Category Archives: Middle East

Dubai Cruise Port

DUBAI Dubai is the largest and most populous city in the UAE (United Arab Emirates). UAE is one of the world’s richer countries. Their economy relies largely on trade, tourism, aviation, financial services, and real estate, with oil contributing a … Continue reading

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Walking to Town in Khasab, Oman

MSC Lirica docked at Khasab harbor, about 3k from the city center in Khasab, Oman. There are 1.6 kilometers to the mile so that’s a bit less than 2 miles. There were of course excursions available through the ship for … Continue reading

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Dhow Boat Ride in Khasab, Oman

Our cruise from Italy to Dubai on the MSC Lirica had several port stops in Oman, one of them at Khasab. Due to pre-cruise research where everybody on all the websites I could find about cruising to Oman said there … Continue reading

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Khasab, Oman Cruise Port

KHASAB, OMAN The city of Khasab is located on northern Oman’s Musandam Peninsula which juts out between the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman in the Strait of Hormunz next to United Arab Emirates. This small city has many … Continue reading

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Muscat, Oman Van Tour

Cruise ships share the port in Muscat with industrial uses so people are not allowed to walk through the port. Excursion busses meet at the ship and there are free shuttles to take other passengers to the port entrance. MSC … Continue reading

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Muscat, Oman Cruise Ship Port

MUSCAT, OMAN Oman’s capital and largest city sits on the Gulf of Oman surrounded by mountains and desert. The climate is hot and arid with hot summers and warm winters. Annual rainfall is about 4 inches. Arabic is the predominant … Continue reading

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Salalah, Oman 4×4 Tour

MSC Lirica glided into Salalah, Oman as the desert view gave way to giant cranes at the container port where the ship docked.  The ship’s thrusters thundered, moving it slowly sideways as the ship neared the dock – aided as … Continue reading

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Salalah, Oman Cruise Port

SALALAH, OMAN Salalah is in southern Oman, the capital of Oman’s Dhofar region. It is greener than most of the Arabian peninsula due to the summer rains called khareef or summer monsoons and is known for banana plantations, Arabian Sea … Continue reading

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Petra

Many people who have never heard of Petra have actually seen a glimpse of this wondrous archeological site. The façade of the temple known as the treasury was featured in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Yes that building carved … Continue reading

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Aqaba, Jordan Cruise Port

AQABA, JORDAN Aqaba is Jordan’s only seaport and the largest city in the Gulf of Aqaba in the Red Sea. It is a free-trade zone with lower taxes than the rest of the country. People from elsewhere in Jordan don’t … Continue reading

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