Dubai Creek
Dubai Creek
4.5
Bodies of WaterPiers & Boardwalks
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 11:59 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.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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The area
Neighbourhood: Al Fahidi
How to get there
  • Al Ras • 7 min walk
  • Al Fahidi • 10 min walk
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  • Jorajudy F
    Cyprus14 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Chilled Boat Cruise
    I went there to start my vacation in style. We were on a boat cruise with the family. They offered an international buffet, the cruise was along the creek which lasted well over an hour. They had music and friendly staff. I loved the experience but you must only go during the winter.
    Visited July 2022
    Written 25 May 2023
  • Maggie W
    Toronto, Canada15 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must take abra also
    We were superseded that Dubai has an area like this. So “down to earth” and u could get a sense of local lifestyle. We loved the contrast when u came from the downtown, the moment got off the taxi u feel like it’s a different world.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 12 June 2023
  • TravelingSoccerLoon
    Saint Paul, Minnesota3,561 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 19 July 2023
  • zuv
    Bucharest, Romania27,166 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
    Travelled solo
    Written 18 November 2023
  • LolaGo1
    Washington DC, District of Columbia6,519 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
    Travelled solo
    Written 21 November 2023
  • Robert O
    Rotterdam, The Netherlands3,973 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    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
    Travelled solo
    Written 15 December 2023
  • Mohammad A
    Dubai, United Arab Emirates1 contribution
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    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
    Travelled solo
    Written 27 December 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
    Travelled with family
    Written 23 January 2024
  • SMW
    London, United Kingdom148 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    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
    Travelled with family
    Written 7 April 2024
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SMW
London, UK148 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
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
Written 7 April 2024
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Mr M
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Best place I've ever been! I recommend. It's future city with all attractions and relaxations anyone wants. I love Dubai!
Written 24 March 2024
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Ogi0
Sofia, Bulgaria21,003 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
A nice seawater canal around which old Dubai is situated. We caught a boat that took us around, there is a lot to see on both coasts, but the most interesting are the many small boats that ferry passengers between the two coasts.
Written 7 March 2024
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sharon2010_01
Corby, UK56 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
Interesting tour on the history of UAE. Our tour guide was excellent and very knowledgeable and friendly. Great to see more culture of Dubai rather than the modern. Great tour to do recommended.
Written 23 February 2024
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delagioventu
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg1,421 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
Lovely to take one of the small boats, 1 dirham, to go from one bank to the other, great experience. This creek is where it all began for Dubai.
Written 17 February 2024
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NICHOLAS T
Dubai, United Arab Emirates5,971 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
The creek is the original reason for the existence of Dubai.

On either side is the vibrant old town, featuring lots of interesting souks and restaurants. You can also grab a dhow boat or abra ride o the water.
Written 10 February 2024
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chembo_agatha
Zambia3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
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.
Written 23 January 2024
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Oscar R
United Kingdom2 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
We had just 2 days transit in Dubai so this place was recommended to us by friend. Good vibe and cool weather. For picture taking, it was a photogenic place.
Written 12 January 2024
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dianedinky
Dunfermline, UK791 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Solo
I got to this area from the Hop On Hop Off buses. It is worth a quick look around but the old Gold Souk is now just a tourist trap selling tat (sand in a bottle anyone?). The fort museum is currently closed and it looks weird with super cars roaring around it anyway. The dhow boats look nice so I did take some photos of them on the creek. However, the journey one of them takes is very short and (in my eyes) very unscenic past bland buildings and cranes.
So I recommend you take some photos of the area then head to Al Ghubaiba boat station and get the ferry. It leaves at 1pm every day and you can get a cheap 2hr trip all the way to the marina and see great sights from the water as you cruise right along the full coastline. You can also take the ferry for a shorter creek trip and back.
Written 1 January 2024
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Mohammad A
Dubai, United Arab Emirates1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Solo
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.
Written 27 December 2023
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