One of the most visited historical parts of Dubai, frequented by tourists throughout the year is the natural sea water inlet known as the Dubai Creek. Historically, this salt water creek cut through the center of the city dividing Dubai into Bur Dubai and Deira Dubai.
The initial inlet of the creek to Dubai’s mainland runs along Eastern Dubai’s Al Ras and Deira Corniche areas and Western Dubai’s Al Shindagha area. From here the creek passes through Dubai Creek Park and Port Saeed progressing through the mainland South-eastward and naturally ends fourteen kilometers from its origin at the Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary.
The western and eastern sections of the Dubai Creek are linked through four bridges namely the Floating Bridge, Business Bay Crossing, Al Garhoud Bridge, Al Maktoum Bridge and one tunnel the Al Shindagha.
The Dubai Creek is in fact a focal point of the city that allows visitors to stroll along its banks in a relaxed manner to evoke the age old trading traditions. The place reverberates with the noise and bustle of unloading and loading of dhows and the colorful ambience is quite captivating. The Dhows still ply ancient trade routes to places such as East Africa and India.
As you travel in the exciting water taxis or abras (as depicted in the above Dubai Pictures), you criss-cross the creek from the Bur Dubai side to the souks of Deira. If you choose to go on the hour-long trip, boatmen will take you right up to the inland to the Maktoum Bridge. On the way to this bridge, you can enjoy viewing many of the city’s attractive modern landmarks as well as legendary historic structures.
There is a paved promenade that is well lit extending from the Corniche on the Deira side. This promenade faces the Arabian Gulf. Creekside Park is located between Garhoud Bridge and Maktoum Bridge on the Bur Dubai side. This park has beautifully landscaped public gardens and pleasant paved walks.
You can find a huge, shallow lagoon at the Dubai Creek’s inland end. Migrating shore birds including the Greater Flamingo frequent this interesting wildlife sanctuary. The boutique hotels, yachting clubs and golf courses along the Creek’s banks reflect this fast growing city’s wealth and stature.
A trip on the tastefully decorated wooden Dhow allows tourists to discover the very essence and beauty of Dubai. You can sit back and enjoy the landmarks of Dubai shining through the moonlit sky. You can view the splendid ancient and contemporary architecture of this area in its full grandeur that includes the Dubai Chamber of Commerce, National Bank of Dubai, Heritage Village and Sheikh Saeed’s house. Other prominent structures along the Creek’s Deira side are the Sheraton Dubai Creek, Dubai Creek Tower and Deira Twin Towers.
Most evening cruises offer tourists an enjoyable time with oriental or continental cuisine buffet dinner accompanied by soft drinks, mineral water and traditional coffee. Tourists are also entertained on certain cruises by traditional Arabic music and belly dancing. Do not miss visiting the Dubai Creek on your next visit to Dubai.