24 December 2016

Dubai Creek

Dubai Old Souk Marine Transport Station
Dubai
United Arab Emirates
Coordinates: 25.264788, 55.294060

Walking along the Textile Souk to its end took us right to the Dubai Creek where for 1 Dirham we get to ride a motorised Abra (wooden boat taxi) across to the Deira at the other northern end.

Let us repeat that in case you missed it: it costs 1 Dirham equivalent to RM1.15 which is practically a quarter for the Americans or twenty pence to the British to ride an Abra across the Dubai Creek.

a forlorn looking mannequin


the Old Souk station


Emirati flags flying proudly


not sure if he's a passanger?


calm waters


the Deira on the other side beckons


you would not believe the fare


all ready to go (and can be chartered as well)


collection of postcards


These motorised Abras ply two main routes across the Dubai Creek. The route we opted for was which was nearest to us was the one from the Bur Dubai Abra Station to the Deira Old Souk Abra Station. However Abras do not ply this route round the clock and services are from five in the morning till midnight only.

and here we go


it's our first time


riding an Abra


across the Dubai Creek


another tug and pull


and we're off!


Brendan's tattered jeans caused an old man to curse at him!


view of the Old Souk from the Creek


we're making good speed


headed to the Deira


I know it looks repetitive


but don't focus on the bow of the boat


focus on the horizon and landmarks to the left and right

If you plan to take the motorised Abra in the wee hours of the morning the second route from Dubai Old Souk Abra Station to the Sabkha Abra Station which is the busier of the two routes and accounts for around seventy percent of Abra rides.

Interestingly enough, Sern met an old varsity mate when we visited the old historical quarter earlier. He was in the UAE accompanying his wife here for work (I think?) and in his spare time provided tour guide services to Malaysians who came here for a holiday.

We met him again at the Abra Station with his group of Malaysian tourists and he suggested that we join him in chartering an Abra all to ourselves. Sounds good, and we quickly agreed to split the fare.

an approaching Abra


coming up to the Deira


while the Old Souk is in the distance


the motorised boat taxis of Dubai Creek


the sun was high by the time we crossed the Creek


but the weather was lovely


we're almost there


Sern and his varsity buddy


this is the other Abra Station at the Bur Dubai side, we believe?


but we could be mistaken




safely across

We reached the other side and proceeded to explore the Deira where Cat stood transfixed by the wealth of gold and jewelry on display at the Deira Gold Souk.

All done, we headed back to the Deira Old Souk Abra Station to catch another Abra across the Dubai Creek to head back to the Old Dubai Souk area, and back to Sern’s car.



leaving the Deira Station


heading back to Bur Dubai 
this time we got on an Abra will everyone else




goodbye Deira


we will come again


and visit your display of  gold and jewelry, and spices! 
that's a much larger boat, possibly a dinner boat?




Sern getting in some shots as well


a nautical festival where we were concerned


Deira in the distance


a boat race?


it's neck and neck


in capable hands




wonder what this is?


approaching the Station


about to dock

We later learnt that if we had wanted a personalised cruise it's also possible to charter and Abra by the hour. Oh well, we'll keep that in mind if we do get the chance to come back to Bur Dubai.