Nouvel, 2006-2017 (individual visit of the museum)

Central Market Abu Dhabi (World Trade Center Souk) / Foster + Partners, 2014

(walk through the market, common lunch at "Al Mandoos")

Sheikh Zayid Mosque / Yusef Abdelki, 1989-2007 (visit)

back to Dubai

7th night at the hotel Hilton The Walk, Dubai


Sunday, 2021/11/28 / relaxing morning and return flight to Vienna

breakfast at the hotel

free morning

12:00 bustransfer to Dubai airport

flight Dubai - Vienna 15:40 - 18:50 by EK125


TOUR PRICE per person in a double (twin) room: 3.100 EUR (incl. tax), single room supplement: 750 EUR

tour price includes: direct flights (Economy class) by Emirates, Vienna-Dubai, Dubai-Vienna ; 7 nights with breakfast (at the 4*Hotel Hilton The Walk, Dubai); 5 meals (excluding beverages), 1 exklusive reception at the VIP Lounge of teh Austrian Expo Pavilion Dubai; airport transfers and coach, Metro tickets, boat tour; tickets for the Expo and all museums according to the program, guided tours by local experts; program and expert moderation by Arch. DI Marion Kuzmany 


not included: individual meals and individual program, beverages at common meals, taxi rides

The program is subject to changes. Participation is at your own perils and risk.

SOLD OUT / next tour date: 2022/03/20-27


max. number of participants: 25


The tour will be operated in accordance with the current Covid regulations of November 2021 and the program will be adjusted if necessary. The so-called 2G-rule applies.

Requirements for entry into the emirate of Dubai: Negative PCR test, not older than 72 hours at the time of entry, to be presented at check-in and on arrival. Latest upon arrival (but recommended in advance) we will need to download the so-called "Al Hosn App" for uploading vaccination and test certificates, which is necessary for all museum and restaurant visits, various sightseeing, at the Expo, etc. Please also bring your vaccination and test certificates with you on the trip in printed form! For our day trip to the emirate of Abu Dhabi we will probably not need another PCR test; information will be announced in time and on place. Only fully vaccinated people are allowed to enter any building!

click here for GENERAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS and CANCELLATION TERMS (attention: modified cancellation terms for this tour!)

Photos above: Expo Pavillon Österreich / querkraft architekten, 2020 © Timeleapse Middleeast, Kieran Fraser; Expo Dubai 2020; © Tim Griffith / SOM; © Laurian Ghinitoiu / ZHA; © Jonas Kullman; AJN






© Christine Binder-Ruff, Verena Schowengerdt-Kuzmany, Wolfgang Müller 





















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