Looking for a different perspective for your Dubai sight-seeing? Check out our review of the Xclusive Tours Palm boat tour…
Dubai is known around the world for its countless unique sky scrapers; these marvels of engineering dominate the skyline, making the city unlike any other. The tallest building in the world, the tallest residential tower, the only seven star hotel in the world – the list goes on – if Dubai had a motto, it would surely be ‘go big or go home’. With so many people living and working in the city, it’s no wonder that traffic can sometimes be an issue so when you’re looking to sight-see, why not blow off the motorways and hit the water instead?
Not far from Dubai Marina Mall, Xclusive Tours leaves on guided trips through the largest man-made marina in the world, ducking in and out of the main highlights around the iconic Palm.
Safety is paramount with life vests being handed out before leaving the dock (and if I do say so, they were pretty stylish ones!) and staff that are obviously highly trained. Though we’re comfortable around water, I’d imagine anyone would feel at ease on one of this tours.
After slowly making our way out of the marina (and turning back to admire the view), we sped out to the first major stop on our tour, a picture-perfect view of the infamous Atlantis hotel. The ride out was quite the adrenaline rush and we were surprised by how much power the RIB had – it sped through the water with ease and provided us with a comfortable and thrilling ride out to the point.
With seabirds surrounding us and a sea of sail boats out on the water, it was such a pleasure to be away from the madness of the city and out on the water – there’s nothing like a little sun and fresh, sea air to make you feel awesome!
Once everyone had snapped their photos, we continued on towards the Burj Al Arab – perhaps one of the most recognisable buildings in the world and a true symbol of luxury. As the only seven star hotel in the world, complete with impressive aquarium-view rooms and a heli-pad-come-tennis court, there’s absolutely no doubting where you are. In the background, the Burj Dubai towers over the rest of the city – all 830 unbelievable metres of it.
From the Burj Al Arab, we made our way around the other side of the man-made Palm, swinging by a private island and a number of palaces owned by the Sheikh’s before passing underneath the first monorail in the Middle East which connects the mainland with Atlantis out on the top of the islands.
No matter how often we visit Dubai, we’re always blown away by the level of construction (it’s no wonder then, that Dubai has more cranes than any other city on earth!) and the Palm didn’t let us down in this regard with beautiful new hotels popping up everywhere we looked.
With our tour wrapping up, we made our way back into the marina, past the Cayan Tower (which was once the tallest building in the world with a 90 degree twist, surpassed now by only one building in China) and the Princess Tower (the tallest residential tower in the world) – this city does not do things by halves!
We had a fantastic afternoon out on the water and really enjoyed seeing Dubai from a different angle. It was a pleasure to escape the crowds and cool off and no matter how many times we see them, we continue to be amazed by the incredible engineering and architecture that we find in Dubai.
Next time we have guests, you can guess where we’ll be taking them!
Thank you to Xclusive Tours for inviting us along to review their Palm tour; of course, all thoughts are our own.