Deira Old Souk Abra Station

Deira Old Souk Abra Station

Deira Old Souk Abra Station
4.5
9:30 AM - 11:30 PM
Monday
7:30 AM - 10:30 PM
Tuesday
7:30 AM - 10:30 PM
Wednesday
7:30 AM - 10:30 PM
Thursday
7:30 AM - 10:30 PM
Friday
7:30 AM - 11:00 PM
Saturday
7:30 AM - 11:00 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 11:30 PM
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Neighbourhood: Deira
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  • Al Ras • 6 min walk
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  • TravelingSoccerLoon
    Saint Paul, Minnesota4,966 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Abra Across Dubai Creek
    The Abra is the traditional mode of transport in the region and is still used by locals for public transportation. However, for a tourist, it is a memorable experience and provides beautiful views along Dubai Creek. Unlike most of the modern city of Dubai, riding an Abra across the Dubai Creek is like stepping back in time and experiencing the Dubai of old. The cost is 1 AED, cash only. The Deira Old Souk Station is near the Old Souk and from here you can cross to Bur Dubai and explore the historic Al Fahidi Neighborhood, Al Fahidi Fort and Dubai Museum and Al Seef shopping and dining development which is a more refined experience compared to the seedy Souk area.
    Visited November 2022
    Written 24 July 2023
  • interstate4
    Perth, Australia40 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Pestering souk owners spoilt my browsing
    Ok experience. Nothing spectacular about it. Old boat across a creek. Was ok for the experience. Now the Souks! Had they left us alone we would have gone into many if the shops and had a browse and bought things but the pestering and calling us “pinky” and “pinky chink” we are white Australian lol. Was off putting. I didn’t feel safe going into the little shops. They loose so much custom by pestering, Also having no Wifi we rely on free wifi in malls / hotel so getting an Uber afterwards was not easy. We found ourselves wandering along the roads to find a hotspot. Which took about 30 mins.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 13 September 2023
  • zuv
    Bucharest, Romania33,366 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Just another pier
    It's not the most spectacular boarding point. That one is on the shore of Bur Dubai. But this is also interesting. There are a lot of abra boats waiting for their customers, while others are constantly going back and forth on the canal. The price of an abra trip is only 1AED.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 22 December 2023
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Robert O
Rotterdam, The Netherlands5,364 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
Most tourists disembark here to visit the Gold souk in Deira. Another option is to walk through the Deira souk eastward and take a ferry back to the other side of the Creek at Al Sabkha Marine Transport Station. From here as well ferries go across to the Bur Dubai old souk.

Keep in mind that ferries from Deira to Bur Dubai in the early morning are less frequent than the other way around. Waiting time could be more than half an hour.
Written 8 April 2024
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zuv
Bucharest, Romania33,366 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
It's not the most spectacular boarding point. That one is on the shore of Bur Dubai. But this is also interesting. There are a lot of abra boats waiting for their customers, while others are constantly going back and forth on the canal. The price of an abra trip is only 1AED.
Written 22 December 2023
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interstate4
Perth, Australia40 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
Ok experience. Nothing spectacular about it. Old boat across a creek. Was ok for the experience.

Now the Souks! Had they left us alone we would have gone into many if the shops and had a browse and bought things but the pestering and calling us “pinky” and “pinky chink” we are white Australian lol. Was off putting. I didn’t feel safe going into the little shops. They loose so much custom by pestering,

Also having no Wifi we rely on free wifi in malls / hotel so getting an Uber afterwards was not easy. We found ourselves wandering along the roads to find a hotspot. Which took about 30 mins.
Written 13 September 2023
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TravelingSoccerLoon
Saint Paul, MN4,966 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
The Abra is the traditional mode of transport in the region and is still used by locals for public transportation. However, for a tourist, it is a memorable experience and provides beautiful views along Dubai Creek. Unlike most of the modern city of Dubai, riding an Abra across the Dubai Creek is like stepping back in time and experiencing the Dubai of old. The cost is 1 AED, cash only. The Deira Old Souk Station is near the Old Souk and from here you can cross to Bur Dubai and explore the historic Al Fahidi Neighborhood, Al Fahidi Fort and Dubai Museum and Al Seef shopping and dining development which is a more refined experience compared to the seedy Souk area.
Written 24 July 2023
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551ruth
Haifa, Israel8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
The boardwalk is a very nice area to have a nice walk in the evening and enjoy the creek breeze. There are coffee houses and lights.
Written 6 June 2023
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Couples
PROS
* This station is easier to find than the one on the other driver of the creek
* This is an experience- one of the classic activities to do in Dubai, as we travel like a native resident
* From here, we can use the famous and efficient abra boats, which are a convenient and frequent way to travel between Bur Dubai and Deira
* At this station, boats are departing every three to five minutes- almost no waiting
* See the Old Dubai and Deira skylines on both sides of the creek
* Experience the wide open waters of Dubai Creek
* The cost is one dirham, which is 30-35 US cents

CONS
* Not easy to find parking better either
* This abra station is immediately adjacent to the souks, and these neighborhoods and surrounding areas are very authentic and therefore are less clean and less esthetic than modern Dubai

“ I VISITED THIS PLACE”…
… because I wanted to at least visit the souks once, and to arrive there via the abra boat.

WAS IT WORTH THE COST?
Yes- the abra crossing from this station is definitely worth one dirham.

ADVICES
Yes- for sure do it, and please look at my “helpful” photos.
Written 1 May 2023
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Robert O
Rotterdam, The Netherlands5,364 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
There has been a ferry between the old souk in Deira and Bur Dubai, the historic nucleus of Dubai, for ages. The waterbus between the two stations is a convenient service. It is used mainly by locals who work in the Dubai area and costs 1 dirham one way. Embarking and disembarking is a routine and is easy to blend into as a foreigner. In a way most people in Dubai are foreigners. So no haggling about a price like in Egypt or elsewhere in the Arab world.

When in Dubai I use the Deira station regularly as part of a daily walk along Al Seef to Infinity bridge and the Deira souk area and returning by waterbus (1 and a half hour).
Written 5 February 2023
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TheShis
Tel Aviv, Israel41,034 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
This is a simple station for Abra boats, crossing the small creek in northern Dubai.
Price of a crossing is a laughable 1AED (roughly 25 cents).
Written 11 November 2022
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LOTrips
Mumbai, India356 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Solo
So we took a cab to burdubai but while returning a co-tourist nudged us towards the ferry. It was amazing experience, crossing the creek during sunset with full local flavour riding alongside us.
Written 31 October 2022
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County-Hunter
Tacoma, WA3,633 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Couples
So, we weren't very educated in the water taxi system or abras. We started out at another dock and paid 2 dirhams for a ride across the creek to Al Fahidi. The only taxi we saw were newer and faster and were easier to get in and out. This was part of the public transportation system. We came back across the creek to this station and saw all kind of boats especially the ABC boats which were only 1 Durham and looked more authentic.
Written 16 April 2022
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