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

Dhow Boat Dinner Cruise in Dubai

Cruise along Dubai Creek by 'dhow,' a Middle Eastern wooden boat, and see the sights of nighttime Deira while savoring a buffet feast! One of the city’s oldest neighborhoods, Deira represents the traditional heart of Dubai, and the 2-hour cruise takes in sights of many of its lively souqs and bustling side streets. Gaze out at the sights, and enjoy soft drinks plus Emirati and international cuisine from the onboard buffet, with charcoal-grilled meat and Arabic sweets alongside other countless other treats.


  • 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

After a pickup from your central Dubai hotel, travel by minibus to Deira in the heart of ‘old Dubai.’ Worlds apart from Dubai’s sophisticated city center, Deira is known for its hustle and bustle with colorful, old-school souqs and dusty streets that resonate with history and character.

Dubai Creek snakes through the neighborhood, and many say a trip along the stretch of water is the best way to experience Deira. Head to the waterside where your dhow awaits, and hop on board to enjoy your 2-hour cruise. Still in use today for shipping goods around the Indian Ocean, the traditional dhows are a common sight on the waters of Dubai Creek.

Make your way to the lavish onboard buffet, feast your eyes on the food, and then select whatever delicacies you wish to fill your plate. Soft drinks plus an enticing mix of traditional Emirati and international food is on offer; see the sample menu below. Sit down to eat while watching the sights of Deira at night, and admire the glittering lights of Dubai’s skyscrapers in the distance.

Having cruised back and forth along the creek, return to the water’s edge and finally finish your evening experience with a drop-off at your hotel.

Sample Menu:
First course selection:
  • Aloo channa chaat (mildly spicy chickpea and potato curry)
  • Assorted bread
  • Assorted cheese platter
  • Fattoush (bread salad with mixed greens and vegetables), garnished with crispy croutons
  • Green salad with Thousand Island dressing or vinaigrette
  • Hummus with olive oil and chickpeas
  • Moutabel (Lebanese eggplant dip) with pomegranate
  • Smoked salmon with capers, horseradish and lemon
Pasta course (cooked at the buffet by an onboard chef)
  • Pasta with a tomato and white wine sauce
Main course selection:
  • Beef rump steak with mushroom sauce
  • Charcoal-grilled mixed meat selection including shish taouk (chicken kebab) and kofta (Middle Eastern meatballs)
  • Chicken tikka masala
  • Grilled fillet of fish with a buttery lemon sauce
  • Potato gratin
  • Saffron-infused rice
  • Sautéed seasonal vegetables
Dessert selection:
  • Assorted Arabic sweets
  • Black Forest cake
  • Cheesecake
  • Crème caramel
  • Fresh fruit salad
  • Umali (dessert made with milk and dried fruits)

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

We were in Dubai for an eight day holiday and this was our favorite outing. It was really well organized. The dhow was beautiful and the food and ambience excellent. Would thoroughly recommend this night out on the water.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

The boat tour was excellent. The food was of great quality and more than sufficient. All the staff on board were extremely friendly and helpful and the service was excellent.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

A very relaxing cruise, excellect food and well worth the money. This was the highlight of our trip to Dubai. Not to be missed.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Excellent experience, we really enjoyed the cruise and the food and great service

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

enjoyed the night lights and food during cruise.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This was a fantastic end to our holiday had an enjoyable meal and cruising the river. Food was great.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Amazing experience and very polite tour guide who picked us from our hotel and dropped us back.

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

Good value, The cruise was everything we expected with a first class buffet meal on a well appointed dining deck. Viator arrangements first class.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

Fabulous evening great company great food highly recomend

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

This tour was amazing!

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