Dubai is the city that needs little introduction. It’s tossed out the rule book – from the ear-popping 828-metre-tall Burj Khalifa to the extravagant Palm Jumeirah – this location’s lavish manmade spectacles know no bounds. Modern structures aside, it’s also a rich mix of spice-scented souks and gold markets. If you’re thinking of cruising to this mesmerising city, take a look at these top shore excursions you should definitely check out!

Atlantis Adventure

The Atlantis hotel and resort in Dubai is world famous, and definitely worth a day visit if your cruise stops in Dubai. Home to a one-of-a-kind aquarium and the city’s largest waterpark. It’s jam-packed with fun-filled rides and adventures for the whole family, including an uphill water-coaster and a slide that catapults you through a shark filled lagoon! Take a walk around the aquarium to discover an abundance of amazing marine life – or stroll through the lush green gardens to feel truly relaxed. Dolphin swims and other interactive programmes are also available – this is an adventure you don’t want to miss out on!

Dubai Mall

With around 1200 stores, this isn’t merely the world’s largest shopping mall – it’s a small city in itself! With a giant ice rink and aquarium, a dinosaur skeleton, indoor theme park and 150 food outlets – this is a shoppers paradise, with something for those tagging along, too! There’s a strong European-label presence, along with branches of the French Galleries Lafayette department store, the British Hamley’s toy store and the first Bloomingdale’s outside the US. Whether you’re wanting to shop ’til you drop or enjoy a family day out, there really is something for everyone in this marvellous mall!

Sharjah Heritage Museum

This creatively curated museum goes a long way towards demystifying Emirati culture and traditions for those visiting Dubai. Each of the five galleries focuses on different aspects of local life – from living in the desert, religious values, and birth and burial rituals to holiday celebrations, marriage and wedding ceremonies, as well as folk medicine. An abundance of quality original objects and excellent English panelling make a visit here a satisfying and educational experience. Perfect if you’re looking to soak up some of this location’s rich culture – make sure this enriching museum is on your go-see list.

Dubai Fountain

This dancing fountain is spectacularly set in the middle of a giant lake, against the backdrop of the glittering Burj Khalifa. The water undulates as gracefully as a belly dancer, arcs like a dolphin and surges as high as 150m – all synced to stirring classical-Arabic and world-music soundtracks. There are plenty of great vantage points, including from some of the restaurants at Souk Al Bahar – so sit back with a glass of the finest wine, take in your surreal surroundings and enjoy a water show like you’ve never seen before. Trust us when we say you’ll be left truly mesmerised by this spectacular scene.

Desert Safari

There are few experiences that give you a real taste of Dubai as the desert safari. Take a backseat and hold on tight as an experienced driver whips you around the sand dunes, teetering on the edge of seemingly sheer drops, before dipping down sandy slopes and back up again. This thrilling experience allows you to see scenery that you can only dream of – it’s quite something witnessing the vast stretch of miles of stunning sand before your very eyes. There are a couple of stops for sunset photos before you’re safely whisked away to a traditional-style Bedouin camp, where an Arabic buffet dinner awaits. So if you want a true Emerati experience, with traditional cuisine and idyllic photos that will last a lifetime – make sure to head on a desert safari.

Feeling inspired?

If you’ve already booked your cruise with us, our team are on hand to go through the details of any available shore excursions with you – just give us a quick call on our freephone number, 0800 027 8302.

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