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Dhow Boat Dinner Cruise in Dubai

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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Overview

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).
  • 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)
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:
Starters:
 • 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

Dessert:
 • Assorted Arabic sweets
• Umm ali (milk dessert)
• Cheesecake
• Crème caramel
• Fresh fruit salad
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Dubai
Pickup from any hotel in Dubai city
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Dubai Creek
Cruise in the Creek Canal for 2 hours with open buffet dinner
Duration: 120 Minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By:  
Dubai
Drop off to any hotel in Dubai City
Admission Ticket Free

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Flyer61424610391
, Apr 2019
I booked this excursion through Viator/Alpha Tours LLC and it didn’t get off to the best of starts. Firstly when I contacted Alpha to confirm pickup location they had no record of the booking. This led to numerous phone calls at foreign rates to try and rectify. It was left that I was to call them the next day when I landed in Dubai and see if they had it. By the time I got to Dubai they had emailed to say that they had the booking and pickup at hotel was 19:20-20:00 and that I should contact them with my exact room number. I emailed room number to 2 different people in the office and got no reply so I then called at 19:15 to check they had the room number which they did. Shortly after I received a call from the office to say that they had been waiting for me a long time and that the driver had other guests waiting too! This was at 19:20!! When we got downstairs we had a heated conversation with the driver where I stated that his office had told me 19:20 and his reply was that he had been calling our room and we’d kept other guests waiting on the bus for 40 minutes. We then arrived at the boat to be told that there wasn’t a separate table for me and my wife and we were added to the table with the family who had been waiting on the bus. So after an awkward 2 hour cruise which other than the seating was okay, we got back to the bus and the driver in fairness did offer an apology for the misunderstanding. For me it should be his office doing the apologising as I can understand his frustration at having different pickup times to us and he got the brunt of it. So in summary, the cruise was ok seating apart, but the overall experience was very disappointing and slightly overshadowed our short stopover in Dubai and if I went back I wouldn’t go near anything with Alpha Tours name beside it again.
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I thoroughly enjoyed the boat ride...
JOANN C
, Mar 2018
I thoroughly enjoyed the boat ride. The staff were polite, helpful and a bit unorganized. The food was not of my interest.
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Was nice. Pretty view of Dubai at...
John T
, May 2017
Was nice. Pretty view of Dubai at night from the dhow. Did this a few years ago, but this time round did not seem ot impress/grab me as much
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A bit boring after sometime. The food...
Chitrita R
, Apr 2017
A bit boring after sometime. The food was not that great.
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This was a really great time. The...
Patrick G
, Feb 2017
This was a really great time. The tour was wonderful, the food great and there was even an entertainer that came and danced on the boat as we cruised peacefully down the Dubai Creek. It was very cool to see the city at night and to also see all the lit-up boats that were moving along the creek with us. The only downside was the transportation from the hotel. The driver was insane and we feared for our lives numerous times.
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This was great, highly recommend. Local...
Jo
, Jan 2017
This was great, highly recommend. Local food, nice music and great views over dubai river
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well again liked every moment of it...
avijit nandi m
, Jan 2017
well again liked every moment of it. good food and a fantastic way to see Dubai by the night.
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very good and tasty food and later very...
Kevin V
, Dec 2016
very good and tasty food and later very good entertainement
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very good and tasty food and very good...
Kevin V
, Dec 2016
very good and tasty food and very good entertainement
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We would have enjoyed it more if we...
Louise B
, Aug 2016
We would have enjoyed it more if we were not so tired to begin with The door to door service was reassuring and they were punctual We would have preferred choices of food specific to the culture we were visiting

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