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Bur Dubai Abra Dock

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Address: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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Description: In the historic district, the Abra Dock in Bur Dubai, is an affordable...
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.
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It is a lovely place to go as a couple. Old Dubai. Make sure, that you bargain with boat drivers, if you decided to rent the whole boat just for yourself. And this is the best... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 27, 2015
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Eltville am Rhein, Germany
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Eltville am Rhein, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

It is a lovely place to go as a couple. Old Dubai. Make sure, that you bargain with boat drivers, if you decided to rent the whole boat just for yourself. And this is the best thing you can do to make it romantic. Buy some popcorn, which they sell there as well and then you can feed seagulls and... More 

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Littlehampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

take a traditional abra ferry across the river to the gold souk, and spice souk. great photos at sunset

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Mhow, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

The Abra ride across the creek is just a dirham per head. The place is dotted with small cafes and shops selling all kinds of touristy stuff, but its clean...and its safe. So a great place to sit down, do nothing, except perhaps a couple of Abra rides up and down the creek, sip some jasmine tea, listen to the... More 

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Chesterfield, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

Here you can see old wooden dhows which look like they have escaped from a pirate film loaded with goods, destined for a journey which seems impossible. A very different experience yet one which reflects the try working life in Dubai.

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 NEW

Liked: For 'coins' the sail along the creek to the Spice Souk - felt the Arabic culture from a bygone era Disliked: Getting onto the Abra (boat)

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Penang Island, Malaysia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

I went with my colleagues on our free and easy day during our company trip and we took the abra from the other side, Deira Old Souq station to Bur Dubai station for AED1 only (one way). The ride was short but breezy. The abra excreets a strong petrol smell when departing from the docks so best to sit further... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Crossing the abra is again great you get those small ferrys at 1 drm each worth the experience, you can also take a cruise

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

A great idea to show visitors a touch of " Old Dubai". Rent an abra for an hour and sail past the Dhows full of electronics on their way to India,Iran and Africa.A lovely way to spend an afternoon before a visit to Deira and the spice and gold souks.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Charges you 1 or 2 Durhams to cross the Creek to the other way. Must do for experience. Saves the cost of the Taxi too. But the experience is Awesome!

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

Right across from infamous "Gold Souk", which is pretty exhausting.. having to have been "harassed" and "haggled" all day.. The dock was very busy, with lots of boats and cargo / old wooden cargo ships.. Wasn't really very appealing.. just took some pics and left..

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Staying in The Creek

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The Creek
The smell of frankincense hangs thick and heavy in the air, waves lap gently at jetties, and market traders call to passing tourists. The creek, originally the place where pearl boats docked and left on missions to uncover jewels from the deep, is where the city really began. The Al Fahidi District on the Creekside is one of the oldest heritage sites in Dubai, easily recognizable with its iconic wind towers, the original air conditioning. Home to the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding and the Dubai Museum, the old buildings also house a range of cafes, shops and art galleries. Often called “the real Dubai,” this is a wonderful place to lose yourself before catching an abra across the creek to the spice souk, where your senses will be overwhelmed with tastes, smells, and sounds.