Luxury Yacht Charters Dubai and Middle East
With spectacularly beautiful coastlines and white sandy beaches that are in stark contrast to its’ cutting-edge, cosmopolitan cities, the Persian Gulf is a wonderful yacht charter destination incorporating Dubai, Oman, Abu Dhabi and Bahrain.
Luxury charters in Dubai and the Middle East offer guests a heady mix of unsurpassed glamour, fascinating culture and exciting opportunities for adventure. Meanwhile, the recently developed superyacht infrastructure also provides ultimate convenience for those on luxury yacht charter.
What to discover on a yacht charter in Dubai and the Middle East?
Dubai is famous for its shopping and five-star resorts, with luxury brands lining the emirate’s numerous malls. While on luxury charter in Dubai and the Middle East why not take advantage of the tax-free retail therapy before heading to one of the luxury resorts for a day of pampering at the spa or soak up some winter sun by the pool? The spectacular towering architecture holds many world-class gastronomic experiences, with Michelin-starred restaurants in abundance in Dubai.
Head into the desert for 4WD adventures across the dunes and falconry displays followed by a night under the stars experiencing authentic Middle Eastern culture, including music, dancing and local cuisine by firelight. For families who rent a yacht in Dubai and the Middle East, a trip to the Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo offers a window into an aquatic world of sharks, rays and marine life. A visit to the water park at Atlantis on The Palm is also a fun way to spend the day.
Abu Dhabi is an exciting, ever-changing charter destination with something to offer everyone looking for warm November weather and outstanding luxury. Home to the F1 racing, Yas Island Marina is a purpose-built superyacht marina with five-star Yas Viceroy hotel and Cipriani restaurant, as well as other activities to enjoy before the action starts at dusk. Head to the Ferrari World theme park to keep the adrenaline junkies on board happy with the world’s fastest roller coaster, or take to the skies in a seaplane tour.
As the understated, hidden gem of the Middle East, Oman offers plenty of options for adventurous yacht charters that break the traditional mould. Its’ capital, Muscat, is steeped in history and worthy of a visit during a yacht charter in Dubai and the Middle East. Head to souks in Muttrah for pashminas, spices and frankincense or to the Gold Souk for dazzling displays of jewellery.
The Six Senses Zighy Bay resort near the fjord-like Musandam Peninsula offers opulence with a dramatic rocky backdrop. Take a break from cruising and try paragliding or a trip in a microlight to get a birds-eye view of the rugged landscape. The imposing Al Hajar mountain range divides Muscat and Nizwa, and is a popular destination for shore-based excursions during luxury charters in Dubai and the Middle East. Activities include sand-boarding, Jeep rides and quad biking through the desert.
The Kingdom of Bahrain was one of the first countries in the Persian Gulf to invest in tourism and that has paid off with an established network of museums, luxury hotels, boutique shops and high-end restaurants. Locals claim that diving was invented in waters off Bahrain, with evidence of pearl diving taking place here from more than 5,000 years ago.
Bahrain has a rich trading history, reflected in numerous monuments on the island. Well worth a visit if you rent a yacht in Dubai and the Middle East is Qalat al-Bahrain site (Bahrain Fort site), a registered UNESCO world heritage site with a fascinating museum displaying ancient artefacts.
Bahrain has a long and established history of equestrian traditions and even has a collection of pure-bred Arabian horses that the rulers have preserved on the island for more than 200 years. There are year-round events including endurance races, jumping, dressage and the Arabian Horse Show.
When is the best time to rent a yacht in Dubai and the Middle East?
The best weather for luxury yacht charters in Dubai and the Middle East falls between November and April when the climate is not too hot or humid. On average temperatures in Dubai range between highs of approximately 31C (88F) in November to 32C (90F) in April. The sea temperature in Dubai is usually around 28C (82F), with little significant variation throughout the year.
Where should you visit on a luxury charter in Dubai and the Middle East?
The city of Dubai can be roughly divided into two parts: Old Dubai, the historical heart of trading in the city centred around the Creek; and New Dubai, located further south and packed with the enormous skyscrapers and luxury resorts for which the emirate is famous. It is also a relatively short trip inland to the vast desert, where you will feel a million miles from the buzzing metropolis.
In Abu Dhabi, one of the most popular mooring spots is on Yas Island, which has a purpose-built marina for large superyachts and various attractions, both day and night. From here you can explore the relatively compact emirate, perhaps with a trip to the desert or to pick up the pace at Ferrari World.
For those opting for a luxury charter in Oman, expect to be transported to a Martian landscape with the rugged, red-hued fjords of the Musandam Peninsula. The region offers provides a base from which to enjoy activities ashore including paragliding, 4WD excursions and quad biking. Oman’s capital Muscat, located in the Gulf of Oman, offers a rich tapestry of experiences, from culinary delights to retail therapy in centuries-old souks.
Bahrain, another popular destination for luxury charters in Dubai and the Middle East, is located further to the west of the Persian Gulf. The capital city of Manama is accessible by yacht and is the country’s hub as well as being rich in historical significance with a number of important mosques and the Bahrain National Museum. The horse racing complex at Al Riffa is a popular place to enjoy one of the country’s most beloved sports.
Diving is a popular activity in Bahrain, with many sites located to the north and east of the country. Keen divers who rent a yacht in Dubai and the Middle East will particularly enjoy the Abu Thalma pinnacle dive site situated 45 miles north-east of Bahrain and considered one of the best in the Persian Gulf for marine biodiversity.
What are the major yachting ports in Dubai and the Middle East?
Dubai has a number of marinas that have been purpose-built for superyachts, including Dubai Marina Yacht Club, which has a capacity for yachts up to 50 metres. Many of the marinas have been built to accommodate smaller yachts up to 20-30 metres, so the very largest superyachts on Dubai and Middle East Yacht charter tend to remain at anchor or temporarily dock at commercial ports.
Yas Marina on Yas Island is one of the most notable marinas in the Persian Gulf created specifically for superyachts. It has a capacity for yachts up to 150 metres in length, with a wide range of facilities including various dockside restaurants and a fitness suite for visiting superyachts.
Oman has a handful of marinas in Muscat but these are mostly for smaller yachts. There is a marina able to take superyachts of up to 60 metres in the Muriya development at Al Sifah Beach, located 40 minutes’ drive to the east of the capital. Otherwise, most superyachts spend their time at anchor while cruising in Oman.