Sports and Activities in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (VI)
Sports and Activities in Dubai, United Arab Emirates: Arabian Ranches Golf Club – Desert links, Dubai style
Out on the edge of the city in the Dubailand development, this striking modern course was designed by former Open champion Ian Baker-Finch in emulation of the desert-style courses found at places like Scottsdale, Arizona and Palm Springs, California. The par 72 course consists of 18 links-style holes set in the middle of natural desert – miss the fairway and you end up in the “sandy waste”, covered in indigenous shrubs and plant life.
The Spanish colonial-style clubhouse is a nice place to hang out, with food and drink from Ranches restaurant and fine views over the course from the restaurant’s panoramic terrace.
Sports and Activities in Dubai, United Arab Emirates: Dhow Dinner Cruises – Dubai from the water
Touristy but fun, an evening dinner cruise up and down the Creek aboard a traditional Arabian dhow remains one of the most popular visitor attractions in the city, offering superlative night-time views over the old city.
Dinner cruises usually last a couple of hours, departing at around 8pm from various points in either Deira or Bur Dubai, after which you’ll sail up and down the Creek, whilst some kind of Arabian or International-style buffet dinner, perhaps with a live musician or belly-dancer thrown in for good measure.
Dinner cruises can cost anything from 100dh to 350dh depending on whom you go with. It’s usually easiest to book a cruise directly through your hotel, although they can also be booked through any of the city’s myriad tour operators including the reputable Arabian Adventures, or, usually slightly more cheaply, through operators such as Alpha Tours and Orient Tours.
Other independent cruise operators include Rikks Cruises, which offers some of the cheapest cruises in town, and the more upmarket Al Mansour Dhow, operated by the Radisson Blu hotel. For a more modern alternative to the traditional dhow, Bateaux Dubai runs cruises in its state-of-the-art glass-sided modern boat, offering a touch more luxury than other operators, plus above-average food. .