The United Arab Emirates can only be described as the most luxurious of oases: with towering hotels, gleaming mosques, and scintillating tourist attractions and comforts, the UAE is a hub for the most discerning and elite tourists, many of whom are seasoned music aficionados. Dubai and Abu Dhabi’s luxurious concert venues attract the world’s finest musicians, offering opportunities for performances and collaborations. Explore the cosmopolitanism and extravagance of this fascinating desert oasis, and experience local culture in the streets, the souks, and even the extant nomad communities just outside of the major cities.
Classical Movements started traveling to the Middle East in 1994, first with its brochure program under Blue Heart Tours. It has organized 50 different trips with individualized itineraries in recent years for the Collegiate Chorale, Yale Symphony Orchestra, Yale Alumni Chorus, George Washington University, Yale Glee Club and the Yale Institute of Music (among others). Classical Movements also works closely with Middle Eastern musicians: in 2003, it arranged the historical tour of the Iraqi National Symphony Orchestra to the United States.