Discover the United Arab Emirates on a Holland America Line cruise. Located in the northeast corner of the Arabian Peninsula along the Persian Gulf, the UAE is a modern country with a traditional culture—and evidence of human habitation extending back as much as 125,000 years. See ancient artifacts in the Furaijah Museum. Explore the art of falconry at the Kalba Bird of Prey Center. Tour Dubai, with its striking contemporary architecture. Enjoy water sports galore in Abu Dhabi, before heading out into the immense sandy desert of Rub’ al-Khali.

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Abu Dhabi is an archipelago of islands along the edge of the Arabian Gulf. That is why, surprisingly for a desert city, you'll find water attractions beckoning everywhere in Abu Dhabi: Mangrove marshes border its eastern shore, and there are flat, sandy beaches at every turn. But you can also drive about 90 minutes out of Abu Dhabi and find the stunning vistas and orange-hued dunes of the Rub' al-Khali (the Empty Quarter), the largest contiguous sand desert in the world. In between your beachy morning and dune-trek afternoon, you can shop in a gleaming mall, eat a delicious shawarma sandwich made in a tiny storefront, or visit the inspiring Grand Mosque.

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