Enjoy the waters of the Arabian Gulf with boat tours
Time Out Dubai staff
With the many man-made marinas and yacht clubs in Dubai, taking to the waters in a super vessel is a common pastime, and you may be surprised to know that it won’t cost you your life savings to hire one. If you round up a group of friends to match the yacht’s capacity, it can be a more than affordable pastime. Xclusive Yachts in Dubai Marina has a number of vessels of varying sizes for rent, with the smallest being 22ft. Vessels are rented by the hour (for a minimum of two hours) and you’ll head out into the Arabian Gulf and cruise along the stretch of sea in front of JBR, heading towards the top of the Palm Jumeirah. Cruising past Atlantis and towards the Burj Al Arab, you’ll be treated to a view of some of the city’s best-known landmarks from an entirely new perspective, and watching the sunset from a yacht near the edge of the Palm is immensely satisfying. Charter prices with Xclusive Yachts start from Dhs300 per hour for a 22ft rider with a three-person capacity. Prices rise to Dhs4,300 per hour for a 90ft catamaran with a much larger 65-person capacity. Minimum two-hour hire. Dubai Marina, www.xclusiveyachts.com (04 432 7233).
4 Yacht Arabia Can arrange yacht charters from any marina in the country in luxury yachts of varying size. Can also tailor fishing trips for Dhs1,800 up to seven people for four hours. Dubai Marina Yacht Club, www.4yachtarabia.ae (04 422 7207).
Abu Dhabi Sailing & Yacht Club For all modern and traditional forms of sailing, such as dhow sailing, yachting, dinghy sailing, surfing, rowing and kayaking. Corniche Breakwater, www.adsyc.ae or email firstname.lastname@example.org (02 658 3333).
Abu Dhabi Sailing Club at The Club A subsection of Abu Dhabi’s The Club for private members, this sailing club takes to the water twice a week. Contact Peter Tonkin for more information. Al Mina Zayed, Al Meena, www.abudhabisailing.comwww.the-club.com (02 673 1111).
Al Wasl Yachts Cruising and fishing trips expert in Dubai. Al Wasl Yachts is operating from Dubai Marina 24/7. Offering yachts on charter for exclusive and sharing trips. To know more about our packages that include food and beverage please call now. www.alwaslyachts.ae (04 295 0009).
Belevari Marine This company offers a range of options for day charter, private and corporate events, island tours and safaris, corporate hospitality and team-building. Sheikh Zayed The First Street, Al Khalidiyah, www.belevari.com (02 643 1494).
Bristol Middle East Despite taking its name from a city in the west of England, the company’s impressive fleet of luxury boats is crewed by Frenchmen. From Dhs1,450 per hour. Dubai Marina, www.bristol-middleast.com (04 368 3480).
Captain Tony’s Come on board for an unforgettable boating experience in the beautiful waters of Abu Dhabi. Featuring daylight, sunset and quick cruises and island beach tours departing daily from Yas Marina. Water hopping shuttle service available to and from Yas and Al Bandar Marinas. Yas Marina, Yas Island, www.captaintonys.ae (02 650 7175).
Dubai Offshore Sailing Club Dhs350 for two hours (group), Dhs400 for two hours (private). Group course is Dhs2,000 and private course for one person is Dhs2,400. Umm Suqeim 1, Jumeirah, www.dosc.ae (04 394 1669).
Eden Yachting Abu Dhabi Has a fleet of luxury yachts, classic gullets, sailing yachts and catamarans available for day charter, private parties, diving, fishing, racing, adventure sailing, photography shoots, corporate hospitality and team building. Al Bateen, www.edenyachting.com (050 655 3084).
Eden Yachting Dubai Based in Dubai Marina, Eden offers a fleet of more than 20 luxury yachts and catamarans, available to hire for private and corporate needs, events and regattas. From Dhs750 per hour. www.edenyachting.com (04 328 2930 / 050 458 6171).
Mina Seyahi Watersports Club Dhs40,000 family membership fee, Dhs35,000 for couple, Dhs25,000 single. Sailing costs Dhs230 per hour for non-members, Dhs180 per hour for members. Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, Umm Suqeim (04 399 3333).
Monty’s Rowing School Learn to row on Dubai Creek. All ages and abilities are welcome. Membership and group discounts are available. Dhs150 per lesson. Al Boom Tourist Village, Oud Metha, www.montysrowingschool.com (050 738 0910).
Noukhada Adventure Company Fantastic tours in pristine settings, including the Mangrove Tour for Dhs150. Abu Dhabi, www.noukhada.ae (02 558 1889 / 050 721 8928).
One to One Hotel-The Village Choose from five different boat trips costing from Dhs180 up to Dhs650. Trips take from one-six hours. Special arrangements, charters and group packages are available upon request at the time of booking. Minimum of four people per cruise. One to One Hotel-The Village, Al Nahyan, www.onetoonehotels.com (02 495 2000).
The Club Dhow Charter The Club’s Dhow for your party, business event, breakfast or sunset cruise and you’ll enjoy a fabulous and unique experience. Let us cater for you, leaving you simply to worry about the guest list. All bookings must be organised through a member of The Club. The Club, Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Street, Meena Zayed, www.the-club.com (02 673 1111).
Xclusive Yachts Charter This five-star yacht charter company has 16 luxury yachts in its fleet, each of which can accommodate groups of varying size (the 90ft yacht can hold 80 people). Rates from Dhs600 per hour. Open 9am-9pm 7days a week, Dubai Marina Yacht Club, Dubai Marina, ww.xclusiveyachts.com (04 432 7233).