Dubai Creek
Dubai Creek
4.5
Bodies of WaterPiers & Boardwalks
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
About
Separating Deira and Bur Dubai, the creek is the city's historic commercial hub. Explore and cross the canal on a traditional abra boat ride.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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The area
Neighbourhood: Al Fahidi
How to get there
  • Al Ras • 7 min walk
  • Al Fahidi • 10 min walk
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  • Maggie W
    Toronto, Canada15 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must take abra also
    We were superseded that Dubai has an area like this. So “down to earth” and u could get a sense of local lifestyle. We loved the contrast when u came from the downtown, the moment got off the taxi u feel like it’s a different world.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 12 June 2023
  • TravelingSoccerLoon
    Saint Paul, Minnesota5,126 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Ride an Abra to the Old Souk
    Unlike most of modern Dubai, visiting the Dubai Creek is like stepping back in time. On one side of the river is the historic Al Seef and Al Fahidi neighborhoods. You can then ride on a traditional abra across the river to the Old Souk. The cost is 1 Dirham. Make sure you get on the right abra. You want the Dierra Old Souk-Bur Dubai abra which leaves from its own pier.
    Visited November 2022
    Written 19 July 2023
  • zuv
    Bucharest, Romania33,359 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Abra road
    A fairly wide channel, crossed by a lot of boats of all kinds, zigzagging between the banks like aquatic insects. In the Bur-Dubai area, the shore is full of restaurants with terraces right on the water's edge. Also, here is the bazaar area, very lively and crowded. I think it is an experience that must be tried.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 18 November 2023
  • LolaGo1
    Washington DC, District of Columbia6,628 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Enjoyed my visit here!
    After checking it at my hotel in Deira, this was the first attraction I visited i the area. I noted shops and stores as I walked towards the Abra Station where I rode the local boat for 1 AED. The boat ride was short, about 5-7 minutes. There is a Souq or a small market area where one can shop for clothings, spices, nuts, bags & luggages, jewelries, etc. Of course there are small restaurants along the creek and near the Souq. I enjoyed my visit here. Highly recommended to visit here, when you get bored visiting high rise buildings.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 21 November 2023
  • Robert O
    Rotterdam, The Netherlands5,382 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Where Dubai got started in the 1830s
    This saltwater creek that leads from the Persian Gulf towards the south landinward is where first human settlement took place in this part of the Arabia. Originally the creek was not very deep and it ended in a swamp (Ras al Khor). Gradually it was deepened and quays were developed along its shores enabling dhows (cargo ships) to dock. Nowadays it is much more "developed". A canal was built in 2016 connecting the once dead-end creek to the sea south of Dubai. Along its shores particularly southwest is the modern city with sky scrapers, but towards the north where it is dividing Bur Dubai and Deira still more traditional harbour activities can be observed. This is definitely the most interesting part of the creek, though few Emiratis still tend to live there. Deira and Bur Dubai feel more like cities on the Indian subcontinent.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 15 December 2023
  • Mohammad A
    Dubai, United Arab Emirates9 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Dubai Creek is the city's vibrant artery
    Dubai Creek is a natural seawater inlet divides the city of Dubai into two sections: Deira and Bur Dubai. Today, it boasts modern developments including iconic landmarks like Dubai Creek Tower. The area harmouniously belnds tradition and innovation, offering visitors a unique experince with traditional markets known as souks, and picturesque waterfront showcasing the city commitment to preserving its heritage while embarcing contemporary elements.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 27 December 2023
  • chembo_agatha
    Zambia3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Awesome
    It was beautiful. Wish we couldve stayed longer. So much to do so little time. The list of activities is endless. Many accomodation and dining options. Perfect place to have a wide range of experiences in one place.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 23 January 2024
  • SMW
    London, United Kingdom212 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great to see but pestered non stop !
    So pleased we visited here to experience a bit of old town Dubai in the Gold & Spice Souks. We were ready to be pestered by the vendors but our experience took things to a whole new level. We were always polite with ‘no Thank you’ but for some that’s not enough, they physically grab you or even block you leaving their store if you enter so my advice is to visit if you are confident & know what you want but if you are timid do not go, you will be taken advantage of. Do not shake hands (they don’t let go & pull you in), do not try on head scarves “for a photo” as it is taken as a gesture to but, etc etc… Always haggle on price as first price is never best & even “best price” is not lowest ! Again, we wanted to come here & really pleased we did, also make sure you experience the boats across the creek, you pay the driver 1 EAD pp/per trip - !!! We found a nice coffee shop for a break @ also a nice place for ice tea by the creek, quite reasonable prices too
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 7 April 2024
  • The dubbers
    48 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely trip to the creek and souks
    Love the creek and the souks. Great experience for the kids . It’s one dirhams each to cross the creek on the wooden boats which the kids loved. We went to a lovely restaurant called the real creek ! Food was amazing
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 17 April 2024
  • Joasi23
    South Yorkshire, United Kingdom1,739 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Picturesque
    The one dirham boat ride across was an experience, ensure you don’t end up on a private crossing as they are much more expensive and unnecessary in my opinion. The guys running the boats are very keen to lead you to a private option. We were not comfortable walking round the vendors on the other side as they were so persistent and determined. So a very short half hour and we went back. The stalls on the main side had a couple selling fresh squeezed juice. Absolutely delicious and very cheap, orange or pomegranate.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 26 April 2024
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Radley Yohan
United Arab Emirates3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
It was exquisite. Would have preferred to stay longer to everyone. There is an endless list of things to do. Numerous lodging and dining options. Ideal location for experiencing a variety of things at once.
Written 21 May 2024
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Cathleen Wheatley
Dubai, United Arab Emirates10 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
Beautiful waterway along the sea that encircles historic Dubai. We took a boat to get around; there are many sights to see on both coasts, but the numerous little boats that transport people back and forth between them are the most fascinating.
Written 20 May 2024
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Lana B
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Love Love Love Dubai! The creek is a must! Like being in the Aladdin film! See the original part though, do a tour with a guide you learn so much! Definitely take an Abra over to the souk. What an experience. Would 100 % return.
Written 13 May 2024
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K Niaz Morshed
Dhaka City, Bangladesh1,578 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
It was a great time and exciting travel. Dubai is one of favorite city of mine for its luxury,entertainment and the facilities it has.
Written 5 May 2024
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Joasi23
South Yorkshire, UK1,739 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
The one dirham boat ride across was an experience, ensure you don’t end up on a private crossing as they are much more expensive and unnecessary in my opinion. The guys running the boats are very keen to lead you to a private option.
We were not comfortable walking round the vendors on the other side as they were so persistent and determined. So a very short half hour and we went back. The stalls on the main side had a couple selling fresh squeezed juice. Absolutely delicious and very cheap, orange or pomegranate.
Written 26 April 2024
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Irishmissus
Brussels11 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
I was a little disappointed by the creek area because in the souls, it's all the same. I expected there to be different souks selling different things. People hassle you a lot to buy things which I did not like. But this is the real Dubai and a must see. Plus take an abra across the creek as that's really cool (costs 1 AED).
Written 17 April 2024
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The dubbers
48 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Love the creek and the souks. Great experience for the kids .
It’s one dirhams each to cross the creek on the wooden boats which the kids loved.
We went to a lovely restaurant called the real creek ! Food was amazing
Written 17 April 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

SMW
London, UK212 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
So pleased we visited here to experience a bit of old town Dubai in the Gold & Spice Souks.
We were ready to be pestered by the vendors but our experience took things to a whole new level.
We were always polite with ‘no Thank you’ but for some that’s not enough, they physically grab you or even block you leaving their store if you enter so my advice is to visit if you are confident & know what you want but if you are timid do not go, you will be taken advantage of.
Do not shake hands (they don’t let go & pull you in), do not try on head scarves “for a photo” as it is taken as a gesture to but, etc etc…
Always haggle on price as first price is never best & even “best price” is not lowest !
Again, we wanted to come here & really pleased we did, also make sure you experience the boats across the creek, you pay the driver 1 EAD pp/per trip - !!!
We found a nice coffee shop for a break @ also a nice place for ice tea by the creek, quite reasonable prices too
Written 7 April 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Mr M
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Best place I've ever been! I recommend. It's future city with all attractions and relaxations anyone wants. I love Dubai!
Written 24 March 2024
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Ogi0
Sofia, Bulgaria22,197 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
A nice seawater canal around which old Dubai is situated. We caught a boat that took us around, there is a lot to see on both coasts, but the most interesting are the many small boats that ferry passengers between the two coasts.
Written 7 March 2024
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