Both locals and tourists frequently use the Abras for crossing the Dubai Creek. Riding an Abra is a great way to enjoy the picturesque views of the city. Many visitors enjoy abra ride itself as a must-do in Dubai.
If you want to visit tourist attractions that lie on the Deira side of the creek such as Deira Gold Souk and Spice Souk, then abra is the fastest and cheapest means of transport that can bring you from Bur Dubai side to Deira side.
Among the 2 routes that the abras cover, route 2 is more popular among tourists. It offers 24/7 service, so you can cross the creek at any time of the day.
– Route 1 (between Deira Old Souk Abra Station and Bur Dubai Deira Old Souk Abra Station): 06:00 to 00:00 daily
– Route 2 (between Dubai Old Souk Station and Sabkha Abra Station: 24 hours (daily)
Travel time: 5 minutes (route 1); 7 minutes (route 2)
Abra fares: Fixed at AED 1 ($0.27) per person. Pay the driver in cash after the boat leaves the station.
Note: You can also hire a boat for a private tour that will cost AED 120 ($32.67) per hour.