The UAE: A fabulous cruise destination
The slow growth in the UAE cruise itinerary is largely due to the cultural differences between the Arab world and western civilisation. In recent years though, cruise companies have realised the massive potential of the treasure that is the UAE. There are now regular cruises to many locations in the UAE and you are almost guaranteed good weather throughout your entire holiday – there aren’t many cruise destinations that you can say this about. You can expect to experience over-the-top hospitality, extravagance in architecture and an incredible array of attractions to choose from. Not forgetting that Dubai is undoubtedly the shopping capital of the world! What more could a traveller ask for?
The best time of year to cruise to UAE
The climate here is predominantly desert-like – hot and dry throughout most of the year with the ideal time of year to travel being during the winter months. The desert sun becomes almost unbearable in summer and would make any outdoor activity unpleasant at best so, unlike most other cruise destinations, the ideal time to book your holiday is during the region’s winter months, between November and March. The winter weather tends to be mild, with gorgeous sunny days almost guaranteed for the most part, and temperatures warm enough to sunbathe, but still cool enough for site-seeing.
Tips for your cruise to UAE
Dress down rather than up
The culture in the UAE is very much dictated by the rules of Islam. This means that it would be frowned upon for women to wear clothing that is too revealing in public. Even though Dubai is fairly liberal in this regard, you may, as a woman, still find yourself the centre of unwanted stares if not deemed appropriately dressed. In some areas being dressed inappropriately may get you into real trouble with authorities. In general, mindfulness and a sense of understanding and respect for the culture will make the world of difference.
Children are welcome on our cruises and they are also very well-received in the UAE. There are many activities that will keep children entertained both on board and on shore. Make sure you enquire about these activities and book in advance if necessary.
Be mindful when taking scenic photos or even photos of your family. It is considered extremely inappropriate to take photos of Muslim women in their traditional attire so even if it is unintentional, you may get yourself into trouble with local bystanders.
Make sure that you bring along a copy of a doctor’s prescription for any medication you may be travelling with. Many “common” prescription medications are illegal to have with you in the UAE. Enquire with your cruise expert about what those include.
The main “rest day” in Muslim countries are Fridays and you’ll find that many shops and restaurants may be closed. However, cruise itineraries usually plan Fridays to be sea-days for that exact reason.
There you have it - some tips and inspiration for your cruise to the UAE. Here are some wonderful cruise deals to the UAE for you to view, or you can contact one of our cruise experts to help you plan your cruise to the Middle East.