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Cruises to the Middle East

Popular Middle EasternCruise Destinations

  • Abu Dhabi: The capital of the United Arab Emirates is hard to miss—its glittering skyscrapers dwarf the landscape. The rumors are true: You can spend all day in luxury malls, beaches, and golf courses. If you’re up for something different, check out the Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital. You’ll learn much about these stunning birds of prey, which were the famed hunting companions of one of the area’s nomadic Bedouins.
  • Muscat: Located along the Arabian Gulf, its older architecture is a sharp contrast to the very modern Abu Dhabi. Be sure to take a shore excursion to see the incredible mosaics in the Grand Mosque of Oman. It’s one of the few city mosques that allow non-Muslim visitors.
  • Suez Canal & Red Sea: Dubai cruises to these bodies of water usually spend more time at sea, but the payoff is well worth it. You will usually have shore excursions to the famed Petra, Jordan—a highlight of any cruise holiday.
  • Holy Land: These cruises usually include stops in Egypt and Israel. This is your chance to see some of the world’s most renowned religious sites, as well as the pyramids of Egypt and the Valley of the Kings.

How should I wander wisely in the Middle East?

  • DressA good rule of thumb is to dress conservatively. Bring some lightweight long-sleeved shirts and slacks to cover your ankles and wrists. Not all places require formal dress, but check the customs of the spots you intend to visit before you pack.
  • PhotosWith such a rich history and awe-inspiring architecture, you’ll want to snap a pic of everything in the Middle East. It can be considered disrespectful to photograph certain buildings as well as women in their traditional dress. When in doubt, rely on your memory to capture amazing moments.

Cheap Hotels

Hilton Tel Aviv

Hilton Tel Aviv

205 HaYarkon Street, Independence Park, Tel Aviv
  • Free Cancellation
  • Reserve now, pay when you stay

Located in Tel Aviv Promenade, this beachfront hotel is in the city center and within a 5-minute walk of Ben Yehuda Street and Hilton Beach. Gordon Beach and ...

Hilton Tel Aviv$529

Leonardo Beach Tel Aviv

Leonardo Beach Tel Aviv

156 Hayarkon Street, Tel Aviv

    Located in Tel Aviv Promenade, this beach hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Ben Gurion House and Gordon Beach. Hilton Beach and Frishman Beach are also within ...

    Leonardo Beach Tel Aviv$225

    Palace Downtown

    Palace Downtown

    Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashed, Boulevard Downtown Dubai, Dubai
    • Free Cancellation
    • Reserve now, pay when you stay
    5.0 out of 5.0

    Located in Downtown Dubai, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Dubai Fountain, Dubai Mall, and Burj Khalifa. Dubai International Convention and Exhibition ...

    Palace Downtown$261

    Arabian Courtyard Hotel & Spa

    Arabian Courtyard Hotel & Spa

    Al Fahidi Street, Bur Dubai, Dubai
    • Free Cancellation
    • Reserve now, pay when you stay
    4.0 out of 5.0

    This family-friendly Dubai hotel is located on the riverwalk, just steps from Dubai Museum and Grand Mosque. BurJuman Mall and Gold Souk are also within 1 mi ...

    Arabian Courtyard Hotel & Spa$32

    *Prices are cruise only, per person, double occupancy. Taxes, fees and port expenses not included. Rates are valid for US and Canadian residents only. Fuel supplement may apply. Savings advertised and Expedia Extras are based on specific cabin types and sailing dates, and may not be available for all cabin types/sailings.