Where To Go In Dubai: Sofa Boat Ride At Dubai Festival City

  • The Show
    The show was actually a funny, comedic, ballet dancing performance.
  • Sofa Boat Ride Getting Ready
    After minutes of waiting, time to take that sofa boat away...
  • Beep Beep
    Nanay and Tatay's alternate maneuvering... ('Twas like playing an Atari computer game)
  • Beep Beep Beep
    With Yuri's Jordanian, cute, little, and friendly new found friend on the other boat.
  • Goin home
    then we docked and off to home. :)
  • rsz_dfc_architecture
    DFC's interior

Self Service Sofa Boat Ride

If you’re looking for some place to go in Dubai, visit or revisit Dubai Festival City (one of Dubai’s big malls). The last time my wife and I visited DFC, we saw these abras crossing back and forth on its artificially made Venice-like canal. But now, they have these white, motorized sofa boats made of hard plastic (or was it fiberglass), which has the capacity of four passengers. It has a joystick-like part which is used for maneuvering.

Our son was quick enough to give us a big nod when asked if he wants us to try and ride the sofa boat. We enjoyed the self service ride which only costs us Dhs 50/- for 15 minutes. We had a little problem though in the middle of it, when our son wanted to drive the boat by himself. We only had him hold the maneuver instead, to avoid “war” 🙂 and to avoid bumping and disturbing other boat riders. 🙂 Talking about the speed, it was actually on its slowest speed but okay enough to make some little water splashing ride.

Below are the pix we had prior, during and after the sofa boat ride experience.

DFC’s interior

This was before heading to the canal. It was actually a funny/comedic, ballet dancing performance.


After minutes of waiting, time to take that sofa boat away! Yippey!

Nanay and Tatay’s alternate maneuvering. (‘Twas like 2 players playing an Atari computer game).

With Yuri’s Jordanian, cute, little, and friendly new found friend on the other boat, waving at us. And the speedy-like-camera work of  me by my wife. 🙂

Then we docked, had our dinner at the food court and off to home. 🙂

If you’re planning to have some fun in the coming days, thinking of where to go this weekend here in Dubai, why not try this sofa boat ride in Dubai Festival City.



Camera: Nikon D60
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15 Responses

  1. Jhari says:

    Here we go again, thanks for the tips kuya. We’ve been to DFC, pero haven’t tried any rides. We just took picture at the falls lang.

  2. Mommy Maye says:

    Wow that’s nice. Ang sarap mag-boating nyan super comfy.

  3. Aileen says:

    That looks like a fun activity…for kids and the kids at heart (like me hehehe)

  4. huwaw! will tell husband to have a road trip one of this weekends. since we can’t eat out during lunch. so after Ramadan i guess. by the way, how to find this place inside DFC? may signage po ba. thanks.

  5. Paula says:

    Is this the same mall that was on fire a few months ago?
    Ang ganda ng canal nila ha. Parang nasa Italy na rin.

  6. Mylene says:

    Thanks for the info. If I had the chance to visit Dubai, I’ll check this place.

  7. Jen says:

    My husband and I love DFC! We haven’t tried the boat ride though. Oh well, next time. Looks so much fun!

  8. Krizza says:

    Wow…ang sarap namang bonding time nyan! Haven’t been to Dubai yet. Am here working in Cambodia although I have so many relatives working in Dubai and I’d been hearing a lot about the nice spots there that’s worth a visit! 🙂

  9. Vera says:

    That looked like fun! Can’t blame the little guy for wanting to drive, it looked so easy and just like a video game too. hehe

  10. Kristen says:

    looks like a fun activity for the whole family! i cannot wait to visit my sister in AUH next year and see how wonderful Dubai is!

  11. genefaith says:

    wow…it seems you’re in Venice..I wanna try that if ever I’ll visit Dubai:)

  12. Farida says:

    I’ve been wanting to go to Dubai and visit another part of the world outside Asia. I heard the airport is really huge and the items for sale there are cheap 🙂

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