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Dubai offers so many options to tourists, that it gets really hard to choose from among them. From the Burj Khalifa to water parks to "desert safaris" to cruise rides, you name it, Dubai has it. Cruises are a very popular tourist attraction, and generally the most famous ones set sail near the Dubai Marina and the Palm Jumeirah Island. Among these are a plethora of different cruise types which the tourists can choose from. Opt for a Dhow Cruise on the Creek if you like, or take a Dhow Cruise to the Dubai Marina instead. Also available are the Show Cruise on the Canal, and the Bateaux Cruise on the Creek. One very well-known cruise service is the Palm Inner Circle Cruise

What is the Palm Inner Circle Cruise In Dubai?

Among the most popular cruise services in the city is the Palm Inner Circle Sunset/Dinner Cruise, which sets sails from Palm Jumeirah, one of the most beautiful and vibrant areas in all of Dubai. The largest human-made island in the world, Palm Jumeirah, built in 2001, is home to a number of high-profile resorts, including the Atlantis Hotel, which is a landmark in itself. The cruise is actually a super gorgeous double decker glass boat (yacht), and has a very romantic and alluring set-up along with soothing background music, to help those aboard, relax. The dress code is casual, giving passengers the liberty to enjoy the cruise in comfortable wear. The cruise runs twice a day, once during the sunset (at 4 pm), and then during the night (dinner time at 8 pm).

When is the best time to go for a ride on the Palm Inner Circle Cruise?

Typically, the November and the months following it up to April (November-April) is the most ideal time to make a visit to this cruise. The temperatures usually do not go beyond 20°C, and the open deck dinner allows you to see the magnificent Dubai skyline in all its glory. Moreover, the sea breeze is gentle, and provides the perfect ambience for comfort and great photographs. The best pictures of the scenery are probably obtained at the Atlantis Hotel and the Marina skyline.

What route does the Palm Inner Circle Cruise take?

The Palm Inner Circle Cruise starts from the east trunk of the Palm Island, and moves along, all the way to the western trunk. It then crosses under a bridge, and finally comes to a stop at the starting point on the east trunk. Also, it makes a stop at the Atlantis Hotel for a while, allowing those aboard to take pictures of the iconic landmark. The whole trip takes an average of 2 hours, give or take a few minutes. Since the Palm Jumeirah is lined by hotels near the shore, the entire ride is filled with the beautiful sight of their lights, especially during nighttime. The most prominent hotels among these are Atlantis the Palm, Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, and the Kempinski. Tourists also get a sneak peek of the Sheikh's Palace, and the water villas at the 101 Lounge of One and Only and Anantara the Palm are hard to miss. Each of these buildings is unique in its own sense, with specialised architectural precision, and amazing creativity. 

The Dinner on the Palm Inner Circle Cruise:

The quality of the yacht used for the Palm Inner Circle Cruise is quite good, and it can accommodate around 80 people in one go (staff included). The food served during the dinner is from Barrel 12, a very well known restaurant on the Palm Jumeirah Island. Additionally, what makes the cruise rather unique is that it is one of the few where alcoholic drinks are available and served. 

The Cruise Menu: The dinner on this cruise consists of a main course, salads, soups and bread, and desserts. The items served are listed below:

Main Course

  • Chicken with Mushroom Sauce
  • Steamed Basmati Rice
  • Rosemary Roast Potato with Confit Garlic Cloves
  • Singaporean Vegetables
  • Kadai Vegetables
  • Lamb Shepherd's Pie
  • Grilled Spice Rubbed Fish

Soup and Bread:

  • Egyptian Lentil Soup with Spices and Olive Oil
  • Arabic Bread
  • Artisanal Bread Rolls


  • Fingerling Potatoes with Honey Mayonnaise and Forum Vinegar
  • Hummus
  • Babaganoush
  • Basil Pesto Pasto
  • Lebanese Fattoush Salad with Cucumber and Tomato
  • French Dressing
  • Asian Tuna Salad
  • Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar


  • Umm Ali
  • White Forest Cake
  • Assorted Cupcakes
  • Assorted Seasonal Fruit Salad
  • Coconut Pudding
  • Fruit Platter
  • Live Pasta Station


  • Water
  • Juices

Hot Beverages:

  • Coffee
  • Tea

The Timings and Itinerary:

Sunset Cruise: 16:00 pm (4 pm)

Dinner Cruise:

Reporting Time for Passengers: 20:00 pm (8 pm)

Departure of Cruise: 20:30 pm (8:30 pm)

During the ride, the cruise sails through the Palm Jumeirah, and the passengers get to enjoy the buffet-type dinner on-board.

Return Time: 22:30 pm (10:30 pm)

What's the cost of the Palm Inner Circle Cruise In Dubai?

The cost excludes any alcohol served and is 85 USD. Alcohol is additional, and charges are levied by the bottle or the glass. For children aged 0-2 years, dining is free of cost. 

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