Note: I attended Dhow Cruise Deira Creek in January 2018, and this post were supposed to publish at that time. But for some reason, I couldn’t release at that time.
Before I dig into the meat of this piece and share my Dhow cruise Dubai creek experience with you, I have a question. How many of you know the exact meaning of Dhow? I am pretty much sure most of you have never heard this term to date as this term is mostly used in the Middle East. Let me improve your knowledge.
A dhow is a lateen-rigged ship with one or two masts, used chiefly in the Arabian region and cruise.
My First Dhow Cruise Experience in Dubai
Unfortunately, Within my two years stays in Dubai, I never got an opportunity to have dinner at old fashioned dhow cruise in Dubai. A month ago, Some of my friends who already went to dhow cruise creek and recommended me to go there. I looked at a few videos on YouTube to get an idea what can I get on this tour and right after viewing a few videos I got very pumped up about this trip and could not wait for a long time. So the following day, I made a decision to go through the Dhow cruise Deira creek myself. Despite the fact that I had the option of Dhow cruise Dubai Marina, I opted to go dhow cruise creek.
There is one main difference between Dhow cruise Dubai Creek & Dhow cruise Marina, and that is Sights and Sceneries. Deira Creek shows old Dubai, a place where the Arabs settled when they relocated to the city from villages in the desert and Marina represent the new side of the Dubai. During Deira creek, you wouldn’t notice.
Where to Book?
I reserved my Dhow cruise trip online here. My trip was scheduled between 8:30 – 10:30 PM. The good thing was, It was a rainy day, and Since I was staying at Naif Road, Deira and cruise location wasn’t too far from my accommodation, therefore I made up my mind to go there on my own by walking. When I turned up there, I found several cruises and could recognize mine as I didn’t save my cruise name, but after a few minutes of lookup, I identified my cruise (had to make a call at the reservation for assistance). I reached there at 7:40 and fortunately there was no rush at the reservation counter.
Check-in was simple and easy. The staff asked me for my full Name. The girl at the desk took a minute for verification and then allowed me to get on the cruise. The cruise was a well furnished, big and double deck traditional Arabic cruise
Upper Or Bottom Deck
Each deck could accommodate 50 plus persons. Bottom deck was air-conditioned. Despite the fact that few tables were vacant on the bottom floor, I decided not to sit there. I have chosen upper deck so I can inhale fresh air and can see skyscrapers closely. It turned out a right decision as skyscrapers from the upper deck seemed more appealing than the bottom deck and fresh air kept me energized. Soon after I seated one there table I was offered welcome drinks. Most attendees were either couple or family . The Staff was very friendly and attentive. The manager came to me twice and asked me if I need anything else.
Dhow Cruise Dinner Menu
There were several kinds of foods available including vegetable and non-veg. Here is the 4-star dhow cruise Dubai creek dinner menu
I had never been to any dhow cruise in Dubai, so In the middle of the water in the fading light of the stars and moon, I enjoyed my first international standard traditional Arabic dinner on an Arabian dhow cruise. Besides Sheesh Kebab, I found Pulao rice and fried fish delicious and spices. In desserts, Umm Ali a famous Egyptian dessert brought the water into my mouth. There wasn’t any limit on food I could eat whatever and as much as I wanted..
If you’ve been desert safari Dubai, you have already seen this show. It’s a traditionally an Egyptian dance. Tenure means skirt in English and tanoura dance developed from Sufi dance where the dancer wears a multicolored dress and dance. In many Islamic countries, it’s used as an entertainment tool. The show continued for 15 minutes, and the dancer from Egypt did a great job.
Dhow Cruise Tips:
- Although there is no official guideline for the dress code for dhow cruise, it suggested wear formal and modest dress. It’s a family entertainment, so please be gentle.
- Some companies offer Wheelchair option. It’s a good idea you asked them before booking.
- Make sure, 3-4 days before the trip day you made the reservation and during peak session or on specials days confirm your booking 2-3 weeks ago.
- Don’t focus on price only as some companies have both single and double dick dhow cruise so ask them which cruise you will get. If you are looking for cheap dhow cruise Dubai 55 Aed deal, you will get a Single deck cruise without transportation as double deck cruise charge at least AED 75 with no transportation as per my research (I had dhow cruise Dubai creek deal and paid 75 AED).
- Prior booking is suggested either you go there directly or with the company transportation.
Should You go there directly?
If you’re a vacationer or don’t live nearby the creek area, I WOULD NOT RECOMMEND you to go there directly. It’s significantly better you book dhow cruise Dubai creek tour with either my recommended tour operator (Here is the link) or your favorite tour operator with the TRANSPORTATION. The company, which arranged my trip was asking for AED 110 per adult with 4×4 transportation from anywhere in the Dubai. Here is the link for the booking
Dhow cruise Dubai Creek location
Address: Deira Creek Opposit to Radisson Blue Hotel, Deira – Dubai – United Arab Emirates