Gerard Micheal

Written By Arabiers Digital & Reviewed by Gerard Micheal

December 16, 2023 | 13 min read


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Dhow Dinner Cruise Abu Dhabi Yas Island

Dhow Dinner Cruise Abu Dhabi Yas Island

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Dhow Lunch Cruise Abu Dhabi Yas Island

Dhow Lunch Cruise Abu Dhabi Yas Island

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Dhow Sightseeing Cruise Abu Dhabi Yas Island

Dhow Sightseeing Cruise Abu Dhabi Yas Island

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What is Dhow cruise

What is Dhow cruise

If you need more knowledge of the Abu Dhabi Dhow cruise, let us give you a glimpse into what this is all about and sightseeing experience you get along with this tour. The Dhow Cruise is a remarkable and enchanting wooden vessel reminiscent of an Emirati Boat, echoing the cultural heritage deeply rooted in Arabian traditions. As tourism keeps expanding in the UAE, the Abu Dhabi dhow cruise is becoming one of the must-go places for travelers to experience luxury and a traditional touch. The accommodation capacity of this dhow cruise is around 50-100 travelers.

The art of dhow construction is unique for the hulls assembled from stitched wooden planks, a departure from typical boat-building techniques. Tourist cruises today showcase a blend of repurposed classics and purpose-built dhows. While most Dhow cruises share a distinctive appearance and structure, their services and packages create uniqueness. Some dhows dazzle with colorful lighting and boast well-furnished interiors to make the cruise a happening place. The Abu Dhabi Dhow cruise is carefully built to keep its travelers excited throughout the tour while ensuring they provide first-class service and convenience.


Historical Significance of Dhow Cruises

The history of the Dhow Cruise is a vibrant thread in the rich tapestry of Emirati maritime traditions. For generations, these classical wooden vessels have facilitated trade and transportation across the expansive Arabian seas. Dhow Cruises were mainly used as a mode of transportation for fishing and pearl diving.

Beginning as simple fishing and pearl diving boats, Dhows grew into crucial vessels that were central in weaving trade routes between the Arabian Peninsula, East Africa, and the Indian subcontinent. Through the years, these cruises have become a symbol of the nation's effortless marriage of tradition and cutting-edge tourism, presenting an enduring experience for those craving a touch of the Emirates' maritime heritage.


Whats on Buffet Dinner

Whats on Buffet Dinner

As the sunset approaches, the Arabian Gulf transforms into a canvas of colors, creating a magical setting for the evening ahead. This is your perfect opportunity to experience the Abu Dhabi Dinner Dhow Cruise, where guests are treated to a 5 star buffet prepared by expert chefs, The buffet is handled by the 5-star hotel in Abu Dhabi

On the Tables

Bakers Basket & Dips Hot mezzah (Vegetable Spring roll, Vegetable Samosa, Cheese Sambosek)


Salad Bar with a Selection of Fresh Cut Vegetables, Olives, Pickles, Sliced Onion, Carrots, Dressings & Breads, Fattoush, Moutable, Greek Salad, Chicken Caesar Salad, Labneh and mint, Beetroot and orange Salad


Lentil & Lemon Soup

Main Course

BBQ Beef Brisket, Lamb Pie, Chicken, Mushroom and tarragon sauce, Grilled Fish served with Lemon and Butter, Sauce, Chicken Tikka Masala, Penne Arrabiata, Saffron Rice, Creamed Potatoes, Market Garden Vegetables


Umm Ali, Red Velvet Cake, Carrot Cake, Mini Éclair, Fruit Salad, Baklava, Dates


Water, Soft Drinks, Tea & Coffee


Abu Dhabi Dhow Cruise Route

Abu Dhabi Dhow Cruise Route

Starting from Yas Marina, your traditional dhow cruise tour will begin as you sit back and unwind peacefully. Let us look at the routes your cruise will travel through.

  • 01   Al Zeina : The very first place you will cross through on the Abu Dhabi Dhow Cruise Tour is Al Zeina. Zeina, the picturesque enclave in Abu Dhabi, unfolds between the vibrant Al Raha Beach and the serene Al Bateen mangroves, creating a seamless blend of modern living and the enchantment of nature. You can see Zeina transforming into an ethereal spectacle as the sun sets, with twinkling lights creating a luminous display against the mesmerizing backdrop of orange and pink as you pass this coastline.
  • 02   Al Muneera After you pass through Al Zeina neighborhood, you will come across Al Muneera. With a prime position between an island and the mainland, Al Muneera offers residents stunning views of the Arabian Gulf, Yas Island, and Ferrari World.
  • 03   Al Dana Just as you pass through Al Muneera, you will cross through Al Dana neighborhood. While you sit back and enjoy the view, Al Dana is a visual symphony of modernity, with architectural marvels enhancing the beauty of the waterfront.
  • 04   Al Raha Creek Continue your aquatic odyssey as your dhow cruise elegantly approaches Al Raha Creek, a peaceful waterway wrapped in the heart of Abu Dhabi's vibrant landscape.
  • 05   Yas Bay As you swiftly pass Al Raha Creek, your cruise journey offers glimpses of iconic landmarks such as Yas Marina, the Yas Viceroy Hotel, and the thrilling Ferrari World, creating a tapestry of urban sophistication against the backdrop of the sea.

After you have just passed Yas Bay, it's time to conclude your tour, heading back to the starting point of your dhow cruise journey.



Adult Child
Dhow Dinner Cruise Abu Dhabi Yas Island 229 189
Abu Dhabi Yas Marina Lunch cruise 159 129
Abu Dhabi Yas Marina sightseeing cruise 129 89

What to wear?

What to wear?

Sail into sophistication on your Abu Dhabi Dhow Cruise, where comfort meets elegance! Dress for the occasion with lightweight and breathable fabrics that comfort you in the evening breeze. But make sure that your dress also abides with the culture of Abu Dhabi. Ladies, let a chic maxi dress or smart casual attire flatter your form, while gentlemen can exude timeless charm with crisp trousers and a collared shirt.

The best idea for your clothing during your Abu Dhabi Dhow Cruise is to opt for Emirati dresses. Consider wearing attire that reflects the local culture, like the flowing white Kandura and Ghutra for men or an elegant Abaya and headscarf for women. These garments offer comfort, cultural connection, and a sense of respect for the local customs. Of course, comfort is critical, so feel free to adapt the style to your taste.


How to reach Yas Island

The best way to reach Yas Island taking the taxi or asking us private transfer


Things to do in Yas Island

Discover Yas Island, nestled in the heart of Abu Dhabi, UAE, and offers an array of thrilling adventures and unique attractions. Yas Island is open to every preference, whether you're planning a solo trip, a couple's adventure, or a family vacation. Step into a world of adventure, luxury, and serenity as we explore the variety of activities available in this captivating oasis. Let us look closely at the things to do in Yas Island.

Ferrari World

1. Ferrari World

Opening Hours : 11 am to 8 pm

Ticket price : Single-day ticket price starts from 345 AED

What you get by getting a single-day ticket

  • Access to rides and attractions
  • Complimentary shuttle bus
  • Free Parking

Ferrari World is the ultimate destination for those thrill-seekers who want to challenge their guts. This expansive theme park on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, offers thrilling and exhilarating games. It stands out as one of the top attractions on Yas Island, inviting you to experience the fastest roller coaster in the world.

Warner Bros Yas Island

2. Warner Bros Yas Island

Opening Hours : 11 am to 8 pm

Ticket price

Single-day ticket 345 AED

Single-day ticket with meal voucher 395 AED

You can spend time immersed in adventures in a place that has your heart from the touch of your favorite movies. Step into a world of superheroes and classic characters – Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Bugs Bunny, Scooby-Doo, and The Flintstones – offering 29+ rides and family-friendly entertainment in an award-winning, climate-controlled atmosphere. It has six unique lands, live entertainment, and endless family fun.

Yas Marina Circuit

3. Yas Marina Circuit

At Yas Marina Circuit, ticket prices start from:

AED 120 for adults

AED 80 for juniors

AED 50 for kids

Yas Marina Circuit is a place for car race enthusiasts, offering a mix of thrilling experiences suitable for experienced drivers and beginners. At Yas Marina Circuit, unleash your inner car enthusiast at this extraordinary destination, offering the chance to drive, drift, drag, and test ride premium cars in an exciting race.

You can be involved in activities like cycling and karting and the opportunity to watch the most notable car event in the world hosted by Etihad Airways for Formula 1 enthusiasts.

Yas Water World

4. Yas Water World

Opening hours- 11 am to 6 pm

Tickets :

Single-day tickets- AED 295

Two park tickets - AED 475

Three park tickets- AED 575

Four park tickets - AED 675

Attractions in Yas Water World

  • Tot’s Playground
  • Amwaj
  • Bubbles Barrel
  • Yadi Yas.

You can bring back your inner child playing in the water at Yas Water World. Enjoy over 40 rip-roaring rides, slithering slides, and unique experiences at different thrill levels catering to the whole family. From rides and slides to special events for ladies, relaxing comfortably at Al Waha Cabanas, Yas Water World has everything you need for the excitement.

Yas Gateway Park

5. Yas Gateway Park

Opening hours- 24 hours

Yas Gateway Park, a hidden gem on the island, is an ideal destination for a family day trip. With its charming playground, dedicated grilling area for picnics, and scenic paths for strolling or biking, it caters to various interests. The tennis courts attract locals and visitors, adding to the park's diverse appeal. As a green oasis in the heart of the bustling city, Yas Gateway Park offers a tranquil setting where families can unwind. It provides a serene escape for everyone, featuring amenities such as tennis courts, running trails, and expansive open spaces.


Frequently Asked Questions about the Abu Dhabi Dhow Cruise Tour

A few dhow cruises were operating near Abu Dhabi Marina Mall a few years back. Currently, there is only a yacht cruise near Marina Mall in Yas Island.

Not available in Abu Dhabi

Yes, contact us; for groups, don't hesitate to get in touch with us via email at or call / WhatsApp at +971555334238 / +971509281665

It starts at 8 pm and goes back to the harbor at 10 pm, reporting at 7.30 pm, and there is no refund for latecomers.

It's suitable for those visiting the UAE for the first time and is worth it. The local residence is not recommended.

During the months from October to April, when the climate is a little cooler

Bring a camera/ phone to capture moments, sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses, to avoid sun burns. You have to bring a light jacket or sweater for the cooler evenings.

Emirati and International foods are served during your Dhow Cruise Tour.

Considering your safety, your Abu Dhabi dhow cruise can be canceled due to challenging weather conditions. But your tour operator will inform you of everything about the tour prior.