Costa Crociere and AIDA Cruises will be sailing the Costa Classica and the AIDAcara on  seven-day cruises from Dubai starting in December. which left total of 25 cruises will be offered - 17 for Costa and  eight for AIDA.

Costa and AIDA expect to carry a total of 63,000 passengers: mainly Italians, but also German, Austrian, French and Spanish passengers on the Costa Classica; and exclusively Germans and Austrians on the AIDAcara. The seven-day program includes two nights in Dubai and calls in Muscat, Oman; and Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates; and Bahrain