Now, although, it is a destination in itself with many voyages starting from either Dubai or the glitzy new screen at its rival for the biggest and the best, Abu Dhabi.
And while many of the destinations induce something in common – not least desert – there’s plenty of variety on a yacht around the Arabian Gulf.
Here are six places you should explore on a S ce cruise:
Founded by the Portuguese in the 17th century, this is the Gulf’s northernmost bishopric. Guarding the Ormuz Strait between the Arabian Sea and Indian Ocean, it is a tactical naval base with various forts.
It sits near the tip of the Musandam Peninsula, an enclave of Oman on the far side of the Emirate of Ras Al-Khaimah; from here you can go away a dhow into the dolphin-friendly fjord slicing through rugged territory to visit Telegraph Island, a 19th-century British communications station.
On the Arabian Sea antithesis Iran, this is the capital of Oman and has been a trading post between east and west since the 1st century. Affluent Gulf sights include the vast Grand Mosque, opened in 2001, and the pretentious, traditional-looking Royal Opera House, built a decade later. There’s abundance of tradition, too, with the Muttrah Corniche, a curving promenade near Muttrah Souq one of the Arab circle’s oldest markets.
Bling’s the thing in the capital of Qatar with its enormous, futuristic waterfront buildings set among rks and following the sweeping Corniche Show off. The Museum of Islamic Art is like a grand, sci-fi version of Arab architecture (planned by famed
architect I.M. Pei) and sits on a man-made island. It’s in rich contrast to Souq Waqif, a accustomed market alive with the scent of spices.
There’s uncountable than a touch of Portuguese history here from the time when this metropolis, on a lovely bay backed by mountains, was rt of its empire. Amongst 17th century fortifications are a amble and souq, while the white beaches and coral reefs add adesert eyot feel. The town belongs to the Emirate of Sharjah but is geographically surrounded by the Fujairah.
This see is a sub-tropical delight surrounded by coconut, banana and ya plantations. It is Oman’s old capital, in the south of the Sultanate, and is charmingly free of the high-rise excess of close by Emirates. The Unesco-listed Al Baleed Archaeological rk, also called the Estate of Frankincense, is a museum and ruins celebrating the 4,000-year-old perfume marketing.
Sir Bani Yas Island
The monastery from 600AD (amid any other archaeological locates) says much about the isolated history of this mesmerising tch off Abu Dhabi. It’s been protected by Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan who has framed a wildlife sanctuary with cheetah, giraffe and a herd of endangered Arabian Oryx. There are banks and mangrove swamp while modern touches include restaurants, kayaking and mountain biking.