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Dubai is also a working port city on the Arabian Gulf. A magnet for lovers of all year-round sunshine, incredible shopping, iconic, imaginative architecture and cultural history, Dubai is all this and more.  

When cruising to Dubai, you need not worry about bad weather in this all-year round destination. The hottest month is August, with an average temperature of 36°C. The coldest month is January, with an average temperature of 19°C, and February is the wettest month, with an average of 40 mm of rain.  

Many cruise liners start or stop off in Dubai, including Silver Star, Regent and Fred Olsen, enticed by its seven-star luxury hotels, shopping malls and the iconic man-made islands built in the shape of palm trees and continents. Its 21st-century architecture stands alongside its more traditional districts, with plenty to see and do however long your stay.

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Why visit Dubai ?

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An oasis for cosmopolitan luxury travellers

Fusing the modern and opulent with its rich Middle Eastern heritage

Dominating the skyline, the Burj Khalifa is the world’s tallest tower, and on a clear day, the view from the observation deck on level 124 is unparalleled, unless you take a trip to the At the Top Sky Lounge on the 148th floor. If you want a longer stay to appreciate the cityscape fully, you can always have a bite to eat at the Atmosphere restaurant on level 122.  

Next door is the Dubai Mall, with more than 1,200 shops and 150 restaurants, as well as an indoor theme park, an ice rink, an indoor waterfall, a spectacular choreographed outdoor fountain and the Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo. Certainly, there is more than a day’s worth of activities in one place.  

For a more traditional view of Dubai, the heart of the city is The Creek, a saltwater estuary where the original settlement began. It’s now home to the Dubai Museum and the inviting, mysterious and labyrinthine gold, spice and textile souks. Also, there is the desert, without which no visit to Dubai would be complete. Less than 20 minutes away from the city centre, there are desert safaris, off-roading, quad biking and sandboarding, as well as barbecues and camel rides. For bargain lovers, Dubai is a tax-free city and is regarded as having the best prices in the Arab Gulf States for gold, electronics and perfumes.  

The important things to remember when visiting Dubai are that in this Muslim country where public displays of affection are forbidden, homosexuality is illegal and alcohol is only served at restaurants with licences. Many common prescription drugs are also illegal, so it is sensible to bring copies of prescriptions from your doctor if necessary.  

Western-style beach wear is fine to wear at resorts, yet long-sleeved tops and long skirts, dresses or trousers are needed elsewhere and are necessary if you plan to visit a mosque.  

A charismatic, sophisticated, modern location with a traditional Middle-Eastern heart, Dubai is sure to captivate, entertain and be an unforgettable destination on your luxury cruise.

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