There is so much to see in Dubai. From the historical and cultural sights to the new and progressive metropolitan wonders, the fervent traveler will have to pack as much sightseeing as possible into a tight itinerary. There is one activity though that lets you experience both sides of Dubai in one night – a enchanting dhow cruise along Dubai Marina.
History and culture on a boat
The wooden Arabian dhow is a living reminder of the glorious seafaring heritage of the nation. Back then, the sea was the main source of livelihood of the early inhabitants. Fishing and pearl diving were strong industries in the 1940s, and these traditional vessels were actively plying the waters as fishing or trading boats. These days, this picturesque sailing sensation has a more recreational purpose. They have been transformed into fascinating floating restaurants that treat tourists and residents alike to a one-of-a-kind dining experience. Brightly lit with colorful lights and decorations, the dhows have undergone improvements with modern navigational equipment and more polished interiors. However, they still manage to retain that old-style charm and warmth that transport passengers back in time and make them wax nostalgic about the good old days.
City of the future at a glance
The Dubai Marina is one of the most awe-inspiring developments in Dubai. A city within a city, this man-made neighborhood is brimming with residential, leisure, and business offerings amidst a laid-back seaside atmosphere. Lining the lagoon where the dhow sails past are towering skyscrapers and sleek white yachts in the quays that is a far cry from the dhow’s age-old roots. Its vibrant nightlife and a multicultural mix of residents out and about are truly indicative of a city of the future that Dubai has become.
On a unique dhow cruise Marina, you get to experience the old and the new facets of Dubai. As the charming dhow glides down the calm waters, you can enjoy a sumptuous dinner buffet of Arabic, Asian, and Continental cuisine onboard. Also lined up is an amusing mix of entertainment that includes a magic show, Belly Dance and Tanoura Dance shows, and live singer. It is an exceptional experience that should not be missed in Dubai.