Dubai & The Emirates
Dubai, the jewel in the Emirate's crown is an increasingly popular destination for tourists and there is no better way to see it than on a cruise. Known as the Pearl of the Arabian Gulf, it is a city that mixes the modern with the traditional, where else can you experience everything from large shopping Malls, some of the world's most luxurious hotels and restaurants to sandy beaches, warm turquoise waters, lush green parks and the golden sand dunes of the Arabian Gulf in a single day.
Dubai is a shoppers' paradise, enjoy hunting for gold and spices in a traditional souk or visit the ultra modern Mall of the Emirates. For people seeking adventure, head out Dune bashing in a 4x4 vehicle followed by camel rides and desert barbeque at sunset. For families, Dubai offers attractions galore such as the Wild Wadi Water Park, Dubai Zoo and Ski Dubai, the first indoor ski resort in the Middle East.
Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, blends style and luxury with culture and traditions. For culture vultures, there are many historical and contemporary sites to explore. These include several forts, mosques and heritage sites such as the Emirates Heritage Village where visitors can go back in time and get a real feel for what life was like for Abu Dhabi's Bedouin. If sports is your thing; diving, golf, horse racing and more unusually camel racing are popular pastimes in Abu Dhabi.
Other highlights of a cruise to Dubai and The Emirates include the breathtaking scenery of Oman, sandwiched between the crystal clear waters of the Indian Ocean and the rocky mountains and desert dunes of the Arabian Gulf. Oman offers a varied coastline with a wealth of underwater flora and marine life, a diver's dream! Qatar with its unspoilt scenery and beaches is historically a seafaring nation, its capital Doha has plenty of entertainment ranging from shopping to Dhow cruising, and finally Bahrain, the perfect place to discover ancient Arabia.