Abu Dhabi Pearl Journey - UAE

The Abu Dhabi Pearl Journey experience is the first cultural and tourism product of its kind in the capital.

Abu Dhabi Pearl Journey - UAE

A unique edutainment (Education + Entertainment) experience to enrich people knowledge on the history of the pearling industry in the Arabian Gulf region, and how our forefathers dedicated their lives to collect thousands of seashells in hope to find a pearl… Our Pearl Journey will begin as you board the authentic "Jalboot" our pearling traditional boat. And be seated comfortably at our Arabian Majlis on the Jalboot, while being served some Arabian hospitality refreshments. This program is offered and managed by Emirati & International Cultural experts & guides.

Scheduled Tours (every day – 7 days a week)
a) You can make your booking at anytime between 9:00 AM until 8:00 PM.
b) As each tour take between 60 to 90 minutes
c) One jalboot (traditional boats) the boat will accommodate 20 pax maximum.
d) We also take appointments, so guests are free to choose the time they want the tour starts!

During the Abu Dhabi Pearl Journey tour you will experience:
a) A mangroves sea cruise journey.
b) Sailing on a traditional dhow (Jalboot)
c) Photographing Abu Dhabi Island from the sea.
d) Oyster opening demonstration.
e) Oyster opening by yourself (you keep the pearls you find).
f) Delicious traditional snacks and beverages on board.

Location: Our location is at the marina of the Eastern Mangroves Hotel & Spa – Abu Dhabi. Visitors can park at the Main Entrance parking area.

Our Specal Discounted Rates - Abu Dhabi Pearl Journey Tour:

a) USD 120 approx. AED 439 per Adult
b) USD 92 approx. AED 335 per Kid above 3 years and below 12 years of age
* Subject to availability


Special requests:
We offer creative, unique and special moment packages as well, where for example after opening an oyster and even cooking the oyster meat found inside the oyster, a special dinner on the jalbot will be served by the chief who can make you a delicious meal or salad. Another creative package requires a special arrangement and of course all based on bookings.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

  1. When can you book a Pearl Journey tour?
    Tours are conducted on a daily basis for groups or individuals, from 9 am to 8 pm. Evening tours are also available upon request but need to be booked ahead of time.
  2. How many people can the jalbot take?
    The jalbot can take a maximum of 20 guests per tour but always preferred up to 18 pax only.
  3. Can you take the tour alone?
    Yes, we also offer one-on-one tours.
  4. Where will the jalbot depart and arrive?
    The jalbot will depart from the Marina area which is located at the Eastern Mangrove Hotel. You can park your car at the hotel main entrance parking are, ask at the Concierge about the Abu Dhabi Pearl Journey and they can guide you to the Marina area.
  5. How long does a Pearl Journey tour take?
    Each tour takes approximately 60minutes but for full boat it takes around 90 minutes, the tour includes a live educational show on the history of the pearl and its culture in the UAE and the Gulf region, and then the process of opening the oysters takes place.
  6. Will the guests receive any refreshments or snacks on the Pearl Journey tour?
    Yes, the guests will be offered to drink water and juice, including Arabian coffee and Karak tea. Dates and some traditional snacks.
  7. Is the jalbot a real boat?
    Yes, the jalbot is a real and authentic traditional dhow that was used for pearl-diving in the Arabian Gulf region during the earlier times. At the same time, it is decorated like an Arabian Majlis style.
  8. How will the guests be able to find the pearls?
    Each guest is given the chance to search for a pearl after we open the seashell in front of them with the oyster knife (oyster opener tool). Every guest will be searching the seashells until they find the pearl. Each guest will discover his/her own pearl because we make sure that we have enough seashells that are with pearls. So in case a guest doesn’t find a pearl in the first seashell that they open then they will receive another seashell till they find their pearl.

For more infomation and for booking inquiries please contact us.

We reserve the right to cancel any part or the whole trip due to the government decisions, unpredictable weather conditions or force majeure. In such a scenario our refund policy would be applicable.