Like all the Emirates, cruise passengers need to be aware of culturally appropriate behaviour: kissing and holding hands in public are not allowed, clothing should be modest and alcohol is – of course – forbidden in public.
Standing tall at 828 metres in Downtown Dubai, the sky-piercing Burj Khalifa is the tallest man-made structure in the world. A man-made archipelago, Palm Jumeirah is one of the three planned Palm Islands and the newest in the list of attractions that Dubai has to offer. Al Fahidi Fort, a stunning desert fort and architectural marvel, houses the Dubai Museum. Jumeirah Mosque is not just of religious significance in Dubai but is also an important landmark of the city. Go scuba diving, opt for a glass bottom boat ride, swim with the sharks, meet the dolphins and explore the many species of fish at the Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo. With its aim to protect the biodiversity of the Arabian deserts, the Dubai Desert Conservation Centre is a natural habitat for the flora and fauna of the region.
There is not just one style of food in Dubai. Here you can get any style of food you desire. The main restaurants in the region take inspiration from Asian and Middle Eastern cuisine. That means that you can try everything from Indian to North Korean food in the area. Make sure to research each restaurant before you book your table to find the best places.
The United Arab Emirates sometimes simply called the Emirates or the UAE, is a country at the southeast end of the Arabian Peninsula on the Persian Gulf, bordering Oman to the east and Saudi Arabia to the south, as well as sharing sea borders with Qatar and Iran. In 2013, the UAE's population was 9.2 million, of which 1.4 million are Emirati citizens and 7.8 million are expatriates.
Established in December 1971, the country is a federation of seven emirates. The constituent emirates are Abu Dhabi (which serves as the capital),Ajman, Dubai, Fujairah, Ras al-Khaimah, Sharjah, and Umm al-Quwain. Each emirate is governed by an absolute monarch; together, they jointly form the Federal Supreme Council. One of the monarchs is selected as the President of the United Arab Emirates.
Islam is the official religion of the UAE, and Arabic is the official language, although English is widely spoken and is the language of business and education, especially in Abu Dhabi and Dubai.