What To Do In Dubai – The Yellow Boats Sightseeing Tour
One of the best things to do in Dubai, The Yellow Boats’ 90 Minutes Palm Jumeirah, Burj Al Arab & Marina Tour was the last thing and finale we did before we left the city. As Big Teddy only finished his work meeting around noon, we went for a late lunch after checking out the hotel, just in time for our sightseeing boat tour with The Yellow Boats at 4:15pm. We were greeted near The Yellow Boats’ office at the Dubai Marina, and then ushered to board their signature yellow boat after signing an indemnity form and a quick security briefing. It was quite a full tour, probably due to the popular sunset hour towards the end of the tour at 5.30pm. Do check out my Youtube video at the bottom to get a better feel of the entire tour…
Soon, we set off from Dubai Marina slowly, while admiring this part of Dubai where an artificial canal city, built along a two-mile (3 km) stretch of Persian Gulf shoreline. Dubai’s skyline is nothing short but impressive, all the high rise buildings along the waterfront Dubai Marina are the city’s prime residences and offices. We marvelled at how the developers transformed this part of the desert into an entirely man-made marina, which also has an artificial beach. Oil money and determinations sure do wonders in this part of the world.
Tips: Front row seats have the best view, but also might get wet as the boat travels in high speed in choppy water in some parts.
Dubai Sightseeing Tour – Ain Dubai, Atlantis The Palm and Burj Al Arab
After we got out of the canal, we had a great view of the marina from the open sea, as well as the under-construction Ain Dubai (soon to be the world’s tallest and largest Ferris Wheel) at 668 feet tall. I wonder if I will return to ride this Ferris Wheel when it is completed. Imagine passing through the Ain Dubai at night when it is completed in future…
The first iconic building that we stopped was the Atlantis, The Palm at the apex of the famous Palm Jumeirah man-made islands. This hotel was the second Atlantis Hotel after the 1st one at the Bahamas. Opened in 2008, Atlantis, The Palm was the 1st resort to be built on the Palm Jumeirah island and is themed on the myth of Atlantis but includes distinct Arabian elements. We took turns to take some pictures in front of the hotel, with the help of our skipper, Tharaka. Well, I don’t think I’ll ever stay there as I’m not really a big fan of a large resort, no matter how luxury it could be. I’m more drawn to the next destination of our tour, Burj Al Arab.
The sun was slowly setting as the boat went at full speed in the open sea to Burj Al Arab, painting the sky with beautiful golden hues. Burj Al Arab was stunning to see up close from the sea. If I ever have the money to splurge, I’d love to spend a night at this self-proclaimed 7 stars hotel which goes for more than US$2,000 a night. A girl can dream, isn’t it? Again we stop in front of the iconic building for a photo stop. We also saw from afar the Burj Khalifa from Dubai Downtown shining in gold from the reflections of the setting sun.
It was getting dark when we made our way back to Dubai Marina by cutting through the Palm Jumeirah. We also passed by Dubai’s Sheikh Mohammed’s private island along the way. The whole 90 minutes flew by quickly with so many amazing sights and sounds of Dubai from the open water. Our skipper of the day, Tharaka did a great job explained some of the interesting facts about all the landmark places we visited during the sightseeing tour. Because of him, I know now where to find the most expensive cocktail in the world (think USD$7,000) and most expensive pizza (think US$204,000)!
If you are still wondering what to do in Dubai, check out The Yellow Boats as they offer a different perspective of some of the landmark architectures in Dubai from the sea. Big Teddy and I really enjoyed the tour as it was relaxing and information, with plenty of beautiful photo opportunities and some adrenalin moments when the boat was at full speed. This is definitely one of the best Dubai sightseeing tours and things to do in Dubai if you are looking for some different experience in Dubai. The Yellow Boats was the perfect finale for our trip to Dubai, as the beautiful sunset over this amazing desert city slowly bid us farewell…
A big thank you to The Yellow Boats for hosting this Dubai tour. As always, all opinions on this blog review are my own and I only recommend services that I’d personally use.
Official Website: http://www.theyellowboats.com/Our-Tours/Dubai
Address: Dubai Marina Walk (Opposite Spinneys Supermarket/ Beside Reem Al Bawadi Restaurant – Dubai – United Arab Emirates)
90 Minutes Palm Jumeirah, Burj Al Arab & Marina Tour Price: AED280 (Adult); AED210 (Child)
Daily Departure Timings: 09:00, 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 13:00, 14:00, 15:00, 16:00, 17:00, 18:00