ALEXANDRA DHOW CRUISE DUBAI MARINA

Top Rated Daily Dinner Cruise in Dubai Marina with International Buffet & Live Entertainment.

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Price & Timing.

Daily Cruise, Full Course Buffet, Live Singer & Tanura Dancer onboard.

  • Price

  • 160 AED/adult (10+ years old)
  • 100 AED/child (5+ years old)
  • 0 AED/infant (below 5 years old)
  • Summer Price

  • 130 AED/adult (10+ years old)
  • 90 AED/child (5+ years old)
  • 0 AED/infant (below 5 years old)
    Valid 15th May – 1st Sep
  • Timing

  • 8.30pm – 9.00pm boarding time
  • 9.00pm – 11.00pm cruising time
  • Operating daily
  • Optional

  • 2 way transfer = 200 AED/car, Max 4 people
  • 2 way transfer = 250 AED/mini van, Max 6 people
  • 150 AED/kg = birthday cake

CONTACTS

Reservations – Victoria & Oxana

To make a reservation.

Onboard Manager – Prajul

On the day of the cruise.

Business Development – Timur

For groups, private events or b2b enquiries

LOCATION

Location of the Boat

West Bay A11, Dubai Marina, Dubai

Driving Directions

Google Maps

If you are driving to the boat, use ‘Masjid Al Rahim’ (click for map) Mosque in Dubai Marina as a reference.

Another nearby landmark is ‘Lotus Hotel & Spa’ in Dubai Marina.

If you are taking a TAXI you can tell the same Masjid Al Rahim mosque as reference, make sure to clarify its next to Lotus Hotel & Spa.

Driving Directions

  • You should take Sheikh Zayed Road Until ‘EXIT 29’ and stick to the left fork once you are taking the Exit.
  • After you have taken the left road on the fork and once you are on the bridge, you need to take the first right.
  • As you follow the road you will see the mosque on your left side.

Parking

Option 1: All along the roads in that area is street parking owned by RTA. Make sure you pay the fee by SMS.

Option 2: Incase you cannot find RTA parking, there is a paid parking lot called ‘Green Parking’, located just after the Choitram supermarket, slightly down the road from Lotus Hotel & Spa.

Walking To The Boat

  • Usually infront of the boat we have a Team Member, Anjoh (052 899 6337) who meets guests and guides them towards the boat.
  • Once infront of the mosque, to the left of it there is a path/walk way which leads down to the ‘Marina Promenade’ which is basically the pedesetrian path along the water.
  • Once you have walked down the pathway, walk to your right, there is a glassdoor entrance.
  • At the entrance, specify you are going to “Alexandra” and you will be guided to the boat.

SAILING ROUTE

We sail through the entire Dubai Marina Canal and the lagoon infront of Palm Island.
We do not go out to open sea.

FAQ

Q1: What is included in the standard price?

The price of 160 AED/adult and 100 AED/child includes:

  • 2 hour cruise
  • Live show: tanura dancer and female vocalist
  • Full Course Buffet Dinner
  • Water, Soft Drinks, Juices, Tea & Coffee
  • Does NOT include 2 way transfers which can be purchases at an extra cost

Q2: Where is the boat located? How do we get there?

You can find all details by click on the ‘Locations Tab’ in this menu.

Once your booking is confirmed you will receive all details by email aswell.

Q3: How does seating work? Upper deck vs. Lower Deck?

We do not accept bookings for specific tables and operate on a first come first serve basis.

If you wish to have an upper deck table you should arrive early.

Q4: Is the boat safe? What if we are prone to seasickness? What about children?

The boat only operates inside canal waters and thus we do not experience any turbulence. The boat has been certified by all relevant ministries and equipped with all necessary safety equipment. Small children are welcome onboard.

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THE VESSEL.

Alexandra is a 90 foot traditional Dhow made from teak wood, refurbished into a floating restaurant.

Upper Deck

Open Air Deck, Seating Capacity ~ 55 people

LIVE SHOW.

Onboard “Alexandra” we have two live acts – a singer and dancer.

WALID

The ‘tanura’ dance show is a folk dance program which consists of constant rotations that are mixed with various patterns and designs of the intricately designed dress.

NATALIA

Our lovely singer Natalia starts of the evening with some soft music in the style of pop, rock, jazz and even some classical pieces.

Buffet dinner onboard.

Roel van Zwieten
Roel van Zwieten
06:46 15 Nov 16
I had a wonderful time on the dinner cruise here. The staff was very helpful and friendly and made sure that we arrived on time. We were seated downstairs on a great table, and there was plenty of food, even with the boat being almost full. The food itself was nice as well. Overall I think the trip is certainly worth the relatively low price.
Irfan Salim
Irfan Salim
16:27 04 Nov 17
I was planning a visit to a dhow cruise and I ended up finding this mainly because of the multiple reviews that were present. It was a good thing I booked on this cruise. The weather in November starts to be really cool in Dubai, and in this cruise you can come at approximately 8ish. you can sit at the marina and wait for the cruise. And you would be going on the boat and sitting.The service is really good and they take care and insure that everyone is served during the whole trip. Even the washrooms were really nice and spacious. We thoroughly enjoyed it and had a fantastic experience. Thoroughly recommended.If you have never been on a dhow cruise, make sure this is one of the first ones.
Haseeb Memon
Haseeb Memon
06:56 01 Aug 17
We went to this cruise on my wife's birthday. The cruise is very nice and staff was very courteous. The Manager of the cruise Mr. Prajul is very friendly and caring. He gave us complimentary cake and announced my wife's birthday and cheered. It was lovely experience my kinds enjoyed a lot. The food was great, a good range of appetizers, main course meals were delicious. I liked lemon, butter fish more than anything else. It is definitely value for money and I will recommend this cruise whoever want to enjoy good food, music and hospitality.
Peter Chacko
Peter Chacko
15:10 05 Dec 17
This is the most honest review you could read out here. To start with,1) Cost: This is priced competitively right when being compared with other Dhow Cruise Service Providers.2) Professionalism: On placing order, you will receive an introductory e-mail guiding you with all the required information such as location, contact nos., directions, do's & dont's, parking areas etc.On reaching at location, you would be received by the Team & will be directed to the Cruise. You would never get lost at any cost. I bet !For any clarifications, you have Miss Victoria to guide you with the reservations over the call & Mr. Prajul, the Deck Manager to support you at the Cruise. Both are truly Professional.3) Cruise: it is beautifully lit both outside & inside. The Cruise looks clean & beautiful.Unlike any other Cruises out there, you are welcomed individually at the entrance of the Cruise which surely makes one special when you enter.4) Reservation of Seats: Its based on a First Come First Serve basis. You cant complain if you cant come early & get the upper deck.5) Hospitality: The staffs were helpful & kind. 6) Entertainment: There were two shows, one was the Arabic Cultural Dancer & the other was the Singer. Both events were awesome to make the night even more delightful.7) Punctuality: The time was maintained as per what was promised.8) Food: It was good. Not great & not bad, it was good. For the price that you pay, it is acceptable. 9) Photos: We had a tough time getting good photos from our Cameras due to light conditions. That is when one of the Staff Photographers came to each individual tables & captured beautiful moments. Please note that if you wish to get these photos as part of their Souvenir, you would need to pay which is not priced high at all. All good things comes with a price. :)As a whole, i would rate the entire service as Excellent ! :)
David Martinez
David Martinez
15:11 18 Jan 18
The boat is as promised; the show is nice and not too long. It is a little bit loud. We wanted to get a table at the front, but weren't able to which is the only thing we didn't like. Also the dessert could have been more varied, but overall, it was worth the money.
Jacob Bess
Jacob Bess
04:09 22 Jan 18
Nice view from upper deck - food was decent. didnt like the selection of songs performed by the singer
Kristian Brevik
Kristian Brevik
15:26 19 Jan 18
Prajul is a really nice guy and really took good care of us. The boat is clean which is very important and the food was adequate
Aravind R.K
Aravind R.K
04:37 31 Jan 18
Had a trip with Alexandra yesterday. Deserve 5 stars by meeting all the promises. The ambiance, welcoming, food singer and the dance .. all deserve 5 stars individually. Food was a fusion of Arabic, Indian and English which will make all kinds of visitors happy. Cruise was very well maintained, clean and ambiance. Special thanks for Prajul and Noushad for the arrangements and guidance through out.
Valery King
Valery King
16:06 12 Feb 18
When you enter the ship, you feel like a valued guest. The staff are very hospitable and they ensure that people are comfortable. Food is great!
Oliver Wyatt
Oliver Wyatt
21:07 16 Feb 18
Very nice view from the deck, food was good, and nice selection of songs. They gave us complimentary cake for my birthday! Thank you.
Amar H
Amar H
05:29 10 Apr 18
The best dhow cruise I experienced so far! Food was very good, staff were friendly, clean and well maintained. Made my mom’s birthday very special.
Jorge Daniel Rivero Moraez
Jorge Daniel Rivero Moraez
04:54 06 Jun 18
We had yesterday a fantastic evening, a dinner in Alexandra, great weather, very good food and a very customer-friendly staff.
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DHOW CRUISE DUBAI MARINA – MORE INFORMATION

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.

Dhow Cruise Dubai Marina is a nice concept. Read on.

The History of Dhow Cruise Dubai 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 Marina

The dinner cruise in Dubai Marina as a concept began in 2010 with some operators bringing the dhow boats to Dubai Marina and operating floating restaurants. The Dhow Cruise Marina attraction began gaining momentum and popularity and currently is a household product among inbound tour operators in Dubai.

Dinner onboard a Dhow Cruise 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 7 boats that operate in Dubai Marina.

Dubai Marina Dhow Cruise vs. Creek

So what is the difference between a Dhow Cruise in Dubai Marina versus a Dhow Cruise in Dubai Creek?

Well, this article will give you a very detailed answer, but funadmentally – the main difference is location.

Dubai Creek is the old part of town, and Dubai Marina is a new area in Dubai.

Fundamentally, that is the only difference, and the difference then lies in the actual operators of each boats. There are many good boats in Dubai Creek and some in Dubai Marina.

It must be noted however that Dubai Marina has MUCH less boats 8 versus more than 25 in the Creek.

As a rule of thumb, the quality of operators in Dubai Marina on average is higher, due to the the higher parking fees and the need to compensate by attracting a higher quality clientele.

Dinner Cruise Dubai

A dinner cruise generally is a great combination of dinner and cruising, but a cruise dinner in Dubai Marina is a particular excellent fusion

Marina Cruise Dubai

A dinner cruise in Dubai Marina is an excellent way to combine a sightseeing experience with a dining experience.

We try our best onboard Alexandra to make it a pleasant one and entertain you with our live performers and meticilous approach to food.

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