Sunday, November 27, 2011

Cruising the Dubai Creek… in an Abra

I know I ended my last post saying that an Abra trip down the Dubai Creek can be a bit ‘smelly’ and that you should go prepared with perfumes and scents to help minimize the odor, but I really hope this does not discourage you… An Abra cruise down the creek is really an amazing experience and you should not miss out on it!
If you are ever in Dubai, do take make some time to step into this nice little traditional wooden boat that, for very long, was the main mode of transport for the local population.
Before, when there were no bridges or motorized vehicles around, the Abra was used by people who needed to go from one side of Dubai to another.
Nowadays, it is mostly enjoyed by people who live and work in the area, as well as tourists who take the Abra to go from the gold and spice souk to the textile souk on the other side.
A ride in the public Abra, which works as a water taxi, will cost you AED 1 (US 0.30) each way. There are several Abra stations along the creek, the main ones located near the souks in Deira and Bur Dubai.
Another option is to hire an Abra for private cruising around the creek. For this you should be prepared to pay anywhere between AED 50 and AED 70 (US 13 and US 19) an hour, depending on the boat, season and your negotiation skills!


  1. Hi BurCarioca
    love the Abra, never travelled on that one so guess it is a must and thanks for reminding me, sometimes we have things in front of our nose and do not realize.
    thanks again

  2. Yeah i had there for so many times it is really beautiful blue and warm water for diving you might like Boat Cruise Dubai outdoor activity it is cheaper and best for couple and friends activity.