Take an abra (water taxi) ride along Dubai Creek

Dubai Travel Guides / August 24, 2016
Take an abra (water taxi) ride along Dubai Creek Image credit: topdeq

What
The Dubai Creek is considered as the vein that feeds the heart of Dubai. This saltwater creek has been a focal point of Dubai’s economic activity for centuries. It is believed to be the original area of tribe settlement in Dubai, and a vital take-off point for pearl diving and fishing activities of the early settlers.

Today, the Dubai Creek serves as a major waterway that divides Bur Dubai and Deira. It gives local residents and visitors a convenient route between the souks of Dubai and other major stops.

Why
Nothing can beat the value of a one-dirham abra ride across the Dubai Creek. It is definitely the cheapest way to experience the sights and sounds of Dubai while aboard a traditional wooden watercraft.

We can take in a different view of Dubai with this trip, an exciting sight of where yesterday meets today, and East meets West.

A customized abra ride is also available for those want a longer journey along the creek. It is best to ride at sunset for a more breathtaking experience.

Best places to visit along the creek
Dubai’s souks or traditional marketplaces are located along this waterway. Shop for the cheapest gold at the Dubai Gold Souk, then take an abra and continue your shopping spree at the Spice and Textile Souks on the other side of the creek.

A place for the entire family to have fun together is the Creekside Park. This relaxing green space is complete with children’s play areas, a swimming pool, an amphitheater, and a cable car. Enjoying an encounter with dolphins at its Dubai Dolphinarium is one of the hottest activities there.

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