Dubai Creek

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The creek has served as a safe harbor for ships heading towards the    ports of the Arabian Gulf region,from centuries.The Dubai creek divides the city into two main parts  Deira and Bur Dubai . It was along the Bur Dubai creek area where  people of the  Bani Yas tribe first settled in the 19th century, establishing the Al Maktoum dynasty in the city. In the early 20th century, the creek, though incapable then of supporting large scale transportation, served as a minor port for dhows . Although it impeded the entry of ships due to current flow, the creek remained an important element in establishing the commercial position of Dubai, being the only port or harbor in the city. Dubai’s pearling industry, which formed the main sector of the city’s economy, was based primarily on expeditions in the creek, prior to the invention of cultured pearls in the 1930s.


The Dubai’s ruler, HH Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum decided to expand the creek and the small creek canal was dug up and a 4,000 feet long and six feet deep canal was excavated, so the famous Dubai Creek was created. Now the creek cuts through downtown Dubai, with one side Deira and the other side Bur Dubai.


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Here you will see the traditional style wooden  dhows , wind towers and old style markets. The great variety of the old-style markets sell gold jewelry, perfumes, leather goods and various other items. One can smell the spices and the perfumes from across the creek. This area has many attractions, such as Bastakiya village and its wonderful windy old lanes and souqs; the Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary and the Al Fahidi Fort and museum.

There are many man made attractions in Dubai but this natural seawater of creek has its own charm. Somehow the Dubai Creek represents the real Dubai – everything as it was before the oil boom, fishing, trading, pearl diving, and the simple nomadic way of life. The Dubai Creek represents the Middle East more accurately than all the eminently photographable monuments you see.




It is a place where you will find all types of entertainment, definitely everyone can enjoy here by walking along the tree-lined promenade along the creek, here you will feel the fresh seaside breezes. There are modern buildings sitting side by side with traditional constructions and wind towers here. There are Museums, buildings, heritage and old style markets at both sides of the creek

Hire an Abra and cross the Dubai Creek to the other side – if you’re in the Bur Dubai area, crossing the creek will take you to Deira. It’s a very breezy, pleasant and full of joy  crossing.

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There is great fun to take a ride on the dhow cruise, this is the same traditional wooden dhow which is  used in the Middle East for centuries. These vessels are infused with historical mystique that dates back to the ancient days of smuggling and piracy.  Usually dhows are  used to carry heavy cargo for trading. These  dhows are made with wood  with long, thin, hulls. Lateen-rigged sails power . The dhow cruise boats are fitted , elaborate,  with cabins and glass walls for sightseeing. Enjoy the traditional Tanura shows and horse shows on your Dubai Creek Dhow Cruise.


If someone want to experience a true taste of  Arab trading,enter the traditional markets of Bur Dubai and Deira. Haggle your way through stalls filled with wonderful carpets, perfumes, amazing spices, gold and more. You’ll be invited into stalls and even will get offered thick and sweet Arabian coffee. One will find here the gentle hospitality, which is a part of Arabian culture .


Here the night life can be enjoyed as well, if someone is fond of golf and yachting ,the Dubai Golf and yacht on the waterfront will be a great option to try , including the popular Dubai Desert Classic. The clubhouse is built to resemble the sails of the traditional dhow.


Sign up for a Dinner Cruise on a dhow or yacht and enjoy the Dubai Creek like never before.  Here is an arrangement of red carpet to welcome the guests and they will serve a drink with canapés, as the night floodlights bring all landmarks to focus.


There is Grand mosque, Clock Tower, the Al Maktoum Bridge, the Deira Twin Towers and other famous landmarks. A buffet dinner is served at the ride.It is 2.5 hours of bliss on the sightseeing boat,  one will enjoy the best views of Dubai via this beautiful night journey.


One can enjoy the long walk around the Gold Souq, Spice Souq, perfume Souq Textile Souq .One  will feel the unique  fragrances. Don’t miss to explore the exciting night markets, lit by traditional lamps.  Dubai Creek area has a variety of restaurants disco bars, and cafes.




The Dubai Creek is a marvelous place, especially at night, when bright lights light up the waterfront. The floating vessels on the dark water all lit up as well, which turns the whole landscape into something from a dream land.


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