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Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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Overview

What was once a simple fishing port right off of the desert is now a booming metropolitan city. This city, Dubai, is one of the seven emirates in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). This innovative city is a real estate and business hub with very original and interesting architecture. Dubai has fabulous beaches, hotels and shopping. Furthermore, Dubai has become a world famous destination because of its diversity, uniqueness and luxury appeal. Dubai is a rapidly growing city where many feel that the East meets the West.

Each year that goes by seems to garner more attention for the seemingly ever-growing Dubai. As such, each year more and more cruise lines are featuring this city as a port of call or even as a cruise departure port (see below for further details).

Being located in the Middle East, Dubai has a hot, sometimes humid, climate. This area of the world generally only gets a little rain. Many months during the year, typically May through September, can have average daily highs at 100°F and higher! The coolest months of the year are December through February, with average daily highs in the mid to high 70s.


Destinations
The following destinations can be visited on a cruise leaving from Dubai, United Arab Emirates:
Africa & Middle East
Asia
Mediterranean
Transatlantic Cruises


Cruise Lines Departing Here

Costa Cruises
Crystal Cruises
Cunard Line
Holland America Line
P&O Cruises
Peter Deilmann Cruises
Regent Seven Seas Cruises
Royal Caribbean
Seabourn Cruise Line
Silversea Cruises



Currency
The official currency of the United Arab Emirates is the UAE dirham (AED). 1 dirham is subdivided into 100 fills. Taxis take cash only, so be sure to have it on you! Using a credit card whenever possible is a great way to avoid having to exchange currency. ATM machines are available, but make sure you use one that works with the card you're using.


Language
The official language of the United Arab Emirates is Arabic. However, many of the locals speak English fluently, especially in tourist areas. In fact, English is emphasized as a second language in the schools in the UAE. A few other languages are widely spoken in Dubai, such as Hindi and Persian.


Tourist Attractions
The Dubai Marina is the world's second largest man-made marina. It's located in the heart of the section of Dubai often called "New Dubai." It is still very much expanding, with tons of skyscrapers still in development, and is expected to eventually become the largest man-made marina in the world. It's commonplace to see a ton of luxury yachts filling out the marina.

E 11 is the longest road in the UAE. The portion of this highway in Dubai is known as Sheikh Zayed Road (formerly known as Defense Road). Many of Dubai's major buildings are located along this road, including The Fairmont Dubai,
the Dubai World Trade Centre, the Rose Tower (the tallest hotel in the world), 21st Century Tower (the 3rd-tallest residential building in the world) and The Emirates Office Tower (also known as Emirates Tower One, is the 12th-tallest building in the world).

Jumeirah is a high-end coastal area in Dubai that's home to the popular Jumeirah Beach, many restaurants, as well as various hotels (including the Burj Al Arab) and shopping venues. The Jumeirah Mosque is a popular place for tourists to visit, to experience Islamic culture. Also located in Jumeirah is the popular Wild Wadi Water Park.

The Burj Al Arab, located on a man-made island, is one of the most famous (and expensive) hotels in all of Dubai. It's a luxury hotel and was the tallest hotel in the world before the Rose Hotel (as mentioned above) was built. It's an impressively designed building, in the form of a sail of an Arabian boat. This hotel markets itself as the only 7 star hotel in the world (even though the travel industry usually tops out at the 5 star rating level). Al Muntaha is one of the restaurants inside this hotel, located 660 ft above ground level. Al Mahara is another restaurant in this hotel, accessible via a simulated submarine voyage.

Some of the most popular shopping areas in Dubai are the upscale Bur Jurman Shopping Mall (featuring many designer shops) and the elegant Wafi City Shopping Mall (featuring various shops, entertainment options and restaurants).

History lovers look no farther than Al Fahidi Fort. It's the oldest building left in Dubai, as it was built back in 1799.


Port Location
The Dubai Cruise Terminal, which opened in 2001, can handle up to 2 ships at a time. It's located at Port Rashid. There are various duty-free shops, an information center, a cafe and cultural exhibits in this area. There is a free shuttle service at the terminal that will take you to a couple of popular shopping areas.
 
Dubai's Skyline
Dubai's Skyline
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The Dubai Marina
The Dubai Marina
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Aerial of the Dubai Marina
Aerial of the Dubia Marina
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Burj Al Arab
Burj Al Arab
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Jumeirah Mosque
Jumeirah Mosque
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Aerial View of Jumeirah
Aerial View of Jumeirah
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Wild Wadi Water Park
Wild Wadi Water Park
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The Clock Tower at the Waterfront
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