Still undecided about the next goal? A cruising week between Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Doha and Manama is my proposal for you. Here are some suggestions.
Before the scorching heat makes this journey impossible until next autumn, organize your cruising week in places like Thousand and One Nights.
Set off from Dubai, a city suspended between futuristic skyscrapers and bazaar folklore.
Begin your visit from the ancient Bur Dubai neighborhood and let yourself be carried away by the scents of the spice souq, the vibrant colors of the fabrics and the glitter of gold.
At sunset, try to find yourself in the vicinity of the Jumeirah Mosque, completely covered in white stone that turns pink.
The modern area of the city is one in which the massive architectural intervention of the man who took Dubai from the desert and the sea is more evident.
In the modern area there are the luxurious peaks that symbolize the Burj Khalifa, the highest skyscraper in the world and the Burj Al Arab in the shape of a sail. Stop at the Skyview Bar to admire the view from the 27th floor.
In the evening, near the large Dubai Mall and the Burj Khalifa, you can admire 11 dancing fountain shows until 11pm.
Before continuing your cruising week to other destinations, go to the Acquaventure Water Park in Palm Juemirah, the palm-shaped artificial island.
Dubai is not only pomp but also beaches and desert. In fact, one of the images that will remain with you on your cruise is just a sunset in the dunes. Dubai is a futuristic city projected into the future which nevertheless preserves the charm of ancient traditions that it jealously guards.
The next stop is Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates. Start your visit from Sheikh Zayed Mosque. It was built 11 years ago and is completely covered with white stone, decorated with about 1000 columns and topped by 80 domes. Stroll along Hamdan Street, one of the liveliest streets and take a trip to the Central Market and the Iranian Souq. Finally relax on the beaches of Saadiyat Island.
The major museums are concentrated in Saadiyat, making the city a cultural center of world importance. We find the Louvre, the Zayed National Museum, Etihad Modern Gallery, Warehouse 421 and Emirates National Auto Museum.
The next destination of the cruising week is Doha, the capital of Qatar. Inhabited since the Stone Age, the city is characterized by colorful palaces, elegant shopping centers and a modern marina for yachts.
Modern and past luxury harmonize continuously. In the historic center is the Souq Waqif which sells everything from spices to diamonds. Lose yourself in the narrow streets full of shops and buy the thobe, the typical men’s suit and the abayah for women.
Before leaving, take an excursion on the typical boat, the dhow, to admire the ultramodern skyline from the bay.
The last destination of the cruising week is Manama, the capital of Bahrain. An ancient city suspended between past and modernity.
Begin your visit from the Al-Fateh Mosque, built in various Middle Eastern architectural styles. Inside it also houses the National Library while the dome has the distinction of being in fiberglass.
In the ancient part of the capital there is also the Fortress, Unesco heritage. Archaeological excavations have brought to light finds dating back to 2800 BC
The Bahrain skyline is characterized by the ultra-modern buildings of the National Museum and Bahrain World Trade Center. Formula 1 lovers can’t miss a visit to the International Circuit, one of the best in the world.
A cruising week is ideal for anyone who wants to combine city sightseeing with moments of relaxation without thinking about organizing excursions.
Let yourself be carried away by the aromas of spices, the dazzling light, the silence of the mosques and the bright colors of the souqs as if you were on a magic carpet.