I’ve lived in Dubai for over 2 years now, but only recently was privy to this experience. We often head down to Bur Dubai to stroll along the Dubai Creek. The wharf and waterway are full of life and vibrant with colour. Seagulls soar all around, and the creek is teeming with dhows and abras. An abra, or water taxi, is a small boat that is used by many (locals, workers and tourists alike) to get from one side of the creek to the other. For the cost of only 1 dirham (approximately 30 cents US) you can cross over to Deira on a short 7 minute ride, getting a quick glimpse of the creek. A definite tourist must if you’re sightseeing in Dubai. Recently we had friends visiting from Canada and instead of the typical crossing we decided to hire a private abra and do a 30 minute round about trip along the creek. When we reached the Emirates NBD building which is on the Deira side of the creek (and pictured above) our guide cut the motor and said ‘Look up’. And there you can see our little abra floating on the creek, with the sun setting in the background. It was an ‘Aaaaah moment’ for all of us on board, even the kids!
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