Dhow Dining Abu Dhabi
Abu Dhabi Fine Dining

When in Abu Dhabi, spice up an evening for two or more with a dinner cruise on a dhow. This is also an unforgettable way to celebrate an anniversary or a birthday. For a larger party a dhow can be rented in its entirety. Leaving aside the dinner part, getting to travel in a dhow is an experience in itself. After all it is a group of traditional wooden sailing vessels that has been used in the Middle Eastern region for hundreds of years. The dhows used for dinner cruises is the larger variety sporting elaborate wood work, updated to carry several passengers and fitted out with the latest conveniences and accommodating a large crew on board.

As with dinner cruises around the world, the dhow dinner cruise offers an alternative way to get acquainted with Abu Dhabi. From the water most cities look magnificent as all the unsavoury bits are out of site. As a relatively new city the Abu Dhabi waterfront offers some spectacular sights and a dhow cruise is one of the best if not the ideal way to take these in within a short time while sailing slowly past some of the world’s most iconic super tall buildings that are architectural marvels. Making new friends from around the world and getting acquainted with Middle Eastern cuisine is another thing the cruise accomplishes. Lavish buffets or humungous three course meals served at the table are the norm. The meals served in the air conditioned lower deck are cleared quickly so that guests can move to the top to enjoy the sights while sipping their favourite beverage and lying on cushions. Cruise boats offer trips of varying duration lasting from one to two hours and cruises can be tailored made for groups to include sailing along the Corniche / Water Side Road or to an outlying island. Private clubs run their own dhow dinner cruises every weekend for members and their guests. These dhows can also be rented for private parties and trips and menus can be tailored made according to guest requirements. The cooler season from November to March is probably the best time to go on a diner cruise as the weather during the summer months remain quite hot well into the night.

Stay in the midst of a precious coastal eco system at the Eastern Mangroves Abu Dhabi not only to enjoy a serene environment but to experience one of the best waterfront locations close to the city. As part of a large development, guests not only have access to the hotel’s excellent facilities and amenities but to an onsite marina, shopping and dining venues. Take advantage of special offers to enjoy this exceptional hotel in Abu Dhabi that also offers some of the most spacious and well appointed contemporary accommodation  Abu Dhabi.


Thanuja Silva is a travel writer who writes under the pen name Auburn Silver. She has a passion for fashion and a deep interest in admiring new and exotic attractions around the world.