It’s easy to be jaded by all the majestic sights around us in the UAE - from the world’s most opulent hotel, to the tallest building and the world’s fastest rollercoaster.
But you still haven’t seen it all yet, till you board a Jalboot ferry, the recently launched private ferry service in Abu Dhabi. Sometimes soaking in the scenic views from a different vantage point really puts life into perspective and makes you marvel at just how enchanting this country really is.
Jalboot trips – which begin at the Abu Dhabi Mall – go around Abu Dhabi city and neighbouring islands proving that the emirate has one of the region’s longest and richest coastlines, with calming seascapes, hidden landmarks and waterways.
You can get a remarkable view of the luxurious Emirates Palace before docking at Etihad Towers, just below the newly-opened Pearls by Michael Caines restaurant, and disembark right onto the Corniche. With Marina Mall and Heritage Village around the corner, shopping excursions are in order.
The next destination is the Fairmont Bab Al Bahr, and as you sail towards it you can get close to the ancient guard tower, Al Maqtaa Fort. The magnificent Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque comes up before the boat sails into the jetty at the five-star Fairmont Bab Al Bahr.
A luxurious lunch and its time for the ferry to move on, passing the lush mangrove forests on the journey to Yas Island, docking at the Yas Marina, allowing passengers to explore the shopping and entertainment spots before returning to Abu Dhabi Mall.
There are a range of ticket types for adults, children and families with group tickets also available. Tickets, priced from Dh40, can be bought at sales kiosks in Abu Dhabi Mall, Al Wahda Mall and Mushrif Mall. Bookings and ticket payments can also be made via its website (www.jalboot.ae) or through its 24-hour call centre on 600 57 57 56.