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Published on : Wednesday, November 13, 2013
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is a world of dazzling contrasts, a place where futuristic cities rise majestically out of eternal desert sands and mind-blowing opulence brushes traditional Bedouin villages.
The region’s legendary shopping is every bit as eclectic, and whether bartering for traditional goods at a bustling souk or spending money in style in colossal malls, this glittering giant of the desert has truly perfected the art of shopping.
From 23 November 2013 until 29 March 2014, MSC Lirica is offering 18 8-day/7-night cruises from Dubai, calling in Abu Dhabi and Khoral Fakkan in the United Arab Emirates and Muscat and Khasab in Oman, with an exciting overnight stay in Dubai. For shopaholics, this incredibly rich itinerary is nothing less than the voyage of a lifetime!
Glitz, glamour and retail therapy in Dubai
For instant immersion in the glitz, glamour and luxury goods of modern Dubai, Retail Therapy, Dubai Style is the perfect excursion. On this unique tour dedicated entirely to shopping, travellers will start with a leisurely amble through Souq Madinat Jumeirah, before visiting two of the world’s largest shopping centres, the Mall of the Emirates, strategically located in the heart of ‘New Dubai’, and the Dubai Mall, complete with Olympic-sized ice rink, huge aquarium and underwater zoo and the beautiful Dubai Fountain display.
Various other excursions combine fascinating sight-seeing with serious shopping, including Sunset Dhow Cruise And Shopping and Dubai At Night From The Burj Al Khalifa, which starts with a fascinating 360-degree view of Dubai from the 124th floor of the world’s tallest building and ends with a trip to the Dubai Mall.
Discover Dubai & Lunch At The Burj Al Arab, a tour of old and new Dubai, includes stops at the aromatic spice market and the huge gold souk, which offers exquisite gold jewellery at prices lower than anywhere else in the world, while the New Wonders Of Dubai discovery tour takes in some of Dubai’s most breath-taking sites, including Souk Al Bahar, an incredible bazaar on a waterfront promenade featuring over 100 shops.
Finally, following a tour of the landmarks of modern Dubai and delicious traditional British high tea at the world’s only 7 star hotel, travellers taking part in the Panoramic City Tour & High Tea At The Burj Al Arab Hotel will explore Souq Madinat Jumeirah, an authentic re-creation of an ancient marketplace which houses several boutique shops.
MSC travellers enjoying Emirates itineraries from Thursday, 2 January to Sunday, 2 February 2014 can even experience the Dubai Shopping Festival, a retail celebration renowned all over the world for its amazing deals and promotions.
Shopping amongst the sky scrapers in the “Manhattan of Arabia”
Commonly referred to as the “Manhattan of Arabia,” Abu Dhabi is home to some of the sleekest shopping malls on the planet. With shops open from 10am to 10pm, and often later on weekends, it’s fair to say that shopping is something of a national pastime!
The incredible Abu Dhabi Mall in the heart of the city and the recently opened luxury mall The Galleria at Sowwah Square both offer an incredible array of top brands and some opulent sights, but if you’re more interested in shopping for the experience rather than the acquisitions, then Al Ain: An Oasis Of A Town might be just the ticket. Following a trip to the historical Garden City of Al Ain, travellers will enjoy a visit to the famous Al Ain camel market. This is a superb opportunity to see these hardy “ships of the desert” as well as other livestock at close hand within a highly traditional trading environment.
Bustling souks in mystical Muscat
Renowned as one of the world’s great ports since Ancient Rome, it’s no surprise that Muscat offers a rich and varied shopping experience, and the highlights are no doubt the bustling souk and the timeless natural fragrances of the exclusive Amouage Perfumery.
Several MSC excursions in Muscat include visits to the magnificent Muttrah Souk, one of the country’s most popular attractions for tourists and locals alike. This mystical labyrinth of narrow, fragrant alleyways is bursting with shops offering a wide range of goods including typical Omani souvenirs and jewellery.
Whether searching for the perfect gift, the best deal on a luxury item, or simply soaking up the enjoyable atmosphere, there’s something on this itinerary to entertain every type of shopper!
Source:- MSC Cruise