UAE highlights: opulent architecture, ancient heritage, desert landscapes
The United Arab Emirates is a relatively new country bringing together 7 ancient emirates. Your Celebrity cruise introduces you to the ports of Dubai and Abu Dhabi, where the wealth generated from rich oil reserves is evident at every turn.
In Dubai, marvel at the audacious palm-shaped island, Palm Jumeirah which extends into the Arabian Gulf, housing some of the world’s richest people. Then lift your eyes skyward to view the world’s tallest tower, Burj Khalifa, which seems to disappear into the heavens.
Away from the futuristic cities, UAE is an Arabian landscape of vast deserts, towering mountains and sparkling coastlines. Discover its history and traditions at the Sharjah Heritage Museum and don’t miss the contrast of sheer splendour and spiritual humility at the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi.
Your UAE cruise will open your eyes to another world, both in terms modern-day riches and enduring cultural traditions.
Weather & what to pack
The United Arab Emirates are hot, hot, hot. Its sub-tropical arid climate means summers of 40+ degrees Celsius and pleasantly warm winters. Light cotton clothing, sun hats and high factor sun protection are essential.
Although relatively liberal, it is a predominantly Muslim country and to be respectful of local customs, ladies should dress modestly and ensure that shoulders and knees are covered – a wise course of action anyway, given that hot sun!