Sponsored content: Here’s how you can discover Dubai by yacht in just a few clicks, for less than the price of a brunch…
In many cities around the world, you’re able to drive along the coastline and get a real sense of the place from the shore.
But Dubai is unique. With so many private beaches, luxury waterfront hotels, and secluded seaside palaces, it’s almost impossible to get the full picture.
How can you truly discover the city? Well, you’re going to need a boat.
The good news is, we know where you can get one. There’s a new boat rental service in town called CharterClick – and the concept is a bit like Uber, except it’s for yachts.
Watch what happened when the What’s On team tried it out…
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Head to the CharterClick website, pick the date and time you want to set sail, as well as the duration of your trip.
You’ll be shown a list of seriously snazzy yachts. On each boat’s page you can find out all the technical info, like how many people it can hold and what extra features are available on-board (think sunbeds, TVs and state-of-the-art sound systems).
Once you’ve selected your dream vessel, all you have to do is enter some details and pay for your booking with your credit card. You’ll be sent a confirmation, and then you just have to show up at the pier on the day of your cruise.
Easy, right? Plus, it’s surprisingly reasonable — CharterClick has boats to suit every budget, ranging from Dhs300 to Dhs5000 per hour.
For example, you could take the Volume 3 boat, which holds eight people, out on a fishing trip. Split between everyone, that’s just Dhs37.5 each per hour.
Or let’s say you went all out and rented the Black Diamond mega yacht, which costs Dhs10,000 for a minimum of two hours. This boat holds 50 people, so if you divided the cost amongst all of your mates, it works out to be Dhs200 each.
We’ve had brunches more expensive than that.
Each boat comes with its own captain and crew, so you don’t need any nautical experience. Many vessels also include soft drinks and light snacks (and, um, seasickness tablets), but you can also bring your own food and beverages on-board.
Oh, and if the weather conditions are less than ideal on the day, CharterClick can either find you another date, or offer you a 100 per cent refund.
WHAT CAN I SEE?
What’s On opted for a four-hour cruise around some of Dubai’s highlights, but there are also routes that last from a couple of hours to a couple of days, if you want to explore the other emirates, or even neighbouring countries like Qatar or Oman.
We boarded at Dubai Marina, smugly waving to all the other superyacht owners as we cruised on by. We sailed past the twisting Cayan Tower, past the adrenaline-junkies at Skydive Dubai, and out onto the smooth open waters of the Gulf.
From here, we were able to see all of the landmarks on the Palm Jumeirah from an amazing angle — like the stunning archway of the Atlantis.
As you work your way around the Palm, you can also see just how much development is taking place in this city. It’s an exciting place to be, and nowhere is that clearer than from the water.
You can also catch a glimpse of how the world’s biggest artificial archipelago, the World Islands, is taking shape.
It wasn’t long before the spectacular Downtown skyline came into view – and from a boat, you can get that ultimate Burj Khalifa shot.
Next, we decided to check out the brand new Dubai Canal. The canal’s beautifully designed bridges are perfect for Instagram, and between 8pm and 10pm, you can even sail under the waterfall (the water magically stops to let boats through).
On the return trip, we were able to swing by the iconic sail-shaped Burj Al Arab. When you see it up that close, you really get a whole new appreciation for the architecture.
You can also get an amazing view of the strip of summer palaces on Al Sufouh Road, as well as the incredible private Logo Island – where you can sometimes spy one of the world’s biggest superyachts parked outside. There’s no way you’d be able to see that from the road!
If you feel like it, there are places where you can anchor and jump in for a swim — the two best spots are the Mina Seyahi Lagoon, and the waters around Hamdan Island.
Or you can simply sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride. What an incredible way to show off the city to your visiting guests, right?
WE HAVE A DISCOUNT CODE FOR YOU…
What’s On has teamed up with CharterClick to offer you guys a 5 per cent discount when booking your boat over the next month. Be sure to enter the promo code WHATSON17, valid until April 15, 2017.
We’ll see you out on the water…