Through independent travel, students can discover the United Arab Emirates -- mesmerizing desert views, beautiful beaches, hikes in the Hajar mountains, tours of Dubai, Sharjah, Al Ain, and other UAE cities.
Personal travel may also lead you to neighboring countries to see Nizwa "Pearl of Islam" in Oman, the awe-inspiring ruins of Petra in Jordan, the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia of Istanbul, the historic city of Kandy in Sri Lanka, or the India Gate in Mumbai. NYUAD students have traveled to Kuwait, India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Qatar, and Oman among other locations. Please note that NYU Abu Dhabi does not offer sponsored excursions to all of these destinations.
It is recommended to research in advance the countries and the sites you want to visit and plan your trips accordingly. Consult travel blogs and communities; ask friends and family who have traveled in the region; read location-specific guidebooks like Lonely Planet, Let's Go, Rough Guides, Rick Steves, Frommer's.
Always keep in mind the following travel tips:
• Log your independent trip into NYU Traveler.
• Inform someone (your parents, the school, a friend) of your travel plans in case of emergency.
• Make sure you have more than one source of money (e.g. cash and a credit card, or two credit cards)
• Make a copy of your passport and credit card and pack these to bring along with you.
• Bring email confirmations of all reservations and arrangements you have made.
• Write down the address of your destination in the host location language to show to a local if you need help. Also, print out directions of how to get to that location.