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"Alexandra"

Dhow Cruise Dinner in Dubai Marina

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When?

Alexandra makes daily 2 hour trips departing at 9.00 PM – 11.00 PM  – boarding time is at 8.30PM

Cost?

A dinner package costs AED150/person – includes soft drinks, a buffet dinner, and live entertainment. For private events the pricing is different.

Reservations?

To make a reservation please fill in the form to the right or contact us at +971 52 899 6301  or web {at} absea.ae

Transportation?

Transportation to & from the restaurant can be arranged at an additional AED30/person.

Where?

The location of Alexandra as well as the directions and where to park can be found here  or by searching ‘Alexandra Dhow’ in Google Maps.

Private Events?

Alexandra is available for private events:  Corporate PartiesBirthday PartiesWedding or Engagement Parties and Team Building or Conferences.

Make a Reservation

For short notice, call 052 899 63 01

IMPORTANT NOTICE – OUR RESTAURANT IS CURRENTLY UNDER ANNUAL MAINTENANCE AND WILL NOT BE OPERATING UNTIL THE BEGINNING OF AUGUST

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If you are looking to book a private event, please contact Timur (050 7705321) or bdm {at}absea.ae

 

What is a Dhow?

A “Dhow” is a traditional wooden vessel that is common in the Middle East and has been used historically for a variety of purposes, primarily for trading.

Dhows are made in a variety of sizes and in the UAE have been most used for trade between UAE and Iran aswell as for pearl diving.
Over the last decade the demand for dhows has gone down and has been replaced by more modern vessels.

Nonetheless, Dhows have played a cruicial role in the history and evolution of the gulf and are iconic as a mode of sea transportation.
In the last couple of decades, a lot of the ‘Dhows’ have been repurposed for tourism purposes, one of them being dhow cruise dinners.

The History of Dhow Cruise Dinners

In the 90’s, some entrepreneurs began converting the larger dhows that were traditionally used for trading into refurbished floating restaurants
that would operate dinner cruises in the Dubai Creek.

That segment has grown and over many years has evolved into a rather important and iconic
type of tourist attraction in Dubai.

Starting with only handful of Dhows in early 90’s the segment has grown into over 30 dhows in the Creek and 8 in Dubai Marina.
One the elements of the Dhow Cruise ‘culture’ has been to have live entertainment onboard in a variety of forms. Originally, belly dancing was most common,
but with time, Dubai Government has been eliminating this form of entertainment and has now been almost entirely replaced by ‘Tanura’ – a traditionally
Turksih dance that is usually performed by a male dancer that is spinning in a flowing and elaborately decorated dress, creating a very interesting sight.

Dhow Cruise Dinners in Dubai Marina

As always, with the opening of Dubai Marina as a new area and tourist destination, there was room for starting new business ventures.

Alexandra was one of the first boats that began its operations as far back as 2009.

Now there are around 8 boats that operate in Dubai Marina.

Live Tanura Show onboard Dhow Alexandra During a Dhow Cruise Dinner in Dubai Marina

 

Dhow Alexandra, Dubai Marina - Lower Deck, Buffet