Dhow Cruise Dubai Creek


Dubai Creek was Dubai’s lifeline then. Historically this provided a unique waterway for the two parts of Dubai, Bur Dubai, and Deira Dubai. People would travel in small, motorized boats called Abra. The Abra ride was cheap, fast, and clean. Much later, the RTA of Dubai introduced air-conditioned water taxis. Deira Creek was also the main port for smaller boats to offload their cargo. Even now, many cargo boats from nearby ports call on Deira Creek port. Deira Creek is close to souks on either side and easily approachable through excellent roads on either side.

After the recent development of Al Seef on the Bur Dubai side, the night has become more vibrant and colorful.

When you ride the Dhow cruise in Deira creek, your journey will start on arrival at our vast, well-decorated wooden Dhow. Our hospitality desk will be on the shore where the Dhow is anchored. Our hospitality team shall verify your ticket and welcome you aboard.

You would have already bought the ticket online/ from our point of sale/ our partner agents. You may also walk to our desk and buy your ticket, provided we have enough room. We are strictly regulated by Dubai Maritime laws and cannot board more than a specified number of guests.

The Dhow sails once our Guest Relation team completes the formalities of boarding. In the meantime, guests aboard will be served fresh cold water, tea, coffee, or juices. You may check out the night view from the upper deck or stay on the air-conditioned lower deck.

As the Dhow cruise on Dubai creek proceeds towards its course, you will come across iconic structures of heritage Dubai, old Dubai souks, and the New Al Seef development on either side of the creek. It would be best to take selfies against such majestic and beautiful backdrops. The Al Seef development is developed newly but on the lines of Dubai’s old architectural heritage. You will come across the old living quarters of Skeikh Rashi Al Maktoum, the visionary sheik who led Dubai through the formation of the Federal structure of UAE along with Sheikh Zayed. Sheikh Rashid, the current ruler’s father, His Highness Sheikh Maktoum, would sit in these quarters and meet everyone who wanted to see him. He was approachable and respectful to all. He is the architecture legendry infrastructure projects such as Al Maktoum Tunnel, Al Shandaga Tunnel, and Jabel Ali Port, as well as the World Trade Centre, Dubai.

While the Dhow is cruising on the course, you will be invited for dinner. There is a three-course buffet spread on the lower deck. The unlimited serving of each course consists of Asian and continental cuisine. It is prepared under the strictest safety and hygiene guidelines of Dubai Municipality. You may take your food upstairs or savor it inside the fabulous lower deck.

On-board entertainment starts when you are in the desert. We have the world-famous Tanoura Dance from Egypt performed by our in-house dancer. The energetic dance form makes our guests also shake and tap their feet. There are a lot of pranks by the dancer to keep the show humorous and accessible. This is also when you should be ready with your camera for selfies and videos to post on Instagram for your friends.

The dhow cruise on Dubai creek passes through Sheikh Maktoum bridge on its return and goes up to the floating bridge. Maktoum and Floating bridges are fully movable bridges every day at night. These are raised and opened for the flow of ships and bigger boats. You will also see the palace of Sheika Khalifa before your return.

The dhow cruise ends at the same place where it began. After an evening of great sailing, food, super entertainment, and many selfies, you are back on the Deira side of Dubai Creek to get home. We highly recommend if you are a visitor in Dubai to experience Dhow Cruise Marina to explore the new Dubai that is surrounded by highrise buildings and landmarks like JBR, The Palm, and Ain Dubai,

  • It is cruising on the famed Dubai Creek for 2 hours
  • If requested, we would provide pick-and-drop service
  • 3-course buffet dinner serving both veg and non-veg cuisines
  • It is cruising on the famed Dubai Creek for 2 hours
  • If requested, we would provide pick-and-drop service
  • 3-course buffet dinner serving both veg and non-veg cuisines
  • Our Wooden Dhow has 2 floors, a Lower deck, and an upper deck
  • The upper deck is breezy, but we still have fans to keep air circulating
  • The lower deck is entirely air-conditioned
  • Our Dhow is annually safety certified by the Dubai Maritime Authority
  • We follow all the regulations of Dubai authorities
  • For entertainment, we have a DJ who could spin your requests and also
  • Entertainment also includes the famed Tanoura Dance
  • We recommend respectful clothing as per Dubai’s policy
  • All services aboard the Dhow are included in your voucher
  • Visa or Id is not required to enjoy a cruise on Dubai creek aboard our Dhow
  • Consumption of alcohol is strictly prohibited
  • We serve dinner buffet style, although the available hosts and hostesses might assist you.
  • Age is not a bar for enjoying a dhow cruise
  • First Aid is available aboard

  • Working days in the week – All days, without any break Daily.
  • Duration of the cruise: 2 hours (starting at 8:30 PM, finishing at10:30 PM)
  • Is there any age bar – Suitable for all age groups? However, as per the Dubai government, kids below 12 years MUST be accompanied by an elder.
  • Location of the cruise: Dubai Creek
  • Time of pick up: Between 7 PM to 7:30 PM
  • Any restriction on what to wear: None, but smart casual clothes in summer and woolens in winter would be preferred.

  • Do not throw any item into the creek. Littering is punishable in Dubai.
  • Do not indulge in a public show of affection with each other. In the Middle East, the culture frowns upon adults hugging or kissing each other.
  • Do not take pictures where “No Photography allowed” is displayed prominently. Do not take any photos of any military establishment or government building.
  • Photographing others without their consent is considered an offense, and you may be reported to the police by the concerned party.
  • Do not try to open any door/ gate of the Dhow forcefully. It is hazardous and against safety laws.
  • Do not misbehave or abuse our staff. You may get reported and may face further investigation by the authorities.
  • Please be patient at the buffet.
  • Look after and supervise your kids.
  • Do keep the washroom clean by flushing it after use.

You may be fully reimbursed if you want to cancel before 48 hours. However, if it is within 48 hours of your journey, you may have to forfeit your entire payment. This is a consumer protection law of Dubai.

Oasis Palm reserves the right to cancel or reschedule your trip without prior information due to force majeure like lousy weather, government notifications, or a Breakdown of the Dhow. We shall reschedule your trip under these circumstances. If the cancellation happens from our side before 72 hours, then the management may reimburse your amount.

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