The Middle East

Fascinating cultural heritage, spectacular architecture, stunning beaches and sensational shopping opportunities make the countries of the Middle East the most fabulous cruise destinations on the planet.

Middle East cruises are a fantastic way to experience the many different cultures of this fascinating part of the world. Dominated by desert dunes and isolated cities, the Middle East is a region of great contrasts. Take the United Arab Emirates; the interior is a great expanse of sand, while its coastal cities of Dubai and Abu Dhabi are replete with glittering skyscrapers. Cruise Dubai and you could choose to spend a few nights before or after your cruise enjoying the fantastic restaurants and beaches, staying at the soaring JW Marriot Marquis Dubai – the tallest hotel in the world – or Atlantis, The Palm Dubai, with its excellent facilities for families such as an exhilarating waterpark. Our established relationships with the best hotels as well as our partnership with Emirates means we’re experienced at organising luxury Middle East holidays to this part of the world. So if you’d like to try one of our cruises from Dubai or alternatively one of our Abu Dhabi holidays, you can be sure you’re in knowledgeable hands.

Emirates cruises take in the glamorous cities of Dubai and Abu Dhabi before heading to other areas in the Middle East or even Asia or back to Southampton. You could sail through the fjord-like scenery of the Musandam Peninsula in Oman to the sleepy port of Khasab, or perhaps uncover the surprising history and trade-routes influences of the country’s charming capital, Muscat. Further afield, Red Sea cruises take you through Egyptian waters to Safaga or the port of Aqaba in Jordan, known for its diving.

To find your perfect Middle East cruise, use the search box above, or scroll down to see a selection of cruises for this destination. You can also contact our cruise experts seven days a week on 0800 840 5801 for personalised advice on the best holiday offers, as well as dedicated aftercare.

Things to do in the Middle East

  • See the pyramids of Egypt
  • Go on a desert safari
  • Shop in the glittering malls of Dubai
  • Visit the impressive Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque in Muscat
  • Browse traditional souks
  • Gaze up at the mega-tall Burj Khalifa

Did you know?

The world's first settled civilization, the Sumer, developed in the Middle East.

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