Dubai Creek
Dubai Creek
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Separating Deira and Bur Dubai, the creek is the city's historic commercial hub. Explore and cross the canal on a traditional abra boat ride.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • TravelingSoccerLoon
    Saint Paul, Minnesota5,181 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Ride an Abra to the Old Souk
    Unlike most of modern Dubai, visiting the Dubai Creek is like stepping back in time. On one side of the river is the historic Al Seef and Al Fahidi neighborhoods. You can then ride on a traditional abra across the river to the Old Souk. The cost is 1 Dirham. Make sure you get on the right abra. You want the Dierra Old Souk-Bur Dubai abra which leaves from its own pier.
    Visited November 2022
    Written July 19, 2023
  • zuv
    Bucharest, Romania33,612 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Abra road
    A fairly wide channel, crossed by a lot of boats of all kinds, zigzagging between the banks like aquatic insects. In the Bur-Dubai area, the shore is full of restaurants with terraces right on the water's edge. Also, here is the bazaar area, very lively and crowded. I think it is an experience that must be tried.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written November 18, 2023
  • LolaGo1
    Washington DC, District of Columbia6,628 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Enjoyed my visit here!
    After checking it at my hotel in Deira, this was the first attraction I visited i the area. I noted shops and stores as I walked towards the Abra Station where I rode the local boat for 1 AED. The boat ride was short, about 5-7 minutes. There is a Souq or a small market area where one can shop for clothings, spices, nuts, bags & luggages, jewelries, etc. Of course there are small restaurants along the creek and near the Souq. I enjoyed my visit here. Highly recommended to visit here, when you get bored visiting high rise buildings.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written November 21, 2023
  • Robert O
    Rotterdam, The Netherlands5,429 contributions
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    Where Dubai got started in the 1830s
    This saltwater creek that leads from the Persian Gulf towards the south landinward is where first human settlement took place in this part of the Arabia. Originally the creek was not very deep and it ended in a swamp (Ras al Khor). Gradually it was deepened and quays were developed along its shores enabling dhows (cargo ships) to dock. Nowadays it is much more "developed". A canal was built in 2016 connecting the once dead-end creek to the sea south of Dubai. Along its shores particularly southwest is the modern city with sky scrapers, but towards the north where it is dividing Bur Dubai and Deira still more traditional harbour activities can be observed. This is definitely the most interesting part of the creek, though few Emiratis still tend to live there. Deira and Bur Dubai feel more like cities on the Indian subcontinent.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written December 15, 2023
  • Mohammad A
    Dubai, United Arab Emirates9 contributions
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    Dubai Creek is the city's vibrant artery
    Dubai Creek is a natural seawater inlet divides the city of Dubai into two sections: Deira and Bur Dubai. Today, it boasts modern developments including iconic landmarks like Dubai Creek Tower. The area harmouniously belnds tradition and innovation, offering visitors a unique experince with traditional markets known as souks, and picturesque waterfront showcasing the city commitment to preserving its heritage while embarcing contemporary elements.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written December 27, 2023
  • chembo_agatha
    Zambia3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Awesome
    It was beautiful. Wish we couldve stayed longer. So much to do so little time. The list of activities is endless. Many accomodation and dining options. Perfect place to have a wide range of experiences in one place.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written January 23, 2024
  • SMW
    London, United Kingdom222 contributions
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    Great to see but pestered non stop !
    So pleased we visited here to experience a bit of old town Dubai in the Gold & Spice Souks. We were ready to be pestered by the vendors but our experience took things to a whole new level. We were always polite with ‘no Thank you’ but for some that’s not enough, they physically grab you or even block you leaving their store if you enter so my advice is to visit if you are confident & know what you want but if you are timid do not go, you will be taken advantage of. Do not shake hands (they don’t let go & pull you in), do not try on head scarves “for a photo” as it is taken as a gesture to but, etc etc… Always haggle on price as first price is never best & even “best price” is not lowest ! Again, we wanted to come here & really pleased we did, also make sure you experience the boats across the creek, you pay the driver 1 EAD pp/per trip - !!! We found a nice coffee shop for a break @ also a nice place for ice tea by the creek, quite reasonable prices too
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written April 7, 2024
  • The dubbers
    48 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely trip to the creek and souks
    Love the creek and the souks. Great experience for the kids . It’s one dirhams each to cross the creek on the wooden boats which the kids loved. We went to a lovely restaurant called the real creek ! Food was amazing
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written April 17, 2024
  • Joasi23
    South Yorkshire, United Kingdom1,779 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Picturesque
    The one dirham boat ride across was an experience, ensure you don’t end up on a private crossing as they are much more expensive and unnecessary in my opinion. The guys running the boats are very keen to lead you to a private option. We were not comfortable walking round the vendors on the other side as they were so persistent and determined. So a very short half hour and we went back. The stalls on the main side had a couple selling fresh squeezed juice. Absolutely delicious and very cheap, orange or pomegranate.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written April 26, 2024
  • Lana B
    7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must do in Dubai!
    Love Love Love Dubai! The creek is a must! Like being in the Aladdin film! See the original part though, do a tour with a guide you learn so much! Definitely take an Abra over to the souk. What an experience. Would 100 % return.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 13, 2024
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freefireman
Vienna, Austria2,405 contributions
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Oct 2019
At the Creek in Dubai you can still find some original atmosphere of Old Dubai, with many dhows, wooden containers, loading ramps etc. Here you can find the old part of Dubai, where the souk with many dealers, many shops, restaurants etc. is located. The crossing of the creek can be done in many places with an old wooden boat for 1 AED and is already a lot of fun, you sit crosswise on a wooden pad, crowded with other passengers, you wait until the boat is full, approx. 20 people , then it goes along in a slow, chugging journey. The waiting time for such a trip (takes about 10 minutes) is never long, since there are always a lot of people waiting and many abras waiting on the quay.
A creek tour with an Abra is also very interesting, but you have to deal with the boat drivers, as they very often charge high prices, but with a little skill you can negotiate a price that is acceptable to both sides. The journey takes about 1 ½ hours and you can see the creek skyline with many new buildings, hotels, shops, the old harbor, fishing boats and the dhows, which are mostly overloaded on the river
The dinner dhow trips that are offered in the hotels are carried out in specially renovated and adapted dhows and have little to do with the original flair of Dubai Creek, that is more of a buoyancy and customer catch with cheap food.
On both sides of the creek (in the front area - sea side) you will find various souks that offer a variety of different articles and souvenirs - from scarves to carpets. The freshly made juices from oranges or pomegranates are very good, freshly squeezed, tastes wonderful, which you can get in some smaller shops in the souks. You should definitely visit the creek to see a piece of old Dubai.
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Written January 24, 2020
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Catalina_A
Dubai, United Arab Emirates16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020 • Friends
The Dubai Creek is very famous about the canal during the night time for the sunset and sunrise. Is a fabulous experience and romantic at the same time.
You can get the small boat privately or during the Covid19 time there are different promotions in groupon, coupons or entertainment.
Written November 27, 2020
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Passp0rtAlwaysReady
Exeter, UK6,718 contributions
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Jan 2020 • Family
We spent a day around the souks and the Dubai Creek is amongst the center if it all. So interesting to learn about the oldest part Of Dubai and the trading that goes on here. The old wooden boats loaded with cardboard boxes full of goods, washing machines, fridges and all for sale! There are little ferries across the creek called Dhow’s that cost 1 Dinham and run literally every few mins. The ferries are rickety old wooden boats that sit about twenty people and have no sides. They are great fun!
Written January 2, 2020
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Clive R
Royal Tunbridge Wells, UK2,036 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
Having family here we visit on a regular basis and this is one of the places we enjoy. Easy to get to by public transport (Metro) or taxi service. Of course you must visit the souks but take time to walk along the creek to see the unique transport boats. They are laden with everything including fridges, washing machines and televisions which are precariously loaded on these amazing boats.

The local ferry will take you across the creek for peanuts to find local tourist restaurants.

Take time to wander down the streets adjacent to the main road and enjoy the atmosphere where the commercial shops sell to the local retailers. If your feeling adventurous eat in one of the local restaurants and pay incredibly cheap prices for very tasty food. I recommend the Star Grills restaurant near their ferry terminal where office workers frequent.
Written February 11, 2020
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Colin R
Norwich, UK279 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
The Creek is overall a large area but very worthwhile to spend time exploring. We got dropped off by our taxi along the dockside and strolled along amongst the Dhows and it was fascinating. There are numerous numbers of these boats and they all in various stages of loading and unloading. It is a real look back to somewhat old dockside loading ways, it's all very manual with no sign of cranes or mechanical assistance. It is also incredibly varied in what is in the cargo, we saw all sorts of new electrical items TV's fridges etc, an abundance of fabrics in bales and rolls even Lambretta scooters! Plus these boats all look so fragile in many ways, clearly old and weathered plus they are often moored two or three deep. We then moved further along and came across the first Abra (water taxi) which are great to watch load and unload. Further up you have access to the Gold, Silver and Spice souks which are very well worth a look. We then picked up a creek cruise trip from where the hop-on-hop-off bus passengers get on. This is a fairly large double decker boat, but is open and airy and gives you great views all along what is an hours trip. Finally at the far end of the creek towards the downtown area is the Creek Park, We actually visited this by walking from our hotel (Grand Hyatt) and it is a delightful place to explore and wander in. There is a small entrance fee which goes towards maintaining this place and it shows. It is very much angled at providing places for children to play plus there is also a dolphinarium too. The views are lovely across to the Dubai yacht club and wandering around under the trees past flowering bougainvillea is very tranquil, it is vast in size and lovely to walk along the edge of the creek.
Written March 8, 2020
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Kaytee
London, UK453 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
Dubai Creek is new developed waterfront with innovative child friendly play areas along the whole waterfront. Be it Beautifully crafted giant butterflies flapping in the air, or jumbo flamingos at the waterfront. Black pirate ship cruise was hour long and such fun✅
Written January 18, 2020
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Nitin P
Jalandhar, India22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
Its a nice place to spend evening with night views of Dubai. We took a cruise (a catarman types or can say an enlarged boat). Dinner was good with vegetarian options too. Entertainments were including Tandura dance, a vocalist, etc.
Main thing was the surrounding sight which shows old n new Dubai side by side. Overall a good experience
Written January 28, 2020
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Ms_G
New York City, NY108 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Friends
So we were a little confused. I understood you arrived at the creek, took an abra ride to the old town where there would be the gold souk etc. Nope. Our taxi driver left us at the gold souk then we took an abra ride across the creek to the Al fahidi area.
Anyways, the abra ride cost 1 dirham and it took like 30 seconds to cross the creek. You just just on and sit where you find space.
Written January 21, 2023
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Sue W
Ilkeston, UK1,186 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Solo
This is such a pretty area to see by day and especially by night. There are expensive yachts moored and also small wooden tourist boats for those who'd like to take a trip out. There is a wide walkway and the buildings either side are, as always in Dubai, lovely to look at. There is also a fabulous range of restaurants with water frontage to choose from. As you walk along you enter an older looking part with stalls and cafes so well worth a walk. By night it is lit up by a plethora of pretty lights which dance on the water and nearby buildings. Even the old part has some interesting light structures too. I lived this area by night.
Written February 26, 2023
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Andrea
Taunton, UK41 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Business
On the last night of a busy week of a business trip we got a taxi to the creek.
Walking around Bastakiya we saw an area with Falcons and camels, wonderful art shops and studios and a house with two helipads.
We then got an Arbr ( the little taxi boats) for 1 Aed per person across the creek to to true hustle and bustle of a wonderful traditional busy soul area. A delight for the senses and an exercise in saying no thank with conference.
Written February 13, 2020
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