Touristy but fun, an evening dinner cruise up and down the Creek aboard a traditional Arabian dhow remains one of the most popular visitor attractions in the city, offering superlative night-time views over the old city. Alternatively, there are also dinner cruises available around Dubai Marina, although they’re perhaps not quite as memorable.
Dinner cruises usually last a couple of hours, departing at around 8pm from various points in either Deira or Bur Dubai, after which you’ll sail up and down the Creek, whilst some kind of Arabian or International-style buffet dinner, perhaps with a live musician or belly-dancer thrown in for good measure.
Dinner cruises can cost anything from 100dh to 350dh depending on who you go with. It’s usually easiest to book a cruise directly through your hotel, although they can also be booked through any of the city’s myriad tour operators including the reputable Arabian Adventures, or, usually slightly more cheaply, through operators such as Alpha Tours and Orient Tours.
Other independent cruise operators include Cruises Dubai, which offers some of the cheapest dhow dinners in town, the long-running and reliable Rikks Cruises and and the more upmarket Al Mansour Dhow, operated by the Radisson Blu hotel (tel: 04-222 7171). For a more modern alternative to the traditional dhow, Bateaux Dubai runs cruises in its state-of-the-art glass-sided modern boat, offering a touch more luxury than other operators, plus above-average food.