Dubai is a city that has to be seen to be believed, and what better way to experience its lights, sounds and skyline than from its crystal clear waters? Boat tours around the coast and through the Creek are an essential part of any holiday to Dubai: you’ll be able to truly appreciate the city for its architectural beauty and visionary design.
Even without taking a tour, it’s likely that you’ll spend a large amount of time on the water: some of the quickest and easiest ways of getting around the city are by abra or dhow, traditional Arabian taxi boats. However, these trips can be brief, and you’re often more excited about where you’re going rather than the journey itself, so be sure to book a cruise, and savour the sights from the sea.
Cruises can be as short or long as you like: float down the Creek for an elegant evening meal, or take to the seas and see more of the UAE with a multi-state boat tour. It’s the ideal way to get a feel for your surroundings, while bobbing on warm turquoise waves.
Boat tours can be as modern or as cultural as you want, both in terms of the vessel you take and the route you follow. Sleek glass boats such as the Bateaux Dubai can take you down the shoreline in style, providing you with international cuisine as you go, and their on-board entertainment and panoramic views ensure you’ll have something to do, see or eat for the entire trip. Similarly, tours on luxury yachts are easily found in Dubai, so enjoy the skyline with speed and style.
For something more traditional, book a tour on a dhow. Take advantage of the rich heritage and culture around you, and set sail on the true Arabian boat. Decorated with fairy lights at night, evening jaunts provide sights as beautiful as those during the daylight. A dhow cruise with dinner is perfect for a romantic meal, or just the chance to see Dubai’s night-time vibrancy.
If you’re looking for something unique, book onto the Sundowner cruise. A perfectly preserved dhow, covered in strings of lights and Arabian décor, the Sundowner takes you through the Creek at the end of the day, before entering the Arabian Gulf. Take in the sights of Dubai’s skyline as the sun sets and the city lights come alive.
Whether you opt for a sightseeing cruise in Dubai, or one that ventures into different Emirates, your surroundings will never look as spectacular as when seen from the sea.