Keeping it cool by the water in Dubai

Need an escape from the heat while in Dubai? Try dinner on a Dhow, enjoy a party on a yacht or one of many other great ways to cool down.

Dubai may have once been a desert, but there is no shortage of great water activities in and around the city. This coastal city has everything in abundance. On a hot summer’s day, head to a water park, take a cruise down Dubai Creek or hire out a party yacht. Here are some great ways to escape the heat without being cooped up in your hotel.


Watch the world’s largest dancing fountain

A first stop to cool things down when in Dubai is the magnificent fountain at Dubai Mall underneath the Burj Khalifa. This is the world’s largest dancing fountain and sprays up to 500 feet in the air. You can catch a water show each day so be sure to check out the schedule. This magical moving display is filled with lights at night, so strong they can be seen from out of space. You could in fact say it is impressive enough to be out of this world!

Dubai by the water - Dubai water fountain

Dine on a Dhow river cruise

One experience you can’t miss when in Deira Creek, is to take a Dhow Cruise with a dinner and show included with North Tours. You will float around the creek while being fed and entertained with traditional dancing and music. It is a perfect way to see old and new Dubai, with brightly lit skyscrapers reaching up around you as you go. As a tip, the upper deck is open, meaning you get a nice view of the city and river, however if you are looking for air conditioning then the lower deck is usually best.

Dubai by the water - Dubai dhow cruise from North Tours. Nighttime old fashioned cruise boat

Cool off at a water park

Another way to keep it cool during your trip to Dubai is to visit one of the city’s many water parks for a wet and wild day. If looking for the place with the biggest selection of rides in the UAE, head to Wild Wadi Waterpark. There are 30 different rides to enjoy, suitable for all ages. The best water park in Dubai is said to be Aquaventure Atlantis, a park full of thrilling rides and cool sights. There are zip lines, shark safaris and you can even get in free during your birthday!

Dubai by the water - Aquadventure, water park, located in the Atlantis Hotel in Dubai, has slides, swimming with sharks, rapid, artificial beaches, etc..

Hire a luxury yacht

A surefire way to entertain and be entertained when on a work trip or trying to impress new clients, is to take them on a yacht party. You can hire out a luxury vessel from Deep Sea Adventure and spend the day or evening out on the open sea. Take clients out on a memorable trip or enjoy some team building with your colleagues. Not on business? Have a birthday dinner or celebration with the Dubai skyline in the background and let the team at Deep Sea organize all the extra details.

Dubai by the water - The night illumination of Dubai Marina on September 11, 2013 in Dubai, UAE. It is an artificial canal city, built along a two mile (3 km) stretch of Persian Gulf shoreline.

Water taxi your way around

When getting around the city there are many ways to travel including the charming old Water Taxis, the Abras. Why hop into a hot cab when you can float your way around? All across Dubai Creek and Deira you can line up at a water taxi station and discover the city, vintage-style. You can even order one to pick you up at a certain stop and hire one out for day if you want to go river sight-seeing. To cross the river from Deira to the other side it is only one AED, but expect to pay more if you upgrade to a fancier boat.

Dubai by the water - Dubai, United Arab Emirates - October 8, 2014: Dubai creek with arabs or water taxis

Deira is a bustling part of the city of gold and its countless number of great attractions makes it a must-see for any visitor to Dubai. Park Inn by Radisson Dubai Motor City is located only a 30 min drive away from Deira Creek. Escape the heat this comfortable hotel. But don’t stay in all day, Dubai awaits.