Seawings Seaplane Tours, the Dubai-based luxury air-tour excursion company, has launched Seawings Lifestyle, a selection of panoramic experiences up and down the UAE coastline offering everything from luxurious yacht charter to historical heritage tours and wildlife desert drives.
Lifestyle packages are exclusive charter offerings for two, four or six individuals enjoying one-, two-, three- or six-night excursions from Dubai Creek to locations such as Sir Baniyas, an island off Abu Dhabi, Oman’s Zighy Bay and Maha Resort, an eco-lodge deep in the desert on the road to the UAE’s third city of Al Ain.
The company also recently started including flights to the UAE’s east coast, a growing tourism focus, with special luxury tours to the Omani Six Senses Zighy Bay resort thrown in for good measure.
Founded in 2007, Seawings offers aerial seaplane tours of Dubai on board the Cessna Caravan 208 amphibious aircraft. Seawings operates three seaplanes and each has the capacity to seat nine passengers.
“Our core business involves scenic flights above Dubai and the other emirates in a seaplane. This is our eighth year of operations. We are experiencing very good growth,” said Stuart Wheeler, CEO and company founder.
“Every year, we continue to offer more value and packages. We have increased our operations in terms of scope, and are becoming quite prominent in Abu Dhabi. Dubai operations recently meant the addition of a service from the World Islands, allowing water taxi passengers to arrive on the Palm Island, with another flight from the Palm to the Creek and back.”
Wheeler said the flights threw into relief Dubai’s growing status as a hub for finance, tourism and shipping, as clients were given a detailed commentary on how Dubai rose to prominence, with the Creek vital to that experience.
“Passengers experience all the iconic features of Dubai, from the Palm and the World to the Creek, landing near the Park Hyatt, which is on the site where everything started in 1931, with the original flying boats landing from Southampton on the way to Mumbai,” Wheeler said.
“The seaplane adds an air of nostalgia and romance. It’s a great combination and an amazing city to fly over. The vehicle evokes all sorts of emotions.”