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Bur Dubai Abra Dock

Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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As featured in 3 days in Dubai
Ranked #23 of 198 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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Milan, Italy
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62 reviews 62 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

Very very tipical, a "real" thing in Dubai. For just 1 aed, you can cross the creek on this wooden boat. During sunset time these 10 minutes are even more charming.

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Islamabad, Pakistan
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Visiting dubai is an experience that everyone should try atleast once. Although with such high humidity i hated walking outside in dubai this was one place where i really enjoyed walking along the dock. A serene place and very different to the hustle and bustle of the dubai malls.

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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

I hired an entire boat for myself for AED150. It was a long and nice trip in the evening. When the wind stopped blowing, the heat became oppressive. Take a bottle of ice cold water - to drink and also to wash your face with, if you go during peak summer, like I did. Great views. See the pics.

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Saltash, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Travel by abra to see the creek, mingle with locals not selling anything and feel the breeze on a hot summer day. An experience we love when travelling here on holiday. A longer trip on a private basis can easily be arranged, try and get an owner who speaks good English to explain the sights along the way.

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Bagram, Afghanistan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Nice, inexpensive way to cross the creek and get to the souks. Traditional method of travel for the locals, this also serves the tourist as a nice alternative to taxis. Cooler on the water and more scenic for sure. What you accomplish in a few minutes on the Abra would take a taxi 15 minutes by road. It is a... More

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Athens, Greece
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

this boat tour is cheap (about 20euros for two persons) and it last about 1h but is enough for see all dubai creek.also the boat provades awning which is very good to avoid the UAE's hot sun!!

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Santiago, Chile
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

We got out of the metro and finding the exact place to take the boat was difficult. Once there, is a trip for 2 dirams (super convinient) that takes You across the creek. Very nice wiews of the city. You must visit the souks (gold, textiles and spices) when doing this trip.

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Eugene
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

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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