I was extremely excited to know that we got free tickets for Dhow Cruise. I and my bae were planning a luxury Dhow Cruise dinner for months but, somehow it did not happen. The tickets were for Dhow Cruise in Deira for 2 hours journey (From 8:30 pm – 10:30 pm). I’m so happy that it’s officially winter here in Dubai. The weather is not hot and, there’s a cool breeze now and then.
We reached Creekside by 8 as we were not certain about the place from where the Cruise started. The agent came in 5 minutes and welcomed us to the Cruise. It was a medium-sized cruise furnished in wood and, decorated with fairy lights. We were informed to enter into the cruise through the ladders backwards and, we couldn’t understand the reason why they set it like that. Then, my husband told me it’s because when we go backwards, there is a less chance to hit our head on the deck and, we would also get a grip. See how smart the people were!
We have given our seats on the upper deck. Compared to the lower deck, it’s expensive and, gratefully, we could have a great view.
They greeted us with Kava and dates as it’s the Arabic tradition. The ambience on the upper deck was also given an Arabic touch by decorating the pillars and table with small lanterns. They gave us juice for refreshment, just after we had been seated. One of the guards gave us safety information and instructed us on how to put the life jackets in case of any accidents.
The Cruise started its journey by 8:30 pm and, it was really awesome to see the view of Creek. A slow song was playing in the background. We were informed to take our food from the dinner buffet and, it was the most exciting part of the Cruise. Both Arabic and International cuisines were served, including rice, Kebabs, salads, and lasagna. The dish made of Salmon was the most delicious one. The dessert section included Basbousa, Baklava, salted caramel pie, and pastries.
My tummy was full, happy and, satisfied after dinner. Then it was time for some dance and, 15 minutes long Tanoura dance was presented by a talented dancer. We continued the sightseeing for one more hour and, I also started watching what other people did. The couple who sat opposite to us was also on a dinner date it seemed. They found quite gloomy at first and, they eventually started giggling and, chatting with each other. The couple started taking pictures of each other and, to my surprise, both posed with childish gestures. Though I didn’t know them before, I was so happy to see them spending quality time together. The lady looked gorgeous in a golden gown.
We also took some pictures and, by 10:30 pm, the Dhow cruise reached the shore. We both got tired by then and, the cool breeze made us sleepy. It was really a great experience and, we are eagerly waiting for our next journey. You should definitely experience it once in your life. You can book the Dhow Cruise dinner through different websites like Groupon and, they provide various offers and, add-ons.
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