Why choose a cruise to Dubai?
There is something unique about Dubai with its eclectic mix of white-sand beaches, opulent hotels and traditional culture. By day there is a host of attractions including museums, souks and cultural centres to explore. There’s also a Blue Flag beach providing the most dazzling stretch of white sands on which to laze on, fringed by waters that are perfect for snorkelling. Then there’s the marbled shopping malls, theme parks and a desert to enjoy, making it an entertainment-packed cruise stop-off that’s sure to take your breath away.
A guide to Dubai’s hotspots
Away from the glitzy malls and skyscrapers you’ll find a more traditional side of Dubai. The Jumeirah Mosque is perhaps one of its most famous landmarks and welcomes visitors of all faiths to enter, with guided tours available by mosque representatives. Explore further to the atmospheric Persian quarter, to find restored buildings, narrow alleyways and market stalls selling a rainbow of trinkets, souvenirs and local crafts.
To find out more about the history of this intriguing destination, a trip to the Dubai Museum, housed in Al Fahidi Fort, is a must. Featuring an array of precious historic artefacts, including alabaster objects dating to 3,000BC, it offers a fascinating glimpse into times gone by. Just a five-minute walk from the museum along the pristine waterfront is the Bur Dubai Textile Souk, ideal for those wishing to immerse themselves in the atmospheric charm of Dubai.
The Al-Ahmadiya School and Heritage House, which dates to the 1800s, is also worth a look and has a collection of period rooms and mannequins in traditional dress. The desert is another top attraction, less than 20 minutes’ drive from the modernist skyline of downtown Dubai. Take a 4×4 desert safari, a camel ride or go quad biking to fully immerse yourself in the undulating dunes of this natural phenomena.
For something completely different, visit IMG Worlds of Adventure, a larger-than-life Dubai-style indoor theme park the size of 28 football pitches. With themed rides and white-knuckle rollercoasters, it’s a must for adrenaline junkies.
Cruise lines that sail to the port of Dubai
The best time to visit Dubai
Prepare for sizzling temperatures on your Dubai cruise if you visit in August – this is the hottest month and you can expect averages of 36°C with sea temperatures a delightfully warm 33°C.
As the coldest month, January, is still a warm 19°C, this is very much an all-year-round destination. You can expect some rain if you visit in February, but the climate will still be mild.
Did you know?
- Dubai Mall is the largest in the world with a total area of 1.1 million square metres
- The Dubai Fountain jets shoot water 150 metres in the air
- Dubai Metro is one of the longest fully automated metro networks
- There is enough sand used in Dubai’s artificial Palm Islands to fill the Empire State Building two-and-a-half times
- Dubai has nearly 150 skyscrapers – and counting!