United Arab Emirates Cruises
Let yourself be captivated by the eternal battle between tradition and unstoppable modernity
Occupying an area similar in size to Andalusia, on the east coast of the Persian Gulf, are the United Arab Emirates. As the name indicates, this Asian country is formed by the union of seven emirates: Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Dubai, Fujairah, Ras al-Khaimah, Sharjah and Umm al-Quwain.
Over centuries, different nations, such as Holland, France, Portugal or the United Kingdom disputed this ancient territory of the Persian Empire. Finally, it was the UK that assumed control of the emirates, early in the 19th century. At the end of 1971, all foreign interference ended and the emirates began the journey that has led them to become one of the most sought after tourist destinations.
The reasons for this interest are many, but the most important would be the imposing skyscrapers of the populous cities of Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah (capitals of the emirates of Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah, respectively), their enormous, streamlined mosques, their natural parks, delightful cuisine, marvellous climate, echoes of typical Arabic architecture, an almost endless range of leisure activities and luxury as comfortable as it is elegant.
Our main ports of embarkation in United Arab Emirates
United Arab Emirates, the Cradle of Humanity become advocate of progress
History is capricious and, by way of example, we have the United Arab Emirates. This is one of 15 countries regarded as the Cradle of Humanity, a place which, early in the 20th century, yielded the discovery of remains of the first humans to inhabit the planet. After turbulent centuries, but during which the country was sparsely populated, in recent decades a booming economy and the commitment to first-rate architectural and engineering constructions have turned the UAE into a magnet for people from all over the world, who are privileged witnesses of the growth and development of the most brilliant future.
As soon as you set foot in this country, an all-embracing atmosphere of comforting progress will permeate every corner of your being. In the cities of Abu Dhabi, Dubai and, to a lesser degree, Sharjah, dozens of skyscrapers of contemporary-Arabic style will welcome you to a world of luxury where creativity knows no limits. Further examples of this are the breathtaking mosques of Emir, Sheikh Zayed al Nhayan, Al Zayed in Abu Dhabi or Jumeirah in Dubai.
Meanwhile, as far as leisure is concerned, essential highlights include the Louvre Museum and the Formula 1 racetrack of Abu Dhabi, the Dubai Creek shopping centre, the aquarium and the water park of Palm Jumeirah.
The greatest natural contrasts go hand in hand in the United Arab Emirates
Although the UAE were built upon the desert, this does not prevent the greenery of the oases from claiming, with a little human help, what is its own. This occurs, for example more than 200 kilometres from Abu Dhabi, on the nature island of Sir Bani Yas, artificially created by the hand of man.
The other side of the coin are the human imitations of nature. There are two great complexes that will leave you speechless. One is the aforementioned Palm Jumeirah, an artificial island in the shape of a palm tree. The other, The World, an archipelago which seen from above resembles a world map. But there are also 100% natural spaces like the Al Hayar Mountains, the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, the Abu Dhabi Desert, as immense as it is magnetic, or the Ras Al Khor wetlands, inhabited by beautiful flamingos ranging in colour from light pink to the purest white.
As you can see, progress is not incompatible with conservation of the wonders that nature has given us. This is something which is particularly apparent in the UAE, a set of regions where imposing vertical cities alternate with idyllic beaches and the most romantic deserts you can imagine. So what are you waiting for to discover them on board our Pullmantur cruise ships?