Last Friday after attending the holy mass at St. Mary's church and having a simple lunch of steamed rice with kare-kare, bopis and caldereta at Tagpuan restaurant in Karama, me and my family went straight to Dubai Creek. It's been a while since I have told my husband that I wanted us all to go there and ride in an Abra which we have never done before (Abra is a traditional wooden boat of the UAE used for transporting goods and people back and fort in the waters of Dubai Creek and it is considered one of the oldest means of transportation in the country).
An Abra full of passengers mostly Pakistani, Indians, a few Europeans and some other Asian people
TODA ng Abra :) hehehe
Without a set of things to do in mind, I thought of taking them around Bur Dubai to ride the Abra and cross the Creek towards Deira Old Souq Abra Station then take a stroll at the Deira Old Souq and shop for some spices but unfortunately we arrived too early, since it's Friday the old souq (market) opens only at 2pm after people had gone for prayers. Since we have no business in Deira and we can't wait for an hour for the souq to open (the kids will get bored), we just took some photos, marble the beauty of the place and enjoy the hustle and bustle happening around us, we decided to cross the Creek to go back to Bur Dubai Abra station.
What's fun is the ride itself, it is a beautiful scenery and then add to it the winter feel in a sunny day, it was perfect way to enjoy the Old Dubai and the Abra ride like the tourist does it.
Prince and Mica as we depart from the Bur Dubai Abra Station
For tourist who wish to enjoy and experience the Dubai Creek for a longer time, you can ask for a private Abra ride for 30 minutes or an hour for 60 AED or a hundred for the latter. We didn't take the offer because we want to bring more friends with us next time so it will be a more fun ride.
view of Deira with the Twin Towers
Migratory birds fly passed an RTA waterbus berth in the Dubai Creek
Blue wooden ships docked in Dubai Creek, only wooden ships are allowed in these waters to keep the traditional feature
Migratory birds flocks Dubai Creek in winter and find homage for food in its unblemished waters
After we arrived at the Bur Dubai Abra Station, we headed next to see the Bur Dubai Old Souq...