A Guide to Dhow cruise Creek and Marina – Attractions, Dinner, & Dress Code


Have you spotted those glittering boats in Dubai’s emerald waters? You would have felt an urge to experience the journey. Those are Dhows, traditional Arabic wooden boats that are reminiscent of this emirate’s fishing and pearling heritage. As Dubai grew to a world-renowned tourist spot over time, Dhow got an elevated status. These days, Dhows are dinner destinations. A floating restaurant takes tourists through Dubai’s stunning cityscape and historical landmarks.

Dhow cruise Dubai trip is also the best way to unwind from the daily grind. It is a unique experience for the tourists and a chance to look into the incredible culture of the city. The tourists looking to spend some quality time with their loved ones can choose a Dhow cruise.

You can choose Dhow cruise in any of the two beautiful locations in Dubai- Creek and Marina. If you wish to see the places where the city’s significant history is deeply rooted, visit Dhow Cruise Creek. It will cruise around Deira to throw light on the humble beginnings of Dubai. There are some heritage sites like Al Bastakiya, one of the oldest residential areas in Dubai.

Dhow Cruise Dubai Marina

Dhow Cruise in Dubai Marina

A stunning modern neighborhood that was planned and built from scratch. That’s what Dubai Marina is. Testimonials to immaculate planning and foresight are everywhere. Soaring buildings line the sky along the water canal. Some of these buildings are world-famous architectural feats.

The two-hour cruise covers the entire length of the Marina canal starting from the JBR. Marina is full of luxury and sparkle. The lustrous waterfront apartments in JBR are the dream home of everyone coming to Dubai. As the Dhow sails on Dubai Marina, you have the chance to see the opulent buildings in the city. The promenade on either side of the waterway is festooned with date palms lit from top to bottom. An onlooker might mistake it for lamp posts shaped like palms.

Most of the people on the walkway and the malls are European and American expats and the local Arabs. The air is of fun and enjoyment. People come to Marina to unwind after a busy life. Therefore, the Marina is full of entertainment opportunities with high-end restaurants, shopping malls, and whatnot. The cobblestone boulevard in the Marina Walk witnesses art performances on the weekends.

The city is a massive development on one end of the canal, an extension of Marina called The Bluewaters Island. Although there are many more to finish in the coming years, the island is open to public visits. Ain Dubai, the tallest giant wheel waiting to be unveiled in 2020, is on this island. The wheel can be seen from miles away. 

Cruise offers many things like barbecue, live performances, dance, music, and different types of cuisine. Because of the delicious food, the tourists love the dinner cruise in Dubai.

Dhow Cruise Creek

Dubai’s history begins from Deira and Bur Dubai — two settlements developed along the naturally existing waterway. The natural harbor in the Creek and significant tax relaxations helped Dubai become a trading hub. From the beginning of the 20th century, it garnered global attention through the gold trade. The expansion of Dubai was incredible after the discovery of oil. A Dhow Cruise Creek takes you through all these attractions in Deira and Bur Dubai, with a delectable dinner to top it off.

bird's eye view of creek

The earliest skyscrapers of Dubai are along the shores of the Creek. Deira Creek Tower (not to be confused with the new Creek Tower), the sail-shaped National Bank of Dubai building, and the iconic Rolex twin towers are some of the buildings that adorned the city’s skyscape from the latter half of the last century.

There is even more to the Creek. The Gold Souk, the center of gold trading for centuries, is on the Deira side and a popular tourist site. Spice souk and textile souks are also located in its precinct.

From the Dhow Cruise Creek, you can see the Bastakiya, which dates back hundreds of years. Nearby is the house of Sheikh Saeed al Maktoum, the great grandfather of Dubai’s present ruler, with a distinctive red glow of the coral stones.

Al Seef in Bur Dubai is a more recent attraction. There are two parts to it; one section is exactly like the medieval fishing village in Dubai, and the other is a marriage between the past and the modern. Al Seef stretches along the Creek for two kilometers.

The view of al seef and Creek

The crowd in Creek is different than that of Marina. The Creek is more about the daily life of the ordinary people — primarily, the expat working population. On a Dhow Cruise Creek, you can see men walking to and from work, loading cargo vessels, and fishing boats coming back after the catch. Abras ferrying people across is another unique sight that is unique to Creek. These boats, which have been used for hundreds of years, still operate to preserve the traditions. The Roads and Transport Authority currently operates, Abras offer a ride for one dirham.

Dhow Cruise Deira, i.e., Creek, is also cheaper and uses smaller boats than Dhow Cruise Marina. So, which one you choose comes down to personal preference.

Why go for a Dhow Cruise

Dhow Cruises are something not to miss out on when you visit Dubai. Almost every tourist who comes to Dubai should go for any one of the two cruises. There are many solid reasons for that.

1. Witness the fascinating views

Al Wasl Dhow in Dubai Creek with buildings in Deira behind it.

A journey in the Boat cruise Dubai offers some breathtaking views through the water. As the Dhow passes through some of the fascinating sites in Dubai, don’t miss the sights outside. While a trip through Creek explores the cultural roots, Dhow cruise Marina is about the luxurious skyline.

Al Fahidi Heritage village, Al Seef, the old souks are some of the exciting sights to catch on a Dhow cruise Dubai Creek which is in stark contrast to the modern glittering cityscape of Marina.

2. Relish the delicious dinner

Another attraction in the Dhow is the luscious dinner. Dhow cruise is called a floating restaurant for the toothsome food it offers visitors. The dinner menu on the cruise combines a lot of well-liked dishes from middle-eastern, European, and Asian cuisine. A wide range of vegetarian and non-vegetarian platters offers a mouthwatering eat-out. The desserts include some popular Arabic sweets, which would blow away the foodies. Nowadays, those looking for novel evening dining prefer Dhow Cruise dinners.

3. Enjoy the entertainment shows

Once you are aboard a Dhow, there is unlimited fun. A male dancer will perform the Tanoura folk dance. Tanoura is a dance with Egyptian heritage. The dancer wearing colorful clothes and weighted skirts swirls from beginning to end while performing interesting tricks with his props. Spinning without getting dizzy for this long is one of the things that will surprise you about the dance.

After his dance, he will also let you try a move or two wearing his magnificent skirt. Don’t miss that chance.

Couples having dinner in dhow cruise creek