Dubai Creek

Vacation Travel Guide
Dubai Creek showing a bay or harbor, boating and a city

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.

Top Hotels Close to Dubai Creek

Holiday Inn Express Dubai Airport, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Express Dubai Airport, an IHG Hotel
3 out of 5
Opp. Dubai Int'l Airport Terminal 3, PO Box 35257, Umm Ramool, Dubai
The price is $76 per night from Jan 6 to Jan 6
Located in Garhoud, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Dubai Tennis Stadium, City Centre Deira, and Dubai Festival City Mall. Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (953 reviews)
"Location,facilities ,airport shuttle service and helping nature of staff."

Reviewed on Dec 5, 2021

Holiday Inn Express Dubai Airport, an IHG Hotel
Hyatt Regency Dubai Creek Heights
Hyatt Regency Dubai Creek Heights
5 out of 5
20th Street, Dubai Healthcare City, Bur Dubai, Dubai
The price is $131 per night from Dec 9 to Dec 9
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 ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (552 reviews)
"Exceed my expectations as this is my 3rd time. Staff and room were above my expectations"

Reviewed on Dec 2, 2021

Hyatt Regency Dubai Creek Heights
Grand Mercure Dubai Airport Hotel
Grand Mercure Dubai Airport Hotel
4 out of 5
61B Street, Garhoud, Next to GGICO Metro, Dubai
The price is $106 per night from Jan 5 to Jan 5
Located in Garhoud, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Dubai Tennis Stadium and City Centre Deira. Dubai Creek and Al Ghurair Centre are also within 3 mi (5 ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (110 reviews)
"Recommend near airport metro close by around 7 mints walking"

Reviewed on Nov 14, 2021

Grand Mercure Dubai Airport Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Best Lodging Options Near Dubai Creek

Premier Inn Dubai International Airport
Premier Inn Dubai International Airport
3 out of 5
Opposite Terminal 3, via Street 52b, Dubai International Airport, Dubai
The price is $62 per night from Dec 16 to Dec 16
Premier Inn Dubai International Airport
Hyatt Regency Dubai Creek Heights
Hyatt Regency Dubai Creek Heights
5 out of 5
20th Street, Dubai Healthcare City, Bur Dubai, Dubai
The price is $131 per night from Dec 9 to Dec 9
Hyatt Regency Dubai Creek Heights
Holiday Inn Express Dubai Airport, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Express Dubai Airport, an IHG Hotel
3 out of 5
Opp. Dubai Int'l Airport Terminal 3, PO Box 35257, Umm Ramool, Dubai
The price is $76 per night from Jan 6 to Jan 6
Holiday Inn Express Dubai Airport, an IHG Hotel
Grand Mercure Dubai Airport Hotel
Grand Mercure Dubai Airport Hotel
4 out of 5
61B Street, Garhoud, Next to GGICO Metro, Dubai
The price is $106 per night from Jan 5 to Jan 5
Grand Mercure Dubai Airport Hotel
Aloft Dubai Creek
Aloft Dubai Creek
4 out of 5
Baniyas Road, Deira, PO Box 22533, Dubai
The price is $117 per night from Dec 10 to Dec 10
Aloft Dubai Creek
ibis Styles Dubai Airport Hotel
ibis Styles Dubai Airport Hotel
3 out of 5
61B street, Al Garhoud, Dubai, Dubai
The price is $79 per night from Jan 5 to Jan 5
ibis Styles Dubai Airport Hotel
Grand Hyatt Dubai
Grand Hyatt Dubai
5 out of 5
Riyadh Street, Sheikh Rashid Road, Dubai Healthcare City, Dubai
The price is $184 per night from Dec 8 to Dec 8
Grand Hyatt Dubai
Park Hyatt Dubai
Park Hyatt Dubai
5 out of 5
Port Saweed, Dubai
The price is $461 per night from Dec 20 to Dec 20
Park Hyatt Dubai
Hyatt Regency Dubai Creek Heights Residences
Hyatt Regency Dubai Creek Heights Residences
20th Street, Dubai Healthcare City, Dubai
The price is $136 per night from Dec 12 to Dec 12
Hyatt Regency Dubai Creek Heights Residences
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.