Dubai Creek is situated in the heart of Dubai and flowing between Bur Dubai and Deira. This is where trading began more than a century ago, and it remains a vital place for regional traders.
It is a very busy part of the town, making it nearly impossible to drive and find parking for that matter. I like to make my experiences as stress free as possible, so I recently discovered that parking on the Bur Dubai side is the best way to go about it. At 3rd street just before the roundabout leading to the souk has plenty of parking spots.
Getting lost in the many narrow alleys of Al Fahidi Historical neighbourhood is an adventure on itself. It’s traditional buildings with the high air towers (Barajeel) makes me feel like I have stepped back in time. Plenty of cafes, little shops, art exhibitions, museums can be found there, and the entrance is free.
The Dubai Museum and Fort are also found in this part of town, steps away from Al Fahidi Historical neighbourhood. Built about 2oo years ago, this is a perfect place to discover a little bit of Dubai’s history and see the drastic change that has happened in the last 50 years. The entrance fee is only 3 dirhams per visit.
The Textile Souk is found in the Bur Dubai side of the Creek. Its shops are overflowing with rolls of fabrics, including fine silks, airy cottons, and anything else one can imagine. Tailors are found in the same area ready to make dresses, suits or traditional clothing.
After all the walking and exploring one needs a break and I have THE place for it! The Creekside Cafe is perfectly situated right in front of the creek with plenty of outdoor seating. Great food, beautiful scenery and friendly staff.
A traditional abra boat ride is only 1 dirham here! I can’t say that there are many things costing this little in Dubai or anywhere else for that matter. This is such a fun way to cross the creek and the views are fantastic. These boats are also available for private rent around 100 dirhams will get you an hour.
On the other side of the Creek, Deira, the Gold Souk and the Spice Souk are found. Pushy vendors are waiting outside their shops, ready to sell anything and everything. People from everywhere are here looking for a bargain or simply browsing and enjoying this vibrant part of town.