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New Year’s Eve in the UAE: Residents spend more than Dh25,000 to watch fireworks from a yacht – News


Published: Mon Dec 25, 2023, 6:00 am

Revelers in the UAE are gearing up to ring in the New Year in luxury. Party-goers are willing to spend more than Dh25,000 for a two- to six-hour scenic trip across the waters of Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Ras Al Khaimah to enjoy the fireworks spectacle.

Yacht charter fleet operators in the country explain that they have seen a notable increase in their bookings, especially as the last week of the year begins.

Dubai’s world-famous New Year celebrations increase demand for yachts, which offer privacy and stunning views of the city skyline and Arabian Gulf. They attract locals and tourists alike and showcase the luxurious lifestyle of Dubai.

Simon Wickham, managing director of Sky Walker Yachts, said: “Normally in Dubai you see a huge influx of inquiries over the last seven days. If one were to rent a yacht in Dubai on a normal day, it would probably cost around Dh1,000. Thus, for five or six hours one would pay 6,000 dirhams. But on New Year’s Eve, as it is such a special time, packages start at Dh25,000 for the charter, which starts at 8pm, and guests usually return at 1am or 2am.”

These yachts include a professional captain and crew and comply with Dubai’s strict maritime regulations. Experienced captains and a hospitality-trained crew further enhance the luxury sailing experience.

“On occasions like [New Year’s Eve]”It feels like a special event and people pay a premium to come out and see the fireworks, much more than they would on a normal day,” he added.

These yachts offer a scenic journey for guests passing by iconic Dubai landmarks such as Atlantis The Palm and Burj Al Arab. For longer experiences, full-day or multi-day charter flights are offered to destinations such as the World Islands.

Charters start from Dubai Marina or Dubai Harbor with customizable itineraries for a unique experience.

Amit Patel, CEO of Xclusive Yacht, said: “As the New Year approaches, we are experiencing a notable increase in demand, in line with the festive and luxurious spirit of the season. Our fleet has grown to almost 100 vessels. Due to high demand around the New Year, most of our fleet is booked in advance.

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“Our yachts accommodate groups of various sizes, from 10 to 20 guests on smaller yachts to 100 to 200 on larger vessels, while meeting safety standards.”

Increase of up to 20%

“This year, our bookings have increased significantly, showing growth of between 15 and 20 percent over last year. This is due to a clientele that values ​​unique yacht charter experiences,” he added.

Teams customize every detail, from decor to entertainment, to meet the standards of the most discerning clientele. The yachts offer luxurious amenities such as well-equipped lounges, entertainment systems, gourmet dining and comfortable cabins.

Some yachts have jacuzzis, bars, solariums and water sports equipment. Customized services include onboard chefs, live cooking stations, barbecue facilities and personalized entertainment.

Bashar Mihyar, marketing director at The Captain’s Club, said: “As we approach New Year’s Eve, bookings have increased. [Almost] All our boats are reserved. “This starts happening from the beginning of December because guests want to make sure everything is in place as December 31 approaches.”

Guests operate the boats themselves.

Captain’s Club, which operates from Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Ras Al Khaimah, has more than 150 boats in six different categories under its flag.

Unlike the others, the concept behind this club is for members to personally operate the boats they use. Instead of buying or renting boats, members have an annual membership paying Dh1,400 a month, allowing them to captain the boats themselves.

The fleet includes wakeboard boats, cabin boats, pontoon boats, speed boats and fishing boats.

“If the ship leaves from Abu Dhabi, many people prefer to go around the Corniche or Yas Island area to see the fireworks shows held there. After that, they go to an island or stay on the yacht and enjoy their time. If it is in Dubai and RAK, the guests will stay on the yacht,” Mihyar added.




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