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Bur Dubai Abra Dock

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The Creek
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Address: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Phone Number: 8009090
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Fee: Yes
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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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Very amusing, cheap and down to earth. A must for all visitors and residents. Just hop on and in 15 minutes you are across the creek.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Crossing the Creek is so easy with an abra. It's cheap, quick and literally the most convenient way to cross the Creek.

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Kabul, Afghanistan
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This transport mode is for the people who want to avoid the traffic and use these small boats for going from Bur to Deira and vice versa, but some foreigners have made it fun for themselves :D. Anyhow, after years of been in Dubai, I finally was convinced to use it for once. It's cheap just a Dirham.

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Very amusing, cheap and down to earth. A must for all visitors and residents. Just hop on and in 15 minutes you are across the creek.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

If you are visiting Souqs it's really good way to get to the other side to see some more. You can either rent the whole bra and have a tour in the creek or you can take just a shuttle to the opposite side of the creek, it costs 1dirham

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The abra boats are really good way of traveling from one side to another, they cost 1 dirham and its nice ride too you would love it if you were a boat lover.

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

To reach the gold souk in deira, we hired a boat from old souk dock. We took a half an hour ride for 60 aed and then the boat dropped us at abra dock. It is 7min walk to gold souk from abra dock. But not so happening place to go during scorching summer of July

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Napa, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

It is so much part of the whole Dubai experience. Having lived in Dubai for 8 years this was one of my favorite things to do to get to the Gold souks. Make sure you put this on your list. Don't go with a taxi - take a WATER taxi. You will not regret the sights and sounds you will... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

this was a pleasant way to get to and around the Souk markets of Dubai, just a quaint little trip or boat ride

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Great way to get from one side of the creek to the other. Very inexpensive. We took an Abra over to Deira to explore the Spice and Gold Souks.

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

With just 1-2AED you'd be able to experience riding Abra to cross the river. It's a bit faster than taking a cab.

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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.
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