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Traditional Water Taxi called Abra - Dubai Creek
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Dubai Creek, Dubai Gulf has a history dating back to the 19th century. It was an important harbour for the traditional wooden boats called ”dhows“ transporting goods from India or Africa. Dhows were also made directly on the shores of the Gulf. Another important source of livelihood was fishing and hunting pearls. The Gulf economy was built on pearl hunting back then.

Today's gulf separating the modern part of Bur Dubai from the ancient district of Deira, is still full of classic dhows and its shores are connected by the local, traditional water taxis - a small wooden boat called ”abra“. It accommodates 20 passengers seated in 2 rows back to back on wooden benches, their heads are shaded by colourful canopies. The boat is driven by a motor and controlled by a driver usually sitting on an old car-seat.

The journey from one shore to another takes only a few minutes and you avoid the tailbacks and traffic jams. What's more, your driver will want only one dirham per person. A ride on an Abra is not very comfortable, but leaves you with an unforgettable experience and the memory of the beautiful panorama of old and new Dubai.

There are 150 boats available, and therefore some can be rented for 100 dirhams per hour and take a ride throughout the Gulf. There are cruise ships and dhows, which usually hold evening cruises with dinner. For a two-hour cruise you will pay from 140 AED.

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