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07 December 2023

Cruise tours of Palm Jumeirah begin

By Parag Deulgaonkar

From Tuesday, visitors and residents can get up-close glimpses of the various developments on The Palm Jumeirah project by booking a cruise offered by Nakheel.

The cruise will soon be extended to The World islands as well.

“Cruise with Nakheel,” the new commercial initiative, will initially have four boats, ranging from 32 feet to 80 feet long. The cruise will take tourists across developments such as Rixos, The Royal Amwaj, Atlantis, Subsea tunnel, Zabeel Saray, Tiara Residence, etc on the man-made island.

“The Palm is one of the biggest tourist attractions in Dubai. Our cruise will allow visitors to see the Palm from the inner waters of the island,” Saeed Harib, Managing Director, Nakheel Leisure, said on Monday.

Till now, only villa owners on The Palm were allowed to navigate their boats through the inner waterway.

“No one else will be allowed to operate any cruise within the Palm Jumeirah,” Harib added.

The tour will cost Dh1,000 for a small boat (38 feet), Dh1,500 for a medium-sized boat (52 feet) and Dh3,000 to Dh5,000 for the 80-feet double-decker house boat. The cruise will range between an hour and three hours.

“We initially expect two to three trips per day. Right now, one can book a full boat, but we are also looking at starting tours where individuals can come onboard and even a night cruise. We are working on that,” he said.

Although the company will be utilising four of its existing boats for the cruise service, it has ordered a 80-feet plus boat for the new

Zhang Kai, General Manager, Golden Phoenix Tourism, believes that the cruise facility will be a good option for tourists.

“We will provide the tourists details of this new offering in Dubai. Considering the price, it is a good option,” he added.