Get a taste of the Gulf region on this comprehensive cruise aboard the luxurious Crystal Esprit, January 7–17, 2020.
Explore Oman, Abu Dhabi, Qatar and Dubai as you cruise this thriving Persian Gulf region in the comfort of the privately chartered, 31-stateroom Crystal Esprit. The area is a fascinating crossroads of modernity and tradition in the Islamic world. Start the cruise with Oman's compelling cultural and natural attractions. 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 among the dazzling skyscrapers and museums of the United Arab Emirates, a business and cultural hub of the Middle East.
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 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.
For those wishing to continue the adventure, an optional pre-cruise Omani desert extension or post-cruise Dubai program is available.
Amin Moghadam is an Associate Research Scholar at the Center for Iran and Persian Gulf Studies at Princeton University. He holds a PhD in Geography and Urban Studies from Lyon 2 University in France. Amin lectured on Urban and Migration Studies at Princeton University, Aix-Marseille University, Inalco (Institut National des langues et civilisations orientales) and Sciences Po Paris. His research and publications have focused on migration policy and practices, diaspora studies, circulation and regional integration in the Middle East, with the particular focus on the Gulf region (especially Iran and the United Arab Emirates). His current research centers around spatial dynamics related to artistic practices and the circulation of artists and cultural entrepreneurs in several cities of the Middle East. Besides his research and teaching activities, he has been consulting for several organizations such as the Louvre Abou Dhabi and the French Senate.