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Bur Dubai Abra Dock

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Address: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Fee: Yes
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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1001 Nights

Old and new together, sitting on the docks, having a lemon mint iced drink, you feel as if you return back in time, when old wooden boats carried the treasures of the orient and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 5, 2015
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Alba Iulia, Romania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015 NEW

Old and new together, sitting on the docks, having a lemon mint iced drink, you feel as if you return back in time, when old wooden boats carried the treasures of the orient and small, fragile abra transported busy merchants from one shore to the other. The shouts of the seagulls, the calling of the merchants, the turquoise of the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

Taking an Abra across Dubai Creek is truly an authentic local experience. Run by the municipal transit authority, the Abras are still used by thousands of residents to cross the creek. The cost is next to nothing and it is a ton of fun. We stayed at the Sherston Dubai Creek and there was an Abra station a five minute... More 

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delhi , india
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

its located at a historical old place in the creek at the dividing line between the two , near the rock is a folding bridge which is worth seeing once , But dont think if u miss this place you missed something really historical which was not to be missed , Thesedays construction is going on so even u not... More 

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Prague, Czech Republic
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

Here you can imagine what it was like before Dubai became a tourist hub. One of the last places which has genuine flair and where you mix and mingle with the locals (not Emiratis of course). Side by side you sit next to a laborer or a shopkeeper - the abra isn't much used by tourists - and need to... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

It is a cheap and quick way to get to the other shore in 5 minutes for less than 0,50 EUR. If you go there at night, you can take a nice photos from the shore.

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Gurgaon, Haryana, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

good experience...mostly used by locals...just 1 dh to cross the creek..good view from the abra water taxi deck

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Helsinki
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

Dubai Abra is something special as the Creek as whole. Abra system is interesting and also effective and You need it if You will see the most interesting part of Dubai: Souqs An abra takes 20 persons and it leaves when all the 20 are on board ,normally every minute.And the cost is only one dirham =25 cents. In Bur... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

this has to be one of the cheapest and best experiences anywhere in the Middle East. AED 1 gets you from one side of the creek to the other. There are souks on either side and it truely is a step back in time. Goods are being unloaded on the creek quay and delivered to many of the tiny shops... More 

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Dubai
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

Walk on, sit down, pay the driver a dirham, and you're riding with the locals, in old Dubai. Fantastic!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

You can take a ride in the Arba boat and see the view of old dubai. It takes only one dhiram to cross the dock. You will see many boats and people hustling their way in and out. A cheap way to reach the gold souk

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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.