Top 5 Boating Activities in UAE
Boating Activities are always fun, it brings friends and family together and strengthens the bond. Nevertheless to mention, If you have kids, boating helps them spend some quality time away from the digital world and out into the real world. They also become cherished memories that lasts for a lifetime.
UAE being situated on the edge of Arabian Peninsula with a coastline at Arab Gulf and Gulf of Oman, there is no shortage of water activities in UAE.
From the world’s topmost stunning beaches to man made lakes and other waterbodies, there are plenty of boat/yacht rides that this country can offer, here are my top 5 picks for boating activities in UAE..
There’s something unique and different about each one of them..
1. Banana Boat Ride / Dubai Marina
Experience adrenaline rush as you through the Banana boat at Dubai Marina beach.
The banana boat is tethered to a motorboat and the riders are towed through the seawater at full speed. The ride is thrilling with twists and turns while sliding through the seawaters and water splashing onto you, promising an unforgettable ride.
15 minutes Banana boat ride for upto 5 people cost AED 165.
2. Donut Boat Ride / Hatta Dam
Hatta is the ultimate weekend spot of all adventures.. hiking, kayaking, mountain rovers and more.. Donut ride at Hatta Kayak would be really exciting and relaxing.
Just 90 mins drive from Dubai city, Hatta is located between the Hajar Mountains.
Donut Boat Ride for 4 adults costs 300AED for one hour.
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3. Costa Azzurra / The Pointe
If you are looking for an unique experience, you need to definitely try this luxury electric catamaran Costa Azzurra. Perfect for couples on a date or on a honeymoon wherein you can sit side by side in two comfy seats under a shaded canopy and ride along the waters of the iconic Palm Jumeirah passing the world-famous Atlantis hotel, the Palm and many other popular Palm Jumeirah hotels. With its custom-made joystick control, the catamaran is easy to drive – with no prior experience required.
Well, you can play music as well. There is a built-in waterproof marine stereo that lets you easily stream your favorite tunes from Spotify on your phone via Bluetooth.
To hire the Costa Azzurra catamaran, it is Dhs100 per person for 15 minutes, or Dhs175 for 30 minutes. For two people, it’s Dhs250 for 15 minutes and Dhs350 for 30 minutes.
4. RTA Boat Ride
Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has launched two new marine transport lines for tourists and residents to explore the city.
The first one shuttles between Dubai Marina and Bluewaters Island. The service operates from Monday to Friday from 4.50pm to 11.25pm and during the weekends (Saturday and Sunday) from 4.10pm to 11.45pm. The fare is AED 5.
The second line connects the residentials areas at Dubai Creek Marina (Creek Harbour station), with the Dubai Festival City. The service is only available during weekends (Saturday and Sunday) from 4pm to 11.55pm. The fare is AED 2.
5. Fun World boats / Al Majaz Waterfront Sharjah
The famous Al Majaz Waterfront is located in the vibrant heart of the city of Sharjah.
Be the captain of your boat with these self drive water boats and ride along the waters at your own pace to get the best skyline views of Sharjah. Riding your own boat not only gives the immense pleasure but is also an exciting and thrilling experience.
This costs AED 50 for 15minutes for a Sofa boat and AED 75 for 15 minutes for a Family boat.