Monday, September 02, 2013

Crossing Dubai Creek with an Abra Boat

This boat (quick) trip is probably one of my highlights during my visit in Dubai.

I’ve read about the traditional wooden boat taxis on the Dubai Creek that shuttles passengers from Deira to Bur Dubai and vice versa, so this was on top of my to-do list. Luckily, the jetty is directly located across the Spice – Herbs Souk so I didn’t have to walk that far. Hallelujah!

Abra boat taxi fare: 1 AED p.p.

1 AED is about 0.20 EUR cents! How can I say no? Haha. This was probably the cheapest activity I did that was cool, adventurous and fun. It’s similar to the Traghetto service in Venice, Italy (ride in a non-pimped up gondola), with the main purpose of shuttling passengers across the river or canal. It’s quick, efficient and cheap. In Venice, the fare is 0.50 EUR p.p. though (circa 2010). Dubai is cheaper I suppose =)

There are no railings to hold on to inside the boat, you just sit there like the rest of the passengers and hang on tight. I wonder if they have life jackets on board? I forgot to check? They do have a few lifebouys.

Here is the video of the crossing on Dubai Creek that I took. On the right of the river is Deira and on the left is Bur Dubai.

Here are the pictures I took. These were taken from the Deira side of the creek just before boarding. The boats go every few minutes, so technically you do not have to wait that long.

This is my Abra boat, almost full already, ready to go and waiting for me =). I better hurry up before they leave without me. Wait please!!!

And off we sail, er cross I mean, the Dubai Creek. Ahoy! Bye Deira!

Views of Bur Dubai from the boat. In front of Bur Dubai’s Abra boat station is the Textile Souk. Very handy. That’s where I am going to next.

And these pictures were taken from the Bur Dubai side after the Abra boat had docked. The trip was quick, I did not time it as I was busy taking a video, taking pictures and enjoying the ride.

Anyway, hello there Bur Dubai, nice to meet you =)

When in Dubai, never ever miss this Dubai Creek crossing on an Abra boat.

Travel Period: July 2013
Destination: Deira & Bur Dubai – Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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