Dubai has emerged as a leading marine leisure destination, offering residents and visitors the opportunity to enjoy a diverse range of activities and water sports to cool off this summer.
Dubai’s Department of Economy and Tourism reviews some of the city’s aquatic offerings.
Residents and visitors can use the services of leisure travel agencies that organize yacht excursions from the city’s magnificent marinas, including the Dubai Marina Yacht Club, the Creek Marina Yacht Club, the Port of Dubai and the Jaddaf Waterfront Marina.
Guests can enjoy a bespoke yachting experience, with a wide variety of dining options and a full day of onboard entertainment, all against the backdrop of the impressive Dubai skyline. In addition, when traveling by sea, passengers can choose from which port to embark. The vast majority of itineraries offered by these tour companies will include incredible views of Dubai’s most iconic sights including Dubai Marina, Burj Al Arab and Burj Khalifa, while extended itineraries include island excursions of the world. Alternatively, if guests wish to enjoy a more extensive experience, yachts are available for charter for longer and longer excursions.
Amit Patel, Founder and Managing Director of Xclusive Yachts, said: “We offer 30 tours a day and serve over a million tourists a year. All of our tours are water-based, with our most popular tour being a two-hour guided luxury yacht. tour with a live BBQ, which takes you to iconic landmarks, Ain Dubai, Atlantis-The Palm and Burj Al Arab.The yacht is fully air-conditioned so guests can cool off inside, and we have our own lounge fully dedicated air-conditioner in Dubai Marina, offering guests the opportunity to freshen up before a trip.”
Customers can even use a floating supermarket located on a moored boat, meaning they don’t have to return to shore to buy snacks and refreshments.
Dubai Marina and the Dubai Creek area are also home to a number of traditional dhow cruise lines, offering a more authentic and streamlined offering without compromising on the experience.
You can enjoy breathtaking views of the city on these traditional wooden boats, admiring some of Dubai’s most famous sights. Many companies also offer Arabic buffets and drinks on board at an additional cost.
Muhammad Ansari, CEO of The Yellow Boats, said, “The Yellow Boats offer unique guided sightseeing tours on premium Rigid Inflatable Speedboats. We actively encourage visitors to experience the city from the water to beat the summer heat. Yellow Boats offers a number of daily tours from 9am to 8pm for individuals, families and private groups who want a safe and extremely fun experience.
Many water sports companies offer packages that allow friends and families to experience a full day of action-packed adventures, such as jet skiing in front of some of Dubai’s most popular sights and water skiing in the back luxury yachts, and more.
In addition to this, many tour companies are well equipped to offer a range of water activities including diving experiences, fishing trips, snorkelling, scuba diving and kite surfing, thus providing the opportunity to explore the magical marine life surrounding the town.
Plus, one of the city’s most notable watersports is the distinctive “flyboards,” offering thrill-seekers a chance to be lifted above the water on jet-start props.
Basheer Al Salabi, co-owner of SeaYou Watersports, commented: “SeaYou Dubai offers a range of non-motorized water sports on the Palm Jumeirah, from rentals to lessons and training to water sports and guided tours. These activities include kayaking, paddle boarding, sailing and windsurfing. Our popular kayak and SUP guided tours are among the most popular choices for visitors to Dubai, as they offer our customers a unique perspective of Dubai and its landmarks.
“To accommodate our guests in the summer, we run these tours during the cooler hours of the day, focusing on early mornings and sunsets. Sunset tours are our best seller as they offer them plenty of photo opportunities We aim to eliminate the perception that it’s too hot to go out in the summer and emphasize that the outdoors can still be a great way to explore the city while staying fit, as long as the activities are going at specific times of the day and that everyone stays hydrated.”
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