Revisiting Dubai Creek-Tourist Style

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 told my husband I wanted us all to go ride 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 forth in the waters of Dubai Creek. It is considered one of the oldest means of transportation in the country).

Abra ride in Dubai Creek
 An Abra full of passengers mostly Pakistani, Indians, a few Europeans, and some other Asian people

Wooden Boats in Dubai Creek
TODA ng Abra :) hehe

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. Shop for some spices but since we arrived too early on Friday, the old souq was still closed and opened only at 2pm after the people have 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, marvel at 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 was beautiful scenery and then adds to it the winter feel on a sunny day. It was the perfect way to enjoy Old Dubai and the Abra ride like the tourist does it.

Prince and Mica as we depart from the Bur Dubai Abra Station

For tourists who wish to enjoy and experience 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
View of Deira with the Twin Towers

Migratory birds fly passed an RTA waterbus berth in the Dubai Creek
 Migratory birds fly past an RTA waterbus berth in the Dubai Creek

Fishing boats
 Blue wooden ships docked in Dubai Creek, only wooden ships are allowed in these waters to keep the traditional feature

Fishing boats in Deira Creek

Deira Creek

 Migratory birds flock 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...

My Yellow Bells

Carla is a lifestyle blogger based in Dubai who's thankful to call this ever-evolving city her second home. The pages of this blog are filled with stories about her expat life in the sandpit. It features dining and travel adventures in and around the city and beyond. It also features food recipes, parenting tips, and fashion style.


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  1. Dubai is a good place for tourists,Tourists come here from every corner of the world, why is this a good and beautiful place,thanks for sharing.

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