Want To See Dubai From A Boat? Here Are The 7 Best Options...

From yachts and ferries to dinner cruises and party boats; we've got it all covered

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Dubai, our ultra modern and architecturally stunning city that sits along the coastline of the simmering Persian gulf, is home to some of the world’s finest yachts, (the world’s third largest yacht which belongs to Sheikh Mohammed is berthed here) and while it’s unlikely you’ll get a spin on that particular yacht there are plenty of other nautical transport options available.

View the old part of Dubai on a traditional abra or take in the stunning skyline of Dubai Marina on a luxury yacht; whatever your budget, the options are limitless and we’ve rounded up the best of the best for you. Here are our top picks...

The Yellow Boats

These popular and recognisable boat tours are perfect for travellers, couples, families and basically anyone who’s up for an adventurous sightseeing trip. Choose from a speedy thrill ride through Dubai’s open waters for 30 minutes or, for a more relaxed guided tour; trips of 45, 75 or 90 minutes are available (the last of which takes in the Burj Al Arab, the Palm Jumeirah and the Marina). This is an alternative way to see some of Dubai’s incredible skyline and the fact that you’re dodging some of the infamous Dubai traffic is merely a bonus. 

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Super Yacht Dubai

The ultimate in luxury yacht rentals; choose from a boat cruise, a luxury boat cruise (a 101-foot yacht which comes complete with bar, barbecue, two VIP suites, one master suite and an entertainment centre no less) or a wide variety of different yacht rentals. On top of the general fee you can add extras for an ultra-luxurious trip; everything from catering, decorations, photography and even on-board entertainment...basically if you plan on throwing a wild party; these guys have you sorted.

As an added quirk, fishing fans can rent a motorboat and go on a relaxing fishing getaway for an afternoon. All yachts come equipped with air conditioned cabins, state-of-the-art sound systems and functional kitchen areas. This is a way of seeing Dubai like no other. 

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Dubai Dinner Cruises - Arabia Horizons

The dinner cruise experience is arguably one of the most romantic ways to dine in the city. Different options allow guests to take in the beauty of the old Dubai Creek or the spectacular Dubai Marina with packages to suit all budgets; from the likes of a traditional dhow cruise with international menu to a five star Bateaux Dubai glass-sided boat. Special packages for groups or private functions are available upon request. 

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Dubai Dinner Cruises

Dubai Ferry

Dubai Ferry is actually part of Dubai’s ever expanding public transport system. Unlike other cities where ferries are mainly functional, Dubai Ferry is used more often by tourists. The ferry runs multiple times a day from three different locations and visits local areas of interest.
The new, modern boats are designed for comfort and are equipped with a snack bar and designated wheelchair spots. Like Dubai Metro, you choose a Gold or Silver class ticket, each offering varied levels of comfort. This ferry system is great for anyone on a budget; enabling you to view some of the cities most iconic spots, including the Burj Al Arab and the Palm Jumeirah, at a reasonable price.

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Dubai Abra

Without doubt the cheapest option on our list; crossing the creek by Abra (a long traditional wooden boat) was the traditional way of getting from Bur Dubai to Deira and is now a popular method for both residents and tourists alike to make the journey. The ride, which costs AED 1, is particularly atmospheric after sunset. There are 150 boats working on two routes, one of which runs for 24 hours a day.

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Party Cruise Dubai

What’s better than a party? A party on a boat of course! Sail across the Persian gulf, taking in the Burj Al Arab, the Atlantis on the Palm and even the World Islands as you party on a luxurious yacht. You can choose anything from a catamaran to an 85-meter luxury cruise which can hold up to 37 guests where the five star service onboard will have you and your guests feeling like a true movie star. 

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Casey Fitzgerald

Outside of writing for Lovin Dubai, you'll find Casey inhaling hummus, making a constant stream of terrible puns and running around in circles.