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About Dubai

Known as the 'Pearl of the Arabian Gulf', Dubai is one of the seven emirates that comprises the United Arab Emirates. With a mix of traditional architecture and glittering modern buildings, Dubai is a place of fascinating contrasts that can best be described as the 'Middle East meets Hong Kong with a little Las Vegas thrown in for style'. It is also the home of sand, sea and sun.

As you sail into the formidable city of Dubai, you can't help but to gaze up in wonder at the magnificent Burj Al Arab Hotel. Designed to resemble a billowing sail, it stands at a height of 321 metres and dominates the Dubai coastline.

Visit Dubai's waterfront and take a boat trip up Dubai creek, admire the beautiful architecture of the Grand Mosque, boasting the city's tallest minaret, or barter for souvenirs in the many souks around the city. Don't miss the Spice Souk and the glittering Gold Souq - crammed full of exquisite jewellery and at prices lower than anywhere else in the world. From designer clothes and custom-made sari's, to perfumes and spices you can get anything you desire.

With guaranteed sunshine the multitude of water sports is spectacular, but you might like to try sand-skiing, 4-wheel drive desert safaris or camel riding. Or for something a little more relaxing enjoy a moonlit Bedouin barbeque, deep in the heart of the desert.

The nearby emirate of Sharjah, with its captivating architecture and spectacular souks, was selected by UNESCO as the cultural capital of the Middle East.

 

Shore excursions in Dubai

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

Free Time at 3 Sites

Activity low

Duration: 4½ hours

The perfect way to explore Dubai independently. Enjoy free time at 3 of the main visitor areas.

Explore Dubai, an extraordinary city of contrasts, in your own time and in your own way. Hop aboard your coach for an itinerary taking in three key destinations.

Admire the modern-day palaces and beautiful homes as you head to the first stop at the city’s most popular public beach Jumeirah Beach Park. Enjoy an hour of leisure at La Mer Beach, bathing in the warm waters of the Persian Gulf, or perhaps take a leisurely walk through the gardens.

Then it’s time to visit the Souk Madinat Jumeirah and immerse yourself in the sights and scents of the marketplace. The bustling destination marries traditional market trading with more contemporary boutiques for a unique shopping experience. There’s an amazing array of places to eat, too, offering local cuisine and food from around the world.

En route to Downtown Dubai, you’ll drive along Sheikh Zayed Road, home to Dubai’s glittering skyscrapers, including the world’s tallest building – the Burj Khalifa. You’ll have more free time to explore a multitude of shops, bars and restaurants and stroll along Burj Lake.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach. No entrance fees are included in the tour price. Passengers wishing to use the beach will be required to pay approximately an AED 10 (US $3) entrance fee for which local currency should be carried, this does not include sunbeds or umbrella hire.

The Best of Dubai

Activity mediumShopping

Duration: 4½ hours

Enjoy views of Dubai’s key sights, old and new, on this scenic tour, which includes visits to the Dubai Museum and Gold Souk.

Your tour starts with spectacular views of the iconic architectural wonder – and one of the world’s most luxurious hotels – the Burj Al Arab. Then it’s on to Jumeirah Mosque, a magnificent example of modern Islamic architecture, before taking a drive along Sheikh Zayed Road, Downtown Dubai’s main artery. In complete contrast is the historic Bastakiya Quarter. Here, you’ll see traditional houses with cooling wind towers that are now home to galleries, cafés and cultural institutions.

Among them is the impressive Dubai Museum, housed in the 18th-century Al Fahidi Fort. A visit here offers a fascinating glimpse into Dubai’s cultural, historical and geographical heritage, including the city’s relationship with the sea.

Finally, board an abra water taxi to cross the creek for a stroll through the aromatic Spice Souk and the scintillating Gold Souk.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and water taxi. This tour involves approximately 1½ hours of walking over paved ground. Most shops accept US dollars and major credit cards. Please note: the lighting in the museum is set very low. The time spent at the souks is around 30 minutes.

 

A selection of cruises to Dubai

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