The Greater Des Moines Partnership announced yesterday that it will lead a cultural exploration tour to Dubai in June.


The tour, set to take place from June 7 to 14, will include visits to the Spice Souk and Gold Souk, as well as the cities of Bastakiya and Abu Dhabi. A full itinerary is available online.


Mary Bontrager, senior vice president of workforce development and education, said in a press release that Dubai is "a fascinating example of visionary planning success." Bontrager took an exploratory tour in May.


She also noted that the city is a "hotbed" for growing international companies. The trip is designed to give attendees a better understanding of how the Dubai business system operates.


The trip cost is $3,099 until Dec. 6 and $3,199 after. It includes air and land expenses for eight days of travel, including hotels, day trips. For more details and to make reservations, call Meg Fitz at 286-4934 or email her at