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Dubai Creek

Explore the city’s waterway, and see old and new Dubai and a variety of wildlife.

Dubai Creek is the natural seawater inlet from the Arabian Gulf that divides the city in two. On the northeast side is Deira Dubai and on the southwest, Bur Dubai. The creek has played a major role in Dubai’s history, originally facilitating trade with India and Africa and providing safe haven for trading ships.

There are several ways to explore the creek. Travel along the water in traditional style on an abra, or water taxi. These small, motorized wooden boats are a cheap way to get around and are the means many workers use to commute from one side of the creek to the other.

You’ll find designated abra stations at various locations along the waterway with boats departing every few minutes every day of the week. They typically slip away when there are around 20 passengers. There are no tickets; you just pay on board. You can even charter an abra for yourself.  

Another way to view the creek is on a traditional dhow. You can find these tour boats on the Deira side and they offer day and night cruises.

Observe the day-to-day activity on the creek as abras, yachts and modern boats are loaded and unloaded. Make sure you bring a camera with you as the city skyline looks superb from the waterfront, especially when the buildings are bathed in bright sunlight.

Notice the distinct architectural differences between the two sides of the creek. The Bur Dubai side is the older part of the city with traditional Middle Eastern architecture. Deira Dubai is more modern and home to many skyscrapers.

Explore the area on foot along the promenades. These pretty, paved walkways are well-lit at night allowing for a pleasant evening stroll.

At the upper end of the creek is the Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary. It covers an area of 1,532 acres (620 hectares) of wetlands, mudflats, lagoons and pools. Here you may be able to see several species of water birds including plovers, curlews and gulls.


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Millennium Airport Hotel Dubai $43
Millennium Airport Hotel Dubai

Millennium Airport Hotel Dubai

Airport Road, Casablanca Street, Al Garhoud, Dubai
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Garhoud, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Dubai Tennis Stadium, City Centre Deira, and Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club. Creek Park and Dubai Creek are also within 3 mi (5 km). GGICO Station is 9 minutes by foot and Airport Terminal 1 Station is 14 minutes.

    Park Hyatt Dubai $238
    Park Hyatt Dubai

    Park Hyatt Dubai

    Port Saweed, Dubai
       
      5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Deira, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Dubai Tennis Stadium and City Centre Deira. Dubai Creek and Dubai Festival City Mall are also within 3 mi (5 km). GGICO Station is 11 minutes by foot and Deira City Centre Station is 20 minutes.

      Palazzo Versace Dubai $212
      Palazzo Versace Dubai

      Palazzo Versace Dubai

      Jaddaf Waterfront, Dubai
         
        5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        This family-friendly Dubai hotel is located on the riverwalk, within 3 mi (5 km) of Dubai Creek and Dubai Festival City Mall. Dubai Tennis Stadium and Dubai Mall are also within 6 mi (10 km). Al Jadaf Station is 15 minutes by foot and Creek Station is 17 minutes.

        Premier Inn Dubai International Airport $28
        Premier Inn Dubai International Airport

        Premier Inn Dubai International Airport

        Opposite Terminal 3, via Street 52b, Dubai International Airport, Dubai
           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Garhoud, this hotel is 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from Dubai Festival City Mall and 2.5 mi (3.9 km) from City Centre Deira. Dubai Tennis Stadium is 2.3 mi (3.7 km) away. Emirates Station is 15 minutes by foot.

          Premier Inn Dubai Al Jaddaf $25
          Premier Inn Dubai Al Jaddaf

          Premier Inn Dubai Al Jaddaf

          Culture Village, Al Jaddaf, Dubai, Dubai
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Bur Dubai, this hotel is 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from Dubai Creek and 3.1 mi (4.9 km) from Dubai Festival City Mall. City Centre Deira and Dubai Mall are also within 6 mi (10 km). Al Jadaf Station is 10 minutes by foot.

            Hyatt Regency Dubai Creek Heights Residences $98
            Hyatt Regency Dubai Creek Heights Residences

            Hyatt Regency Dubai Creek Heights Residences

            20th Street, Dubai Healthcare City, Dubai
               
              0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Bur Dubai, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Mohammed Bin Rashid University Of Medicine and Health Sciences, Dubai Creek, and American Hospital Dubai. City Centre Deira and BurJuman Mall are also within 3 mi (5 km). Health Care City Station is 12 minutes by foot and Oud Metha Station is 22 minutes.

              Hyatt Regency Dubai Creek Heights $72
              Hyatt Regency Dubai Creek Heights

              Hyatt Regency Dubai Creek Heights

              20th Street, Dubai Healthcare City, Bur Dubai, Dubai
                 
                5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                This family-friendly Dubai hotel is located near the airport, within 3 mi (5 km) of Dubai Creek, City Centre Deira and BurJuman Mall. Dubai World Trade Centre and Gold Souk are also within 6 mi (10 km). Health Care City Station is 12 minutes by foot and Oud Metha Station is 21 minutes.

                Royal Continental Hotel – Dubai Airport $35
                Royal Continental Hotel – Dubai Airport

                Royal Continental Hotel – Dubai Airport

                Opposite Deira City Center, Dubai, Dubai
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Deira, this spa hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of City Centre Deira, Dubai Creek, and Al Ghurair Centre. BurJuman Mall and Gold Souk are also within 3 mi (5 km). Deira City Centre Station is 6 minutes by foot and Al Rigga Station is 22 minutes.