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New Year Eve 2022
Ethiopia & Dubai
December 26th, 2022 to January 4th 2023
Step into the past and the future.
Start your journey of bringing in the new year in Ethiopia, the"cradle of mankind," where ALL human life and technologies began, then continue on to Dubai, the land that boldly and unapologetically leads into future by proving that impossible is an illusion. .
Do not vacillate or you will be left in between doing something, having something and being nothing
Imagine ending the year in Africa and bring in the the new year in Dubai, both fertile grounds, one for bring forth human life and the other for innovations that are making the impossible possible. A look where life started and how far it has gone!
Mama Africa - The land of Origin
Ethiopia is one of the world’s most ethnically and culturally diverse countries, with over 70 different languages spoken across more than 80 distinct ethnicities. It is one of only two African countries to have never been colonized. The other is Liberia. Ethiopia was briefly under Italy's control from 1936–1941 but it did not result in a lasting colonial administration. It was not Italy' first failed attempt at colonizing Ethiopia. Italy also invaded Ethiopia in 1895. In the ensuing first Italo-Ethiopian War (1895-1896), Ethiopian troops won a crushing victory over Italian forces at the Battle of Adwa on March 1, 1896. On October 23, 1896, Italy agreed to the Treaty of Addis Ababa, ending the war. Ethiopia is more that the images of crying staving children and the Arab mixed Amhara and Tigray people with lighter skin with loose curly hair that are mostly shown in the United States and Europe. How many times have you heard that all Ethiopians look alike? Well, the don't! The East African nation is pouring billions into, among other things, building basic infrastructure in energy, rail, and road transport, which has catapulted Ethiopia from being identified with the infamous famine of the 1980s into a premier club member of the world’s fastest growing economies. If you think you know Ethiopia ... think again!
Everywhere in Ethiopia, you can see its strength. It the country of peaceful diplomats and mighty warriors. It is understandable why human life chose these grounds to make its debut and why it is part of us bringing in the new year celebrating where OUR lives began.
Day 1 - USA: Book your flight to depart the USA on December 26th, to arrive in Addis Ababa'Bole International Airport by 12 noon on the 27th. Flight suggestion will be sent.
Day 2, December 27th: Arrival in Addis Ababa -You will have a layover before continuing on to the Omo Valley. Unlike the more modern cities such as Addis Ababa, the Omo is largely isolated and not easily accessible. The Omo valley, follows the Omo river and is one of the most remote and culturally unchanged inhabited places in the world. The oldest human remains were found here, dated back nearly 2.5 million years.
In the valley, distinctly different tribes live in varying peace within a 40 to 60 mile each other. Each tribe has its own unique language, culture, and ancestral traditions. Among them are the Mursi, known as the most revered warriors and for its women wearing large lip plates to attract a husband and the Surma, who instead of wearing clothing, cover their bodies with paint made from minerals and natural embellishment like flora and feathers. You will get to visit 2 to 3 of the tribes depending on the environment and the unpaved road conditions. These visits will challenge your belief systems and understanding of the world.
During your layover in the capital city of Addis Ababa, you will have time to stretch from your international flight with a visit to Bole Sub-city, the, modern trendy district of town, packed with shopping centers, the Edna Mall cinema, condos, hotels, and plenty of both international and upscale Ethiopian restaurants.
Day 3 & 4, December 28th and 29th: Omo Valley
Nothing can truly prepare you for these two days as you leave early morning for tribe visits. Be prepared for unusual journeys as we explore some of the valley's remotest corners and villages. No two villages are the same, and each is a potentially life-changing experience and the tribe. Your mind will be opened and beliefs challenged, as you learn about these unaltered states of reality very different from your own. Your evening will be spent communing with your co-traveler discussing sights and moments of enlightenment that will forever connect you with THE continent.
Day 5, December 30th - Addis Ababa City Tour
Today, you will fly back to Addis Ababa, Africa’s 4th largest city and home of the African Union is based. It is also headquarters of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and numerous other continental and international organizations As cosmopolitan a city as any, Addis Ababa – “new flower” in Amharic – is one of the fastest-growing cities in Africa. According to the World Bank, Ethiopia’s “strong and broad-based growth over the past decade” has lifted its GDP to an impressive average of 10% per year. The city is in the middle of a construction boom, with projects that speculate that in near future, Addis will be the new Dubai of Africa. It is a city of contrast with new high rise apartments, theatres and hotels – features of developed city designs that sit not wholly comfortably alongside traditional homes of wattle and daub. It is ethnically diverse with an official population in excess of 4 million. people representing 68 different ethnic groups, with unique richness of a city on the rise. After your short flight, you will land in Addis Ababa and go directly on a city tour for an immersion of Ethiopian city life. Your tour will include stops at the National Museum, home of Lucy, the 3.2 million-year-old partial skeleton of a hominid discovered in Ethiopia. You will also visit the Red Terror Museum, the keeper of past history about the famine and Ethiopian communist regime. You will learn how far the country has come in last couple of decades. In the evening, enjoy the New Year Eve Eve with with evening of Ethiopian night life.
Day 6: December 31st
This day, end your year in one country and start the new year in another county. Late morning depart to the airport for your 4.5 hour flight to Dubai.
Dubai is a city where the impossible is possible! Where you cannot help but be impressed, awe-struck and mesmerized. Extraordinary images of Dubai’s skyline have been seen around the world, but this is a city that must be experienced to be believed. Where else can you spend the morning on the beach, the afternoon snow skiing and the evening camel riding in the desert? Where else can you dive with sharks in a shopping mall and watch dancing fountains at the base of the world’s tallest tower? The pace of progress has been phenomenal and it takes some believing to imagine that just 50 years ago Dubai was little more than a fishing village beside the Dubai Creek.
After a late afternoon check-in, you will have a city orientation, before preparing for your extraordinary New Year Eve celebration, starting with Dinner, followed by watching the famous fireworks at the Burj Khalifa and then on to party into the new year. You KNOW how we do it! Since you will be living life like it's golden, the themed attire for the evening will be Gold Lame. Think more Beyonce, then the 80s! Dubai is a city known for pushing boundaries by not doing the expected, this is your day to do the same. Take it ALL the way there ... and then SOME MORE. Why not have a dress made. Do not forget to bling with bold jewelry.
Day 7: January 1st, Dubai - Going Global
Today, sleep in. You will need it or head to the beach to relax under the sun! Your after afternoon will start with a city tour that will end Globalnista experience at the Global Village. Global Village is the foremost of Dubai’s seasonal attraction and an introduction is probably not needed to describe the endless attractions and extraordinary carnival-like vibe of this multi-cultural environment. Global Village offers ample opportunities for those who wish to experience something new and exciting. Besides exploring the culture and culinary flavors from all over the world, choose to engage in activities that are worth treasuring. Try Calligraphy, sign up for a crash pottery course, or gift yourself a unique souvenir by getting your caricature portrait done from a brilliant artist, among many others.
Day 8 : January 2st, - Dubai - Top of the World
Today, you will start your morning at the top of the world! The Burj Khalifa, dedicated to the EAU president is currently the tallest building in the world, towering over the city, at 2,717 feet tall with 160 floors, You will visit the observation deck on the 124th floor. The elevator speed is 10 meters per second, making the elevators among the fastest in the world. The Burj Khalifa elevator time to reach the observation deck on the 124th floor is 6 minutes of history and entertainment. After, you will visit the the Dubai Mall, at over 12 million square feet (equivalent to more than 50 soccer fields), is the largest shopping mall in the world based on total area. It has 1,300 stores and 200 food and beverage outlets, along with the largest indoor aquarium and a gold souk. Bring your good credit card! :) Maybe buy an abayas for the group photo shoot at the Grand Mosque during the day in Abu Dhabi. After free time to shop, meet the group at the hotel for a later afternoon desert safari.
Be ready for a thrilling desert safari in Dubai starting with dune bashing in 4-wheel drive Land Cruiser. We highly recommended only having a light meal before your trip. The drive will be an exhilarating roller-coaster of a ride while watching the sunset over the dunes en route to the campsite, for a barbeque under the stars with live entertainment.
Day 9: January 3rd, Abu Dhabi
Abu Dhabi is the capital and the second-most populous city of the United Arab Emirates (after Dubai). The will include visit to the Heritage Village to learn the history of the UAE, a Ferrari World shopping experience, and the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, one the world’s largest mosques and a massive architectural work of art that intentionally blends different Islamic architectural. It features 82 domes, more than 1,000 columns, 24-carat-gold gilded chandeliers and the world's largest hand-knotted carpet. The main prayer hall is dominated by one of the world’s largest chandeliers. Early evening return to Dubai for dinner and your late night flight back to the State. Those with earlier flight can skip dinner.
NYE Ethiopia and Dubai
3/4 Star Ground Package
Per-Person Based on Double Occupancy
No travel buddy? No problem!
A roommate can be assigned
Ground Package Include:
Group airport/hotel transfers, accommodations, orientation meal,
cultural tours, New Year Eve party, day trip to Abu Dhabi
Monthly payment plan available for
a one time $49 set-up & processing fee.
$599 Deposit Required
with monthly payments
Early sign-up savings of $125
($76 discount and no payment plan fee)
with payment of 1/2 the package price
by April 10th.
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