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Bur Dubai Abra Dock

Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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As featured in 3 days in Dubai
Ranked #22 of 197 attractions in Dubai
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Wharfs/ Piers/ Boardwalks
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: In the historic district, the Abra Dock in Bur Dubai, is an affordable 10-minute traditonal wooden boat ride -- really a taxi. Take the abra from the... more » Owner description: In the historic district, the Abra Dock in Bur Dubai, is an affordable 10-minute traditonal wooden boat ride -- really a taxi. Take the abra from the Bastakiya side, look around the textile souk and the art galleries, and end in the gold souk. Used by 15-20 million passengers each year, the Abra Dock in Bur Dubai is a memorable cruise in the water. « less
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Eugene
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

Apart from the extremely intimidating walk to the dock (vendors at every turn trying to entice us into their stores) the ride on the Abra was a way to see a more gritty Dubai. It was interesting, reflective, and so inexpensive. It is not a contrived tourist trap, but a genuine way that people travel across the Dubai River.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

On our first visit to Dubai over 30 years ago this was about the only area to visit. Today it hasn't changed much and is a real experience. My husband and I love this area but my 13 year old son did not like it at all. He found the locals and all the shouting and haggling very intimidating

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Manama, Bahrain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

These wooden Abras remind you of India. Recommended for people who enjoy simple things. If you come from Bur Dubai, choose the jetty that takes you directly to the Spice Market.

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Water is dirty but we enjoyed a water taxi ride, be careful when jumping into the boat you might fall :)

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

we were over in Dubai for the Abu Dhabi F1 and thought lets come home looking smart so 2 mens suits i got a 3 piece grey pin stripe French cashmere wool mix 2 shirts to my design under £400 dare say if you are local your deal could be better but not by much we did ask around ,... More

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Another must whilst in Dubai we hired one to our family 60 aed for 1/2 hire along the creek they dropped us off at The gold souk the other side where we had a look, but if you are going over, pleas be ready to be hassled by people trying to sell you fake goods. On the way back we... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Best place for cheap but wonderful shisha, arabic food and just sitting down staring at the dock. One of my favorite places to have coffee in Dubai.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

It is a hive of activity. Barges loading with all sorts of good (e.g. fridges, TVs, washing machines, rice) to deliver along the Creek. we went on an Abra to the other side to the Spice Souk and gold Souk. it was fun.

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Bowral, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014 via mobile

After the gold and spice souk we took an abra for 1/2 hour up the creek and got the driver to drop us on the other side where we went to the fabric markets Cheap and interesting

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

I enjoyed take this one dirham shuttle from a dock to another. It's the quickest way to cross the bur dubai.

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