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Don’t Miss These Yachting Experiences in Dubai

There’s nothing wrong with renting a yacht for a luxury dinner in Dubai Marina—the world-famous marina offers stunning views of the city’s lights at night. You can even spend a few hours marveling at the super yachts docked in the harbor and maybe even catch a glimpse of a famous celebrity. 

However, if you’re going to indulge in Dubai’s luxury yacht experience, there are a few places you don’t want to miss.

Must-See Dubai Yachting Experiences

Each of the following places offers something different but all can enrich your time in Dubai.

Palm Jumeirah

You’re not going to have a problem figuring out how this man made island gets its name. Palm Jumeirah is in the shape of a palm tree. The island is synonymous with luxury and you can catch a glimpse of the beachside resorts and residential communities. If you’re wondering about amenities on Palm Jumeirah, they’re exactly what you expect. Think of lavish amenities where every need is met.

Even if you’re not ready to book a stay at one of the island’s resorts, you can still drop anchor near Atlantis. Yes, there’s a resort named after the famous, mythical lost city. Spend some time on the warm sandy beach and enjoy a refreshing dip in the Arabian Gulf. When you’re ready to sail back to the marina, don’t forget to catch a view of Dubai. The city is spectacular from the water.

Dubai Creek

Dubai Creek is a popular fishing destination and it’s also a great place to go for a cruise in a luxury yacht. The creek is part of an ancient canal separating the Deira and Bur Dubai neighborhoods. The only potential downside can be getting stuck behind a slower-moving boat. Fishing kayaks are a common sight on Dubai Creek. However, since you’re relaxing in a luxury yacht, short delays are rarely a hassle.

This yachting experience is the perfect trip for history buffs and lovers of architecture. You’ll see modern and traditional architecture existing side-by-side creating unforgettable views. You can catch a glimpse of the Dubai Creek Tower. 

The tower isn’t going to beat the Burj Khalifa when it comes to height, but it’s not far behind. Construction on the tower is expected to be completed in 2025 and will support an observation deck looking out over the creek and surrounding areas.

Your cruise on Dubai Creek will also take you past the city’s famous golf and yacht club. Go ahead and drop anchor and take some time to explore the Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club. Along with viewing ancient show boats, you can also take some time to stop in the club’s restaurants and cafes.

The World Islands

If sights like a man made island in the shape of a palm tree don’t excite you, then maybe a yachting excursion to the World Islands is what you need. Located off the Dubai coast, the islands are formed into a globe-style map. See if you can spot your home continent as you sail by.

Depending on the duration of your yachting experience, you may have time to lower the anchor and head to shore. You can set up a temporary camp near some of the islands. However, check with local authorities or the yacht’s captain before disembarking. 

Some areas on the World Islands are considered private property and you don’t want to face a potential trespassing charge in Dubai. Fines can be as high as AED 10,000 and up to one year in jail. This isn’t the way you want to end your Dubai yachting experience.

Jebel Ali

Dubai is filled with engineering marvels from the world’s tallest skyscraper to man made islands resembling a palm tree and globe. Just when you feel like you’ve seen some of mankind’s greatest construction achievements, one more pops up on your must-see list.

Jebel Ali is the largest artificial harbor in the world and it’s named after the nearby city neighborhood. If you’re heading out on an extended yachting experience, Jebel Ali makes a great starting point. You can easily sail from the harbor to other points of interest around Dubai or head over to other UAE locations.

You can easily sail around the coastline and check out nearby manmade and natural islands. From Jebel Ali, you can also easily find a place in the Arabian Gulf to drop anchor for a while. Enjoy lunch on the water or a romantic dinner with the lights from Dubai twinkling in the distance.

Dubai Marina

Another man made harbor is the Dubai Marina. Rivaling Jebel Ali in size and scope, there’s plenty to see and do at Dubai Marina, whether you stay on the yacht or take some time to explore the area.

Dubai Marina is also home to several of the city’s yacht rental outfits so chances are, you’re going to be here even if it’s only to board the boat. From the marina, you can see stunning views of the city’s skyline, including the skyscrapers. 

Grab a meal at one of the restaurants. You can even get it to go and dine like a celebrity on the yacht. If you’re in the mood for shopping, the marina has you covered. You can find everything from luxury boutiques to handmade items.

The marina is also a great starting point if your yachting adventure is taking you out into the open waters of the Arabian Gulf.

Places to Stay Overnight

If your yacht rental extends overnight, you have plenty of options on where to stay. Dubai Marina is always a great option. You can stay on the yacht or book a room at the Dubai Marina Mall and Hotel. However, you or the yacht’s owner must be a member of the Dubai Marina Yacht Club to dock overnight.

Other options include staying on Pearl Jumeirah if you want a more relaxed atmosphere. You can even have access to a private yacht slip and all of the amenities you expect from a world-class resort. Whether you’re only renting a yacht for a few hours or overnight, you’re sure to have an unforgettable experience.