Deira Old Souk Abra Station

Deira Old Souk Abra Station

Deira Old Souk Abra Station
4.5
7:30 AM - 10:30 PM
Monday
7:30 AM - 10:30 PM
Tuesday
7:30 AM - 10:30 PM
Wednesday
7:30 AM - 10:30 PM
Thursday
7:30 AM - 10:30 PM
Friday
7:30 AM - 11:00 PM
Saturday
7:30 AM - 11:00 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 11:30 PM
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Neighborhood: Deira
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  • Al Ras • 6 min walk
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  • TravelingSoccerLoon
    Saint Paul, Minnesota5,126 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Abra Across Dubai Creek
    The Abra is the traditional mode of transport in the region and is still used by locals for public transportation. However, for a tourist, it is a memorable experience and provides beautiful views along Dubai Creek. Unlike most of the modern city of Dubai, riding an Abra across the Dubai Creek is like stepping back in time and experiencing the Dubai of old. The cost is 1 AED, cash only. The Deira Old Souk Station is near the Old Souk and from here you can cross to Bur Dubai and explore the historic Al Fahidi Neighborhood, Al Fahidi Fort and Dubai Museum and Al Seef shopping and dining development which is a more refined experience compared to the seedy Souk area.
    Visited November 2022
    Written July 24, 2023
  • interstate4
    Perth, Australia40 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Pestering souk owners spoilt my browsing
    Ok experience. Nothing spectacular about it. Old boat across a creek. Was ok for the experience. Now the Souks! Had they left us alone we would have gone into many if the shops and had a browse and bought things but the pestering and calling us “pinky” and “pinky chink” we are white Australian lol. Was off putting. I didn’t feel safe going into the little shops. They loose so much custom by pestering, Also having no Wifi we rely on free wifi in malls / hotel so getting an Uber afterwards was not easy. We found ourselves wandering along the roads to find a hotspot. Which took about 30 mins.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 13, 2023
  • zuv
    Bucharest, Romania33,359 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Just another pier
    It's not the most spectacular boarding point. That one is on the shore of Bur Dubai. But this is also interesting. There are a lot of abra boats waiting for their customers, while others are constantly going back and forth on the canal. The price of an abra trip is only 1AED.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written December 22, 2023
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Travel Ralph
Rehling, Germany608 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
Watch out!!! Unfortunately we were fooled here. Therefore, there is no good rating.

We just wanted to go 2 stops and suddenly AED 160 was asked for 2 people instead of 1 AED.
Unfortunately, the boat driver wanted to pull tourists here. Unfortunately, we fell for it.
Written July 30, 2020
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MCK-Wanderlust
Singapore, Singapore138 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
We went there at around 5PM, walked around and waited for the sun to set.
At around 7.30PM we hired an Abra (traditional boat made of wood) for a 30 minute tour (AED 60). There were only the 4 of us. We drove around on the Creek and he then dropped us off on the side where the Souqs are.
To cross the creek it costs AED 1 only!
Definitely happy, that we didn't book a tour!
Written August 22, 2021
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The Swiss Nomad
Lugano, Switzerland3,519 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021 • Couples
We had read about Abras and wanted to experience crossing the river in the typical Emirati boat, so we headed to al Ghubaiba and then to the Souk station and took the trip for 1 dirham.
Remember to stay on the right side of the baot, we went on the left and it is not as nice.
It was a cool experience though and I wished we had done that more often, as the views are amazing and we went during the call to prayers, which made it even more special.
P. S: pay attention to the driver, he wanted to trick us but I insisted and got my change back.
Written April 10, 2021
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TravelingSoccerLoon
Saint Paul, MN5,126 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
The Abra is the traditional mode of transport in the region and is still used by locals for public transportation. However, for a tourist, it is a memorable experience and provides beautiful views along Dubai Creek. Unlike most of the modern city of Dubai, riding an Abra across the Dubai Creek is like stepping back in time and experiencing the Dubai of old. The cost is 1 AED, cash only. The Deira Old Souk Station is near the Old Souk and from here you can cross to Bur Dubai and explore the historic Al Fahidi Neighborhood, Al Fahidi Fort and Dubai Museum and Al Seef shopping and dining development which is a more refined experience compared to the seedy Souk area.
Written July 24, 2023
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Robert O
Rotterdam, The Netherlands5,382 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
There has been a ferry between the old souk in Deira and Bur Dubai, the historic nucleus of Dubai, for ages. The waterbus between the two stations is a convenient service. It is used mainly by locals who work in the Dubai area and costs 1 dirham one way. Embarking and disembarking is a routine and is easy to blend into as a foreigner. In a way most people in Dubai are foreigners. So no haggling about a price like in Egypt or elsewhere in the Arab world.

When in Dubai I use the Deira station regularly as part of a daily walk along Al Seef to Infinity bridge and the Deira souk area and returning by waterbus (1 and a half hour).
Written February 5, 2023
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FRANCIS P
Colorado Springs, CO663 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
When you visit this area of Dubai taking a boat ride across the river is a must. This section of waterway is the main ferry point from one side of the river to the other. On the main side are the Gold & Spice souks. On the other side are tourist restaurants along the river. Food is good. You will also find the Dubai Museum and other historical points of interest. It costs 1 Dirham per person which is almost FREE.
Written March 10, 2022
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Robert O
Rotterdam, The Netherlands5,382 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
Most tourists disembark here to visit the Gold souk in Deira. Another option is to walk through the Deira souk eastward and take a ferry back to the other side of the Creek at Al Sabkha Marine Transport Station. From here as well ferries go across to the Bur Dubai old souk.

Keep in mind that ferries from Deira to Bur Dubai in the early morning are less frequent than the other way around. Waiting time could be more than half an hour.
Written April 8, 2024
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zuv
Bucharest, Romania33,359 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
It's not the most spectacular boarding point. That one is on the shore of Bur Dubai. But this is also interesting. There are a lot of abra boats waiting for their customers, while others are constantly going back and forth on the canal. The price of an abra trip is only 1AED.
Written December 22, 2023
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County-Hunter
Tacoma, WA3,640 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Couples
So, we weren't very educated in the water taxi system or abras. We started out at another dock and paid 2 dirhams for a ride across the creek to Al Fahidi. The only taxi we saw were newer and faster and were easier to get in and out. This was part of the public transportation system. We came back across the creek to this station and saw all kind of boats especially the ABC boats which were only 1 Durham and looked more authentic.
Written April 16, 2022
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interstate4
Perth, Australia40 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Family
Ok experience. Nothing spectacular about it. Old boat across a creek. Was ok for the experience.

Now the Souks! Had they left us alone we would have gone into many if the shops and had a browse and bought things but the pestering and calling us “pinky” and “pinky chink” we are white Australian lol. Was off putting. I didn’t feel safe going into the little shops. They loose so much custom by pestering,

Also having no Wifi we rely on free wifi in malls / hotel so getting an Uber afterwards was not easy. We found ourselves wandering along the roads to find a hotspot. Which took about 30 mins.
Written September 13, 2023
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