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Seven-day Arabian Gulf cruise to launch in Jan...

A seven-day cruise around the Arabian Gulf, starting and finishing in Dubai, will begin next month, tour operators said on Thursday.

Dubailand, a member of Dubai Properties Group, and Royal Caribbean International, announced the new holiday cruise package which will begin on January 18.

The cruise will stop at Muscat, Fujairah, Abu Dhabi and Bahrain and include visits to some of Dubailand's tourism developments, like Dubai Autodrome in MotorCity, Dubai Outlet Mall in Outlet City, The Global Village, and Dubai Sports City.

"Two strong brands have come together to deliver a compelling series of attractions that will add value to the emirate's economy and increase visitor numbers to the region," Khalid Al Malik, CEO, Dubai Properties Group, said.

Holidaymakers will sail the Gulf on the cruise ship Brilliance of the Seas, which has an open Centrum with 10-deck high windows, a mini golf course, rock climbing wall and waterslide.

Rama Rebbapragada, regional vice-president of Royal Caribbean International, said: "We have received an excellent response for Brilliance of the Seas' first ever sailings in the Gulf region from our key global source markets UK, North America and Germany. We are also seeing good levels of interest from the Middle East markets."

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