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Dubai: Burj Khalifa Sunset on an Abra

1. Dubai: Burj Khalifa Sunset on an Abra

Hop aboard a traditional wooden boat known, as an Abra, and cruise along the banks of the Dubai Water Canal. Take in stunning views of vistas, a native bird sanctuary, and historic dhow yards, as you relax on your comfy Arabian milieu and gaze at the picturesque sunset of the Burj Khalifa. Observe the city’s bustling atmosphere from a distance along with soothing Arabic music and guided commentary. Experience peace and tranquility on the canal waters as you gaze at the sun setting behind the tallest-standing skyscraper in the world, the Burj Khalifa. This is one of the best and most unique ways to experience the city of Dubai. At the conclusion of your enjoyable river cruise, you will be returned to your tour starting point.

New Year's Eve Luxury Canal Dinner Cruise

2. New Year's Eve Luxury Canal Dinner Cruise

Dividing the charming ‘City of Lights’ into commercial & residential districts, the Dubai Water Canal epitomizes the city’s personality. Here, the magnificent sophistication of the 21st Century walks hand in hand with the world’s greatest urban transformations of a bygone era. Hop aboard a glass enclosed contemporary dhow offering stunning views of the New Year fireworks with the best of culinary delights and entertainment. Waken your senses as you gently cruise along the banks of Dubai Water Canal where the Al Faris Dhow combines the best of glass-enclosed dinning, offering unobstructed views at the lower deck and best of alfresco dining experience at the upper deck. On arrival you will be greeted with the divine Kahwah (Arabic coffee) accompanied by some assorted chilled refreshments and dates. You will be then escorted to your table where you will be served with welcome drinks. Feel the flip-flap of waves and the all-pervading romance as you soak up the cities bustling atmosphere from a distance along with soothing Arabic music, or simply experience the height of opulence and indulge in the peace and tranquility of the creek waters. A sumptuous feast with Arabic appetizers, grilled meat, fresh salads and delicious Arabic sweets awaits you as you glide further along accompanied by hot beverages. Get ready to be mesmerized as your enchanting tanora artist spins his well-lit costume to liven up your evening along with the New Year fireworks of the Burj Khalifa or of Dubai Festival City Mall.  

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What people are saying about Dubai Festival City Mall

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 66 reviews

It's not easy to find the meeting point, but it's best to take a taxi to the Hôtel Intercintinental and then walk through it and get out below, then you're right on the quay where the ship leaves. There were two of us on the boat and the trip still took place. Beautiful at sunset this skyline of Dubai! Know it only every advice to do!

Great experience, amazing views and picture opportunities of the sun setting behind khalifa. We even got offered water and Pepsi throughout the boat ride. Great value for money, we all loved it, highly recommend.

Perfect. Very nice views and very friendly crew. I recommend parking in the mall because the meeting point is inaccessible by car.

Recommended experience to see the sunset of the Burj Kalifa and, in general, of Dubai from the river. Phenomenal quality-price.

great ride! everything went great! fantastic sunset