What to see and do in this appealing United Arab Emirates port of call


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Visit Dubai’s Jumeirah Mosque at night, when the lit up building is at its most beautiful.
Hugging the golden coastline of the Persian Gulf, Dubai is the glitzy oasis of the Middle East – a stunning, bold skyline of architecturally-daring skyscrapers surrounded by beautiful mountains and sand dunes. You’ll find much to discover on a shore visit, from souks selling gold jewelry to such cultural activities as camel racing.

In the Terminal
Noted for its ultramodern design and extensive facilities, the Dubai Cruise Terminal is conveniently located just 15 minutes from the city center. Cruisers can enjoy palm tree gardens and cultural exhibits, shop in a duty-free area, grab a bite, and use the Internet.

Sights & Attractions

Dubai’s commanding skyline is a must-see for visitors, including the interesting Burj Al Arab hotel and the towering Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building. Draws for tourists include major horse races and sporting events; shopping at The Dubai Mall, Mall of the Emirates, the Gold Souk, and the Spice Souk; and activity tours on the shore or in the desert.

Shore Excursions

In the desert, popular activity tours include sand boarding, dune buggying, camel rides, and 4×4 safaris. Along the shore, active travelers can participate in windsurfing, diving, and jet skiing. Culture-based excursions include visits to old Dubai areas such as Bastakiya and Shindagah, where many of the city’s museums can be found, or a cruise on the Creek in a traditional boat.

Local Dining
Dubai’s diverse population spills over into its culinary stew, and you’ll find almost every imaginable cuisine, from renowned-chef creations to savory street food. Try Pierchic for some of city’s finest seafood – its pier setting on the Arabian Golf is a romantic haven – Majlis Al Bahar for sumptuous Mediterranean and Middle Eastern dishes, or Spectrum on One in the Fairmont Dubai for a mouth-watering buffet of cuisine from around the world prepared in eight different kitchens.

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