Dubai Creek, Dubai

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    Dubai Creek

    by zuyao Written Apr 10, 2007

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    Dubai Creek

    Old Dubai is separated into two by the Dubai Creek. On the eastern side is Deira while the western side is known as Bur Dubai. Take a stroll down the banks of the creek and enjoy the beautiful skyline scenery, the hustle & bustle of the merchants on the wharfs and the abras crossing the creek. If you wish, you can also take a tour of the creek by an Abra. Crossing the creek is only Dh1. A half-hour tour costs some Dh150 (if I’m not mistaken).

    You can start after a visit to Dubai Museum by walking towards the creek. You can also stroll along the Textile Souq and enjoy the sounds and sights of traders selling their textiles. Many tourist sights are on the Bur Dubai side of the creek – Dubai Museum, Bastakiya, Textile Souq, Sheikh Saeed al Maktoum House and Heritage Village. It will make a nice walk as you pass one attraction after another (provided it’s not summer!) Take a slow stroll and you will enjoy the atmosphere here.

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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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    the creek

    by lagalag4 Written Feb 9, 2005

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    Dubai Creek

    Dubai is divided by the Dubai Creek into Deira(north section) and Bur Dubai (south section).To appreciate the city atmosphere , cross the river by water taxi (called abra) which cost about 25 US cents or less.

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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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    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" ... :
    Abra Boats

    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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    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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  • 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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    The Creek

    by Nemoa Written Feb 13, 2005
    The creek by abra

    The creek is the main arthery of Dubai and at its sides the commerce and the life flourishes. Some of the most interesting sights of the city are at the banks of the Creek so, it is absolutely worth to take your time and walk along this very special feature of Dubai.

    The way to cross the Creek is by Abra, little motorboats that you will se aplenty when walking alongside. Very cheap, only 50 fils.

    Unless you decide to take one all for your self and make your own customised cruise on the Creek, that is.
    Price is around 30 or 40 Dh and I think it is worth the price. But only if you are after a little cruise. Never take an Abra for yourself if you only intend to cross the Creek !! Too expensive, really.

    Remember to bargain: aim to pay 30 Dh for a half an hour trip or 60Dh for a 60 min one.

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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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    along the creek

    by uglyscot Written Jul 3, 2007

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    It is interesting to see the contrast between the high rise buildings on one side of the creek and the dhows on the other

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    Crossing the Creek

    by northsea Written Jul 21, 2005

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    An abra is a traditional wooden boat. They are a fun way to cross Dubai Creek. Journey time is between 5 and 10 minutes, and the cost is AED 0.50.

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    Dhow Cruise on Creek

    by chizz Written Mar 27, 2008

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    Dhow cruise on Creek

    Take a trip on the Creek on a traditional wooden dhow boat. Nice to do it at dusk/at night. Dhow dinner cruises are nice too.

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    Crossing the creek

    by Willettsworld Updated Dec 31, 2005

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    A nice activity is to take an abra (a small passenger motorboat taxi) from one side of the creek to the other. The trip should cost around 50 fils. You can also take a dhow tour on the creek.

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    Sunset at the creek.

    by euzkadi Updated Nov 21, 2004

    The sunset at the creek it´s a great experience, the small boats and the dhows, specially in Ramadan, when the city comes to life after that special time.

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    Boat Ride on Dubai Creek

    by Skibbe Written Jul 17, 2012
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    I had a taxi take me down here and I found a boat for a 30 minute ride. It was a great way to see the city's skyline and quiet--I was the only one on my boat.

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