Tourists still view Middle East as an emerging cruise destination. However, those who get the chance to visit the region will tell you how captivating the Middle East is. The region boasts some of the most fascinating ports and cities in the world. There’s a lot of history and a profusion of heritage. There’s also the striking beauty of the natural features as you approach the land, not forgetting the exquisite beaches, remarkable architecture as well as the amazing shopping opportunities.
From the famous city of Dubai all the way to Israel, you’ll be amazed as you discover the hidden charms this region has to offer. Nowadays, the Middle East is more accessible than ever. Now you can indulge yourself in an adventurous cruise without much worry or hesitation.
The Finest Middle East Expeditions
When cruising through the Middle East, you’ll come across some of the most diverse nations in the world. You will experience so many different cultures as well. There’s no other arid region in the world like this place. Despite being dominated by dessert dunes, isolated cities like the UAE, Dubai and Abu Dhabi are filled with fascinating sky scrappers.
There are 8 ports in Middle East, these are in Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Aqaba, Dubai, Muscat, Salalah, Khasab and Sir Bani Yas Island. Most popular ports are in U.A.E, Jordan and Oman. Newer cruise destinations like Qatar and Bahrain are endeavoring to improve their infrastructure. That being said, there’re currently no ports in Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Iraq or Pakistan.
Depending on your travel plan, you will see some notable ancient sites during you cruise. The pyramids of Egypt and Petra, Jordan’s lost city, are some of the best sites to watch out for. You’ll also get the chance to understand the Muslim culture.
The Best Time to Travel
The best time to set sail is from December – March. During this period the weather is less harsh and it’s always sunny.
Booking Cruise-ship Tours
Smaller Cruise lines that offer several port stops include;
- Star Clippers
- Regent Seven Seas Cruises
Cruise Lines that make overnight stops in Dubai include;
- Holland America
- P& O
- Royal Caribbean
Places and Activities
Cruises on the Arabian Gulf focus on cultural explorations, desert adventures as well as shopping. If you get to cruise on the Nile, prepare yourself for an adventure of a lifetime. In Abu Dhabi & Dubai, you’ll find several resorts, golf courses and beaches (natural and man-made). There’s also a Formula One race track for speed enthusiasts. Dubai is the shopping Mecca if you want to spoil yourself with gifts. Also, don’t forget to visit the Chedi in Oman. This modern resort is very sprightly. Other things to do and places to visit include;
- Visit the Sultan Qaboos Mosque in Muscat
- Go on a desert safari
- Browse the traditional souks
- Visit the Burj Khalifa