Deira & The Creek

Both sides of the creek are lined by corniches that come alive in the evenings as residents head out for a stroll and traders take stock.

Once the central residential hub of Dubai, Deira remains an incredibly atmospheric area. Narrow convoluted streets bustle with activity while gold, spices, perfumes and general goods are touted in its numerous souks. Likewise, Dubai Creek, beside which Deira sits, was the original centre of Dubai commerce, and it still buzzes today with boats plying their transport and cargo trades. Take the time to meander along the Deira side, where men in traditional south Asian garb unload wooden dhows docked by the water’s edge, tightly packed with everything from fruit and vegetables to televisions and maybe even a car or two, often traded with Iran, the UAE’s neighbour across the Gulf.
Creek Tours  A cruise on Dubai Creek is a wonderful way to enjoy views of new and old parts of the city side by side. Many of the tours are in traditional wooden dhows, but even these often have air conditioning inside to avoid the summer heat and humidity. Prices per adult range from about Dhs.45 for a daytime trip to Dhs.325 for a top-class evening cruise with fine food. For more information see Boat Tours.

Bur Dubai
Across the creek in Bur Dubai you’ll find a multitude of nationalities squeezed together alongside busy shopping streets, seedy bars in older hotels, and some of the best historical and cultural attractions in Dubai. A walk along the Corniche between Al Fahidi and Shindagha will take you through crowds of people buying and selling fabrics from the Textile Souk, jostling to board an abra, or heading for prayers at one of the mosques or the atmospheric Hindu temple. 

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