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United Arab Emirates

The Stephen and Sheila Lieberman Trip

March 21 – 28, 2022

Applications for the March trip are currently closed. Sign up to get notified about future trips.

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is one of the world’s fastest growing tourist and business destinations, boasting world-class hospitality, ultramodern infrastructure and a location at the crossroads of the Arab World and Asia. The Jewish community of the Emirates has seen exponential growth in recent years, particularly following the signing of the 2020 Abraham Accords which normalized relations between Israel and the UAE.

Inside Jewish United Arab Emirates is a unique opportunity to explore a Jewish community that values creativity and inclusivity in a flourishing region.

We are excited to offer this experience and are keeping a close eye on the developing situation with the Omicron variant; we will determine any changes to the program ahead of the confirmation deadline to the best of our ability.


  • Exchange with local Jewish community members to understand the challenges and opportunities of establishing an emerging Jewish community – the first in the Arab world in centuries – and how JDC is helping to support these community building efforts 
  • Experience Dubai’s unique culture through Emirati hospitality and international influences  
  • Visit the World Expo 2022, when the world will come to Dubai to create, collaborate and innovate together
  • Revel in Dubai’s gravity-defying architecture including the Burj Khalifa, and its scenic marina, souqs and lively nightlife scene — alongside a group of peers from around the world

At the heart of these tectonic shifts are people fostering change and building bridges in ways never thought possible. And I got to see and experience it firsthand.

– Adam Finkel, Inside Jewish UAE alum


$1,750 plus airfare

(This trip has been highly subsidized in order to provide greater access and opportunity. Average actual cost of an Entwine Insider Trip is estimated at $4,500/person)


Local transportation within the United Arab Emirates


Hotel accommodations (single occupancy)

Site visits, briefings, tours, etc.

Medical and emergency evacuation insurance

JDC Entwine requires proof of COVID-19 vaccination for program participation. In addition, Entwine follows all vaccination and testing protocols set by the UAE government. Guidelines for entry into the UAE are changing as the pandemic evolves, we suggest reviewing the country requirements.

*Please note that your participation fee does not include international airfare. Additional travel insurance is highly encouraged.

Trip Dates

March 21 – 28, 2022

Participants should arrive no later than the night of March 20 and depart no earlier than the night of March 28. Hotel accommodations will be provided on the night of March 20 and the program will formally begin the morning of March 21.

Application Deadline

Currently Closed

About JDC in the United Arab Emirates

JDC is working alongside the emerging Jewish community of the Emirates to support its development. In the UAE, these efforts are being carried out through a JDC Entwine Jewish Service Corps Fellow, who is working with the Jewish Council of the Emirates (JCE) to better serve the needs of the Dubai Jewish community as it grows and evolves, strengthen the JCE’s community engagement and communication methods, and design and execute a suite of cultural, social, and educational programming alongside community leaders. This work is part of JDC’s historic work bolstering Jews and Jewish communities in the Arab world including ongoing efforts in Morocco, Tunisia, and Egypt. 

COVID-19 Protocol

The safety and security of our participants is of the utmost importance. To protect our participants and the communities which we visit, JDC Entwine requires proof of COVID-19 vaccination for program participation. Additionally, JDC Entwine will be following rules and regulations set forth by local government officials. Trip participants will agree to abide by all COVID protocols set forth by both governing bodies and JDC Entwine staff and partners. Travel always assumes some risks and participants are aware of the medical risks associated with travel. This trip is subject to COVID protocol updates, changes, and cancellation.

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