Dubai Cruises

Originally little more than a fishing village before becoming a trade port, Dubai experienced sudden growth after the discovery of oil and is now one of the most visited cities in the world.

A hub for business in Western Asia and a truly global city, Dubai has become a premier destination for overseas visitors from across the globe and is a popular port of call for cruise ships sailing in the waters of the Middle East.

Famous for luxury hotels and towering skyscrapers, Dubai has plenty to offer those who are only paying a fleeting visit during a cruise, with tourism now playing a major part in the local economy.

One of the most popular things to do is to head for the shops, with Dubai widely regarded as one of the best places in the world for shopping.

The Dubai Mall is the largest shopping mall to be found anywhere in the world and features more than 1,000 stores, whilst there are more than 50 small shopping centres spread across the city.

That’s without taking into account the various souks and markers where you can barter for a deal with sellers in more traditional surroundings. If you are looking for some jewellery then then famous Gold Souk should certainly feature on your 'to do' list.

There is plenty more to do in Dubai besides shopping however, with a chance to see both a range of attractions both old and new whilst visiting the city.

The likes of the Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum House - the home of the former ruler of Dubai - and the Al Fahidi Fort are amongst the historic attractions that are worth a visit, with the latter being the oldest building still standing in the city.

Amongst the more modern options are the Burj Khalifa, which is currently the tallest building to be found anywhere in the world. A visit to one of the two observation decks provides astonishing views for miles around, with the New Deck Observatory being the second highest observation deck in the world.

The nearby Dubai Fountain has a choreographed display a number of times a day where jets of water shoot more than 150m into the air, with the water 'performing' to a wide range of different pieces of music.

Dubai is also home a a huge aquarium, a popular water park and even an indoor ski slope, whilst those who would prefer to get away from the crowds could visit the Dubai Miracle Garden to stroll through one of the largest flower gardens in the world.

Special trips out into the surrounding desert might also be possible depending on the excursions that are offered by your cruise line.

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