Spotlight On Dubai
Sea, sand, skyscrapers and shopping malls – Dubai is a fascinating blend of Arabian culture and cosmopolitan luxury. A city of contrast and wonder, Dubai is the perfect cruise ship destination for people of all ages and interests. Want to learn more? We’ve put together a guide below, so keep reading!
It might be known for its huge skyscrapers, man-made islands and ultra-modern design, but Dubai is a city teeming with history. Travel back in time with a guided walking tour of the enchanting Al Fahidi Historical District. A former trading hub and home of Persian settlers in the early 20th century, this neighbourhood has evolved to become the heartbeat of Dubai’s local art and culture scene. For a slice of traditional Emirati life (and date cake), visit one of the nearby cafés before heading to the fascinating Dubai Museum, located within the walls of the Al Fahidi Fort.
If the mention of date cake has you feeling peckish, then wait until you see what the rest of the city has to offer foodies. From Michelin-starred restaurants to tasty street food stalls, Dubai caters for all tastes and budgets. The city’s culturally diverse population is reflected in the sheer number of cuisines available - and the quality certainly matches the quantity. Dubai is a gastronomical delight.
Wandering through Dubai’s shopping malls is a surreal experience. The Mall of the Emirates houses its own indoor ski facility, the Souk Madinat Jumeirah has its own waterway and Dubai Mall is where you’ll find SEGA Republic - an indoor theme park and entertainment complex! The list of attractions at Dubai’s retail outlets and souks continues to grow daily and never ceases to amaze.
If you can drag yourself away from the megamalls, there are a plenty of other attractions to enthral you. The Dubai Fountain tops the list of tourist hotspots - and with good reason. The ‘world’s largest dancing fountain’ is a visual and auditory masterpiece and is located on the expansive Burj Lake.
Meanwhile, it’s impossible to miss Burj Khalifa - the world’s tallest structure. This iconic landmark epitomises Dubai’s immense ambition and desire to stand out from the pack. There’s plenty to see and do inside the building and the observation deck is out of this world.
Dubai boasts a tropical desert climate with warm winters and extremely hot and humid summers. In April, the average high temperature is around 32 degrees Celsius, while during June to October, temperatures regularly surpass 40 degrees Celsius. In the months of November and December, the city experiences higher rainfall and cooler temperatures in the 20s. In winter, minimum temperatures can drop to about 15 degrees Celsius. October to April is the best time to visit, as temperatures are milder and more accommodating.
The Dirham is the currency used in Dubai. Currency exchange centres can be found throughout the city.
While Arabic is the official language of the UAE, English is the most widely spoken language in Dubai. With the majority of the population being expats, you’re also likely to hear conversations in Urdu, Hindi, Tamil, Persian and Bengali just to name a few.
Travelling by cruise ship is the best way to explore the Persian Gulf and the UAE. For more information on itineraries that include Dubai, contact your friendly Cruiseabout consultant today on 1300 954 661.