All you should know about dhows

If there is one thing that is synonymous with the Arabian way of life, it is dhows. This particularly holds true for those residing at coastal locations like Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Oman. For those who don’t know, dhows are basically wooden boats that have a deep association with Middle Eastern history. If anything, these boats have played a great role in terms of giving a boost to its economy.


A majority of tourists that visit Dubai are interested in booking luxurious dhow cruise Dubai tours have no idea about the overall history of these boats. They do not know that these have long been used for all sorts of aquatic activities including transport, trade and fishing. Although dhows are being built these days using GRP and steel, there are still many artisans out there who continue to work on shell-built dhows that are prepared using wood.
Further details about dhows

The shapes of the hulls of the dhows being built today are very different than those being constructed traditionally. Some of the most noticed types being built these days are:

  • Baggarah
  • Badan
  • Boum
  • Ghanjah
  • Battil

While some of these can fit only two to three people, there are some that come with sails too. The models that are being used most commonly these days for tourists going on dinner cruises include the sturdiest Shu’ai or Boum. Before getting into the boat, it is highly recommended for you to ask the sailor about the kind of boat that is being used for the tour. This is definitely going to help you get into the spirit of the tour. If anything, the overall dhow boat cruise is guaranteed to be an experience that you will surely remember for the rest of your life. The overall ambiance is truly soothing and a romantic dinner with your partner on this trip is definitely going to be an experience of a lifetime.


When you are done with the cruise, you can go ahead and pick a souvenir to take back home from your Dubai trip. A majority of dhow companies out there sell keepsake miniature dhows prepared using metal, wood and plastic. On the whole, going on a dhow boat trip is going to let you experience history in the truest sense. Apart from that, you can also opt to experience true Arabian desert life by choosing one of the best premier morning desert safari packages out there.