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Dubai: Luxury Canal Dinner Cruise with Optional Transfers

1. Dubai: Luxury Canal Dinner Cruise with Optional Transfers

Experience Dubai from the Dubai Water Canal on a sightseeing dinner cruise. Be transferred to a glass-encased dhow for a delicious buffet and admire landmarks, such as Dubai Festival City Mall and the Burj Khalifa. Get a welcome kahwah (Arabic coffee) on arrival followed by an assortment of chilled refreshments and dates. Then, be escorted to your table to enjoy welcome drinks. Start to feel the gentle sway of the waves and romance of the boat as you set sail. Awaken your senses as you gently cruise down the artificial canal. Experience the city's bustling atmosphere as you pass through the Business Bay area while soothing Arabic music serenades you along the way. Marvel at iconic attractions of the Dubai skyline, such as the Business Bay Bridge, Dubai Festival City Mall, Burj Khalifa, Dubai Water Canal Bridge, JW Marquis Hotel, and Westin Hotel. Indulge yourself with a sumptuous feast of Arabic appetizers, grilled meat, fresh salads, and delicious sweets from Arabia, along with hot beverages. Be mesmerized by the saxophone performance.

Dubai: Burj Khalifa Sunset on an Abra

2. Dubai: Burj Khalifa Sunset on an Abra

Hop aboard a traditional wooden boat known, as an Abra, and cruise along the banks of the Dubai Water Canal. Take in stunning views of vistas, a native bird sanctuary, and historic dhow yards, as you relax on your comfy Arabian milieu and gaze at the picturesque sunset of the Burj Khalifa. Observe the city’s bustling atmosphere from a distance along with soothing Arabic music and guided commentary. Experience peace and tranquility on the canal waters as you gaze at the sun setting behind the tallest-standing skyscraper in the world, the Burj Khalifa. This is one of the best and most unique ways to experience the city of Dubai. At the conclusion of your enjoyable river cruise, you will be returned to your tour starting point.

Dubai: Helicopter Flight Over The Palm Jumeirah

3. Dubai: Helicopter Flight Over The Palm Jumeirah

Make your stay in Dubai more memorable with a 17-minute helicopter flight over The Palm Jumeirah, and enjoy breathtaking views of the city's sights. Climb aboard your helicopter at the Dubai Police Academy, and look down on the scenic beauty of the Burj Al Arab, built in the form of the sail of a sailing ship, and the only 7-star hotel in the world. Look down on the luxury developments of The Palm Jumeirah, part of the Palm Island project and home to the iconic Atlantis Hotel. Get a closer view of the Burj Khalifa and the city's Business Bay District. Enjoy panoramic views of some of Dubai's record-breaking structures, such as the world's tallest hotel (JW Marriot), Emirates Towers, and Dubai Mall (the largest shopping mall in the world). Return to Mother Earth with memories to last a lifetime.

New Year's Eve Luxury Canal Dinner Cruise

4. New Year's Eve Luxury Canal Dinner Cruise

Dividing the charming ‘City of Lights’ into commercial & residential districts, the Dubai Water Canal epitomizes the city’s personality. Here, the magnificent sophistication of the 21st Century walks hand in hand with the world’s greatest urban transformations of a bygone era. Hop aboard a glass enclosed contemporary dhow offering stunning views of the New Year fireworks with the best of culinary delights and entertainment. Waken your senses as you gently cruise along the banks of Dubai Water Canal where the Al Faris Dhow combines the best of glass-enclosed dinning, offering unobstructed views at the lower deck and best of alfresco dining experience at the upper deck. On arrival you will be greeted with the divine Kahwah (Arabic coffee) accompanied by some assorted chilled refreshments and dates. You will be then escorted to your table where you will be served with welcome drinks. Feel the flip-flap of waves and the all-pervading romance as you soak up the cities bustling atmosphere from a distance along with soothing Arabic music, or simply experience the height of opulence and indulge in the peace and tranquility of the creek waters. A sumptuous feast with Arabic appetizers, grilled meat, fresh salads and delicious Arabic sweets awaits you as you glide further along accompanied by hot beverages. Get ready to be mesmerized as your enchanting tanora artist spins his well-lit costume to liven up your evening along with the New Year fireworks of the Burj Khalifa or of Dubai Festival City Mall.  

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What people are saying about Dubai Festival City

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 1,185 reviews

Me and my wife had a wonderful time aboard. The ambiance was perfect and the views amazing. 2 hours was a perfect amount of time to settle in, have a nice meal and enjoy the city lights by night. The food itself was ok, a bit bland, flavor wise. However, since we don’t eat meat they still offered a nice selection of veggie and fish dishes.

very good description of the way and a taxi destination it was particularly good that the seats were reserved with place cards, so there are no differences in the choice of seats also very good food, perfect selection of drinks at reasonable prices and varied music - definitely do it, a very nice evening!

Perfect ! Very attentive staff. Good quality dinner buffet with choice. Course on the ideal dubai creek (given that Burj khalifa and its many buildings). We take full eyes. Good atmosphere with the music and the saxophone player. No complaints ! I recommend.

Great experience, amazing views and picture opportunities of the sun setting behind khalifa. We even got offered water and Pepsi throughout the boat ride. Great value for money, we all loved it, highly recommend.

It was a successful evening. Very good service. Delicious food and very plentiful. There was music on the upper deck.