Dubai Festival City

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What people are saying about Dubai Festival City

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 1,020 reviews

We were picked up on time from our hotel in downtown Dubai. Note that the boat departs from the Dubai Festival City area and you must walk a short distance through the Dubai Festival Mall to reach the dock. Upon arrival we were greeted with a welcome tea and dates. The boat ride through Dubai creek and downtown Dubai was extraordinary and definitely the highlight of the excursion. The food, which consisted of Indian and local dishes, a live pasta station, and salad bar, was average and would not be considered “luxury” by any standards. Overall, the service by the ship’s crew was superb and the waiters were very attentive. Non-alcoholic beverages were complimentary. Because of COVID there were only three other couples onboard, so in a way the excursion felt somewhat VIP and exclusive. Regrettably, the whirling dancer advertised in the trip brochure never appeared and there was no explanation provided by the event manager as to the absence of this anticipated entertainment piece.

This was a very worthwhile cruise along the Creek, from Festival City right into the heart of downtown Dubai, almost to the foot of the Burj Khalifa, just as the sun was setting. Then returning in the darkness as the city lights came on. A full 75 minutes from start to finish, the advertised commentary was absent; replaced with loud and distorted pop music, which didn’t enhance our experience! Nevertheless the views were spectacular and we would recommend this.

We had the best time on the boat cruise, the staff were amazing and the food was brilliant- some of the best food we have eaten in Dubai! The live pasta station was a brilliant idea! There were amazing fireworks before the boat started around the marina and the views of the city we got to see were breathtaking! Would recommend this to everyone visiting Dubai!

Really enjoyed the experience, friendly staff good buffet, also had a chance to do the tanoura dance and the weighted skirt, a great entertainment, got picked up and dropped off with the price paid no extra costs!!

It is unforgettable experience, the preparation process was perfect, then flying with a professional captain. Thank you for everyone from the reception to the Captin. Amazing, helpful, and friendly Staff.