Dubai is a long way away to be in a short cruise unless you fly cruise. It is on longer cruises but Fred Olsen includes it, the Arcadia does it yearly and the Oceana adds it in 2019. You can just get on a plane. Which ever way you go it is worth it and you will be surprised. The drinking party place of the world now has over 80% of those who live there are ex pats. A new generation, lives, works and plays in Dubai.

What is where in Dubai ? What’s near the port ?

Gold and Diamond Souks are near the cruise terminal – but the rest is easy

If you are a person that does not like to adventure miles from the ship in case you cannot get back, then an organized excursion is best for you or a stroll round whatever is near. You are in luck in Dubai. Looking at all our Dubai films will help you choose where you might want to go and how to use the Metro, but the souks near the terminal are still Dubai’s main attraction where you will be tempted into back rooms and offered deals on watches and bags. But, the huge Burj Khalifa (the tallest building in the world) and the Dubai Shopping Mall with huge Aquarium or the Marina and Beach or eating downtown. These are all on the Metro train which can be picked up by the souks. Let us explain.

Dubai Gold and Spice Souks

Gold and Diamonds, Spices and Clothes, Watches and Bags. Your eyes will pop out! That is all near to the terminal. You can see the from here. The gold and spice souk where vendors work hard to sell you things including dragging you upstairs to a private room to show you watches and bags. We walk you through the spice market where we wish you could smell the spices. Start with this film and please share.

Dubai Old Souk and Textile Souk near to the Heritage Village and Dive Centre

I always feel less hassled in the old Souk, or as it is also known the Textile & Fabric Souk. Here there are some nice restaurants to be found. One on the creek near the bus station, another above the shops and souks. Visit the Canal on any of the water buses or taxis or walk to the cultural village. There are ticket offices along the bank of the creek who will explain the boat tickets. Some are like water buses where you can buy a multi ticket, some are private operators and tour operators.

If you are on a ship, then the above is more than enough to see in the hours in port. The boat on the creek is nice, once, but it is almost the cleanest, most attractive and arty metro in the world!

However, if staying overnight, use our Tour Get You Guide widget to explore what is available as well as our many films. We have ten films on Dubai! Dining out can be hit or miss especially on the boats, try and get a recommendation from someone who has done one recently. If you have time inspect a few dining ships in the evening before they leave. If you are staying overnight see our hotel widget.


  • Choose from these many tours in Dubai and book direct CLICK HERE
  • If you wish to stay over night, find a cheap hotel with our widget.

Don’t be afraid of the very easy Metro, and you can buy upper class tickets.

Dubai offers a number of other opportunities that can easily be found by Metro. There are two Aqua and Water Parks, one on the Metro near Medical village on the route out to the mouth of the Creek, and AquaVenture at the Atlantis which you can also use the Metro to travel to. Atlantis offers hotel rooms, spas, a skateboard park and so much more it is a holiday centre. The Marina is a day out by itself, walking round and taking a boat tour, and then walking to the beach as they are adjacent. A long walk further down from the beach will bring you to the Madinat which is a playground of bars and restaurants. Take a look at our other films.

Shopping can also fill more than a few days in Dubai from the designer shops to the back street traders of downtown. Much of this is covered on Doris Visits films. If you want to be a little more ambitious and head for the shops click here to read our shopping blog.

If you want a little adventure, book a ticket to go up and see the tallest building in the world. The views from the Burj Khalifa are extraordinary. It is like looking down from a plane. Click here for that blog and film.

By Burj tickets in advance !! GUIDES AND TOURS MADE EASY FOR YOU

TIP. You must buy Burj Khalifa tickets in advance. Swim in the Aquarium tickets in advance. Top attractions have waiting lists. Choose from these many tours in Dubai and book direct CLICK HERE

Why not have a look at the LATE DEALS over a coffee. Doris Visits allows you to SEE THE CRUISE BEFORE YOU CRUISE THE SEA. We have videos of many of the cruise stops you might make from Bequia to Rome (Angels and Demons), from St Petersburg to Pearl Harbour. Please follow us on Facebook and Twitter and share.

Who Cruises to Dubai?

  • Arcadia normally goes there on it’s world tour. Take a look.
  • Fred Olsen has it on a number of cruises. Take a look.
  • Oceana adds Arabian Adventures in 2019. Take a look. This cruise disembarks in Dubai allowing you to stay over. See hotel options and make a stay of it.


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    All sights seen and fully explained. Plenty of interesting history and anecdotes and any special requests catered for.
    Professional, personable and knowledgeable. My wife and I really enjoyed it. Tlt Limo