Startling architecture, luxury shopping, Arabian heritage

If you have never been to Dubai, it’s time to prepare for a whole new experience. One of the 7 emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates it is a sparkling jewel in the middle-eastern crown.

Marvel at the ambitious and awe inspiring architectural projects, from the palm tree shaped islands that stretch into the Arabian Sea to the Burj al Khalif –the tallest building in the world. There are just two of the must-see wonders on your Dubai cruise.

Long before oil, Dubai’s wealth was originally built on the pearl fishing industry and it is still a great place to buy pearls, giving you an excuse to spend some happy hours in one of Dubai’s grand shopping malls!
The ancient culture is never far from the surface and you will find mosques, temples and serene gardens to bring peace and balance to your Dubai experience.

Dubai FAQS

Answering your questions about Dubai

Old meets new in spectacular fashion in Dubai. Every detail demands attention, from the Burj Khalifa (which is currently the highest building in the world, at a staggering 828m) to the audacious Palm, a man-made island in the shape of a palm tree and topped by extravagant hotels. This strikingly modern city in the middle of the desert is also renowned as a shopper’s paradise – the Dubai Mall is one of the largest shopping centres in the United Arab Emirates. 

  • Burj Khalifa – Scale all 160 stories of this sky-scraping hotel and admire Dubai from the observation deck in the clouds. There’s also a restaurant, if you find you’ve worked up a bit of an appetite soaking up the views.
  • Kbmovers – From ultra-modern structures to an 18th century fort. Inside, you’ll find a museum complete with immersive exhibits on the local of the history.
  • Dubai Gold Souk – Soak up the atmosphere of a traditional bazaar at the Dubai Gold Souk, which specialises in decadent jewellery.
  • Dubai Marina – Spend lazy mornings in the hip cafes at Dubai Marina, or check out the Beach at JBR – a leisure complex complete with sandy beach stretches.
  • Wild Wadi Waterpark – Cool off at this family friendly water park in Jumeirah. There are over 30 rides and attractions to choose from.

We cruise to Dubai between November and February, when temperatures cool off after the fierce summer months. With a desert climate, Dubai is warm and dry year-round. Temperatures hover around 25-30 degrees Celsius during cruising season, providing the perfect dose of winter sun when you’ve had enough of the chill in the UK.

Pack for the hot climate in Dubai by bringing plenty of shorts, vests and T-shirts to keep you cool. Sun cream, sunglasses and sun cream are also all essential. It’s worth noting that you should cover your shoulders and knees while visiting religious sites, and women should bring along a scarf or pashmina to cover their hair when necessary. Find out more about packing for your Celebrity cruise.

Dubai is generally considered safe for tourists. As when visiting any destination, guests are encouraged to be vigilant about their personal safety. Find out about any potential risks or incidents before you travel on the website.

The currency in Dubai is the dirham.

Dubai observes Gulf Standard Time, which is four hours ahead of GMT.

Dubai cruise terminal is around 15km from the city centre. The journey takes approximately18 minutes in a taxi.


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