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Bur Dubai Abra Dock

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The Creek
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Address: | Southern side of Dubai Creek, Dubai 75157, United Arab Emirates
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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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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Crossing the Creek on the abra, for only one dirham, is a great exprience and affords you a glimpse into how Dubai used to be before it became a global mega-city.

Reviewed October 1, 2015
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Bucharest, Romania
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Reviewed October 1, 2015

Crossing the Creek on the abra, for only one dirham, is a great exprience and affords you a glimpse into how Dubai used to be before it became a global mega-city.

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed September 30, 2015

you will love while walking through narrow approach road passing through old styled souks to reach this place. The 2 hindu temples are located here only near the museum. Again a great place to click pictures & have abra ride operated by RTA. After walking distance of 10 min on creek will reach a place where you can see big... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed September 30, 2015

Easy access via the Hop on/Hop off bus. Bus stop right beside one of the docks. Interesting to see how the locals use the Abra's for day to day travelling to/from various locations along the creek

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Thank Warren T
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Reviewed September 30, 2015

There is a certain unique feeling to crossing the water on an Abra for only 1 AED per person. The area, if you can deal with the salesmen, is also interesting.

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Thank Mikael K
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed September 30, 2015

This is another part of all Dubai. The abras are very nice vehicles! They even have honks. I found them, lovely and they only cost one dirham!

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Sevenoaks, England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 29, 2015

This cheap and classic way of crossing the creek is favoured by local workers but for a single Dirham, it can be a fun way to see Bur Dubai from the water. There are several docks along each bank of the creek and figuring out which abra will go where is quite difficult. If you look foreign, you should also... More 

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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Reviewed September 29, 2015

A great way to cross the Creek and a must do for any visitor coming to Dubai. The bras run from Bur Dubai across to Deira on a very regular basis.

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Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia
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Reviewed September 29, 2015

1 AED to cross Dubai creek only ! A very authentic way to be transported in Dubai. It is old, it smells oily but you can only love it. For a few AED more, you can ask the "skipper" to take only you onboard and navigate the creek up and down for 30 to 60 minutes. Great for families or... More 

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Reviewed September 28, 2015 via mobile

Really a nice romantic tour you do in bur dubai at night in a small electric boat. A must do .... the mall inside is well organised but expensive to buy from.

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Reviewed September 28, 2015

Fantastic way of experiencing the 'old' Dubai. Pay one dirham to go across the creek to travel to either the spice and gold souq, or textile souq. If you don't know what to do, just ask one of the people with an RTA logo on their shirt. They will gladly help you.

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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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