Explore Dubai,Qatar, Abu Dhabi and Oman as you cruise this thriving Arabian Gulf region in the comfort of the Crystal Esprit. The area is a fascinating crossroads of modernity and tradition in the Islamic world. Start among the dazzling skyscrapers and museums of the United Arab Emirates, a business and cultural hub of the Middle East. Continue to Qatar, an absolute and hereditary emirate since the mid-19th century, that has taken a prominent geo-political role in the region. Finish the cruise with Oman’s compelling cultural and natural attractions. We will visit the mosques, souks, educational institutions, historical and art museums that best reflect the past and present. The educational program focuses on the role of Islam in this part of the world, on the social, political, cultural, and economic development of these countries, and on western influence on them. In short, we will deepen our understanding of the tensions and symbiosis of tradition and modernity in this vital crossroads of the world.Aboard our privately chartered and recently refurbished 31-stateroom Crystal Esprit we will sail at the pinnacle of luxury. This nimble yacht-like vessel provides a private butler for each suite, innovative cuisine from award-winning chefs, all-inclusive beverages including premium spirits, a variety of included aquatic equipment and more impeccable touches you will appreciate. An optional pre-cruise one-night Dubai program is offered. An optional post-cruise three-night Omani desert program is also offered.