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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.

4WD Desert Safari

Activity highMeal included

Duration: 5 hours

Let the magic of the desert unfold on a thrilling exploration of the majestic dunes.

Experience the thrill of driving over sand dunes in powerful 4WD vehicles. Enjoy the climb up the dunes and the stomach-churning drop into the valleys, skillfully handled by your very experienced desert safari drivers.

This tour departs in the morning across the desert of Dubai with photo-stops during an exciting dune drive to the first destination, the camel farm. The drive continues across the desert, stopping briefly on a dune to allow you to soak up the serene atmosphere. Reaching a beautifully set-up Arabian Camp, you will have the opportunity to try out camel riding, sand boarding or have a henna design painted on your hands or feet.

After working up an appetite, enjoy a delicious barbecue lunch then sit back and relax with a Shisha (famous Arabic water pipe).

Essential information

This excursion will operate by 4WD vehicles.The safari involves off-road driving through rugged country, which adds to the excitement. This tour is not suitable for those with injuries or conditions, which may be affected by the bumpy ride. Pregnant women and children under 4 may not participate and it is a requirement for all passengers to wear seat belts at all times. You are advised that the toilet facilities at the campsite are limited and rather basic.

An Evening of Middle Eastern Flavours

Activity mediumMeal included

Duration: 4¾ hours

Visit a selection of local eateries and sample your way through a variety of tasty Middle Eastern flavours!

Your tasting tour begins with a drive to Bastkiya, Dubai’s charming old area that offers an insight into the more traditional side of the city.

Visit the regions only coffee museum and enjoy a Gahwa (Arabic coffee) to kick start your evening. At a local Arabian tea house, you’ll be treated to a sample of Falafel and Makdous (oil cured Aubergines). Afterwards, stroll past the Al Fahidi Fort into the bustling Souk Al Kabeer, where you’ll sample a refreshing lemon mint juice at a street side café. A local restaurant is where you’ll head to next to savour a delicious mezze mix, before taking a local style water taxi (Abra), across the creek. Arriving into Deira, you’ll drop by a creek-side restaurant to enjoy a Shawarma (kebab) or Falafel.

Your tour will round off at a traditional Emirate restaurant, where a tasty buffet will be on offer with a selection of dishes for you to try.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. Please dress modestly. This tour involves walking over relatively flat ground and some standing. Flat, comfortable shoes are recommended. Food items are subject to seasonal availability and may change. Alcohol will not be served or be available on this tour.

Arabian Nights Resort Experience - Double

Activity mediumMeal includedRefreshments included

Duration: 1 night

Nestled in the heart of the desert, the Arabian Nights Village resort offers an overnight experience you won’t soon forget.

DAY 1
Just 1½ hours’ drive from Dubai is the city of Abu Dhabi, with its golden expanse of desert waiting to be explored. Upon arrival, your mode of transport will change to a 4 wheel drive vehicle, where you’ll experience an exhilarating ride across the dunes, also known as ‘dune bashing’. Enjoy panoramic views and photo opportunities along the way, including a stop to view the desert camels.

Your drive will come to an end at the Arabian Nights Village resort. Set among the sand dunes, the resort is designed to recreate a traditional Emirati village, combined with a touch of modern living. Once you’ve checked in, there will be time for you to relax before enjoying the on-site activities, which include henna painting, camel rides and sand surfing. Or, you may wish to simply lounge by the pool.

Next, it’s time to enjoy a delicious buffet dinner and delight in the evening’s entertainment. Seated in traditional Arabic style, you can absorb the evening’s ambience as you listen to the sounds of an oud player and watch some belly-dancing. As the evening draws to an end, you can retire to your room at your leisure.

DAY 2
Following a buffet breakfast, you’ll check out and head back across the desert by 4 wheel drive to the highway, where you’ll transfer to a minibus for the return drive to the Dubai.

Essential information

This overland will operate by by 4 wheel drive, bus and on foot. This tour has limited availability and early booking is recommended. There is a strict minimum and maximum participation. Each room accommodates two adults. Please ensure you book the correct tour code for the accommodation you require (Double use = DXB803, Single use = DXB804). Prices shown on your record of shore excursions are per person, not per room. This tour is non-refundable once confirmed. Refunds cannot be given for incorrect bookings or any unused portion. Due to the location of the Arabian Nights Village resort, there is no Wi-Fi or mobile phone signal and the rooms are not equipped with televisions. The hotel is equipped with an internal means of communication in the unlikely event of an emergency. Guests are advised to exercise caution at night when returning to their rooms or exploring, as the resort can be particularly dark. It is recommended you take a torch. Please note that the Arabian Nights Village resort is not exclusive to P&O Cruises. The 4x4, activities, evening buffet and entertainment will be shared with other day visitors and resort guests.

Pregnant women and children may not participate on this tour. The drive over the dunes is bumpy in places and seatbelts must be worn at all times. Those with injuries or conditions that may be affected by the bumpy ride should not participate. Guests taking part in the camel riding or sand surfing must be in good physical condition as these require physical exertion. You may be required to sign a waiver. It is advisable to pack lightly. Please ensure you take any medication you may require and a credit card or US dollars for any additional purchases. Valuables that do not need to be carried with you should be left on the ship. Flat, comfortable, closed-toe walking shoes should be worn. Clothing should be light and casual and in accordance with the local culture. It is recommended that women cover their shoulders and knees and that men wear long trousers. Due to the variation in temperatures, it is advisable to take a light jumper as the desert can become cooler at night. Please remember to take swimwear, a towel, sunglasses and sunscreen. A comfort stop will be made en route during the drive to and from Abu Dhabi. The fare includes: transportation by bus, a driver/guide only, sightseeing, meals and accommodation, as described. For evening dinner, coffee or tea is included; those wishing to order alternative beverages will be charged separately. Each room is equipped with coffee and tea-making facilities.

The fare does not include: items of a personal nature such as additional refreshments, telephone calls, laundry, gratuities and room service.

Arabian Nights Resort Experience - Single

Activity mediumMeal includedRefreshments included

Duration: 1 night

Nestled in the heart of the desert, the Arabian Nights Village resort offers an overnight experience you won’t soon forget.

DAY 1
Just 1½ hours’ drive from Dubai is the city of Abu Dhabi, with its golden expanse of desert waiting to be explored. Upon arrival, your mode of transport will change to a 4 wheel drive vehicle, where you’ll experience an exhilarating ride across the dunes, also known as ‘dune bashing’. Enjoy panoramic views and photo opportunities along the way, including a stop to view the desert camels.

Your drive will come to an end at the Arabian Nights Village resort. Set among the sand dunes, the resort is designed to recreate a traditional Emirati village, combined with a touch of modern living. Once you’ve checked in, there will be time for you to relax before enjoying the on-site activities, which include henna painting, camel rides and sand surfing. Or, you may wish to simply lounge by the pool.

Next, it’s time to enjoy a delicious buffet dinner and delight in the evening’s entertainment. Seated in traditional Arabic style, you can absorb the evening’s ambience as you listen to the sounds of an oud player and watch some belly-dancing. As the evening draws to an end, you can retire to your room at your leisure.

DAY 2
Following a buffet breakfast, you’ll check out and head back across the desert by 4 wheel drive to the highway, where you’ll transfer to a minibus for the return drive to the Dubai.

Essential information

This overland will operate by by 4 wheel drive, bus and on foot. This tour has limited availability and early booking is recommended. There is a strict minimum and maximum participation. Each room accommodates two adults. Please ensure you book the correct tour code for the accommodation you require (Double use = DXB803, Single use = DXB804). Prices shown on your record of shore excursions are per person, not per room. This tour is non-refundable once confirmed. Refunds cannot be given for incorrect bookings or any unused portion. Due to the location of the Arabian Nights Village resort, there is no Wi-Fi or mobile phone signal and the rooms are not equipped with televisions. The hotel is equipped with an internal means of communication in the unlikely event of an emergency. Guests are advised to exercise caution at night when returning to their rooms or exploring, as the resort can be particularly dark. It is recommended you take a torch. Please note that the Arabian Nights Village resort is not exclusive to P&O Cruises. The 4x4, activities, evening buffet and entertainment will be shared with other day visitors and resort guests.

Pregnant women and children may not participate on this tour. The drive over the dunes is bumpy in places and seatbelts must be worn at all times. Those with injuries or conditions that may be affected by the bumpy ride should not participate. Guests taking part in the camel riding or sand surfing must be in good physical condition as these require physical exertion. You may be required to sign a waiver. It is advisable to pack lightly. Please ensure you take any medication you may require and a credit card or US dollars for any additional purchases. Valuables that do not need to be carried with you should be left on the ship. Flat, comfortable, closed-toe walking shoes should be worn. Clothing should be light and casual and in accordance with the local culture. It is recommended that women cover their shoulders and knees and that men wear long trousers. Due to the variation in temperatures, it is advisable to take a light jumper as the desert can become cooler at night. Please remember to take swimwear, a towel, sunglasses and sunscreen. A comfort stop will be made en route during the drive to and from Abu Dhabi. The fare includes: transportation by bus, a driver/guide only, sightseeing, meals and accommodation, as described. For evening dinner, coffee or tea is included; those wishing to order alternative beverages will be charged separately. Each room is equipped with coffee and tea-making facilities.

The fare does not include: items of a personal nature such as additional refreshments, telephone calls, laundry, gratuities and room service.

Atlantis, Aquarium and Lunch

Activity mediumMeal includedFamily

Duration: 4 hours

Visit the ‘Atlantis, The Palm’ hotel, explore the Lost Chambers Aquarium and enjoy a delicious buffet lunch.

Located on the crescent of Palm Jumeirah, the Atlantis, The Palm hotel towers above the coastline with its colourful and unique exterior.

Upon arrival, you’ll head to visit the Lost Chambers, a labyrinth that will immerse you in an exotic array of sea creatures. Explore fresh water exhibits highlighting sealife from around the globe, as well as the Ambassador Lagoon, containing 65,000 fish and aquatic species in a 3 million gallon chamber; one of the largest in the world. Next, you’ll enjoy a tasty buffet lunch in the Kaleidoscope, one of Atlantis’ restaurants, offering a selection of food from around the world.

Afterwards, take some time to stroll around the hotel and take in the atmosphere, before returning to the pier.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. The dress code is ‘casual’, however shorts are not permitted.

 

A selection of cruises to Dubai

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