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Arabian Opulence

by Lori Eastes

Experience the opulent lifestyle and stunning scenery of the Persian Gulf during a private yacht vacation spent cruising around the Arabian Peninsula in the Middle East. This unique adventure boasts scenic coastlines dotted with some of the most astounding buildings in the world, as well as a captivating blend of history dating back to 1580 A.D. and the fascinating influence of Islamic culture. Plus, with near-constant sunshine and warm temps year-round, there is no bad time to set sail.

Day 1: Dubai
Located on the coast of the United Arab Emirates, Dubai is one of the most renowned cities in the world. Known for its modern architecture, luxury shopping, and lively nightlife, Dubai is a bucket list destination for travel enthusiasts. The vast variety of offerings from this futuristic city means you will be busy indulging in once-in-a-lifetime activities, like visiting the tallest building in the word, the Burj Khalifa, which stands at more than 160 stories tall and features an observation deck that is sure to amaze. Another signature sight is the Palm Islands, the three artificial islands—Palm Jumeirah, Deira Islands, and Palm Jebel Ali—are formed in the shape of a palm tree topped with a crescent. With luxurious hotels, beautiful boardwalks, bustling beach clubs, and a plethora of extraordinary experiences, your time will be well spent in this port of call.

Day 2: Muscat
After appreciating the unparalleled beauty of Dubai, depart for Muscat, the capital of Oman. As one of the oldest cities in the Middle East, you’d do well to explore the historic harbor before touring the Sultan’s primary palace and visiting the Grand Mosque. The many architectural influences from India, Portugal, Iran, and Western countries provide a unique mix of buildings like none other in the world. Finish your afternoon by snorkeling in the brilliant blue waters along the coast.

Day 3: Fujairah

Continue your epic journey by cruising to Fujairah. This destination is ideal for lounging on the peaceful beaches or in sun-drenched leisure aboard your yacht. Head to land where you can see the Fujairah Fort, the oldest fort in the UAE and for many centuries the only stone building along the coast. Before departing for your next stop, Abu Dhabi, be sure to see the Khor Fakken waterfall. This 43-meter-tall waterfall opened in 2020 and provides the perfect backdrop for photos.

Day 4: Abu Dhabi

Your next destination will be one of the most sophisticated and wealthiest destinations in the world. Once docked in Yas Marina, you can walk the route of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Continue your walking tour along the glimmering Corniche Road that follows the beach that stretches along the coastline, then spend some additional time exploring the nearby chic shops, luxurious bars, and upscale dining establishments. A trip to Abu Dhabi wouldn’t be complete without visiting Ferrari World, a massive indoor theme park.

Day 5: Bahrain

Depart next for Bahrain, a small island located just off the Peninsula in the scenic Persian Gulf. Featuring 33 natural and artificial atolls, the stunning scenery and oceanfront will leave you amazed. Spend your time on the water enjoying your yacht’s water toys. The capital city of Manama boasts glamourous and modern Arabian styling. Walking through the craft markets admiring the colorful creations is a not-to-be-missed pastime here.

Day 6: Dubai
Complete your luxurious yacht vacation by returning to Dubai. Spend your last moments seeking a thrilling desert adventure in the Arabian Desert. Local outfitters Red Dune Safari can make this quick day trip one to remember, setting you up for dune cycling, sandboarding, or dune bashing. End your epic adventure by riding a camel into the sunset before returning home.

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