things to do in Dubai Creek

Take a tour of Old Dubai on the traditional wooden boat locally known as an Abra.

Want to make the most of the fabulous weather? Whether you are looking for a fun day out for the family or are hunting for something unique to do with visitors, we highly recommend heading to Bur Dubai and jumping aboard a traditional wooden Abra to sail leisurely down the Creek.

Dubai Creek was the epicenter of the city in the late 1960’s, with pearl divers and fishermen setting up homes alongside it and building traditional wooden boats to travel around (the Abra). The stations on the creek connect you to the different Souks in Deira and Bur Dubai – Gold, Spice, and Textile – for just 1 AED per ride.

Not in the mood for shopping? You can privately hire an Abra for a very reasonable 50 AED per 30 minutes or 120 AED per 60 minutes. The captain of the boat will take you along the Creek at a relaxed pace, allowing you to enjoy and photograph the scenic sights of Bastakiya, waterside eateries and hotels, colourful souks, and Heritage Village.

The boats have a simple design and a loud diesel engine. Make sure you wear comfortable clothes and sensible shoes.

If you’re looking for a fun day out that doesn’t break the bank, this is ideal. We love the fact that it provides a glimpse of the less glamorous, but far more soulful side of the city.

Oh, and if taking an Abra in Dubai Creek is not enough then you can also take a virtual tour all thanks to Google Street View that covers the Dubai Creek and all its surrounding areas.  For an amazing 360 degree visual of the Dubai Creek click here.

Dubai Old Souk Abra Station (just next to Bastakiat area)
Opposite Bank of Baroda
Bur Dubai
For full details click here

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