New luxury Al Wasl Dhow cruise experience launches in Dubai Marina

Posted: 04-Aug-16 10:12

Travellers visiting the emirate of Dubai in the Middle East will have a new attraction to visit, following the launch of a new luxury dhow cruise experience. The Al Wasl Dhow was custom made and offers unique upscale evening cruises from Dubai Marina where more than 200 people can enjoy a delicious dinner and a sailing on a vessel that represents the region's maritime heritage.

New luxury Al Wasl Dhow cruise experience launches in Dubai Marina

A new attraction has opened in Dubai that combines the region’s maritime history with a touch of luxury. The Al Wasl Dhow cruise experience offers luxury cruises on a purpose-built dhow boat.

Located in Dubai Marina, the vessel is the first ever purpose-built dhow boat to be made from start to finish. Traditionally, dhows are made from boats that were once used as fishing or cargo ships, and many are then transformed into floating restaurants and cruise vessels that float on break waters

The first Al Wasl Dhow cruise was launched on Eid, and passengers enjoyed delicious traditional Pakistani cuisine to mark the destination where the unique dhow was constructed by 45 professionals. The boat can accommodate more than 200 passengers for high end dinner cruises and private events, including weddings and corporate events.

Al Wasl Dhow is owned by the excursion specialist Ishrat Ali Khan, who also operates Al Wasl Yachts, Asia Pacific Travel and Tourism, and Oasis Palm Tourism. Khan said that the boat was made to provide a unique sea dining experience for both locals and holidaymakers. It is the first five-star dining dhow, and its luxurious experience allows guests to sail around Dubai Marina underneath the soaring skyscrapers and twinkling stars, with nightly departures.

Khan explained:

“The company offers distinctive experience for family get-together, parties, weddings, and events. With enjoyable food, exquisite views, entertainment facilities and plentiful space, Al Wasl Dhow creates a remarkable experience in the local tourism scene.”

Dating back to the 18th Century, the dhow boat is a traditional Arabian vessel that often sailed the Indian Ocean for fishing or trade purposes. The boats are an iconic piece of maritime heritage in the United Arab Emirates, and in Dubai, the famous landmark hotel, the Burj Al Arab, has been built in the shape of a sail from a dhow.

History-lovers can find out more about these traditional vessels at the Dubai Museum, which is located in Dubai’s oldest building, Al Fahidi Fort, and has a dhow boat on its roof. The museum has displays that showcase the emirate’s history, from Arab houses and villages, to mosques and souks. There’s also an exhibit on pearl diving, an ancient tradition that involves the use of dhows sailing out into the Persian Gulf, where locals free-dive down to the sea bed to catch pearls from oysters.

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