Discovering More .... Dubai
Once you have made it through the Fabric souk, you will be close to an Abra station. These small boats are the traditional wooden water taxis that motor back and forwards across the Creek and are the quickest way of crossing the water. They were originally rowing boats, though are now motorised. Prior to 1962, they were the only way of crossing the Creek
Abra on Dubai Creek
Don’t be put off by their appearance, over 17,500 people still cross the creek by Abra every day. There is a sort of queuing system, and you will be encouraged on board. Just sit on the bench that runs around the boat, it may be a little grubby and so don’t wear you best clothes! The fare is 1 Dhs and you pay the driver on board – best to have the right change with you as he won’t be happy to be given a large denomination note. The boats do carry lifejackets and are part of the RTA network. The crossing is short, but gives you a good view of the trading ships lined up along the north side of the Creek.
Abra with dhow
There are two Abra stations on each side. On the Bur Dubai side, the first one is part way along the Fabric Souk – and is called Dubai Old Souk and Abras from here cross to the Al Sabkha station on Baniyas Road near the intersection leading to Al Nasr Square. The second is at the far end of the Fabric Souk and is call Bur Dubai Station and Abras from here cross to the Deira Old Souk Station – this is the best station to use to reach the souks.
If you feel like a longer trip, you can hire an Abra for a tour up the Creek. Ask a boat captain and agree the price and the length of the tour before you start.