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Dubai Water Canal is one of the most exotic, exorbitant and eco-friendly projects of the Emirate. It stretches over a 3.2-kilometer waterway from the Creek in Old Dubai all the way to the Arabian Gulf. The canal is not just an attraction, it serves as a functional transportation system and provides routes to commute within the city.

The water Canal is eco-friendly as the street lights used in the canal are completely solar-powered ensuring sustainable use of resources. Sitting atop a traditional Arabic Dhow Cruise or taking an Abra ride would give you the best experience and view of the canal. The canal houses three water bodies, the Arabian Gulf coastline, the Crystal Lagoon in Safa Park and the Canal itself, which runs from Business Bay to the Arabian Gulf. It connects Safa Park to the Jumeirah Beach Park. The canal is also surrounded by recreational spots, delectable eateries, and seating areas.

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Dubai Canal Dhow Cruise

The Dhow is a great experience as it offers great seating spaces and views. Sit back and enjoy a three-course meal and enjoy the glittery view from your Cruise.  

The Dhow passes under the pedestrian bridges that cross the canal and one of these bridges is inspired by the world-famous Golden-Gate Bridge in San Francisco. This bridge also bears an electrically-controlled waterfall, that actually stops when ferries or boats need to pass through. It is undoubtedly the best ways you can make the most of your visit to the Canal.

Route of Dubai Dhow Cruise

Dubai's skyline, the famed Arabian Gulf, Dubai’s prominent Business Bay, and Safa Park, Dubai Festival City Mall, JW Marquis Hotel and the Westin Hotel, all in the ride. It's worth the experience. And you can also manage to spot the tallest building in the world which takes refuge in Dubai, The Burj Khalifa whilst you Cruise around, from the beautiful waterways.

Food & Entertainment

The Dhow also offers a full three-course meal while you are out and about the city in the cruise. Indulge in some of Middle-East traditional delicacies. 

To add to further pomp, your lavish course will be accompanied by an entertaining piece of performance containing two traditional dances to the tunes of ethnic Arab music.
Timings: Departure at 8 PM, daily

Starting Point:

The pier near Dubai Festival City which is also where you’ll be dropped off after the cruise. 

Duration: 2-2.5 hours

Package Inclusions 

  • Dubai Water Canal Cruise tickets
  • Welcome refreshments including dates and coffee
  • Mineral water and soft drinks
  • 3-course dinner 
  • Live entertainment including dance and music
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off (optional) 

Dubai Canal Abra Ride

If you like your ride to be traditional and aesthetically pleasing, then take the Abra ride. This ride is being used by the locals since time immemorial and has now become a symbol of heritage representing Middle Eastern cultures.  You can also take the same experience and soak in the ethnic way of travel in Dubai. Have the time of your life with the Abra ride across the Water Canal. 

You can easily take the best view of the city as the Abra covers areas from where you can spot some of Dubai's most iconic buildings including the Ras Al Khor Sanctuary, Business Bay, Burj Khalifa, Business Bay Bridge, Sheikh Zayed Road waterfall bridge and hotels such as JW Marriott Hotel, Westin and St. Regis Hotel. 

Timings: Two departures daily at 6:30 PM and 9:00 PM.

Starting Point: The pier near Dubai Festival City which is also where you’ll be dropped off after the cruise.  

Duration: You can enjoy yourself by taking either a 30/60/90 minutes cruise as per your choice.

Package Inclusions

  • Abra Cruise tickets
  • Mineral water and other refreshments

Dubai Canal Yacht Cruise

The yacht cruise is one hell of an experience and nothing less than a dream! Marasi Business Bay is Dubai's first yachting destination along the Dubai Water Canal. The views are nothing short of marvelous from the Yacht. 

With the plush interiors of the Yacht and spacious decks, there is no holding back on a luxurious experience. It will leave your jaws dropped with the whole experience and view of it. The upper decks are huge in size, and the lower deck has three cabins, along with washrooms. Stand on the deck of your Yacht and witness Dubai at its best from the sparkling waters.


The cruise commences from the Marasi Canal and passes by some charming views like the Business Bay District, Burj Khalifa, Cheese Building, Burj Al Arab and many more. 

Another reason why you must take the yacht is the Marasi Canal. Palm-lined marinas, water houses, over a hundred shops a 60,000 square meter park and several boutique cafes all standing in perfection. If this doesn't attract you, then nothing will. 

Food and Beverages

It offers a selection of Croissants, Muffins and soft beverages for breakfast and lamb kofta, burgers, salad, desert juices and beverages for the afternoon and evening tour. 

Departure Timings 

Morning-  11:00 AM

Afternoon-  2:00 PM

Evening-  5:30 PM

Starting Point: Marasi Marina, Business Bay, Dubai

Duration: The afternoon trips extend to about 3 hours whilst the morning and afternoon are scheduled for 2 hours each. 

Package Inclusions

  • Grand red carpet entry
  • Barbecue and soft beverages in the afternoon and evening tours.
  • Pastries and juice during the morning tour

Facilities at the Dubai Canal

  • It is a Smart Canal! It has elevators on both sides of the Canal and charges points so that you can take a quick power booster for your devices.
  • There are 5 pedestrian Bridges with 3 connecting two sides of the canal. The bridge also has a slope for those peddling around on their cycles. 
  • There are seating areas around the canal to rest and enjoy the serene view.

How To Reach Dubai water Canal

  • Car- Take the Sheikh Zayed Road leading towards Dubai World Trade Center. Then head to the exit that is next to the St. Regis Hotel. This will lead you under the Sheikh Zayed Road Bridge, where you can park your car.
  • Metro- The easiest way to travel to the Canal is the Metro. It is so convenient as you just need to follow the red line going towards UAE exchange and drop off at Business Bay Station. The walk across the bridge to the other side and head to the Sheikh Zayed Road Bridge where you can take a life which will direct you exactly to the Canal.
  • Bus- If you are taking a bus, get from Bur Dubai to Dubai Water Canal to line 15 bus via Wasl Road, Box Park. It is the cheapest mode of transportation to get to the Water Canal.

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