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  • Location:Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • Duration:3 hours (approx.)

Dhow Boat Dinner Cruise in Dubai

Enjoy the glittering lights of Deira and a delicious buffet feast on this 2-hour evening Dubai dinner cruise. Board a beautifully illuminated ‘dhow’ — a traditional Arabian sail boat — and drift along winding Dubai Creek as you gaze at twinkling landmarks such as the Al Maktoum Bridge, the National Bank of Dubai and downtown Dubai’s skyscrapers in the distance. Then, with the creek waters gently lapping at your Dubai dhow cruise boat, savor a scrumptious buffet of tasty Emirati and international dishes, with complimentary sodas and additional drinks (own expense).


  • 2-hour Dubai dinner cruise aboard a traditional dhow
  • Cruise along Dubai Creek to see the neighborhood of Deira from the water
  • Pass Deira’s working souqs and admire the illuminations of central Dubai in the distance
  • Enjoy traditional Emirati specialties and international cuisine from the onboard buffet
  • Feast on treats such as chickpea and potato curry and umali (a warm Emirati dessert)
  • Make use of a hotel pickup and drop-off from central Dubai

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What You Can Expect

Dhow Boat Dinner Cruise in Dubai

See the sky line of Dubai from its oldest area, Dubai Creek

Leave your central Dubai hotel by air-conditioned minibus and travel to the cruise jetty on Dubai Creek in the city’s Deira district.

Snaking between Deira, the heart of traditional Dubai, and Bur Dubai to the south, the creek winds past many of Dubai’s best-known landmarks, including the National Bank of Dubai, the Spice Souk and Al Maktoum Bridge.

At the jetty, take a moment to admire your beautifully illuminated dhow — a traditional Arabian trading boat of the type once used to ship goods between the Persian Gulf and the Indian Ocean.

Then, step aboard and feast your eyes on Deira’s sparkling skyline as your dhow sails up and down the gentle creek waters for the next two hours.

Snap photos of Deira and the skyscrapers of downtown Dubai on the horizon, and then, enjoy a sumptuous buffet dinner of traditional Emirati and international cuisine. Selections may vary, but you can expect dishes such as assorted Arabic salads, grilled fish and meat kebabs, as well as pasta, steak and a tempting range of desserts.

Take your pick from the dishes, and wash them down with complimentary sodas, as well as additional drinks (at own expense) from the onboard bar.

As you eat, soak in the glittering city lights, revel in the cool evening breezes and enjoy the company of your fellow diners.

Then, when your cruise finishes, step ashore and end your experience with a hotel drop-off.

Sample Buffet Menu:


  • Smoked salmon with capers, horseradish and lemon
  • Aloo channa chaat (chickpea and potato curry)
  • Hummus
  • Green salad with vinaigrette or Thousand Island dressing
  • Fattoush (bread salad with mixed greens and vegetables)
  • Hummus
  • Moutabel (Lebanese eggplant dip) with pomegranate
  • Assorted breads and cheeses

Pasta course:
  • Pasta in a tomato and white wine sauce, cooked at the buffet station

Main course:

  • Chicken tikka masala
  • Rump beef steak with mushroom sauce
  • Grilled fish in a lemon butter sauce
  • Charcoal-grilled mixed meats such as shish taouk (chicken kebab) and kofta (meatballs)
  • Saffron-infused rice
  • Potato gratin
  • Sautéed seasonal vegetables


  • Assorted Arabic sweets
  • Umm ali (milk dessert)
  • Cheesecake
  • Crème caramel
  • Fresh fruit salad
Please note: Due to a Islamic occasion from (All day December 22 to 23, 2015 6.30pm) entertainment and all alcohol will not be available 

Customer Reviews

Jennifer M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

We were picked up from our hotel on time and thoroughly enjoyed our dhow boat trip. Food was delicious and evening entertainment great. Views from the river at night are beautiful. Length of trip was perfect.

Lisa G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

A nice evening on the river with some great food.

Joan P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

A fabulous cruise not to be missed. Really enjoyed it. The food was superb!

mobydick Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

A good cruise to see some interesting sights of Dubai. A nice meal and great entertainment by a 'whirling dervish' type of dancer. The weather was perfect and we were amazed by the river traffic, not least the amount of other boats similar to ours. Recommended.

Shirley B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

My son and I were picked up from our hotel and taken to the Dhow. The cruise was so relaxing and the food plentiful. We were entertained by a local dancer. A lovely evening which was well worth the money. Thank you.

Elizabeth M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

fantastic trip worth every penny fantastic food

Chuck F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

The pick up and drop off service to our hotel made this a perfect tour for our 13 hour layover in Dubai. The setting on the boat was, music, great weather. We were one of the first ones there so we were seated up front on the top deck...right near the food! The food was delicious and plentiful. The sights and views up and down the river made Dubai look a city alive at night. Many boats on the river for dinner cruises all decorated with lights and multi-colored ornaments just made the scene even better. It was a perfect and inexpensive way for my wife and I to spend 3 hours of down time just relaxing on the river...I would do it again!!

Alex Netherlands

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Very good experience. We were picked up from the Hotel right on time and the food was great. The river journey was excellent and the entertainment was outstanding. Enjoyed every moment of it. Great for the price. A must for any first-timer in Dubai.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

This trip - the boat, crew and food were great, we even joined in the dancing! Everything was fab and we will definitely do it again.
The only problem we had was with the pick up from our hotel - they didn't pick us up and we only made the trip thanks to our a car arranged by our hotel!

Clem W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

As this was our 50th wedding anniversary we were looking forward to this cruise along the creek and we're not disappointed. Food was excellent and crew very helpful and friendly. Especially enjoyed the Dubai dates as a welcome aboard

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