Escape Travels is borne out of a true love for travel. From hiking the mountains of Nepal, to sailing the Mediterranean waters, Escape Travels offers unique and innovative travel itineraries for those looking for something more than the typical weekend trip.
Escape Travels satisfies every traveler's needs, organizing simple overnight retreats to week-long adventures. All of our trips are done in a group settings, making us the leader in the GCC travel community by providing true group budget getaways.
...So whether you are looking for a weekend jaunt to “escape”, a longer journey involving total immersion in a new culture, or a couple of days to experience some thrill-seeking adventure, Escape Travels has you covered.
From the mighty Himalayas to the awe-inspiring rivers of India, the Red Sea reef to the sprawling deserts of the Middle-East, Outdoor Adventures will have you trekking, rafting, cycling, abseiling, snorkeling, and diving through the crème de la crème of the natural world. Nothing compares to the triumph of summiting a mountain or the thrill of conquering that stretch of white water! While physically intensive, all our activities are appropriate for beginners and first timers: unless specifically indicated, no previous technical training is required.
Throughout these escapes, experienced local guides will share their intimate knowledge of the native environment, and also introduce us to remote communities where we will be rewarded with a taste of truly traditional cultures and cuisines. These escapes are for those who long to push their bodies and rejuvenate their souls.
The vast majority of travellers work and live in the GCC region (UAE, Qatar and Kuwait). Our trips are based around national and religious holidays of the region. This means you travel more, without tapping into your limited leave days!
Our groups are as diverse as the countries we visit. The travellers age ranges from 6 to 60. As for the nationalities, a typical Escape Travels group of 25 will have no less than 10 different countries represented in it! We pride ourselves on our diversity. A pure love of travel, adventure and a desire to meet other like minded people is what unites us!
The Escape Team
Fajer Abu Zayed
Fajer has spent years traveling around the world. From living in a tent in Canada’s Arctic to exploring the jungles and mountains of Latin America; travel has always been a passion. After having motorcycled across the Indian subcontinent Fajer moved to Dubai to work in logistics. It wasn’t long before he started searching for his next voyage.
In the summer of 2010, he set sail from Crete, Greece to Sardinia, Italy. Weeks were spent out at sea navigating from Greece’s magical southern islands, to finally reaching the shores of Sardinia, Italy.
While at sea, Fajer came up with the concept of Escape Travels. Escape Travels, at the time known as Escape Dubai, was a social organization for people that live in the UAE and share the love of travel. Using social media websites such as meetup and facebook, Escape Dubai became very popular with the months to follow. Organizing trips to 12 different countries in three different continents within a year.
It was clear that Escape struck a chord with the UAE’s traveling community. Not long after receiving his Master’s degree in logistics, Fajer quit his job to pursue his real love of travel, adventure and sailing.
Today Escape Travels is leading the region in their group travel concept. Hundreds of friendships have been formed on Escape trips. With a personalized service and a focus on keeping costs low, traveling with Escape has never been more popular or accessible.
“Escape Dubai is more than just traveling, it is about the people you travel with and the friends you make along the way.” - Fajer Abu Zayed, May 20, 2011 - Escape Dubai’s first anniversary
Dan met Fajer and Alison in 2004 while they were all at university on the foggy East coast of Canada. From 2007 to 2012, Dan played fiddle in a bluegrass band called “The Unseen Strangers”. They recorded 3 albums and toured Eastern Canada for 5 years, and it is during this time that Dan developed his love for wandering and rambling.
Dan is an avid lover of food, music, nature, and adventure, and enjoys sharing these passions with others. As well as leading classic Escape trips, Dan is also in charge of the Outdoor Adventure trip series.