Dubai Cruises & boat tours

Our most recommended Dubai Cruises & boat tours

Dubai Marina: Yacht Tour with Breakfast or BBQ

1. Dubai Marina: Yacht Tour with Breakfast or BBQ

Embark on a cruise around Dubai to see its highlights from the water. Sail through the Dubai Marina to Bluewaters Island. Cruise over to the Dubai Eye, see the famous Jumeirah Beach and the Palm, and pass the Burj Al Arab. You will receive a red-carpet welcome upon boarding your yacht. Enjoy breakfast or a barbecue on board, depending on the option chosen. You can spend quality time networking aboard the 64-foot vessel. Benefit from creature comforts and amenities, including a dinette area and 3 beautiful cabins with natural light. Take your seats in the lounge area with abundant sun and shade. 

Dubai: Mega Yacht Cruise with Buffet Dinner

2. Dubai: Mega Yacht Cruise with Buffet Dinner

Embark on a city sightseeing cruise of Dubai and indulge in a variety of flavors with your buffet dinner. Explore the mega yacht and sail past the most iconic sights that make up Dubai's skyline, including Palm Jumeirah and Atlantis Hotel. Depart from the Dubai Marina district and soak up the views. Cruise across Jumeirah Beach Residence, Dubai Ferris Wheel, and towards the Atlantis Hotel situated in front of the famous Palm Jumeirah Island. Try the different canapes and food at live cooking stations by the yacht pool. Moving inside the main dining area, enjoy a wide selection of local and international flavors. Finally, return to the departure point where your cruise will finish.

Dubai Speedboat Tour: Marina, Atlantis, Palm & Burj Al Arab

3. Dubai Speedboat Tour: Marina, Atlantis, Palm & Burj Al Arab

See Dubai from the water on a adrenaline-filled speedboat tour. See Dubai's key landmarks in a unique and fun way as you cut through the waters from the marina to the beach. This thrilling round-trip journey departs from the famous Dubai Marina. The host has an office on the Marina where a red carpet awaits to greet you. Once you have checked in, your guide will run through a safety briefing, so please arrive 15 minutes early. Choose from a 90 minute full tour of the sights which will cruise through the marina up to Jumeirah Beach. From here, this unforgettable tour is full of great views and fun facts of all the coastline hotels, beaches, and of course Dubai's top landmarks, including:  • Dubai Marina • The Dubai Eye Wheel • Jumeriah Beach • The Harbour Project • The Huge Palm and its hotels • The Atlantis • Dubai Rulers Private Island • The Burj Al Arab

Dubai: Luxury Yacht Tour with Food and Drinks

4. Dubai: Luxury Yacht Tour with Food and Drinks

Experience the opulence of Dubai as you tour its coastline aboard a luxury yacht. Explore the city's marina, islands, and palm-shaped Jumeira archipelago. Travel in complete comfort and style, with freshly-prepared food and drink service, and a state-of-the-art virtual tour guide. Departing from the marina, the tour will take you up close to some of Dubai's iconic landmarks. Motor past Bluewaters Island, home to the world’s tallest observation wheel, and the intricately designed Palm Jumeirah. Admire the striking Burj Al Arab and Royal Palaces standing out against the skyline. Depending on the time of day, enjoy a buffet breakfast, lunch, or barbecue with free-flowing soft drinks served to you as you sail. Treat yourself to a drink from the fully-stocked bar as you experience the magnificence of Dubai in all its luxury. If you choose the BBQ option, tuck into mouthwatering chicken and beef cheeseburgers, hot dogs and cheese dogs, chicken kebabs, halloumi, veg skewers, fruit platters, and assorted Muffins. For the breakfast option, savor cheese and turkey croissants, chocolate pastries, assorted fresh muffins, a mixed fruit platter, and fine tea and coffee. For the sunset picnic, enjoy assorted fresh wraps such as chicken tikka, halloumi and pesto, cheese and turkey, and tuna and apple.

Dubai: Marina Dinner Cruise with Drinks & Live Music

5. Dubai: Marina Dinner Cruise with Drinks & Live Music

Climb aboard a plush, glass-enclosed boat, and enjoy a dinner cruise of Dubai Marina, Ain Wheel, and JBR. Get the red carpet treatment from the moment you are welcomed on board with a complimentary drink to the minute you disembark at Dubai Marina. Wander around the boat’s two decks, including a glass-enclosed lower deck for optimum views, and an open-air upper deck to enjoy the breeze off the Persian Gulf. Dine from a delicious buffet of continental and oriental dishes, along with an excellent selection of juices and thirst quenchers. Relax to the sound of melodic music, designed to add a romantic touch to your evening. After dinner, retire to the outdoor terraces to make the most of the stunning views as you cruise back to the dock (estimated time of arrival 10:00 PM) at the end of the tour services. Sample Menu:  Salads  Asian Tuna Salad Fingerling Potatoes with honey-mayonnaise and forum vinegar Lebanese Fattoush salad with cucumber and tomato Hummus Fasolia Basil pesto pasta French dressing Olive Oil and Balsamic vinegar Soup  Egyptian Lentil soup with spices and olive oil  Bread Selection  Artisan Bread rolls Arabic bread  Main course  Lamb Shepherd's pie Chicken with Mushroom Sauce  Grilled spice rubbed fish with lemon cream sauce Kadai Vegetables Rosemary roast potato with confit garlic cloves Singaporean vegetable noodles with kaffir lime Steamed basmati rice Live noodle station Live pasta cooking station Dessert Coconut Pudding Assorted cupcake Umm Ali Assorted seasonal fruit salad White forest cake Tea and Coffee

Dubai: Marina Yacht Cruise with Breakfast or Dinner

6. Dubai: Marina Yacht Cruise with Breakfast or Dinner

See Dubai city highlights while enjoying a relaxing marine setting on a luxurious cruise that doesn't skimp on amenities. Enjoy a delicious meal as you lounge in style and pass by famous buildings like the Burj Al Arab Hotel. Board your yacht and enjoy a warm greeting with fresh juice. Drinking water also will be available throughout the journey, and the crew will be ready to serve you with anything you may need. While cruising, observe the city's highlights and sail through the Dubai Marina and JBR Towers to Blue Water Island. Cruise over to the Dubai Eye and pass by the Dubai Harbor and Big Cruises. See the famous Jumeirah Beach and the Palm, and pass the renowned Burj Al Arab hotel. Choose between breakfast, lunch, or a BBQ dinner, depending on the time of your cruise, and enjoy your delicious meal on board among the 5-star comforts and amenities, including a dinette area and lovely cabins with natural light. Unwind in the lounge area, which offers plenty of sun and shade, and relax to your heart's content.

Dubai: Water Canal Cruise and La Perle Show with Dinner

7. Dubai: Water Canal Cruise and La Perle Show with Dinner

Spend a relaxing evening along the banks of the Dubai Water Canal aboard a luxury dhow before attending an acrobatic show at La Perle with a Silver Pass. Enjoy an international buffet along with views of nearby landmarks. Board the luxury dhow that offers a glass-enclosed & al fresco dining experience. As you head toward La Perle, soak up the city’s bustling atmosphere and glide under the region’s first sensor-operated waterfall bridge, Sheikh Zayed Bridge, while enjoying your meal. Take in views of the world’s tallest tower, Burj Khalifa, and the Imagine attraction, featuring the world’s largest water screen projection. Then, prepare to liven up your evening at La Perle, Dubai’s #1 show. Receive your Silver Pass and get dropped off at La Perle where you’ll finish your experience. If you choose a return transfer, your driver will pick you up after the show and bring you back to your accommodation.

Dubai: 1-Hour Marina Ain Cruise at Night

8. Dubai: 1-Hour Marina Ain Cruise at Night

Hop onboard the boat for a relaxing 60-minute cruise through Dubai Marina starting either at sunset or after dark. This is a perfect and affordable way to take in views of the city’s spectacular skyline by night from the water. Treat yourself to a special cruise from Dubai's Marina for a great price. Bring your family or friends along to discover Dubai Marina and JBR. Witness the world’s largest Ferris wheel, Ain Dubai, from a special vantage point on the sea. Experience red-carpet treatment from the moment you’re welcomed on board. Get ready to experience the iconic buildings of Dubai illuminated after dark and the pleasant breezes from the open-air deck.

Dubai: Dhow Dinner Cruise with International Buffet

9. Dubai: Dhow Dinner Cruise with International Buffet

Enjoy an evening cruise around Dubai Creek on board a traditional dhow. See Dubai by moonlight, and enjoy the romantic ambiance of the 2-story boat. You will be welcomed on board with a complimentary drink. Then, set sail on the aquamarine waters of the Arabian Sea and cruise gently out onto the Creek, passing old dhows, abras and luxury yachts as you go. Listen to relaxing Arabic and Hindi music, and take your pick from the 4-star buffet dinner of meat, fish and vegetarian options, all prepared by top-quality chefs. Admire fabulous contemporary architecture, including the National Bank of Dubai and Dubai Chamber of Commerce. See old souks, the heritage village of Shindagha, and Sheikh Saeed’s House, birthplace of the father of modern day Dubai. Alcoholic drinks are available to purchase on board, and you can unwind on the air-conditioned lower deck, or take the warm breeze on the open-air upper deck to see the sights float by.

Dubai: Marina Sightseeing and Swimming Cruise

10. Dubai: Marina Sightseeing and Swimming Cruise

Cool off from the heat of the day and escape the crowds on a cruise around the Dubai Marina Canal and JBR. See the sights aboard a luxury boat and marvel at the legendary attractions from the water. Board your cruise at the marina and prepare to create great memories with your family and friends on a private cruise. Choose the 3-hour option to include more time for swimming. Bring your own food and drinks to enjoy a picnic out on the water. Spend time on board to top up your tan in the Arabian Gulf. Enjoy panoramic views of the city as you return to dock back at the marina.

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Dubai boat tours: Everything you need to know

Sail along the marina on a boat tour in Dubai to see the city’s modern skyline. Or cross the Dubai Creek on a traditional dhow. Both experiences reveal what Dubai is best-known for: contrasts between old and new and a luxurious lifestyle.

Private boat tours in Dubai

Choose a private boat cruise if you prefer an independent sightseeing experience but still want the perks of a guided tour. While in Dubai it always seems like bigger is better, private boat cruises take a different approach.

Traveling with your other half? Consider a smaller boat cruise, like the Dubai Marina private boat tour, to include as part of your itinerary. In addition to a skipper, the boat has room for two people. On a 1-hour cruise, you'll get to see the Burj Al Arab, Atlantis, or Jumeirah Beach Residence.

Private cruises for up to 10 people are a great option if you’re traveling with friends or family. In addition to sightseeing, most include stops for a swim in the Arabian Gulf at Jumeirah Beach. If your goal is to relax, choose a fixed duration cruise, like the 2-hour mini yacht ride from Dubai Marina.

Luxury dinner cruises in Dubai

Take in the sights while cruising and dining along the Dubai Creek. Depending on personal preference, travelers can choose between a dhow-style boat or something more contemporary. Whatever you decide, expect comfort, spectacular views, and a mix of local and international cuisine.

If you’re interested in Arabic delicacies, look for a menu with dishes like mutabel, fattoush, or shish taouk. The Deira Creek 5-star buffet dinner dhow cruise is an excellent option for traveling groups. The menu includes local dishes, salads, pasta, and vegetarian options.

Choose a dinner cruise with traditional Arabic entertainment if you're looking for an experience with a local feel. “Tanoura” and “youwla” folk dance performances are examples of what you can expect.

Traditional boat tours in Dubai

Locals use the traditional water taxis, called “abra," to cross the Dubai Creek. Looking for this type of experience? You can hop on one of these boats and travel on one or all of the four routes. Old Dubai truly comes alive on a guided tour. Opt for a one-hour tour on an “abra” if you’ve done most of the sightseeing. This way you can enjoy a trip on the Dubai Canal at sunset.

If you want a more general alternative, choose a walking guided tour that includes an "abra” cruise. Enjoy sites like the Al Fahidi Historical Neighborhood, the souks (markets) of Old Dubai, and the Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum House.

Speed boat tours in Dubai

Add a speedboat or jet ski tour to your must-do list. This is perfect if your itinerary in Dubai includes thrill-seeking experiences like skydiving or hitting all the rides at one of the theme parks. Duration ranges from 30 minutes to three hours.

Choose the jet ski option if you’ve driven these vehicles before. Even if you can only spare half an hour, it’s still a different way to see top attractions. Tours include an experienced escort and accommodate groups or couples.

Speedboat tours accommodate travelers who like the adrenaline pump but prefer sightseeing to driving. A great experience for group travelers, these tours have a balanced mix of speed and time to snap a photo of top attractions.

Helpful tips and good things to know for Dubai boat tours

Wear comfortable clothes and shoes but respect the semi-formal dress code on dinner cruises. On most of these cruises, expect non-alcoholic drinks only, unless they include a licensed bar.

Keep in mind that most boats don’t have room for luggage. This is important to know if you’re visiting Dubai on a layover or are planning to take a cruise before check-in at your hotel.

Are you traveling on a budget? You can choose to ride on the Dubai Ferry instead of a guided cruise. Although it's public transportation, the ferry routes take visitors into account. The boat goes by top attractions like the Dubai Marina and the Dubai Creek. Itineraries may change over time, so double check upon arrival in Dubai.



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What people are saying about Dubai

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4.5 / 5

based on 7,523 reviews

Brilliant... well worth the money... seeing all the sights around The Palm with a little bit of speedboating twists and turns along the way...

Excellent tour. Great staff. Very professional company. Highly recommended.

Very nice tour with excellent guides!!! Good food and music

Amazing view amazin scene with sunset by Burj Khalifa

I had a great time, also excellent customer service