Lake / Backwaters
At a distance of 2 km from Al Bastakia and 7 km from Dubai International Airport, Dubai Creek is a saltwater creek that separates Bur Dhabi and Deira. Located in the heart of Dubai, it is one of the popular places to experience Dubai Tourism.
Also known as Khor Dubai, Dubai Creek was historically known for being between Deira and Bur Dubai and ending at the Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary. After the creek was extended into the Dubai Water Canal, its waters now also flow through the Business Bay and Jumeirah areas. The creek was considered a free trade zone in 1902 under Sheikh Maktoum bin Hasher. During the same period, the creek became a major trading hub. Due to its limited depth, large vessels were not able to enter the creek. However, in the late 1950s and early 1960s, the creek was dredged to make it wider and deeper in order to anchor the ships of up to 500 tons.
This mighty creek divides the iconic city of Dubai into two halves - Bur Dubai which lies to the southwest portion is a traditional hub of the town. Middle-eastern style of architecture embraces the conventional look of this place. While in the north-east direction of Dubai Creek is the Deira Dubai. This region is recognized to be highly sophisticated with all the modern flavours. A glittering skyline adds-on more spark to the luxuriousness of this city.
Also known as River Zara, this creek is a highly picturesque spot and attracts masses towards its traditional appeal which makes it different from the surrounding high-rise structures. It gives the city a new identity and boosts the marine trade as well. A romantic dhow or Abra cruise down the Dubai Creek is a wonderful way to take in magnificent views of the Dubai skyscrapers and the beauty of the creek. It is a pocket-friendly ride to sail from one end of the creek to the other. On the other hand, during the night, one could see it illuminating in the sparkling night lights. Witness the lights and music shows, floating and moving dhows, yachts, boats, and vessels to get a glimpse of old Dubai during the trade times.
Along the Creek lie the Al Bastakia Historical District, Dubai Dolphinarium and the Dubai Creek Park. Often called 'Al Fahidi district', the Al Bastakia area is also known for its close-knit cultural groups, painting and sculptures, ancient art galleries, tea house cafes and museums. The Dubai Creek Park is located in Khor Dubai and is the second-largest and one of the oldest parks in Dubai. This place is perfect for kids as well as adults. The park can be reached by boat and is an ideal picnic spot. One can also visit the Dubai Dolphinarium here which houses several dolphins and seals and lets you swim with them and see the creatures dance, swim and perform stunts. The cable car service presents a beautiful bird's-eye view and an exclusive planetarium and theatre add up to the structure and facilities of the park.
There are no time restrictions for visiting Dubai Creek. Also, visitors can enjoy your motorized abras ride for 24 hours from Sabkha Abra Station.
Timings: 24 Hours
Entry: Free, AED. 1 for Abra Ride