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Abra Ride in the Dubai Water Canal

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Take a relaxing sightseeing cruise along the Dubai Water Canal on an Abra, traditional Arabic boats that are made of wood and ferry people across the creek. Take in sights of iconic landmarks such as Festival City Mall, Ras Al Khor Sanctuary, Business Bay, Burj Khalifa and more. These Abra cruises are one of the most special ways to connect with the heart of Dubai.

Dubai Water Canal Abra Ride Highlights

  • Take a 1.5-hour sightseeing cruise on a traditional abra in Dubai Water Canal.
  • The cruise starts departs Dubai Festival City Mall.
  • The cruise includes unlimited mineral water, soft beverages.
  • Take in stunning views of Dubai’s architecture that lines the Dubai Water Canal.
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Why You Should Go For An Abra ride in Dubai Water Canal

Dubai Water Canal is a canal that was unveiled in 2013 and connects the Dubai Creek to the Persian Gulf. Running through the heart of one of the most developed regions of Dubai, Dubai Water Canal and its waterfront are a popular destination for locals as well as tourists in Dubai. There are many iconic buildings and landmarks that can be seen while cruising the Dubai Water Canal. With sights that include Ras Al Khor Sanctuary, Business Bay and Burj Khalifa, these cruises offer a unique perspective of Dubai.

These sightseeing cruises take place in an Abra, traditional boats that are made of wood. Abras have been used for centuries to ferry people across Dubai Creek, between Deira and Bur Dubai. These seating boats are extremely relaxing and bring you closer to the soul of the city, removing the layers of modernity and helping you experience the true heritage of Dubai.

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What to Expect on your Dubai Water Canal Abra Ride

Your Abra cruise begins at the pier from where the Abras depart, the Dubai Festival City Mall. At the mall, you will be greeted by the warm staff who will guide you to your abras. Once you have boarded, you will set sail down the Dubai Water Canal and begin your 1.5-hour long cruise.

As you cruise the waters of Dubai Water Canal, you will also be able to sightsee some of the most popular landmarks of Dubai - Festival City Mall, Ras Al Khor Sanctuary, Business Bay, Burj Khalifa, Business Bay Bridge, Sheikh Zayed Road waterfall bridge and hotels such as JW Marriott Hotel and St. Regis Hotel. There will also be pre-recorded music playing for your entertainment. The abra cruise will finally return to its pier after a cruising for an hour and a half.

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Know Before You Go

About the Experience

When To Visit:

The Dubai Water Canal abra cruise lasts for one and a half hours and departs daily, multiple times through the day. Dhow cruise departure times are 6:30pm and 9:00pm.

Getting There:

The cruise departs from Dubai Festival City Mall. You can reach the mall by taking the metro to the Emirates Station and then taking a cab or leisurely walk to Festival City Mall.

What to Wear:

It is best to be dressed casually for these sightseeing cruises. The setting is informal and hence, smart casuals should be fine.

About the Ticket


Tickets for the cruise are available daily. Choose the date and time you would like to take the cruise and simply purchase the ticket. You will be emailed the voucher which you can show at the reception and begin your dinner cruise.

Length of the cruise:

The cruise departs daily and is one and a half hours long.

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  • 90 Minutes Dubai Water Canal cruise in a traditional abra
  • Mineral water & refreshments
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My Tickets

  • Select the date you wish to go on and the number of people you will be going with.
  • Complete your purchase and receive an email with the mobile voucher for your Dubai Water Canal cruise.
  • On the day of your experience, present the voucher to the abra cruise representative at Dubai Festival City Mall.
  • Proceed to the abra and enjoy your dining experience.
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