Dubai & Abu Dhabi
Cruising itineraries here tend to be in and around the resorts of Dubai, where wealth has exploded and luxury comes in almost every form imaginable. The city is known as the Middle East’s shopping capital and includes one of the world’s largest retail centers: Dubai Mall, with 1,200 shops.
If you prefer a more traditional experience, head to Deira and the Gold Souk, where nearly 250 shops sell gold—and where the sight can be positively blinding in its opulence.
Those who have estimated the total weight of all the jewelry, watches and other items in the souk say some 10 tons of gold is present there at any given time.