Traditional Arab sailing vessels known as dhows have plied the waterways from the Red Sea to the Indian Ocean for centuries. Often used for fishing and other commercial activities, these historic vessels are also available for day and dinner cruises, both excellent ways to see the sights of many Middle Eastern cities.
Dhow cruises here often take visitors through the waters of the Dubai Creek. Set sail at dusk for a dinner cruise and the opportunity to see the city's distinct illuminated skyline.
By day, marina tours by dhow take visitors along the Corniche to Lulu Island and back, providing excellent views of Abu Dhabi's glittering skyscrapers. Evening dinner cruises depart from the marina and ply the waters of Abu Dhabi Creek.
In Mombasa, a dhow cruise can be a full-day experience, complete with dolphin watching, guided snorkeling, and a seafood lunch on a private island. Those pressed for time can opt for a dhow dinner cruise along Tudor Creek that includes a Swahili-style meal and dancing under the stars.
A sunset cruise from Muscat sails along the rugged coastline of Oman, passing medieval forts, fishing villages, and the Sultan of Oman's luxurious residence along the way.