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Choose to cruise: why cruise holidays from Dubai and Abu Dhabi are the next big thing for the UAE

Cruise holidays are more popular now than ever before. The industry is responding by launching giant new superliners and world-class luxury ships to cope with the ever-increasing demand. Although the biggest market for cruises is still North America, other regions including UAE have seen a surge in the number of people opting for a sailing holiday. But why are they so appealing to the residents of Dubai, Abu Dhabi and beyond?

Luxury options abound on a cruise

Cruises offer the chance to enjoy the finer things in life, and there’s no shortage of luxury options for the discerning Arabic traveller. Beautifully appointed staterooms, exceptional service, outstanding spas and celebrity-endorsed restaurants can all be found on board. And whether you prefer a super liner with the latest facilities and a different restaurant to try every night, or a smaller boutique-style ship with white-glove service, there’s something for all preferences.

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The biggest and best ships afloat

Dubai and the Emirates offer some of the world’s very best hotels and the highest standards of hospitality, so it’s only natural that residents of UAE want that same level of excellence when it comes to their own holiday. 2016 sees the maiden voyage of Harmony of the Seas, the largest cruise ship ever built. Offering unsurpassed facilities from high-energy water slides to a world-class spa, she is a glittering example of the very best. Be prepared to be amazed at what is possible on a ship. Harmony of the Seas is perfect for when only the biggest and best will do.

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A new view each morning

Most ships offer the services and facilities found in land-based hotels – and more. But with a cruise, your ‘hotel’ is always on the move, transporting you to new shores and cultures. When you throw back the curtains in the morning, you’ll find a sunrise over a different horizon every day. Imagine your holiday photo album from a cruise: perhaps five different countries or islands all from one holiday – and all without unpacking and repacking your suitcase each time you arrive at a new destination. Bliss.

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Celebrity appeal

Some of UAE’s most beloved Arabic superstars are choosing to cruise. Singing sensations, George Wassouf, Nawal El Zohgbi and Nancy Ajram are all fans of cruises. They are joining NCL Jade for special performances along with other celebrities including Melhem Zein, Nader Atat and Wael Jassar for an exclusive sailing in July 2016.

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A safe and family-friendly holiday choice

Cruise holidays have evolved from only being suitable for romantic getaways for two, to the ideal choice for a family holiday. While there are still plenty of options for a quiet, adults-only escape, some of the bigger and newer ships are built with families firmly in mind. Kids clubs and facilities will keep the littlest guests entertained from start to finish. Parents can relax, safe in the knowledge that cruise ships are extremely safe places to be too, even for energetic toddlers.

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Excellent facilities from Dubai cruise port

Dubai has seen massive investment into its cruise port, bringing thousands of tourists to the Emirates by ship every year. But the investment has also benefitted local residents wanting to try out a cruise without taking a flight and to cruise the waters around their homeland and discover the Emirates by sea.

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To speak to a cruise expert about finding the right holiday for you, call 971 4 389 8918 or visit for more inspiration.

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