The emirate has played a pioneering role in the region's fast growing cruise tourism sector since 2001. This growth has been greatly aided by Dubai Cruise Tourism, a dedicated cruise department within Dubai's Department for Tourism and Commerce Marketing, which has enabled successful and effective long-term planning for the emirate's cruise industry.
Dubai has become an award-winning and increasingly sought after cruise tourism destination amongst travellers from across the globe.
Now winning global awards, participation at exhibitions, road shows and attracting new cruise visitors, the young cruise port of Dubai has become a fixture on many of the world's premium cruise itineraries.
Dubai offers simple immigration formalities, online visas and custom-made operational procedures, among others. With the emirate constantly enhancing its facilities and services, cruise tourism in Dubai is set to scale new heights.
Dubai is a unique destination that is both a dynamic business centre and a tourist paradise, offering more attractions, shopping, fine dining and quality hotels. From the timeless tranquillity of the desert to the lively bustle of the souk, offers a kaleidoscope of attractions for visitors. The emirate embraces a wide variety of scenery in a very small area. In a single day, the tourist can experience everything from rugged mountains and awe-inspiring sand dunes to sandy beaches and lush green parks, from dusty villages to luxurious residential districts and from ancient houses with wind towers to ultra-modern shopping malls.
Dubai enjoys, without a doubt, one of the best locations on the planet. Situated halfway between Europe and Asia, few destinations take more than 8 hours direct flying time to or from Dubai. Just seven hours from London, four hours from Nairobi, three hours from Mumbai, 8 hours from Hong Kong and a direct flight from the United States or Australia, Dubai is definitely a destination of choice for vacationing, living and business.
An array of hotels
Dubai offers a range of hotels to suit every taste, whim and budget! From the glitzy, opulent and of the most expensive and only seven star hotel in the world all the way through to the very affordable. Then there are the resorts in the desert where tourists can experience unmatched peace and tranquillity. Whatever the choice, it will definitely be an unforgettable stay as a tourist or business traveller.
Dubai is ranked the second world's most popular destination for shopping after the United States and ahead of popular shopping destinations like Singapore, France, UK, and Hong Kong among others. With a long history as a trading hub, today Dubai is synonymous with shopping. From souk to shopping mall, Dubai has it all - duty free, gold, electronics, textiles, cars - and is a true shopper's paradise. Perfect for the shop-o-holics and for retail therapy!
Dubai has established itself as a major destination for an eclectic array of local and international events and earned its reputation as the sporting capital of the Middle East. Throughout the year, Dubai hosts a range of popular annual sporting activities, dazzling entertainment attractions, as well as conferences and exhibitions.
Dubai also has a lively nightlife. Most of the hotels feature pianists, guitarists, duos and bands nightly. After-dinner revellers can enjoy the latest sounds in a number of lounges, each with its own ambience.
Heritage & Culture
Although the early history of Dubai is not very well documented, archaeological discoveries suggest that, as long as 4000 years ago small fishing communities lived along the coast of the Arabian Gulf on the site of modern Dubai. In recent years, archaeologists have unearthed hundreds of artefacts that point to civilised settlements dating back to the third millennium B.C. Dubai's main archaeological sites are in Al Sufoh and Jumeirah. These historic findings have been carefully preserved and the artefacts are now permanently housed in the archaeological section of Dubai Museum. Dotted around Dubai are a number of historic buildings and sites that offer a glimpse of a bygone era such as the Al Fahidi Neighbourhood, Sheikh Saeed's House and Bastakiya.
Kids & Families
Whether it’s aquariums and watersports, viewing the emirate from the air or just from the top of the world’s tallest building, Dubai is a fantastic place for families of all ages. With amazing venues like KidZania where children can play and learn more about the world and their future careers and the Sega Republic, an adrenaline fuelled indoor theme park there really is consistent fun for children and young adults, making Dubai the must visit city for families. August 2016 will see the addition of IMG Worlds of Adventure, the world’s largest indoor themed entertainment park.
Come October 2016, the region’s first integrated resort destination – Dubai Parks and Resorts with its 3 world class theme parks and 1 water park will open its gates to enthusiasts and fans from all over the world. Experience unlimited fun at motiongate Dubai, Bollywood Parks Dubai, LEGOLAND Dubai, LEGOLAND Water Park, as well as at Riverland Dubai and Lapita Hotel.
Clients heading to Dubai should prepare themselves for a feast of food. Dubai is one of the world’s most exciting dining destinations, a sprawling city with unparalleled multicultural cuisine. Catering to extravagant tastes, Dubai imports a number of world famous Michelin-starred chefs like Marco-Pierre White, Gary Rhodes, Gordon Ramsay and Jamie Oliver, but know where to look, and you’ll find some hidden eateries including tiny Middle Eastern cafes and Indian canteens. Middle Eastern dishes are more subtle than the Indian subcontinent, combining cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg with the classic Middle Eastern Za’atar, a blend of herbs, citrus flavours and sesame.
Set in the white sands of the Arabian Gulf and blessed with year-round sunshine, Dubai’s public and resort beaches are a key ingredient in the emirate’s appeal. Clients can feel the sand between their toes, soak up the sun, sit in the shade of a palm tree or swim and enjoy watersports at Dubai’s public beaches – all clean, safe, family-friendly & free or charging a small fee. Clients who like everything on tap will probably opt for a beach resort, where staff serve drinks by the pool, erect sun umbrellas, fetch towels and even offer to clean smeary sunglasses. Clearly Dubai’s beaches are not just about sun & sand and among Dubai’s wildlife stars is the turtle, who are taken care of by Jumeirah’s Turtle Rehabilitation Project. So far since 2004 they have released over 560 hawksbill turtles back into the wild.
From spectator sports to watersports or pastimes that trigger an incredible adrenaline rush, Dubai has the great outdoors covered all year round. A range of spectator sports are available across the emirate, as are many opportunities to get active. Dubai is the undisputed golf capital of the region with 11 outstanding courses, and with the Bedouin culture so close by is also a leading light for the incredible rush of Falconry. From rock climbing and skydiving to hot air ballooning and parasailing, activities in Dubai cover land, sea and sky.
Spas & Hotels
Dubai’s hotels share a philosophy; to offer their guests true Arabian hospitality and a luxury experience. Many of the emirate’s hotels offer spas. The range of treatments is truly impressive and Dubai is certainly the spa capital of the region
For more information on Dubai as a destination, please visit our Middle East & Red Sea destination map.
Executive Director, Cruise Tourism
Hamad M bin Mejren
Jamal Al Falasi
Marketing Executive, UK
T: +44 (0)207 321 6110
Dubai Cruise Terminal Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing
United Arab Emirates
Address, UK & Ireland
DTCM UK & Ireland
41-46 Nuffield House
Dubai: 00 9714 3019
London: 02073 216110
00 97143 450168