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Shore Excursions in the Middle East

By Viator, February 2014

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Between the religious and cultural sites of Israel and Egypt, where ‘old’ is an understatement, and the flashy cityscapes of modern-day Dubai and Abu Dhabi, the Middle East is a region of contrasts. History buffs and nature lovers will be at home, too.


The city of Muscat is the capital and largest city of Oman and sits near the tip of the Arabian Peninsula. Ships dock at a pier near the old town; you’ll be shuttled to the city gates. Beneath the backdrop of the Al Hajar Mountains, Muscat is a mix of Arab, Persian and Portuguese influences. Visit one of the many religious sites, from mosques to Hindu temples to Catholic churches, and check out architectural wonders like the opera house. The currency of Oman is the rial and the language is Arabic.

Shore Excursions in Egypt:

The language of Egypt is Arabic, and the currency is the Egyptian pound.


The second-largest city in Egypt, Hurghada is located on Egypt’s Red Sea coast. Explore the Egyptian desert or enjoy time on the Red Sea on a shore excursion, or visit city attractions like El Dahar (the old town). Ships dock either at the port in Hurghada or the port in the town of Safaga, 35 miles (60 km) south.

Sharm el Sheikh

Sharm el Sheikh sits on the Red Sea, on the southern tip of the Sinai Peninsula. It’s known for its incredible scuba diving, but if you’d rather stay above water, take a Red Sea cruise that includes snorkeling. Ships dock on the southern side of the city, near the old town.

Shore Excursions in Israel:

The official languages of Israel are Arabic and Hebrew, but English is widely spoken in tourist areas. The currency is the Israeli new shekel.


Situated on the Mediterranean coast of Israel, Ashdod is 40 miles (65 km) west of Jerusalem and 25 miles (40 km) south of Tel Aviv. Take a shore excursion to Jerusalem to see the city’s major attractions, including the Western Wall, Mount Olives and Dome of the Rock. Other shore excursions include trips to the Dead Sea and Bethlehem.


Haifa is Israel’s third-largest city and sits on the Mediterranean Sea, 60 miles (96 km) north of Tel Aviv. Ships dock in the city center, giving you easy access to attractions like the Baha’i Gardens on Mt Carmel. Haifa is also the gateway to Nazareth and the Sea of Galilee, and if you’re really ambitious, shore excursions to Jerusalem are available.

Shore Excursions in the United Arab Emirates:

The language of the UAE is Arabic, and the currency is the UAE dirham.

Abu Dhabi

Just north of Oman lies the United Arab Emirates and its capital city, Abu Dhabi. This Persian Gulf city competes with Dubai in architecture and glam factor, and it doesn’t disappoint. Visit the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, the largest in the UAE, or check out the shopping, from traditional souks to upscale malls. Ships dock at the cruise terminal at Mina Zayed, where you can catch a cab to the city.


Dubai, also on the Persian Gulf, is the most populous – and probably most notorious – city in the UAE. Known for its international jet-setter party scene and outrageous skyline, including the Burj Khalifa (the world’s tallest building) and the Burj al Arab hotel (nicknamed the world’s only seven-star hotel), the city is almost sensory overload. Ships dock in the Port of Dubai, where you can catch a free ‘shopping shuttle.’

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Dubai Shore Excursion: Private 4x4 Desert Adventure Safari

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When your cruise ship docks at the Port of Dubai, head out to discover the Dubai desert with a private driver/guide! The exciting 5-hour shore excursion ...  Read more

Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

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