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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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Cheap and more interesting way to cross the creek

Boat taxi's only 1 dirham each way. Tour trips more and takes you around the creek but you can see most attractions land side. Boat taxi's run all the time and not too long a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 1, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

Boat taxi's only 1 dirham each way. Tour trips more and takes you around the creek but you can see most attractions land side. Boat taxi's run all the time and not too long a crossing

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

Booked an entire abra for my family. The price included a 1 hour tour of the canals. Guide Muhammad was friendly and knowledgeable. Kids loved it!

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

Interesting place for tourists. A fun way to travel across the creek with locals for just 1 dirham. `old shops to browse through & a restaurant serving arabic food overlooks the creek.

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Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

I am a resident of uae but i always find the time to revisit and ride the abra most especially since my young son loves the experience. For as little as 2 dirhams, you get a back and forth trip and you get to experience the nostalgia of old dubai. This is a good mini adventure especially since everything is... More 

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

went on a night to enjoy cold breeze that just wasnt blowing...don't go during summer...extremely humid....pretty cheap ride from bur dubai souq to deira souq and back (2 AED). didn't explore the souqs much....plenty of such trips keep going on and on...docks can get congested...very colorful cruises add to the beauty of the dark night!

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

take a trip on an abra from bur to deira, costs 1 dirham. and you can see the creek, which was what dubai was until about 30 or 40 years ago. an entrepot and some pearl fishing.

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New Delhi, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

It had been a wonderful experience moving from one place to another in a boat. We have the gold souk at the other end

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

It had been a new experience moving from one place to another in a boat with charges of 1 Dirham per person for one way ride.

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

Worth combining with a trip to the creek and a wander around. We have been a few times and its so different to the "5 star" Dubai was make sure we take all our visitors there. At 1 dirham per person a ride the cost is minimal for the view and the adventure. Mind your step when you get on... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

Our family decided to take a private 1 hour trip up and down the creek and we asked to be dropped off at the spice souk on the way back. The ride was smooth and the view of the old fishing and cargo boats from India and Pakistan against the backdrop of the modern architecture was fabulous. We left the... More 

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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.
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