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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.

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.

Burj Khalifa – The Tallest Building in the World

Activity medium

Duration: 5 hours

See the amazing sights and structures of Dubai from the top of the world’s current tallest building.

Drive along the picturesque Jumeirah area, making a photo-stop at the famed Burj Al Arab, the iconic sail-shaped hotel. Continue along to Dubai Marina and the sky scraping condominiums of Jumeirah Beach Residence and see how the desert land has been transformed into a vibrant community in a matter of years.

Continue onto Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai’s new business district, for a look at some of the stunning architectural marvels. Visit the city’s `Mall of Emirates´ where a photo-stop is made at Ski Dubai, the region’s only indoor ski dome offering fresh real snow all year round.

Reach the downtown Burj Dubai district to visit Burj Khalifa, currently the tallest building in the world. Enter the complex and board a high-speed lift which ascends to the observation deck at 10 metres per second. As the doors open on level 124, floor-to-ceiling glass walls provide breath-taking 360-degree views of the city, desert and ocean sprawled beneath.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately 1 hour of walking on this tour over mostly paved surfaces with some inclines and a motorised walkway. Due to the popularity of the Burj Khalifa there may be up to a 45 minute wait to access the 124th Floor Observatory.

Burj Morning Tea and Palm Island Cruise

Activity mediumRefreshments included

Duration: 5 hours

Witness the creation of the world’s largest man-made islands and take tea at one of the most amazing hotels in the world.

This memorable tour starts off with a lavish morning tea at the Burj Al Arab, the tallest water-based, all-suite hotel in the world. Built in the shape of a towering sail, its presence on Dubai’s skyline is now iconic. Afterwards, enjoy an exclusive catamaran cruise towards Palm Jumeirah, one of the most enthralling developments in the Emirates. Admire the creation of the world’s 3 largest man-made islands known collectively as The Palm Islands. The development has created a virtually self-contained community within the islands; unofficially known as the ‘8th wonder of the world’, its body mass is visible from the moon. Soft drinks will be served onboard the catamaran during the cruise.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and boat. Photography and filming is not permitted within the public areas of the hotel and the dress code is ‘elegant casual’ with no shorts, t-shirts, sportswear or open footwear. Passengers are required to carry clear passport copies on this tour due to security requirements of the Dubai Coast Guard. In the event of inclement weather the catamaran portion of the tour will be substituted with an alternative itinerary.

Cocktails with a View

Activity mediumRefreshments included

Duration: 4 hours

Sip a cocktail in 3 of Dubai’s popular venues, each offering lovely eye catching views.

Your leisurely evening will begin with a drive to the Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club, home to the iconic Boardwalk Restaurant. Relax and enjoy a cocktail of your choice whilst admiring the surrounding views of Dubai Creek.

Continue to the Marriott Harbour Hotel and ascend to the Observatory Bar located on the 52nd floor. Offering 360 degree panoramic views across Dubai Marina, sip your 2nd cocktail accompanied by canapés, and immerse yourself in the atmosphere.

To round off your tour, you’ll head to Address Downtown and ascend to the 63rd floor to NEOS Bar. As you savour your final cocktail, absorb the views of Dubai’s city skyline, before returning to the pier.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. Participants on this tour must be aged 21 and over. Venues are subject to change and order of itinerary may vary. This tour involves limited walking, however passengers must be able to negotiate steps on to and off the coach and several steps at each venue. One cocktail per venue per person is included. Two hot and cold canapés will be offered at the Marriott Harbour Hotel. Passengers may purchase additional drinks if required and if time permits. Please remember local currency. Views will be daylight to dusk and night sky, and are subject to local conditions on the day and cannot be guaranteed.

 

A selection of cruises to Dubai

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