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What the Arabian Gulf & India has to offer.
Dubai is unlike anywhere else in the world, with it’s unique fusion of cultural tradition, glittering skyline and world renowed architecture, all amongst the breathtaking backdrop of the desert. Maximalist is the name of the game here – think sky-grazing buildings, gargantuan shopping malls, and of course, a manmade island in the shape of a palm.
To discover some of Dubai’s most iconic sites visit the 160 story Burj Khalifa – the world’s tallest skyscraper to take in the panoramic views or cool off on a hot day by taking a swim at Jumeirah beach, where wreck diving is also popular.
For something a little more adrenaline-fuelled, why not try sandboarding? Swap powdery snow for miles of rolling sand dunes at the Dubai Conservation Desert Reserve.
On an Arabian Gulf and India cruise, we’ll also take you sailing to Sri Lanka, an island nation where crashing surf meets lush rainforests and ancient ruins.
Our stunning destinations.
We’ll take you cruising through the Suez Canal – the waterway connecting the Mediterranean Sea and the Red Sea. Keep your camera ready to capture the unique sights and exotic wildlife.
How can you resist a place whose local motto is "Sossegade", which translates to: "take it easy"? Goa is home to high-end restaurants, picture-perfect beaches and fabulous shopping.
The city previously known as Bombay pulsates with nonstop energy and excitement. And to think, it all began with cotton. Nowadays, this vibrant metropolis boasts a blend of many cultures.
Along the shores of the Red Sea, Aqaba is best known for the snorkelling and diving opportunities it offers. This seaside resort town also provides an array of desert activities.
As one of the Middle East's oldest cities, Muscat boasts beautifully manicured parks, long, unspoiled stretches of beach, and an ancient stone moat that surrounds the area.
The largest city in Sri Lanka is also one of the most vibrant stops in the Indian Ocean. Why not explore Colombo on a sightseeing tour in a three-wheeled tuk-tuk?
Dubai is a unique blend of the old and new. On one end of the spectrum, you have "seven-star" luxury hotels and on the other, ancient souk markets selling spices.
The best of the Arabian Gulf & India, handpicked by us.
Not sure where to start planning your Arabian Gulf and India cruise? Allow us to introduce you to this region with our hand-picked selection of highlights.
The best time to visit the Arabian Gulf & India, with Celebrity Cruises.
The Arabian Gulf and Indian regions tend to be at least warm all year-round, but some months can be uncomfortably hot for those unused to such high temperatures. The most popular months for cruising in this region are between October and March. In January, average temperatures sit at around 24 degrees Celsius.
You can also plan your cruise around one of the many events and festivals taking place in the region. The Dubai Art Festival occurs in March offering local artists from the region a glowing platform to showcase their innovative artwork. Sri Lanka is often said to have more festivals than anywhere else. Independence Day takes place in February and celebrates the country's independence with dances and parades.
Answering your questions about the Arabian Gulf & India.
What should you wear in the Arabian Gulf, and what will the food be like in India? We answer all of your most frequently asked questions here.
A perpetually sunny climate and incredible shopping opportunities are both major draws when it comes to the Arabian Gulf and India. They’re also fascinating places to visit – the United Arab Emirates combine jaw-dropping modern architecture with intriguing remnants of the past.
On a cruise, you’ll get to see experience a number of destinations without the stress of arranging travel yourself. We also overnight in Dubai and Mumbai to give you more of an opportunity to explore.
In Dubai, the majesty of the buildings will have you reaching for your camera. Start at 160-story Burj Khalifa and the luxurious Burj Al Arab. In Mumbai, a visit to the Gateway of India is essential.
When visiting these regions, you'll want to stay cool with loose and lightweight clothes. It's respectful to make sure clothing covers your arms and legs, particularly if you intend on visiting mosques or religious sites. Temperatures can reach the high 30s, so make sure to bring a sun hat, sunglasses and plenty of sun cream. Insect repellent is also a good idea.
Countries across these regions observe GST (Gulf Standard Time) and IST (Indian Standard Time).
The United Arab Emirates enjoy a world-class dining scene, with many fine dining restaurants to discover. Traditional dishes include Al Harees – a porridge-style dish which combines meat and wheat. India is, of course, renowned for its depth of spice and flavourful dishes.
The Arabian Gulf and India are generally considered safe destinations to visit. Travel to Egypt is not currently advised.
Arabic is the official language of the UAE, while a mixture of Hindi and English are spoken in India.
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