Dubai & Emirates Ports
Dubai has an enormous reputation preceding it, but luckily for travellers, it more than lives up to the hype. This is a place which has defied expectation again and again over the past two decades to emerge as a truly unique cruising destination.
The city seems to have sprung from nowhere in the middle a desert, but that doesn’t stop it from having perhaps the greatest selection of entertainment and restaurants in the eastern world. It seems that the finest international cuisine converged on Dubai all at once, forming a route of essential dining experiences trailing from the beachfront overlooked by the Burj Al Arab to the city limits. In short, a futuristic city with aspirations for iconic status.
Abu Dhabi might be overshadowed by its glitzier, more flamboyant cousin, but it still has plenty to offer, especially if you prefer a more laid-back pace than you’re likely to find on the neon streets of Dubai on a Friday night. The cultural quarter on Saadiyat Island is something that the Dubai city planning department could do well to take notice of: a Guggenheim, Zayed National and Louvre Abu Dhabi Museums all cloistered together on single, impressively modern complex. And all of this next to unspoiled beaches.
Located off the coast of Abu Dhabi and a regular feature on luxury cruises to the region in the stunning Sir Bani Yas Island, a small natural land mass renowned for its wildlife conservation and ecological importance. Cruisers arriving on this beautiful island will find a host of amazing animals, including giraffes, ostriches and gazelle alongside millions of trees and plants. The islands surrounding waters are also filled with wildlife, from dolphins to sea turtles.