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  • The Museum parking area and nearby public parking areas are available (relatively few)
  • Do not self drive to museums and heritage sites as they are located in crowded old city areas and parking is a scarcity there; you are rather advised to use public transport.
  • Wear easy to slip in and out footwear as many places would need you to remove your footwear.

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Sailing through the blue waters has a charm of its own that cannot be surpassed by anything. The Dubai Cruise Tourism, which is a part of Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing, packages and promotes Dubai’s cruise tourism really well. The largest and most efficient port for cruise purpose in the entire Middle East is situated in Dubai today. The huge port supports Dubai in extending world-class service to all the international cruise passengers and can handle passengers of five ships simultaneously.

In 2014, Dubai greeted more than 500,000 cruise tourists and this year it has geared up to receive more than 600,000 tourists sailing through the inviting waters of the UAE. With top-notch facilities available, Dubai has become the top winter cruise destination catering to people, specifically from October to July. It is the excellent air connectivity of Dubai with other countries because of which most of the tourist and shipping companies prefer to travel via Dubai seaport. There are as many as 125 different airlines operating through Dubai to connect 284 diverse locations.  When vessels arrive from across the globe, most of the crew change members prefer to travel via Dubai Airport. At the same time, tourists returning from cruise choose to travel to their home countries from Dubai.

More and more luxury cruise ships are making an entry into the city, thereby enticing more tourists to visit the land. The cruise tourism further received a boost with the UAE government introducing multiple-entry visas for cruise passengers travelling to all the UAE ports, just for AED 200. It has made the entire process smoother and faster for people to enjoy their tour. They can visit UAE via any airport, embark on their cruise journey, travel out of their ports and finally enter UAE on the same visa. Furthermore, the flexibility offered to passengers from 46 countries to enter into UAE without a prior visa is drawing more people into the country. Besides, though cruise tourism is young in Dubai, it is growing by the day due to the huge investment in infrastructure and redevelopment of the important parts of the city. It is working in collaboration with all the Gulf countries to uplift cruise tourism to the maximum extent possible. With so many initiatives, Dubai’s aim to draw 20 million visitors per year by 2020 is definitely not a far-fetched dream.