Bur Dubai Abra Dock

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Bur Dubai Abra Dock
4.5
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5:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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5:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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5:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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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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sssteveg
Haifa, Israel1,579 contributions
An Abra is a traditional small ferry-like boat used to ferry people across the Dubai Creek in Dubai. They travel between the water station at Shindagha/Al Ghubaiba on the Bur Dubai side, and the water station at Al Sabkha on the Deira side. The ride takes about 5 minutes. The abras depart every few minutes. The fare is 1 dirham (27 US cents), which is paid directly to the ferry driver. You can also rent an agra for a longer "cruise" up the creek. The Dubai creek separates Deira (the old city center), from Bur Dubai, the newer city center. The ride was fun and a must-do while in Dubai.
Written February 12, 2022
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California_momofsix
Fairfield1,084 contributions
Taking a traditional abra across Dubai creek was so much fun! The ride is also very cheap and easy to navigate, even if you don't speak the language. The boats are lined up along the creek in front of the textile souk, you can't miss them. There is an RTA sign and a map, so make sure to look for that so you take the abra and not the more expensive water taxis. All you have to do is get in line, follow the crowds and climb on the next boat that pulls up to the dock. You pay the driver in cash, 1 AED per person. Exact change makes things easier.
The short ride allows for a change of perspective and a great view of all the watercraft crisscrossing the busy creek. Visiting during Covid we were the only tourists there and I really enjoyed feeling like a local.
The boat moves at a moderate pace. As long as you remain seated and watch your step getting on and off, we felt perfectly safe.
Very unique experience, highly recommend!
Written May 12, 2021
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NICHOLAS T
Dubai, United Arab Emirates5,357 contributions
Couples
The Old Town is a bustling part of Dubai, slightly more chaotic than Downtown and beyond.

The old style wooden abras offer a great experience - one can cross Dubai Creek, where the city’s history began, for just one dirham per crossing.

Most of the abras still run in diesel and the smell of fuel is potent but charming. The crossing offers great views of this older part of the city, including mosques and much lower rise buildings than the more modern part of the city.

The abras offer access to the gold and spice souks and the numerous restaurants and shops in this part of town.
Written March 14, 2020
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The nomad couple
Manama, Bahrain33 contributions
Family
Beautiful Abra ride. For about 60 AED they let you cruise around the water body between Karama and deira privately. If you are going with the group it’s only 1 AED, super value for money.Loved the sight and ambience around. Cross Karama go to deira visit the old souk and gold souk. Come back to Karama and walk for a while and there is a host of restaurants which has alfresco dining too. And don’t spend on dhow Cruise, if you are taking private ride, as the food is terrible.
Written January 2, 2020
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Masood K
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania1,325 contributions
The RTA, which takes care of the Dubai Metro, Tramway and Bus, is also incharge of the waterways.

The Abra is a quick and efficient way to cross the creek in under 2 mins. It is hassle free and the frequency is quite often, thereby not having to wait long before you could hop on to one and cross over.
Written March 27, 2022
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dwgcontact
Dallas555 contributions
Easiest and most efficient way to cross Dubai Creek. Lines can be long during peak hours but plenty of abras to carry tourist and locals alike from one side to the other. Cheap transportation at 1 AED. Don't worry if attendant grabs your bill and continues along. They will come back with any changed before you make landfall. It's a fun trip across the water on sturdy benches. Getting on/off board can be a little tricky if your aren't use to boats.
Written March 25, 2022
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SEHEER O
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Couples
It was an awesome experience. Had Abra ride in motorized Abra at a most economic tariff of AED 1 only. Abras are traditional Emirati wooden boats used for Marine transportation. Apart from Regular Service by RTA-Dubai, we can also hire Abras for 1 hour / 30 minutes. It's cost comes only 60 Dhs, i remember.

The view and ambience are amazing. We can see UAE heritage / traditional buildings, Art Gallery, Museum etc.. Near Abra Dock. The location is ideal for mind relaxation, jogging, walking etc.. There are many restaurants with different tastes across the world.

It's well connected by Road and Metro. Al Guhaiba is the nearest Bus/Metro station.
Written February 19, 2022
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AvidWchrTraveller
Armidale, Australia267 contributions
Getting to the Abra dock, you need to go down some shallow steps. Once down it is flat to the Abras which are at the same height as the dock so was easy to slide onto and off the boat. Comfortable seats and the driver was more than happy to accommodate my wheelchair on the boat (plenty of room). A very interesting cruise on Dubai Creek, headed for the Gold and Spices Souks. If you can manage the steps up and down to the docks, I highly recommend you try this mode of transport whilst in Dubai.
Written January 14, 2020
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Jydeoo
Lagos, Nigeria2,250 contributions
The gentle purring of the engines of the abras; combined with different water side sounds, makes this dock a pleasant place to hangout. There is a snack bar here, so you can top up with a smoothie while relaxing. It is nice to watch the abra boats arrive and depart, fill up with people and disembark their passengers.

A very good place to watch the sunset.
Written June 2, 2020
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Coco8464
Oceanside89 contributions
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We took the Abra from the gold souk to souk al seef. It was a great ride, you sit out facing the ocean. You see the old boats there bringing in goods. Cost one dn per person to cross and it’s collected on board.
Written January 5, 2020
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