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Abra Water Taxi Ferry Ride at Souk Madinat Jumeira
The Abra is the local arabian small dinghy and is used as a ferry service from Deira to Bur Dubai and vice versa along the Dubai Creek since 80 years ago and since then only 1 AED is paid per travel. However, if you don't have time to ride the abra at the dubai creek and is in the vicinity of Jumeirah Beach near Jumeirah Hotel or at Souk Madinat, then lucky for you, you can ride the local abra located at the man made lagoon surrounding souk madinat. there are several abra riding stations around and the ride last for 25 to 30 minutes around the huge lagoon around but it will cost a princely 50 AED per person to ride the souk madinat version of the Arabian wooden Dinghy, the Abra.
each boat can accomodate 10 person.
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Take a ride on an Abra
Take a local boat like the locals do for just one or two Dirhams and enjoy the sights of the city from the waterways. The Creek area is the best place to take a boat (also called Abra) and it goes upto the Diera station.
Getting around in Dubai is pretty easy. It's a smallish city and there are plenty of taxis and buses. But..there's traffic...specially on weekends and throughout the Dubai shopping festival. The two bridges (Maktoum and Garhoud) that run across the creek and connect Deira and Bur Dubai are always busy. Same goes for the Shindaga tunnel.
The best way to get to Deira from Bur Dubai and vice versa, is by Abra. Abras are wooden boats that run on diesel. The fare is 50 fils (half a dirham). You can take an abra from the Al Seef walkway or near the HSBC bank building in Bur Dubai. However and abra may not always turn out to be convenient as they operate from only two points on the creek.
You can also hire an abra for a an hour or two. Its a nice experience. Shouldn't cost more than Dhs. 50 an hour.
Abras to cross the Creek
The best way to cross the Creek, and probably the only one unless you want to make all your way to one of the two bridges that cross it, is by Abra.
These are small motorboat that make constant journeys from one bank to the other of the Creek.
There are several Abra routes:
-Bank Baroda to Deira Old Souq
-Dubai Old Souq to the Sabkha abra station on Deira's side.
They are a bit like buses. They wait for people to fill the boat and once they are fully booked they sail to the other side of the Creek. The price is very reasonable, 50 fils only and they will ask you for the money once you are on board. No ticket is required.
It is a bit of an adventure as you never know how good the abra driver is :-) we got a couple of them who were proper kamikazes :) good fun and a good way of mingling with local people and to get a flavour of life in Dubai.
Only a word of advice. The only women I ever saw on Abras were tourists. Don't go too exposed or you will have all the men looking at you. Very inconfortable I suppose...
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Ferry transfer in deira
To get from one part of the old town of dubai to the other you need to take a boat. There are a lot of small boats who bring you over and it's very cheap too. just sit in one of those wooden barges. They are going to start when the barge is full. it's really cheap! but take care! I once was looking for a boat to cross the river and one guy told me to hop in. He crossed with only my on board and I had to pay for about 20 people. But never mind....even the price for 20 people is cheap!
Crossing the creek
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.
Cross the Creek with an abra
Dubai is split in two by the Creek. If you want to cross it, obviously you can take a car to the other side but it's much nicer to pay 1/2 dhiram and use an abra.
A fun and functional way to see Dubai Creek is from the small water taxis called Abras. It will take you from Deira to Bur Dubai side or other way around for only 0.50 durhams.
The Abra journey across the Creek is quick (costs 50 fils) and is how the locals cross from one side to the other.
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