Boating in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi Boating

Abu Dhabi, the capital city of UAE flaunts of a euphoric coastline that stretches for about 570 km and offers stunning places to enjoy Boating in Abu Dhabi. Cruises are the luxurious ways to bask in the beauty of Abu Dhabi shore which is lined with a plethora of signature structures like Corniche, Presidential Palace, Royal Palaces, Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, Al Maqtaa Bridge, and Al Maqtaa Fort.

Apart from enjoying the strikingly beautiful skyline of Abu Dhabi, a boat or cruise tour also takes you through the various attractions around the city like Global Village Heritage Site, Fisherman’s Village and the Lulu Islands. Cruises like Abu Dhabi Dhow Cruise also have fine dining restaurants where you could relish some of the luscious international cuisines as you sail through the Arabian Gulf.

Boating in Abu Dhabi is just not confined to cruises and urban motorboats. There are a number of speed boat services operated in Abu Dhabi that promise unadulterated thrill. The speedboat takes you on an adrenaline rushing adventurous ride over the gushing waters of the Persian Gulf giving you hair raising moments.

Mangrove kayaking is an enthralling yet one of the least explored water sports of Abu Dhabi. The city boasts of vast, lush green mangrove forests where you can kayak through the shallow waters of the lagoons and enjoy witnessing the diverse ecosystem of the forests.

Most of the boating activities in Abu Dhabi are guided which allow you to learn and cherish the city’s history and heritage. Also, all the water sports of Abu Dhabi are carried out under complete safety measures. Nevertheless, it is advisable to follow the instructor’s advice carefully to enjoy a safe and hassle-free boating experience in Abu Dhabi.

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What are the best boat or cruise tours in Abu Dhabi?

1. Abu Dhabi Dhow CruiseThis lavish cruise on a traditional and luxurious Arabian sailing vessel is the most extravagant cruise to enjoy the shimmering skyline of Abu Dhabi. The cruise has an open upper deck to enjoy panoramic views and a fully air-conditioned lower deck that promises absolutely comfortable cruise experience.

The 2-hour long ride lets you marvel at the magnificent pieces of architecture while you sail through the Arabian waters. The interiors take you back to the Arabian era and the cruise also has some of the best dining options.

08.00 PM to 10.00 PM on all days. Boarding time: 07.30 PM

2. Boat Ride To Emirates Palace, Corniche & Lulu Island Tour
This amazing one-hour long houseboat tour starts from the Emirate Palace Marina in Abu Dhabi. You can enjoy close up views of the pompous Emirates Palace Marina hotel and visit the Heritage Village site where you can enjoy the traditional dessert village setup.

Later, you will be sailed to Corniche, Fisherman's Village and then to the man-made Lulu Islands. The hour-long Boating in Abu Dhabi tour ends by returning back to the Emirates Palace Marina.

Tour starts at 10 AM, 2 PM and 4 PM on all days.

3. Boat Ride To Emirates Palace, Royal Palaces And Grand Mosque: 
This enchanting boat tour from the Emirates Palace Marina through the city of Abu Dhabi lets you enjoy the spellbinding beauty of the Persian Gulf and witness the iconic landmarks of the city of Abu Dhabi like Presidential Palace, Royal Palaces, Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, Al Maqtaa Bridge, and Al Maqtaa Fort. The short stopover by the iconic Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is just so perfect for those Kodak moments.

12.00 PM on all days and each tour is scheduled for 90 minutes.

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4. Speed Boat Ride In Abu Dhabi: 
If you are a thrill seeker who wants to venture on the Persian Gulf, this Speed Boat ride is for you. The speed boat usually has a capacity to hold 11 people and the captain of the boat takes you on an adventurous ride with extreme twists and turns on the waters of the Persian Gulf in Abu Dhabi. It is recommended to wear all safety gears like life jackets and follow the instructions to enjoy this hair rising thrilling water sport safely.

11.15 AM and 01.15 PM for 30 minutes

5. Dinner Cruise Abu Dhabi
This opulent Boating in Abu Dhabi welcomes its guests with a red carpet welcome and a rosewater sprinkle. The cruise is no less than a 5-star hotel and the Arabic vessel lets you explore the serene waters of Abu Dhabi that glistens with the lights of the outlining skyscrapers. The dinner cruise includes a luscious dinner served with international cuisine and a selection of non-alcoholic beverages. The handcrafted selection of Arabic and international songs played in the background is relaxing.

07.00 PM to 11.00 PM on all days

6. Abu Dhabi Sightseeing Boat Cruise: 
Abu Dhabi Sightseeing Boat Cruise takes you on a pleasant day tour for about 1.5 to 2 hours on a cruise. The journey on this cruise allows you to spot the major sightseeing attractions of Abu Dhabi from outside and enjoy closer views of the structural wonders like promenade of Corniche, Presidential Palace, Royal Palaces, Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, Al Maqtaa Bridge, and Al Maqtaa Fort.

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What are the best options for boating in Abu Dhabi?

1. Dhow: You can opt for a Dhow to sail through the waters of Dubai with your better half. It is a traditional means of waterways which gives the entire experience an Arabic romantic vibe. Also, you can club it with an excellent traditional dinner on the boat under the star studded sky to enhance your experience.

2. Yacht:
You can book two tickets in a luxurious yacht which takes through the Dubai waters offering you views of the luxurious buildings accompanied with some traditional Arabic hospitality and selected cuisines.

3. Cruise:
Cruises are another great option to travel in the Dubai Sea which you can pair with a sunset over lip smacking snacks and drinks. Later, on the same cruise, you can plan a dinner over some deep conversations.

4. Speed Boat:
It might not be everybody’s cup of tea but there are some adventurous souls who will go for a speed boat trip instead of a cruise. So if you are those, then book a boat and take your better half on an adventurous ride over the Dubai Sea.

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Which are the best places to see while boating in Abu Dhabi?

1. Emirates Palace Marina: This is one of the most luxurious marina developments in the Arabian Gulf, and it is operated by ART Marine. This marina, located off the coast of Abu Dhabi Corniche, provides instant deep water access to the clear and warm sea. It also has full superyacht berthing facilities, for you to enjoy with your family. The breathtaking scenery highlights Emirates Palace hotel in all of its splendour and is a beautiful sight to visit while boating in Abu Dhabi.

2. Fisherman’s Village: It is one of the few places that reflects a previous life before the oil era, recalling that before becoming a lavish and futuristic town, Abu Dhabi was just a small town of fishermen with a difficult way of life. It is a simplified view of the past: reconstructed artisan workshops, a museum, craft product shops, and an old dromedary in a tray to sand. The beach provides a stunning view of the Corniche and the city.

3. Yas Beach: Yas Beach is a blissful escape on the emirate's entertainment district, offering an idyllic and tranquil getaway. Visitors can choose from a family activity waterfront day, a glitzy afternoon of sophisticated sun lazing with friends, or just some me-time, thanks to an elegant infinity pool, private chalets, and a number of bars and restaurants.

4. Mangroves National Park: The picturesque Mangrove National Park, located just outside of Abu Dhabi's city centre, is a gemstone in the UAE capital's crown. This beautiful and surprising park remains one of the emirate's most important ecological assets, making it a great place for families, bird watchers, and photographers looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city for a few hours with an Abu Dhabi boat ride.

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5. Lulu Island: A bustling hive of activity, this island spans from Abu Dhabi Breakwater to the Zayed Sea Port and is a popular destination for tourists. Pristine water and various beach activities make it one of the most popular beaches in the world. You will definitely want to try your hand at some of these activities for some fun and enjoyment. Whenever you visit this island, don’t forget to see the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium and St. Joseph Catholic Church.

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What are the other things to do in Abu Dhabi?

1. Enjoy at Ferrari World: One of the most popular things to do in Abu Dhabi for adrenaline junkies as well as families is to visit this branded theme park, which brings the excitement of Formula One racing cars to the city. On the Junior GT track, small children can put their newly acquired driving skills to the test, while speed junkies can strap themselves in and ride the Flying Aces roller coaster, which travels at speeds of up to 120 kilometers per hour on a 52-meter loop track, which is known as the tallest ride in the world.

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2. City tour from a cruise: For the greatest views of Abu Dhabi's gleaming towers, you need to head outside to the water. As you sail out from the marina, the views of the skyscrapers are pretty breathtaking. Tours of the islands are particularly popular throughout the day, as they provide a peaceful way to experience the attractions while being on vacation. Some of the activities include time on the beach and snorkeling on numerous islands in the bay.

3. Day trip to the Dunes: For day trips or overnight excursions from Abu Dhabi city, a desert safari is the most popular option. With the world's largest sand dunes in the Empty Quarter desert, it is a fantastic playground for anyone who wants to ride in dune buggies, go sandboarding, enjoy camel rides, or simply relax under the vast, star-strewn desert sky after sunset at a desert camp.

4. Tour to Heritage Village: The Heritage Village in Abu Dhabi is an exact replica of a Bedouin village that provides visitors with a glimpse of Emirati life prior to the oil industry's boom. It is situated in a picturesque beach area of the city, which makes it a pleasant place to wander around after a day of sightseeing.

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What makes boating in Abu Dhabi so special?

Abu Dhabi has a vast coastline of about 760 km long including the 216 islands and the city is famous for its architecturally brilliant structures adorning the shores of the coastline. A cruise or a boat tour lets a traveller bask in the magnificence of Abu Dhabi!

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What things I should carry for boating in Abu Dhabi?

Cameras, sunscreen lotions, and hats along with comfortable shoes and dresses are the basic things to carry when going for boating in Abu Dhabi. You should also always carry a valid ID proof with you.

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