Cruises around the United Arab Emirates (UAE) often include stops at Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Muscat and Oman. The Middle East offers year-round sunshine, and Dubai cruises are popular for cruisers who want to enjoy relaxing beaches, bargain shopping and fascinating culture.
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The most populous emirate in the UAE, Dubai is also the most popular with cruise ship visitors, thanks to its incredible attractions, including Burj Khalifa, with the honour of being the tallest building in the world. It is certainly worth the climb to the 124th floor observation deck for a view that simply has to be seen to be believed. Lying at its foot are the Dubai Fountains, situated in a 50-acre lake at the foot of the soaring man-made marvel and offer dazzling displays choreographed to music, when water is shot in the air as high as 500 feet. The Burj Al Arab is a sail-like hotel, located on its own man-made peninsula and is as famous for its afternoon tea as it is for the fantastic ocean views it offers. It’s not all about man-made wonders in Dubai, as Dolphin Bay is one of the world’s most extensive dolphin habitats and the perfect place for that bucket list swimming with dolphins experience. The Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve is equally as popular, home to over 160 different animal species and a plethora of plant life.
The capital of the UAE, Abu Dhabi, is renowned the world over for its impressive architecture and robust economy. What you may not know about Abu Dhabi however, is the fact that it actually lies on an island in the Arabian Gulf, just off the shore of the mainland. The seat of the UAE Government and home of the UAE president, it’s a great place to visit if you want to immerse yourself in the emirates’ political history and architecture but also one which is in touch with the culture and heritage of the region. When it comes to seeing the city, you’ll be able to view as much as possible from atop the Observation Deck at 300, to be found in Tower Two of the Etihad Towers. Aside from the ultimate view, one of the most popular must-sees with visitors is the breathtaking Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque: the largest mosque in the United Arab Emirates. The architecture really is something special and tours are available in English. For a spot of beachside relaxation, head to Corniche, an expertly-landscaped area boasting some beautiful greenery and a lake.
The beautiful city is small but filled with activities, particularly by its harbours and shores, where you may choose to try snorkelling or take a dolphin tour. You may choose to spend your time on an optional excursion to visit the Oman Fjords, offering breathtaking natural scenery, with steep red rock emerging from the clear blue waters. Dolphins are regular visitors of the area. Adventurers may decide to try a 4WD Mountain Safari, where you can explore the desert rocky mountains of Musandam. Popular landmarks include Khasab Castle and Fort, 17th century landmarks built by the Portuguese and featuring an exhibition, and Khawr Najd, a gorgeous lagoon, accessible by beautiful mountain roads, and a popular viewpoint from above provides stunning surroundings. Oman’s capital city, Muscat, has a unique character and is elegant throughout, due to its strict policy to have pristine, spotlessly clean and uniform streets and buildings, meaning every element of the city is picturesque. Within the city you’ll discover various landmarks and several museums to explore. Outside of the city you’ll discover the peaceful Qantab Beach. You may choose to journey to the small village of Yiti, surrounded by a stunning mountainous landscape and a picture-perfect coastline.
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