Dubai Creek
Dubai Creek
4.5
Bodies of Water • Piers & Boardwalks
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
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.
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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The area
Neighborhood: Al Fahidi
How to get there
  • Al Ras • 7 min walk
  • Al Fahidi • 10 min walk
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Miss_gsta
New York City, NY69 contributions
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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Cat J A
Melbourne, Australia365 contributions
Aug 2022
A great opportunity to experience the old Dubai and being on the water was a respite from the oppressive daytime heat. The pier is adjacent to the old market and the abra boats only cost 1 dirham to ride - pay at the gate. Be aware that there is no timetable, the boat waits until it is full (around 20 people) before it pushes off. If you have time to spare, wait until the tour buses empty their passengers onto the boats and get the next one. We found it much quieter riding with locals.
Written October 5, 2022
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Hany G
Bakersfield, CA1,007 contributions
Nov 2022 • Couples
It was a part of our dubai tour.
We visited the gold and spices souk by the creek then we took an abra "boat" to the old city of dubai. It is a short ride, aroound 5 minutes . It was a good exotic experience.
Written November 27, 2022
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Catalina_A
Dubai, United Arab Emirates15 contributions
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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zark
Athens, Greece2 contributions
Jan 2020
We jumped on a taxi Dhow with the locals, this was a great experience. You pay on the boat 1 Dhs each and pass it down the boat to the driver - it takes you across the river. You have to be quick they can only allow so many passengers and you've got nothing to hold on to and the water's not far from your feet. We did it on a Worship day so there were lots of locals out, the river was heaving with Dhows.
Written January 26, 2020
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Zanca F
9 contributions
Jun 2022 • Couples
What an amazing experience at the Dubai creek. The old traditional boat was something from the past. I appreciate how the old look o still preserved. It's only 27 cent for the ride in this time inflation I feel like I have gone 50 years back looking at cost and looking at the development of Dubai feels like Dubai is 50 years ahead.
Written August 11, 2022
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Woomaja
Stafford, UK52 contributions
Dec 2019
Having spent a morning exploring in the Dubai Museum and around the Al Fahidi district, we took a Dhow across the Creek. It cost 1 dhm each, about 25p and was good fun clambering aboard and trying to keep our balance on the choppy water. It is a fascinating mix of day to day living and tourism and was a welcome break from the High rise, fast paced, but equally satisfying, city scene.
Written January 2, 2020
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josphat Muiruri K
11 contributions
Feb 2020
Life is great when a holiday is full of greatness and color. This ride provided not just the joy of the boats and wonder bus rides, but also the beauty of the artistic buildings illumination and reflection in the waters that created the magic feeling. This is a memory that you will love to create. This is a great place to visit. The tour takes 30 minutes on land and the wonder bus transforms to sail on water for 30 minutes. It is a great memory that you will love to add to your bucket list.
Written February 24, 2020
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freefireman
Vienna, Austria2,335 contributions
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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AnjanManda
Hyderabad, India2,009 contributions
Nov 2021 • Family
Enjoy the traditional ‘Abra’ ride.The traditional ferry boat ride to cross creek is as cheap as 1AED.The place is said to be first settlement of local tribe.Natural salt water creek and waterway that has traditionally been used for transport and trade.Creek is located in the heart of the city and gold souk and spice souk are located near it.
Written January 12, 2022
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