Dubai Creek is one of the prominent landmarks of Dubai despite the modernization in the emirate. Until today, it plays a significant role in Dubai’s trade and commerce. Particularly, the creek’s portion in the Old Dubai, where the only trading ports are located.
Dubai Creek divides the Old Dubai into two parts, the Deira side and Bur Dubai Side. I started my experience of the creek in Deira.
People were already enjoying the view of the creek when I arrived.
I don’t know why but views of bodies of water are my favorite. And this is the view of Dubai Creek that I saw right away. Its simply captivating.
Roaming around the Deira port, I saw these small ships unloading different cargo products.
Like I mentioned before, the creek still plays a major role in trading until today.
The Deira part of the Old Dubai hosts different markets. Including the Spice Souk (souk means market in Arabic), Gold Souk, Perfume Souk, several department stores and appliance centers. These ships transports products to the said markets using the Dubai Creek.
For those who want to travel the entire length of the creek, tour boats are available in the port.
The boats offer one or two hours of Creek Tour, with buffet food and drinks available on board.
And of course, the Abras are also parked in the port.
Abra is the Arabic name for the traditional wooden boat used in the creek since the early years of Dubai.
For those who plan to go to Dubai, your visit will not be complete without experiencing an abra ride. It only costs 1 AED so make sure to give it a try.
Excitedly, I went for my first abra ride. There are already a lot of people in the station. There is an abra leaving the port every minute, so we did not wait long.
The dhow ride was just about 8 minutes, but it was enjoyable nonetheless.
For someone like me who has only been mostly to the business districts or desert parts of Dubai, the experience was definitely something.
Here is a clip of my view from the abra:
Bur Dubai Port
Next stop was the port in Bur Dubai. It is where the Old Souk and Textile Souk are located.
People were enjoying the afternoon walk along the port.
And so was I. The scenery and the fresh air were very enjoyable. This is the kind of place that can help you relax and clear your mind.
The Dubai Creek is just fascinating to look at. I am not much of a photographer, but the awesome view surely helped me get some great captures.
No wonder why it is now a major attraction for tourism. There are hotels and residential buildings that offer great views of Dubai Creek.
For those who are planning to visit the place, I advice you to wait for the sunset.
The awesome sunset by the creek will definitely bring a nice end to your whole trip.
As for me, this serene view made me thank God for the Dubai Creek. It was such a beautiful place in the middle of the desert.