Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Cruises from Dubai depart from fall through early summer.
The chief port and commercial center of the United Arab Emirates, Dubai is a cosmopolitan yet exotic city. Wander the stalls of the traditional bazaars, called souks, where you can bargain for gold jewelry, Persian and Afghani rugs and more. Gold is a particularly good buy here. A guided city tour may take in the Dubai Museum, housed in the Al Fahidi Fort, Dubai's oldest building, and the Juneira Mosque, Dubai's most-photographed structure (particularly beautiful after dark when it is illuminated). Other excursions can include four-wheel-drive adventures in the desert, visits to Bedouin camps, an opportunity to ride a camel, or a cruise around Palm Island, the expansive development project on Dubai's coast.
Language: Arabic, English Currency: Dirham (AED)
Driving Directions and Parking Information
Port Rashid (Commonly known as Mina Rashid)
Exit Dubai Airport and drive approximately 100 meters to the traffic light. Turn left and drive for approximately 200 meters. Head for the flyover showing direction Jebel Ali and Abu Dhabi. Cross Al Grarhour Bridge and follow the directional signs to Port Rashid. At the Last round about turn right and reach the main cargo gates of Port Rashid. Drive through the gates and follow the signs to the 'Passenger Cruise Terminal'. Continue straight past the round about and turn left at the small traffic signal. Drive straight ahead and you will see the cruise terminal building.