You’ve got your flights to Dubai booked. You even reserved a hotel right in Old Dubai, right on the Creek, for those beautiful sunset views you’ve heard so much about. Aside from shopping at one of the teeming malls, though, what do you DO in Dubai?
One thought: take a Dhow Dinner Cruise. I know, I know. It’s super touristy and kind of cheesy and there are ‘belly’ dancers and a spinning guy and a cheesy magician and for some reason the whole thing is Egyptian-themed except with henna, none of which really makes any sense in the cultural context of the UAE.
(Note: Boat is called ‘Cleopatra’; owner confirmed as Egyptian.)
You know what, though? The food was good and I met nice people (including a Nigerian couple I would end up running into three times that week… weird) and, most importantly, I got to cruise for two hours through an attractive skyline in the prettiest section of an interesting city.
Would I have done it if I hadn’t been there to take photographs for somebody else? Probably not. Would I recommend it to friends who were going to Dubai looking for touristy yet fun stuff to fill up their evening hours, though? Absolutely. In fact, I can think of few better places to be in Dubai as the sun goes down than right in the heart of the Creek area.
Picture are from working as a photographer with GetYourGuide on their Dhow Dinner Cruise. Food was better than I expected and the ride was nice. If the cost seem worthwhile to you, I’d actually recommend this one.