I went to Dubai last April with my friend on a business trip (as usual I will include leisure in my itinerary!). We stayed in Ibis WTC so the most convenient way to travel is by taking the metro train (red line) (affordable - they even have ladies coach). Most of the traveller using the train is tourists and foreigner workers; i guess for locals they preferred to have their schauffer to take them everywhere). It was very safe, clean and comfy (how they managed the cleanliness and safety is by a very strict rules and regulations; they will fine for almost everything!). Upon reach the Khalid Bin Al Waleed (red line) station, change to Al Ras (Green line) station. From there u can just walk until u find a pier. We took a traditional looking boat that costs us AED1 to cross the river. And then we walked again to the spice souk and gold souk. It was authentic! We bought lots of things there and on the way back to the river we were very tired and we decided to hired a helper to carry our things. It was worth it! The helper was so good, he carry our things into the boat. When we asked about the fee, he said it's up to us, how much to give. This was a true shop till u drop thing. Try it.
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