The Orient



Length: 36.5 meter
Width: 6.5 meter
Passengers: 10, Crew: 10


4 twin cabins, each with private bathroom.
1 double suite, with private bathroom and terrace.
All outside facing.

Dahabiya The Orient

The Orient is based on the design of an original Dahabiya from the late 18th and early 19th century. This traditional two-masted boat is about 37m long and 7m wide and has two decks. The Dahabiya is powered by wind. Relying on the river currents and a gentle breeze, this is the traditional way to cruise the Nile. A small river tug can help if the natural elements fail. The boat is fully air-conditioned and heated with individual controls, an electric generator for electricity, water filters for fresh water supply and safety equipment.

Suite ZekrayaatAccommodation

The accommodation on board the Orient consists of four comfortable, large cabins and one spacious suite. Cabins and suite all have air-conditioning and two large French windows overlooking the Nile. They are individually decorated with authentic oriental furniture. Every cabin has two large antique beds and a private bathroom with bath, shower and toilet. At the end of the central corridor is the slightly wider suite, which also has a small private terrace. The suite has one large double bed, a private bathroom with bath, shower and toilet.

Salon & dining room

At the front of the boat is the charming salon & dining room, with two large French windows on each side. Just like all the cabins, this area is fully air-conditioned. There is a large dining table where meals can be served. The salon also has a small library with books about the Nile and Egypt. With its comfortable sofas this is the perfect setting to end the day. Swap stories, share experiences, read a book or play a game of backgammon while enjoying a Turkish coffee or a glass of Alexandrian wine.


The half-shaded sun-deck forms the heart of the Dahabiya, with chairs, a divan, daybeds and dining tables. This is the perfect place to lie in a wooden deckchair and lazily watch the landscape gliding by. Enjoy daily life on the riverbanks and watch the fishermen at work, while the wind fills the sails and the water flows along the bows.

Life on board

Life on board a Dahabiya is peaceful and idyllic. The day has many pleasures. You can lie in a deckchair, read a book or watch children playing and women doing their washing. Every day there is a chance to walk around villages, visit local markets or explore Pharaonic monuments along the Nile.

Sun-deckAll meals, breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner, are freshly prepared on board and served on the sun-deck, in the dining room or on a beautiful spot on the banks of the Nile. There’s nothing better than an evening dining under the stars by the light of a campfire. You’ll find no flashing disco here, but it might be possible to attend a show by local musicians under a twinkling night sky.