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    Where Dubai Started: Night View

    by machomikemd Written Jul 25, 2013

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    this will be my night view tips and pictures of the famed dubai creek, of which Dubai Started when in the 18th century.

    Dubai Creek Comes Alive with People at Night.

    Dubai Creek is a shallow saltwater creek that winds its way from the trading port on the Gulf to the Ras al Khor bird sanctuary on the desert edge of Dubai. Along the both sides of the creek lie the deira corniche and the bur dubai corniche and lots of mini docks that berths assorted dhow and speed boats and yachts. there are no Big Boats here as the creek is shallow. Activities to do at the creek include riding the old-fashioned boats called dhows criss-cross the water from Bur Dubai on the left bank to Deira on the right or catch a water taxi, which is a small dhow, called an abra, to get from Bur Dubai to Deira and back or sign up for a romantic sunset dhow cruise traveling further upstream. The Creek winds for 14 km (8.5 miles) from the Gulf, separating Bur Dubai and Deira.

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    The creek's initial inlet into mainland Dubai is along the Deira Corniche and Al Ras areas of eastern Dubai and along the Al Shindagha area of western Dubai. It then progresses south-eastward through the mainland, passing through Port Saeed and Dubai Creek Park. The creek's natural ending is at the Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary, 14 kilometres (8.7 mi) from its origin at the Persian Gulf. The traditional form of transport between the eastern and western sections of Dubai via the creek was through abras, which continue to operate in Dubai. In addition, the eastern and western sections are linked via four bridges (Al Maktoum Bridge, Al Garhoud Bridge, Business Bay Crossing, and Floating Bridge) and one tunnel (Al Shindagha Tunnel).

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    Where Dubai Started: Day View

    by machomikemd Written Jul 25, 2013
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    this will be my day view tips and pictures of the famed dubai creek, of which Dubai Started when in the 18th century.

    Dubai Creek is a shallow saltwater creek that winds its way from the trading port on the Gulf to the Ras al Khor bird sanctuary on the desert edge of Dubai. Along the both sides of the creek lie the deira corniche and the bur dubai corniche and lots of mini docks that berths assorted dhow and speed boats and yachts. there are no Big Boats here as the creek is shallow. Activities to do at the creek include riding the old-fashioned boats called dhows criss-cross the water from Bur Dubai on the left bank to Deira on the right or catch a water taxi, which is a small dhow, called an abra, to get from Bur Dubai to Deira and back or sign up for a romantic sunset dhow cruise traveling further upstream. The Creek winds for 14 km (8.5 miles) from the Gulf, separating Bur Dubai and Deira.

    according to wikipedia:

    The creek's initial inlet into mainland Dubai is along the Deira Corniche and Al Ras areas of eastern Dubai and along the Al Shindagha area of western Dubai. It then progresses south-eastward through the mainland, passing through Port Saeed and Dubai Creek Park. The creek's natural ending is at the Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary, 14 kilometres (8.7 mi) from its origin at the Persian Gulf. The traditional form of transport between the eastern and western sections of Dubai via the creek was through abras, which continue to operate in Dubai. In addition, the eastern and western sections are linked via four bridges (Al Maktoum Bridge, Al Garhoud Bridge, Business Bay Crossing, and Floating Bridge) and one tunnel (Al Shindagha Tunnel).

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    Dubai Creek, Khor Dubai, UAE

    by TrendsetterME Written Jun 21, 2013
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    "Dubai Creek" or "Khor Dubai" is a saltwater creek located in Dubai.

    It ends at Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary. Some sources say that the creek extended as far inland as Al Ain, and that the Ancient Greeks called it River Zara.

    Cutting through the heart of Dubai, the seawater Dubai Creek winds its way from the trading port on the Gulf to the Ras al Khor bird sanctuary on the desert edge of Dubai.

    Old-fashioned boats called dhows criss-cross the water from Bur Dubai on the left bank to Deira on the right. Catch a water taxi "dhow" called an "Abra" to get from A to B or sign up for a romantic sunset dhow cruise traveling further upstream.

    Here you can read my "Abra Boats Review" ... :
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    A cruise reveals the glittering high-rise buildings lining the Creek, passing under several bridges to reach the Creekside gardens. Or take a stroll along the paved promenade lining the Creek on the Bur Dubai side of the waterway.

    Enjoy the Creek of Dubai ... :)

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  • Water Bus Ride in the Creek

    by chellu Written Feb 7, 2013
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    This is a smarter way to explore the Historic Areas in and around Dubai Creek. The modern Airconditioned, safe and comfortable Water Bus run by the RTA(Roads & Transport Authority, Dubai) are a smarter way to travel the Creek waters. It adds pleasure to the ride, comfrotable and affordable as well. In fact the cheapest way to explore the creek of Dubai! It cost only AED 2/- (Approx 0.55 USD). It akes you from Al Seef Station upto the historical part of Dubai(known as the Old Dubai) Al Ghubaiba Station. This station is a hub of transport services in Dubai. The World class Dubai Metro and the Dubai Bus stations are strategically located beside each other and connected by shaded pedestrian walkways built by RTA. All modes of public transport accept the NOL card-the unified fare cards(Dubai's cashless travel card), available easily anywhere in Dubai. More info available at www.rta.ae - toll free 24X7: 8009090.

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    Dubai Creek

    by leffe3 Written Jul 17, 2012
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    The heart and soul of Dubai. The stunning new architecture may be creating a new focus on the city, but the real heart of Dubai is the Creek, which runs for approximately 10 kms inland.

    Settlements have been here for thousands of years (so recent excavations have shown) but for modern Dubai, the Bedouins first settled on a semi-permanent basis a little over 200 years ago. Bastakiya and Shindaga are the 2 oldest neighbourhoods, found at the mouth of the Creek on the western bank, although Deira to the east has taken on the mantle of being the centre of old Dubai.

    Not that old means a lot - but in comparison to the new contemporary towers, Deira is old. Five/six storey apartments and office blocks abound and primarily the home of Indian, Pakistani, Iranian and Lebanese migrant workers. It's frantic, it's noisy, it's busy - but there's a lot of character.

    Abras (shared water taxis) ply the waters, making the short crossing from bank to bank for tourists and residents alike. The minarets of Bastakiya are on one bank, the Dhow Wharf and its hive of activity on the other. (The Dhow Wharf is a fascinating place to simply wander - fridges, electronics being the main cargo these days, so not exactly exotic!)

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    Creek Cruises, done with style...

    by JessH Updated Apr 11, 2012

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    (Licenced - serves alcoholic beverages).

    There are numerous organisers offering dinner cruises along Dubai Creek.
    The two that I recommend with the best food, best atmosphere (ship) and best service are
    -> the Al Mansour Dhow (wooden boat) of the Radisson SAS Blu Hotel in Deira
    -> and the Bateaux Dubai (glass boat) owned by Jebel Ali Int'l Hotels.

    How could you not love the combination of a 5-star cuisine on a beautiful ship, cruising up & down the Creek for about 2 hours? This is a very popular way for any visitor & also for us residents to spend an evening; many couples like to celebrate Valentine's Day or their anniversary this way, so make sure that you make a reservation!

    Al Mansour Dhow Details: (website below)
    Operational Hours:
    Leaves port (Chamber of Commerce) at: 08:30pm / Returns at: 10:30pm.

    Price per person (Year 2012): Dhs 185.- (buffet + 1 non-alcoholic welcome drink)
    Alcohol is available on board and charged separately.
    Dress code is smart-casual.

    Bateaux Dubai Details: www.bateauxdubai.com
    Operational Hours:
    Departure 08.30pm / Return 11:00pm.

    Price per person (Year 2012): Dhs 280.- (4-course meal + 1 non-alcoholic welcome drink)
    Alcohol is available on board & charged separately.
    Dress code is smart-casual.

    NOTE: This is a lovely way to spend an evening, and we thoroughly enjoyed our dinner cruise on the Al Mansour Dhow in March 2012... the food was excellent! DELICIOUS! And the staff were exceptionally hospitable.

    If you wish to really see the city from the creek's perspective, hire an Abra (water taxi) for an hour during daylight hours, or take part in a lunch cruise.

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    The lifeline of Dubai - The Creek ("Al Khor")

    by JessH Updated Apr 11, 2012

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    Dhow is the name for a long, flat sailing vessel that is found in the Indian Ocean along the east coast of Africa, the Arabian peninsula, Pakistan and India. They are basically wooden cargo ships of 30 to 130 feet that have plied the ancient trade routes of the Persian Gulf for millennia. They're built by hand using basic tools and are incredibly sturdy. Local trade in the Middle East is primarily by dhow.

    They can be seen unloading along the Creek, the historic heart of the city. There are also plenty of companies offering "Creek Cruises" for lunch or dinner. Some are cheesy, some are romantic, but all are memorable.

    Dubai's waterfront epitomizes the city's personality & no trip would be complete without a cruise along the 10km-long Creek is the best way to witness the clashing of the historically old & impressive modernity.

    The dhow wharf hasn't changed much in 1,000 years, except that now some of the dhows haul refrigerators, electronics & car tyres instead of date honey, tobacco & cattle.

    The best way to see the trading port is from the water. You can hire an Abra (water taxi). It costs 1 Dhs (Dirham) to cross the creek, or you can pay Dhs 10.- and have the entire Abra to youself. In March 2012, we paid 80 Dirhams for 4 of us to take a private tour all the way up & down the creek.

    Also take time to walk around the dhow wharfage on the Deira side, to the west of the abra dock to get a closer look at the hustle & bustle and the often hard life of the traders actually living on their dhows. Every day (especially in the winter months in the late afternoon) I see photographers walking along the Dhow wharfage, starting right next to the Chamber of Commerce, opposite the Hilton Dubai Creek Hotel.

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    Bateaux Dubai (glass boat dinner cruise): http://www.bateauxdubai.com

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    Dubai Creek

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written Dec 6, 2009

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    Dubai Creek or Khor Dubai is a saltwater creek in Dubai.
    It impeded the entry of ships due to current flow, the creek remained an important element in establishing the commercial position of Dubai, being the only port or harbor in the city.
    Dubai Creek runs northeast-southwest through the city. The eastern section of the city forms the locality of Deira and is flanked by the emirate of Sharjah in the east and the town of Al Aweer in the south.
    The eastern and western sections are linked via four bridges (Al Maktoum Bridge, Al Garhoud Bridge, Business Bay Crossing and Floating Bridge) and one tunnel (Al Shindagha Tunnel).

    You can watch my 1 min 32 sec HD Video Dubai In the evening out of my Youtube channel.

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    Boat ride in Dubai Creek

    by mostaque Written Mar 16, 2009

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    Best trip I found in Dubai Creek is 1 Dehram trip from one side of the creek to the other - planty of people doing it . Local people are doing it for their need & tourists are doing it because all other tourists are doing it & it not expensive, it is instantly available - no schedual to follow, nothing to wait for - trip is not cancelled because there are not enough customers. The night dinner boats are nicer but I did not get to it even if I wanted to for some of the above reasons.

    Trip was in Jan 2009

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    Dubai Creek

    by BurgerQueen Written Aug 11, 2008

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    The Creek area is Dubai historical downtown and it is definitely nice to visit. You'll find the gold, fish, textiles souks (local markets) and you can cross the creek with the traditional boats (abhra). It's a very cheap and a nice experience. You can tell the boat "driver" to take you wherever you want on the river, which can be very useful, above all when it's too hot!

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    Dubai Creek

    by dejavu2gb Written Jul 6, 2008

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    If you ever find yourself in this fascinating City, you need to have a walk or take a boat ride along the Dubai Creek, its just so cool.
    Take a walk around the souks and the markets and have a bit to eat at the many restaurants alongside the creek.

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    Take an abra and cross Dubai Creek

    by xuessium Written Feb 6, 2008

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    What better way to experience the Dubai of old then taking an abra (a kind of local boat) to cross the busy waters of the Dubai Creek....so umbilical to the growth and success of Dubai.

    Besides, in my own opinion, this is the most "romantic" way to cross from the bustle of Deira to the more touristy Bur Dubai.

    There are several stations along both banks, with abras connecting different locations. The good thing is, no matter what mistake you may make with the cross, the stations are not far from each other and so, you could always do a little bit of walking to get to the rightful location.

    Just pick any abra - the owner will ensure that the abra is fully occupied before embarking with the cross. The open air allows you to fully absorb the atmosphere of the waterways.

    Each crossing costs you only 1 AED and takes just a mere 10 minutes. Service continues right into the late night.

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    Walk along the Creek

    by tim07 Written Jan 25, 2008

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    Creek

    As well as catching an Abra here, the Creek & its parks are worth a visit. From here you get to see the contrasting sides of Dubai. Futuristic plate-glass covered office blocks tower over the old souks, there are lots of great photo opportunities here.

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    Dubai Creek

    by Airpunk Written Dec 15, 2007

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    Old and new at the Creek
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    A walk along the Creek, in Bur Dubai and in Deira, is part of every visit to Dubai’s old town. You’ll see the old wooden boats offloading their cargo with the skyscrapers in the background. The old buildings and the old souks with an amphibian vehicle full of tourists passing along. And of course the Abras, the small wooden boats connecting both sides of the Dubai Creek with each other. For a relaxing walk, the Bur Dubai side is the most interesting. Start at the textile souk and walk towards the ocean. If you can’t get tired of walking, you can walk up to the pedestrian tunnel which links both sides and is close to the main Gold Souk bus terminal in Deira. At the Deira site, there’s nothing like the beautiful walk from Bur Dubai. However, after exploring the souks, you can watch all the archaic boats offloading their freight and see where the goods from all the shops come from. Check out my Off the beaten path – tip “Dhows on the Creek” for further details on that. For details about crossing the creek the tips “Abras” (transportation) and “The Creek” (general) may be useful too.

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    Dubai Creek

    by pakistanibrain Updated Jun 19, 2007

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    A perfect way to spend your afternoon off is to walk along the Creek. There are impressive buildings on each side of the creek, restaurants to get some refreshments and a few shopping areas as well.

    You can also take a ride on the Abra (wooden boat) from one side of the Creek to the other for just 50 Fils (1/2 Dirham).

    Update: Since 1st January 2007, the Abra fare has been increased to 1 Dirham.

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