A Holiday Cruise to Dubai, Explore The Magnificent City
Dubai is one of the territories that make up the UAE and a bridge between East and West. The city has enormously grown over the decades and today it makes for a one-stop-shop where you could find anything you ask for in a modern metropolis.
A cruise to Dubai and strolling along the pristine Dubai Marina waterfront and exploring the city of wonder is something you might want to experience. Below are more fascinating activities you will truly enjoy.
Holiday Cruise to Dubai, What to Do
Experience Old Dubai
Take a lazy walk around the beautiful Al Fahidi District and get an idea of life in the Emirate before oil discovery in the 1960s.
Enjoy strutting along the narrow lanes, the sand-colored houses, cafes, and galleries. Then head over to the oldest building in Dubai-Dubai Museum, built-in 1787.
Soar At the Top of the World
Burj Khalifa will literally take you to the top of the world enjoying the sweeping views of the megacity. The 828M tall tower is the world’s tallest building. It highlights an observation deck on level 124 and 148 and a restaurant-bar on level 122.
Dubai’s Most Attractive Developments
Madinat Jumeirah is one of Dubai’s most attractive developments. Stroll with your Dubai cruise along the desert colored hotels and villas graced by waterways studded with palms, banana trees, and bougainvillea.
The icing on the cake is Souq Madinat Jumeirah which is a maze-like bazaar with shops perfectly lining the wood-framed walkways.
For the most authentic dishes with Dubai cruises, focus on the local cuisines. Be sure to enjoy Shawarma-strips of spicy spit-roasted meat.
Another great option is a manousheh-A flatbread topped with a local type of cheese (Akkawi) and za’atar herbs. For your sweet tooth, try luqaimat-Fried dough balls carefully spiced with saffron and cardamom.
Shop until you drop in some of the city’s epic malls including, Dubai Mall-World’s largest shopping center and the Mall of Emirates. For a traditional experience, consider the colorful souqs in Bur Dubai and Deira for Persian carpets, Arabic coffee pots among other trinkets.
Insider Tips on Your Cruise to Dubai
- Dubai is extremely hot and it’s advisable to avoid being outdoors for long periods during the daytime
- The UAE is Muslim in general and morality laws are alive. Public display of affection is discouraged and gay travelers have to be discreet as homosexuality is illegal. However, this shouldn’t be much of an issue if arriving on a cruise ship since you won’t be checking in a hotel.
- Alcohol is strictly served at licensed hotels and restaurants, and the legal age for consuming alcohol is 21 years
- E-cigarettes are illegal
- Most prescription drugs are illegal and you might want to bring copies of your prescriptions from your doctor.
- Shorts and tank tops are not allowed around town and some Malls too have their own dress code. Bring along long-sleeved tops, long pants, long dresses if you plan on walking around a lot.
How to Get Around Dubai
Taxis are your best bet for moving to upscale hotels, shops, restaurants, beaches, and literally anywhere around the city. Uber is available to cruise Dubai too.
A hop-on, hop-off bus is available at the port and some cruises offer tickets for the same onboard. Look out for free shopping shuttles from the port to major Dubai Malls.
Downtown Dubai is easily accessible by Metro, but not from the port. Tickets are offered based on the zones you plan to visit.
UAE’s currency is the UAE dirham. Dollars are mostly not accepted with few exceptional places like the souks. Taxis only accept currency (no credit cards). To be on the safe side, exchange money at the port, or use an ATM.
The official UAE language is Arabic. Most people however speak English, and all signage is in English and Arabic.
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A cruise to Dubai is an opportunity to indulge in a luxurious journey to explore the futuristic architecture and dream-like excursions between the mangroves and the desert.
A cruise holiday to Emirates is a mixing pot of fascination and worth a shot. To more informiaons check our Dubai Tourism Website.