The creek is in between Bur Dubai and Deira and one has to take the local ferries to cross over to the other side which are rather frequent. One also has the option of taking more luxurious and fancy options for a boat ride in the night which is rather nice and quiet. One can take walks along and it's very cool and beautiful in the evenings or one can just cross over to deira and get a flavour of the old world charm. That's also the way to the old Gold souk.
There are nice small parks around where one can often find guys playing soccer and can join in.