Dubai's futuristic skyscrapers from above
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Cruise from Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Everything is bigger, brighter and bolder in Dubai. With its palm-shaped islands, soaring futuristic skyscrapers, buzzing beach clubs and vast surrounding deserts, it’s the definition of the phrase 'larger than life'. If you’re planning a cruise from Dubai, make sure you dedicate a couple of days to discovering all of the city’s wonders. A taxi from the airport to the city centre only takes about five minutes. From there, it’s full steam ahead for adventure. The best place to score views of the city is the towering Burj Khalifa – it’s the tallest structure in the world and a must-see landmark when you visit Dubai. Then, step back in time in the Al Fahidi Historical District, which dates back to the late 18th century. Built using traditional materials like stone, teak, sandalwood and fronds, the buildings here are home to art exhibits, cultural activities and religious celebrations. You’ll also find plenty of cosy cafes and restaurants if you’re looking for a quick bite. If a few hours here isn’t enough to get your culture fix, visit the Dubai Museum to learn about the city’s fast evolution from a fishing and pearling village to a global centre of commerce, finance and tourism.
National Language Arabic
Currency Accepted United Arab Emirates Dirham (AED)

Things To Do in Dubai

Woman in traditional muslim black dress in old arabic city district with mosque minaret in Al Fahidi Historical District of Dubai

Old Ways Still Alive

Woman in traditional muslim black dress in old arabic city district with mosque minaret in Al Fahidi Historical District of Dubai

Woman in traditional muslim black dress in old arabic city district with mosque minaret in Al Fahidi Historical District of Dubai

Old Ways Still Alive

Stroll around the nicely restored Al Fahidi Historical District, where you can get an impression of life in this emirate before oil was discovered in the 1960s. Explore the narrow walking lanes with their sand-colored houses, cafes and galleries. Then visit Dubai Museum, built in 1787 and the oldest existing building in Dubai.

Aerial views of the city of Dubai from the top of the Burj Khalifa skyscraper

On Top of the World

Aerial views of the city of Dubai from the top of the Burj Khalifa skyscraper

Aerial views of the city of Dubai from the top of the Burj Khalifa skyscraper

On Top of the World

Stand on the Burj Khalifa for breathtaking views of this extraordinary city. At 828 meters, this narrow tower is the world's tallest so far. It has an observation deck on the 124th and the 148th floor, and a restaurant-bar on the 122nd. Book tickets well in advance.

Classic historical buildings in Dubai before the oil boom in the 1960s
Classic historical buildings in Dubai before the oil boom in the 1960s

Maze of Modern Life

Head to Madinat Jumeirah, one of Dubai's most attractive developments. With your Dubai cruise, stroll along the desert-colored villas and hotels, alongside waterways with palms, banana trees and bougainvillea. Sit down in one of the trendy local cafes for a refreshing fruit juice. At the heart of this modern village lies Souq Madinat Jumeirah, a maze-like bazaar with shops lining wood-framed walkways.

Cooking grilled meat shawarma to make hot kebabs, a typical street food in Dubai
Cooking grilled meat shawarma to make hot kebabs, a typical street food in Dubai

Local Cuisine

You'll be able to find food from anywhere around the globe here — but focus on the local fare for the most authentic experience with Dubai cruises. While you're out on the town, pick up a shawarma, shaved strips of spicy spit-roasted meat served in pita bread. Try manousheh, a flatbread topped with local Akkawi cheese and za'atar herbs. Slate your sweet tooth with luqaimat, fried dough balls spiced with saffron and cardamom.

Carpets found in the markets of Dubai
Carpets found in the markets of Dubai

Shopping

Pick one of the large number of malls in this shopping Mecca. There's Dubai Mall, the world's largest shopping center, as well as the Mall of Emirates. For a more traditional experience, browse the colorful souqs in Bur Dubai and Deira for Persian carpets, Arabic coffee pots and other trinkets.

Insider's Tips
Insider's Tips
1 Don't underestimate the heat — try to avoid being outdoors for long periods during the day. The malls are a great indoor foray.
2 Dubai has an excellent metro system. Taxis are metered, air-conditioned and relatively inexpensive.

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